Edward Vick Prize for Innovation in Teaching

The Edward Vick Prize for Innovation in Teaching is awarded to a faculty member in the school whose creativity and innovation in teaching over the past academic year most meaningfully enhanced his or her students’ learning experience. This award comes with a generous $10,000 prize.


Full-time faculty members who have taught at the School for two or more years are eligible for nomination. Self-nominations are permitted and encouraged.


Recipients are chosen by a committee, appointed by the dean, consisting of three previous winners of the Vick Prize and two students. The previous year’s winner serves as chair. The 2017-18 committee members are Daniel Kreiss, chair; VK Fields; Laura Ruel; Jordan Morehouse (Ph.D. candidate); Jada Harkins Andrews (Undergraduate student). The award may be won by the same person more than once, but members of the committee are not eligible to win the prize. The committee forwards a recommendation, along with nomination materials, to the dean, for final review. The winner is announced at the school’s annual Faculty and Staff Awards program at the end of the spring semester.


The following items comprise a successful nomination:

  • A letter of nomination from a School of Media and Journalism faculty member or student. Self-nominations are accepted. The nomination letter should explain the teaching innovation, provide evidence of its excellence and positive outcomes and describe the teaching challenge or opportunity that led to this innovation and/or the philosophy in which it is grounded.
  • No more than five supporting letters (in addition to the letter of nomination). Any additional letters beyond five will be discarded. These letters may be from faculty, undergraduate or graduate students or recent graduates. Letters should be requested by the nominator. It is the nominator’s responsibility to assure that the letters are submitted. In the case of self-nominations, the person requesting letters should not request any letters from current students who are dependent on the nominator for a grade.
  • The person who is nominated will be asked by the selection committee to submit a vitae and a statement (up to 3 pages) that describes the individual’s teaching philosophy and accomplishments. The statement should focus on innovation. Submission of these materials will enhance the application.


Nomination letters and any supporting material should be turned in to the Dean’s Office no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, April 20, 2018.


The prize is named for Edward Vick, a 1966 graduate of the School and one of the most creative and innovative executives in the advertising world in the last two decades of the 20th century. He retired as CEO of Young & Rubicam, a worldwide leader in marketing communications, in 2001. Over the course of his career, Vick became known as a passionate leader and team builder who could turn around ailing creative organizations and propel them toward growth and prominence. He was inducted into the NC Media and Journalism Hall of Fame in 1996.