Faculty and Staff Honored for Teaching, Scholarship and Service

09/21 - UNCW honored the dedication and talents of its faculty at the annual fall faculty meeting on Sept. 9. Provost James J. Winebrake announced the award recipients. Six CHHS faculty were honored for their outstanding accomplishments in teaching and service.

Wayland TsehDistinguished Teaching Professorship Award
Dr. Wayland Tseh, School of Health and Applied Human Sciences (Exercise Science)

The Distinguished Teaching Professorship Award exemplifies UNCW's commitment to excellence in teaching and in teaching-related activities by recognizing faculty members who have made a profound contribution to higher education through their dedication and service to students. 

Criteria such as teaching philosophy, leadership and initiative, guidance of students in thesis work, honors projects, research, internships, independent studies, and other teaching-related activities and assisting students in career development and exploring job opportunities for students re intended to encompass various aspects of teaching and teaching-related activities at undergraduate and graduate levels across the University.

Alexia FranzidisChancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award
Dr. Alexia Franzidis, School of Health and Applied Human Sciences (Tourism, Recreation, and Sport)


The Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award recognizes individuals at the university that embody all aspects of excellence, both in active teaching and related activities that foster a desire for lifelong learning and success. 

Criteria such as teaching philosophy, pedagogical techniques, leadership and initiative, student perceptions of teaching and educational service to the department, college, university, community, state and profession are intended to encompass various aspects of teaching and teaching-related activities at undergraduate and graduate levels across the University.

Lori DuganLecturer of the Year Award
Lori Dugan, School of Social Work


The Center for Teaching Excellence annually recognizes the efforts and contributions of faculty who often teach full loads but who, because they are non-tenure-track, are not eligible for other teaching awards. Lecturers are nominated by department chairs. The chairs submit a letter of support, and the candidates prepare a dossier of their teaching philosophy and vita. A committee of previous winners of the award reviews the dossiers and selects the recipient(s).

Criteria for selection includes teaching philosophy, course and curriculum development, assistance of students in career development and exploration of job opportunities and educational service to the department, college, and university, community, state and profession.

Jessica HartmannPart-time Lecturer of the Year
Jessica Hartmann, School of Health and Applied Human Sciences

The Center for Teaching Excellence annually recognizes the efforts and contributions of faculty who often teach full loads but who, because they are non-tenure-track, are not eligible for other teaching awards. Lecturers are nominated by department chairs. The chairs submit a letter of support, and the candidates prepare a dossier of their teaching philosophy and vita. A committee of previous winners of the award reviews the dossiers and selects the recipient(s).

Criteria for selection includes teaching philosophy, course and curriculum development, assistance of students in career development and exploration of job opportunities and educational service to the department, college, and university, community, state and profession.

Brian WilliamsonPart-time Lecturer of the Year
Brian Williamson, School of Social Work

The Center for Teaching Excellence annually recognizes the efforts and contributions of faculty who often teach full loads but who, because they are non-tenure-track, are not eligible for other teaching awards. Lecturers are nominated by department chairs. The chairs submit a letter of support, and the candidates prepare a dossier of their teaching philosophy and vita. A committee of previous winners of the award reviews the dossiers and selects the recipient(s).

Criteria for selection includes teaching philosophy, course and curriculum development, assistance of students in career development and exploration of job opportunities and educational service to the department, college, and university, community, state and profession.

Elizabeth Fugate-WhitlockExcellence in e-Learning Award
Dr. Elizabeth Fugate-Whitlock, School of Health and Applied Human Sciences (Applied Gerontology)


The Excellence in eLearning Award is presented by Distance Education and eLearning to recognize one faculty member annually for outstanding online course design. Evaluated using the Quality Matters rubric, fellow UNCW faculty members serve as peer reviewers to score the recipient based on innovative course design, usability, accessibility, and employment of student-centered, research-based practices. 

Criteria for selection include faculty teaching a fully online or blended course and innovative and/or effective use of instructional technologies.


These CHHS faculty and staff were recognized for their years of service at UNC Wilmington.

20 Years of Service

  • Dr. Kirk Brown – School of Health & Applied Human Sciences (Athletic Training)
  • Dr. Arthur Frankel –School of Social Work

15 Years of Service

  • Dr. Steve Elliot – School of Health & Applied Human Sciences (Director)
  • Dr. Jon Hall – School of Social Work
  • Dr. Brandy Mechling – School of Nursing
  • Dr. Nancy Murdock – School of Nursing

10 Years of Service

  • Adam Hall – Student Success
  • Dr. Charles J. Hardy – CHHS Dean
  • Dr. April Matthias – School of Nursing
  • Dr. Jennifer McCall – School of Nursing (Clinical Research)

5 Years of Service

  • Dr. April Bice – School of Nursing
  • Donesha Carlton – Student Success
  • Dr. Jeeyae Choi – School of Nursing
  • Dr. Crystal Dodson –School of Nursing
  • Lori Dugan – School of Social Work
  • Dr. Kelly Ellington – School of Nursing
  • Dr. Michel Heijnen – School of Health & Applied Human Sciences (Exercise Science)
  • Dr. Amelia "Kit"  Huelskamp – School of Health & Applied Human Sciences (Healthful Living and Fitness Education)
  • Dr. Denise Isibel – School of Nursing
  • Carie Kempton – Student Success
  • Dr. Alana Seaman – School of Health & Applied Human Sciences (Tourism, Recreation, and Sport)
  • Monica Shaw – Student Success