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

Faculty Support

The Story of God

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

Faculty Support

New Treatments For 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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    Entrepreneurial faculty members
    Faculty Support

    Where Faculty Startups Start Out

    New space on campus will provide faculty with a collaborative place to grow their companies

    Four seed grant recipients.
    Faculty Support

    Planting Seeds of Success

    Four UNC Hussman faculty members awarded seed grants for innovative research

    Students walk across pathways on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill underneath trees with fall foliage
    Campaign Priorities

    Meeting the moment: Unrestricted gifts, unlimited impact

    "Our leaders are facing difficult decisions and having these unrestricted dollars will help them act strategically when making those decisions.”

    McMillan Cottom
    Faculty Support

    Recognizing Transformative Work

    Carolina faculty member awarded “genius grant”

    Headshots of new professors in Carolina
    Faculty Support

    Supporting Underrepresented Scholars

    Building a culturally diverse intellectual community

    Faculty Support

    First Jonathan M. Hess Term Professor Named

    Honoring the commitments of a valued professor in the fine arts and humanities

    Health

    ‘Heroes Health’ mental wellness app launched by School of Medicine and UNC Health

    Helping frontline workers better understand the state of their own mental health

    UNC - Chapel Hill

    Harvey Award goes to autism employer support, mobile app for well-water testing

    Funding the two projects with $75,000 each, the award recognizes exemplary faculty who reflect the University’s commitment to innovative engagement and outreach that addresses real-world challenges. 

    Community

    Creating Better Days During the Pandemic

    Useful findings on resilience and happiness

    Faculty Support

    Carolina People: Sherry Mergner

    Creating a more inclusive environment

    Faculty Support

    Six Carolina employees earn prestigious awards for outstanding service

    Recognizing unusual, meritorious and superior contributions

    Faculty Support

    Honoring UNC’s Essential Workers

    A glimpse of how UNC’s essential workers are shifting their focus for COVID-19