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.”

Professor pointing at a screen in front of a large lecture class of students

“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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    Portrait of Maranccinni
    Faculty Support

    Seeking to Reduce Suicide Risk

    Developing protocols for adolescent success after psychiatric hospitalization

    Michelle Itano works with microscopes in a lab
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    Maestro of Microscopy

    New microscopy technology allows scientists to pull more data from samples than ever before

    Sam Huener works in the Conservation Laboratory
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    Continuous Conservation

    Repairing and preserving historic books and papers

    Portraits of this year's undergraduate teaching award winners
    Faculty Support

    Recognizing Teaching Excellence

    This year’s Chapman and Johnston Teaching Awards honor innovative Carolina faculty

    Elected faculty members, left Amy followed by Stephen, David, and Alexander at the far right
    Faculty Support

    Recognizing Outstanding Advancements

    UNC-Chapel Hill scientists, researchers named 2021 AAAS fellows

    Juan standing in front of the old well, holding timbale sticks against his shoulder

    Music and Identity

    A deep connection between music and self-expression

    Susan sitting in a dark room, smiling

    On Being Human

    Understanding the essential characteristics of the human experience

    Dentist holding tools close to elderly female patient's teeth

    Dental Care And Strokes

    A new strategy for helping prevent subsequent strokes

    The 2021-23 CPPFD scholars pose in front of South Building.
    Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

    Building a Rich Intellectual Community

    The Carolina Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity (CPPFD) prepares scholars from different backgrounds for faculty careers.

    Carolina students standing in front of the Bell Tower while holding up cards that spell Thank you!
    Campaign Priorities

    Eclipsing $4.25 Billion

    The Campaign for Carolina has eclipsed the $4.25 billion milestone of support for students, faculty, research and service.

    Whitmore looks out over the field site.

    A Project of Her Own

    PhD student Kriddie Whitmore’s research in the Andes

    Librarian holding the Highlander video tape.

    Fire Fighters

    When an arsonist tried to destroy a storied social justice center, the staff at Wilson Library made sure its archive would live on.