Faculty Awards

Overview

UNC Charlotte’s talented and knowledgeable graduate faculty have a reputation for producing important research and the highest quality scholars, researchers, creative artists, entrepreneurs and leaders.  Our faculty awards aim to identify and reward the best of the best.  Nominees are identified each fall, and the awards are presented in the spring. The awards are coordinated by the Chancellor’s Office and the Graduate School.

First Citizens Bank Scholars Medal

The First Citizens Bank Scholars Medal was first awarded in 1988 and recognizes excellence in sustained contributions to research and creative activities over a substantial period.  The University thanks First Citizens Bank for their continued support in sponsoring this faculty achievement.

Harshini V. de Silva Graduate Mentor Award

The Harshini V. de Silva Graduate Mentor Award began in 2001 to highlight distinguished, active graduate faculty members who have a proven record fostering growth and success among their students.  The de Silva award honors the memory of Dr. Harshini V. de Silva, an associate professor of biology, known for her dedication to the academic and professional development of graduate students. 

Nominate a Faculty Member    Coming fall 2018


Testimonials

Earning this award was important to me because it was a recognition of the countless hours that faculty invest in students to help them become not only graduates of our great university but significant contributors in society. Academic unit leaders should encourage their faculty to pursue these awards because faculty invest in our students daily, and it is important that we nominate these faculty for these prestigious awards.

- Dr. Chance Lewis,
Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Professor,
Endowed Chair of Urban Education
 

2016 Harshini V. de Silva Graduate Mentor Award 

Earning the First Citizens Bank Scholars Medal mattered to me because it represents my colleagues’ and students’ recognition of the value of my scholarly contributions to science and public policy. The Harshini V. de Silva Award reflects their recognition of the value of the teaching and mentoring I have had the pleasure of doing here at UNC Charlotte. I see the two awards as related. The research agenda to which I have dedicated my professional life continues through the careers of the graduate students I have mentored.

- Dr. Roslyn Mickelson
Chancellor's Professor of Sociology,
Public Policy and Women & Gender Studies

2011 First Citizens Bank Scholars Medal
2004 Harshini V. de Silva Graduate Mentor Award

Earning this award was important to me because it not only recognized my commitment to students, but also recognized the great successes and accomplishments of those students. Academic unit leaders should encourage their faculty to pursue these awards because it highlights the important work our professors, students and alumni do.

- Dr. Larissa Brunner-Huber
Associate Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences

2013 Harshini V. de Silva Graduate Mentor Award 

Being nominated for the First Citizens Bank Scholars Medal reminded me that potential for recognition brings opportunities for renewing relationships, sharing, and inclusion,” he notes. Beyond the obvious honor and recognition, receiving the First Citizens Bank Scholars Medal provided me with an opportunity to remember and acknowledge the many outstanding students, colleagues and scholars that helped enrich my work.

- Dr. Robert Algozzine
Professor, Department of Educational Leadership

2017 First Citizens Bank Scholars Medal

Recent award recipients

First Citzens Bank Scholars Medal                                                     Harshini v. de Silva Graduate Mentor Award
2017 Dr. Robert F. Algozzine – Professor, Educational
Leadership
2017 Dr. Heather A. Smith – Professor and Distinguished
Scholar, Geography
2016 Dr. John David Smith – Distinguished Professor,
History
2016 Dr. Chance W. Lewis – Distinguished Professor,
Middle-Secondary Education
2015 The late Dr. Martin William Ribarsky - Professor,
Computer Science
2015 Dr. Dena L. Shenk – Professor Emeritus, Anthropology
2014 Dr. Craig A. Ogle – Distinguished Professor,
Chemistry
2014 Dr. Ryan P. Kilmer – Professor and Distinguished
Scholar, Psychology
2013 Dr. Lawrence G. Calhoun, Jr.  – Professor Emeritus,
Psychology and Dr. Richard G. Tedeschi – Professor,
Psychology
2013 Dr. Larissa R. Brunner Huber – Professor, Public
Health Sciences