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At 2019 Faculty Awards, celebrating ‘outstanding achievements’

Photo of the Faculty Awards recipientsThe videos showed the honorees larger than life. And that’s fitting, when you consider the impact these faculty have on our students, our state, and – in many cases – our world.

The 2019 Faculty Awards Ceremony was held Wednesday in the EUC Auditorium. The awards honor UNCG faculty who display excellence in teaching, research, and enhancing student success.

Provost Dana Dunn welcomed the audience and honorees with remarks – as did Chancellor Gilliam via a beautiful taped video message. They noted the ceremony presented an ideal opportunity to celebrate the outstanding achievements of our faculty.

Trustees chair Brad Hayes joined Dunn in presenting awards. Dr. Alan Boyette assisted in the ceremony, which included a brief video highlighting the recipients’ accomplishments and approach to teaching.

The recipients of the 2019 Faculty Awards:

  • Dr. Dianne Welsh: UNC Board of Governors Excellence in Teaching Award
  • Dr. Mariche Bayonas: Mary Settle Sharp Award for Teaching Excellence 
  • Dr. Amanda Gale: James Y. Joyner Award for Teaching Excellence
  • Dr. Aaron Terranova: Anna Maria Gove Award for Teaching Excellence 
  • Dr. Pam Kocher Brown: UNCG Online Award for Excellence in Online Education
  • Dr. Susan Keane: Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award from the Graduate School
  • Dr. Ruth DeHoog and Dr. Ken Klase (on behalf of MPA program, Political Science): Student Learning Enhancement Award
  • Dr. Ramji Bhandari: Thomas Undergraduate Research Mentor Award
  • Sarah Dunning: Advising Excellence Award for Faculty Advisor
  • Steve Haines: Gladys Strawn Bullard Award 
  • Dr. Matina Kalcounis-Ruppell: Holshouser Award for Excellence in Public Service nominee
  • Dr. Tom Martinek, Sr.: O. Max Gardner Award nominee
  • Dr. L. DiAnne Borders: Senor Research Excellence Award
  • Dr. Risa Applegarth: Junior Research Excellence Award

Six faculty members received 30 years of service awards: Dr. Keith Debbage, Dr. John Lepri, Roberta (Robin) Maxwell, Dr. Jonathan Tudge, Dr. Kathleen Williams, and Dr. Michael Zimmerman.

Six received 35 years of service awards: Dr. Rebecca Adams, Cathy Griffith, Mary Eloise Hassell, Dr. Susan Keane, Professor Jo Ramsay Leimenstoll, and Dr. Jerry Walsh.

Three were recognized for 40 years of service: Dr. William Karper, Dr. Stephen Layson, and Mark Schumacher.

A reception in the Alumni House, Virginia Dare Room followed.

This year the Faculty and Staff Awards are being presented in two parts, to better highlight the outstanding contributions of both UNCG faculty and UNCG staff members. The Staff Awards Ceremony will be held on May 20.

View the videos below to learn about the award recipients.

Videos by UNCG media studies students and Professor Michael Frierson
Photograph by Jiyoung Park.