This year’s Chapman Family Teaching Awards and Johnston Teaching Excellence Awards recognize and honor excellence in undergraduate teaching at Carolina. Mara Evans, teaching associate professor in the Biology Department inspired one student to make a scratch-and-sniff children’s book about copepods. Yi Zhou, teaching professor in the Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Department used a project-based language learning approach in advanced Chinese language classes where students translated eBooks into Chinese for the Kidzu Children’s Museum in Chapel Hill, to serve the growing Chinese community.
The Chapman Family Teaching Awards were created in 1993 with a gift during the Bicentennial Campaign from Max Carrol Chapman Jr. ’66 on behalf of the Chapman family; these awards honor distinguished teaching of undergraduate students. The award carries a stipend of $30,000 to be used over the period of five years. This year, four instructors were presented with Chapman Family Teaching Awards.
Johnston Teaching Excellence Awards were created in 1991. These awards recognize excellence in undergraduate teaching. Winners are nominated by Johnston Scholars and selected by a special committee of scholars in the James M. Johnston Scholarship Program. Two winners will receive $5,000 and a framed citation.