On Monday, May 6, 2019, UNC Asheville’s faculty members gathered to honor the service and accomplishments of the university’s dedicated professors throughout the academic year. UNC Asheville’s Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award was presented to Evelyn Chiang, associate professor of psychology.
Additional awards were given for teaching, creativity, service and scholarship, as well as special recognition for retiring faculty members:
- Distinguished Scholarship and Creative Achievement Awards: Laura Jones, assistant professor of health and wellness; Juan G. Sánchez Martinez, assistant professor of Spanish
- Distinguished Service Awards: Trey Adcock, assistant professor of interdisciplinary studies and director of American Indian & Indigenous Studies; Lyndi Hewitt, Sara and Joseph Breman Professor of Social Relations, associate professor of sociology, and director of women, gender and sexuality studies
- Ruth and Leon Feldman Professorship Fund Prize: Lora Holland, chair and associate professor of Classics; Robert Dunning, professor of art
- Award for Teaching Excellence in Humanities: Jessica Pisano, lecturer in English
- Award for Teaching Excellence in Natural Sciences: Marietta Cameron, chair and associate professor of computer science
- Award for Teaching Excellence in Social Sciences: Melissa Mahoney, assistant professor of economics
- Award for Teaching Excellence in University Programs: Angel Kaur, assistant professor of interdisciplinary studies and director of the Neuroscience Program
- Award for Excellent Teaching by Untenured Faculty: Libby Pascoe, assistant professor of psychology
- Award for Excellent Teaching by Part-Time Faculty: Alison Ormsby, adjunct assistant professor of environmental studies
Earlier in the semester, Hewitt received the Community Connector Award; Agya Boakye-Boaten, chair and associate professor of Africana and interdisciplinary and international studies, received the Champion for Students Award; and Ameena Batada, associate professor of health and wellness, was named UNC Asheville’s recipient of the Board of Governors’ 2019 Award for Excellence in Teaching.