Challenging, Inspiring and Sustaining: Faculty Honored with Annual Awards

Friday, September 11, 2020

With the coronavirus pandemic continuing to impact lives across the globe, teachers and students alike have had to rapidly adapt to new learning environments. Though it was done virtually this year, UNCW again honored the dedication and talents of its faculty at the annual fall faculty meeting on Sept. 10. Provost James J. Winebrake announced the award recipients.

Professor of Spanish Amanda Boomershine 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. Professor Amanda S. Williard (biology and marine biology) was the second honoree.

Frederick Scharf, professor of biology, received the Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award. The award was presented by Faculty Senate President Nathan Grove.

Professor of political science Stephen Meinhold was presented with the J. Marshall Crews Distinguished Faculty Award for providing 25 years of leadership and service to the community, students and UNCW. The award is given by the Alumni Association in honor of the late UNCW faculty member and administrator Crews (1919-2010).

The following awards were also presented:

Lecturers of the Year
Kelley Hanna, World Languages and Cultures
Barbara Pennington, School of Nursing
David Pernell, Communication Studies
Stephan Woditschka, Biology and Marine Biology

Graduate Mentor Award
Michele A. Parker, Watson College of Education

Excellence in e-Learning Award
Eric Richardson, School of Health and Applied Human Sciences 

Distinguished Scholarly Engagement and Public Service Award 
Lawrence B. Cahoon (Senior Scholar), Biology and Marine Biology
Stephanie Smith (Junior Scholar), School of Nursing

Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award
College of Arts and Sciences
Brian Chandler, World Languages and Cultures
Victor Malo-Juvera, English
Mark Sorensen, Theatre 

Cameron School of Business 
William Kerler, Accountancy

Watson College of Education 
Michele A. Parker, Educational Leadership 

College of Health and Human Services
Jacquelyn Lee, Social Work

Two other awards that were previously announced were recognized at the meeting:
Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching
Andrea “Andi” Steele, Art and Art History

The Governor James E. Holshouser, Jr. Award for Excellence in Public Service
Martin Posey, Biology and Marine Biology

In addition, full-time faculty members who have been at UNCW for five, 10, 15, 20 and 25 years were honored for their years of service.

-- Caroline Cropp

Faculty award winners

First row left to right:
Stephan Woditschka, Andrea “Andi” Steele, Eric Richardson, Michele A. Parker, Stephen Meinhold, Barbara Pennington

Second row left to right:
Amanda S. Williard, Victor Malo-Juvera, Jacquelyn Lee, Lawrence B. Cahoon, Kelley Hanna, Brian Chandler

Third row left to right:
Stephanie Smith, Mark Sorensen, William Kerler, Frederick Scharf, David Pernell, Martin Posey, Amanda Boomershine