UNCW Faculty Recognized for Excellence at Fall Meeting

Thursday, September 07, 2017

UNCW recognized 12 faculty members with awards for excellence in teaching, service and scholarship at the fall faculty meeting Sept. 5, 2017.

“Throughout 70 years of growth and change, UNCW has remained firm in its commitment as a teaching university, as well as an institution that values scholarship among its faculty,” said Provost Marilyn Sheerer. “These awards celebrate faculty members who consistently exemplify values outlined in the Strategic Plan by providing their students with cutting-edge instruction and applied learning experiences, conducting high-level research and using their expertise to enhance the relationship between UNCW and the community.”

Psychology professor Sally MacKain received the Board of Trustees Teaching Excellence Award, the most prestigious award conferred at UNCW. She was also one of two recipients of the Distinguished Teaching Professorship Award, from which the BOT Teaching Excellence Award winner is selected. A colleague characterized MacKain as “masterful” in classroom and seminar settings and praised her “exemplary” clinical and research skills. The review committee noted the applied learning and community engagement opportunities she provides her students.

Chancellor Sartarelli, Sally MacKain, Provost Sheerer

Chancellor Sartarelli, Sally MacKain, Provost Sheerer

MacKain has been at UNCW since 1990 and is a past recipient of the Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award and the Graduate Mentor Award. 

“When I entered the field of psychology in 1983, I aspired to cure schizophrenia and end drug abuse, homelessness and stigma,” she wrote. “I have not accomplished any of these things. However, UNCW has given me a platform from which to teach thousands of undergraduate students, many of whom have gone on to work tirelessly on the same problems that brought me to psychology 34 years ago.” 

Lawrence Cahoon, professor of biological oceanography, also received the Distinguished Teaching Professorship Award. Cahoon joined the UNCW faculty in 1982 and is a member of the Five Million Dollar Club, which honors faculty whose research has received $5 million or more in sponsored funding. He is a past recipient of the Chancellor’s Outstanding Faculty Award, the Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award and the Graduate Mentor Award. His research has been published in top scholarly journals. The review committee praised his teaching skills and his commitment to involving undergraduates in his research.

Education professor Mahnaz Moallem and Ralph Mead, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, received Distinguished Faculty Scholar Awards. Both are members of the Million Dollar Club based on sponsored research. The awards were presented by Faculty Senate President Stephen Meinhold.

Moallem coordinates the instructional technology master’s degree program in the Watson College of Education. She has been recognized nationally as a STEM education leader, and her research specialties include program evaluation and design.

Mead’s area of research is marine organic geochemistry, including how seawater and rainwater react to chemical and atmospheric deposits. His research has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals, and he has attracted National Science Foundation funding to support research and to purchase equipment for student use.

Tom Janicki, professor of information systems and operations management, is the recipient of the J. Marshall Crews Distinguished Faculty Award, presented by the UNCW Alumni Association to a faculty member who embodies the qualities of service, leadership and student support personified by Crews. UNCW Alumni Association board member Lolita Bryant ’04, 11’M presented the award to Janicki.

Janicki, who teaches in the Cameron School of Business, coordinates the annual Wilmington Information Technology eXchange. WITX brings together local professionals, students and faculty to exchange leading IT research and applications. He is the Duke Energy-Gordon C. Hurlbert Distinguished Professor in Information Systems. He Janicki was nominated by one of his former students, Parker Webb-Mitchell ’15, who credits Janicki’s recommendation as the “sole reason” he was hired at his company. “I cannot speak highly enough of him and his lasting impact on my life.”

The following awards were also presented at the faculty meeting:

Lecturers of the Year

  • Steve Boul, Mathematics & Statistics
  • Kevin Kiser, Biology and Marine Biology
  • Angie Vandenberg, School of Social Work

Graduate Mentor Award

  • Joe Pawlik, Department of Biology and Marine Biology

Excellence in e-Learning Award

  • Elizabeth Gazza, School of Nursing

UNCW Distinguished Scholarly Engagement and Public Service Award

  • Senior Scholar: Roger D. Shew, Earth and Ocean Sciences
  • Junior Scholar: Donna DeGennaro, Education Leadership

As Senior Scholar, Shew will be UNCW’s nominee for the Board of Governors Award for Public Service.

Also recognized at the faculty meeting were recipients of previously announced awards, including psychology professor Carrie Clements, who received the 2016-17 UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching, as well as recipients of the 2016-17 UNCW Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award:

  • Eman M. Ghoneim, Earth and Ocean Sciences
  • Nicholas F. Hudson, Art and Art History
  • Julie-Ann Scott-Pollock, Communication Studies
  • Rebecca Guidice, Management
  • Amelia Moody, Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle, Literacy and Special Education
  • Susan Sinclair, School of Nursing 

-- Tricia Vance