UNCW's Cilano to Receive Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Wilmington, N.C. (March 25, 2015) - The University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Cara Cilano, professor of English and Grant Program Director, has been selected to receive a 2015 Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching, the University announced today. Created in 1994, the award is the highest honor given to faculty for teaching excellence.  

“I’m very impressed with the work of Dr. Cilano and pleased the Board of Governors has recognized her contribution to her students, school, state and nation,” said UNCW Chancellor William Sederburg. 

In addition to teaching, Cilano is the principal investigator of a recent grant from the United States State Department to partner with the International Islamic University, Islamabad. The award was the first UNCW has received from the State Department and, at $1 million, also qualified as the largest State Department grant to a university within the UNC System to date. The State Department initiated the grant program linking Pakistani universities with U.S. institutions in 2012, under the Fulbright-Hays act, with the mission to promote mutual understanding through educational and cultural exchanges between American citizens and citizens of other countries.

The Award for Excellence in Teaching encourages, identifies, recognizes, regards, and supports excellence in teaching within a university. Cilano will be honored for this recognition during the university’s commencement ceremonies in May. 

The Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina unanimously approves recommendations of its Committee on Personnel and Tenure for the twentieth annual system-wide awards and bestows this award to sixteen recipients, one from each institution, at an annual recognition luncheon hosted by the North Carolina Board of Governors in the spring.

Patricia Kelley, professor of geology, received the 2014 Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching and went on to receive one of four U.S. Professors of the Year awards by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and administered by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).



The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to learning through the integration of teaching and mentoring with research and service. A public institution with over 14,000 students, the university is widely acknowledged for its superb faculty and staff and a powerful academic experience that stimulates creative inquiry, critical thinking, thoughtful expression and responsible citizenship. With an array of high-quality programs at the baccalaureate and master’s levels, and doctoral programs in marine biology and educational leadership, UNCW is consistently recognized at a national level for academic excellence and affordability. The university is dedicated to offering a community rich in diversity and inclusion, global perspectives, and enriching the quality of life through scholarly community engagement in such areas as health, education, the economy, the environment, marine and coastal issues, and the arts.