Faculty Support

Faculty Excellence Challenge

“I have been fortunate in my life and career to have incredible teachers, mentors and leaders who invested their time and energy in my success, not just in the business world, but in every facet of my life.”

“I have been fortunate in my life and career to have incredible teachers, mentors and leaders who invested their time and energy in my success, not just in the business world, but in every facet of my life.”

Great teaching is a Carolina tradition, and in every era Carolina faculty members have excelled at it.. Our teachers and scholars advance human welfare in all of its manifestations. They are on the front lines of creating and disseminating knowledge, and they are the heart and soul of the University. We want only the best, most impactful teachers in our classrooms.

Think, for a moment, of the teachers who influenced you. John Ellison has. He said UNC faculty have had a profound impact on his life, and he wants every student to have that experience.

Ellison, an alumnus from Greensboro, gave a $10 million challenge gift to help UNC retain, recruit and reward extraordinary teachers, scholars and scientists. And with your support, Carolina has already matched his gift, well ahead of schedule.

But the Faculty Excellence Challenge will continue to accept gifts through Oct. 8, 2018, to help the chancellor enhance overall academic quality, strengthen the research enterprise, broaden innovation and entrepreneurship initiatives, and better serve a growing undergraduate, graduate and professional student body. Gifts to the Challenge support incentives such as salary supplements and research funds, strategically awarded to the teachers Carolina wants to retain or recruit.

Help Carolina Meet the Faculty Excellence Challenge

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What Support So Far Could Mean

Carolina’s faculty are at the heart of the University’s great national reputation. Thanks to your generosity, the current total of $38.2 million for the Faculty Excellence Challenge could be used to support all of the examples below, every year in perpetuity. But we're still fundraising to support our extraordinary teachers, scholars, and scientists, and your gift will help continue the tradition of excellence in teaching at UNC-Chapel Hill.

  • 4
    Eminent Professorships
  • 5
    Visiting Professorships
  • 26
    Research Funds

Faculty Excellence in Action

Faculty Support

The Story of God

A UNC professor helps us to understand the story of God.

Faculty Support

Pioneering a new path to treat asthma

“...the most exciting discovery that I’ve been involved with.”

Faculty Support

Enjoying the fun in science

“Not knowing too much is a good thing. The unknown creates fun moments in the lab.”

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    Environment

    Taking Environmental Studies to New Heights

    “Michael Piehler’s childhood inspired him to pursue his life’s work in restoring ecosystems in need.”

    Faculty Support

    A Shaper of Young Minds

    “She doesn’t just help these young people to be smarter...”

    Faculty Support

    Turning Creative Dreams Into Workroom Realities

    “It is the living definition of a blank canvas...”

    Business

    Building A Real Estate Program

    “Dave has built an amazingly close-knit community...”

    Blackstone Entrepreneur Network celebration
    Entrepreneurship

    Transforming Communities Through Entrepreneurship

    “We have connected the dots by bringing experienced entrepreneurs and their networks together with crackerjack entrepreneurs at our universities who are working on exciting new products and services”

    Faculty Support

    Creating Better Educational Outcomes

    "There are a lot of ways which impact [kids'] overall educational wellness..."

    Faculty Support

    Investing in Rising Stars

    Rather than hiring more senior faculty, he hired promising young scholars...

    Faculty Support

    Lofty Goals

    "... some really wonderful people. That's what distinguishes our department…"

    Student Support

    Where Disciplines Connect,
    Leaders Emerge

    “In my opinion, Carolina’s PPE program is among the nation’s best because not only do we bring together some of the world’s authorities in each discipline to move scholarship forward, we create an environment for students to thrive and then support them in defining their career paths through internships, assistantships and fellowships.”

    Health

    Knowing No Borders

    “If I can give the world another 10 or 20 years worth of Veatrice Harris, that makes me feel pretty good.”

    Faculty Support

    More To Life

    "I don’t know what I just did, but I want to figure out a way to do it for the rest of my life."

    Health

    Rethinking Nutrition Education For Doctors

    One in four medical school students receive clinical nutrition training...