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.

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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

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The Story of God

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

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New Treatments For Asthma

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

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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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    To Bridge the Divide

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    Leading Public Health Into The 21st Century

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    Where She Needed To Be

    "It was the right thing to do, and I felt that calling to help people around the world.”

    Research

    Solving Water Shortages

    The world is facing an unprecedented water crisis. Only half of households can access water at home.

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    A Paw-sitive Impact

    Every day is “Take Your Pet to Work Day” for one pediatric dentist at Carolina.

    Dean Kevin Guskiewicz
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    “It is an honor to be asked to lead the nation’s first public university into the next chapter of its storied history.”

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    Environment

    Environmental Careers with Impact

    "What I hear from students today is: 'I want a career with impact.'"

    Community

    Building a Community

    Rachel Schaevitz is launching new collaborations to serve North Carolina.