Faculty and Staff Excellence Awards 2017

Each year, the UNC School of Media and Journalism recognizes faculty and staff members for their commitment to excellence and their contributions to the school. The 2017 faculty and staff excellence awards were presented Thursday, May 4, at a breakfast in the Freedom Forum Conference Center.

The winners are as follows:

Edward Vick Prize for Innovation in Teaching

Recipient: Daniel Kreiss (on right, pictured with 2016 recipient Valerie Fields)

Recognizes creativity and innovation in teaching that meaningfully enhances student learning experiences.

David Brinkley Teaching Excellence Award

Recipient: Trevy McDonald (on left, pictured with 2016 recipient Terence Oliver)

Recognizes excellence in teaching and a commitment to helping students inside and outside the classroom.


Richard Cole Service Award

Recipient: Joe Cabosky (on left, pictured with Dean Susan King)
Recipient: Anne Johnston (on right, pictured with Dean Susan King)

Recognizes one junior and one senior faculty member who each strive to create a collaborative culture within the school. The award honors dean emeritus Richard Cole, whose service and commitment has made the school what it is today.

Val Lauder Award for Teaching

Recipient: John Robinson (center, pictured with Dean Susan King and Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies Charlie Tuggle)

Recognizes an adjunct, instructor or other non- full-time faculty member for excellence in teaching.


Staff Excellence Award

Recipient: Kathleen Harrington (on right, pictured with 2015 recipient Michael Penny)
Recipient: Gary Kirk (on right, pictured with 2016 recipient Michael Sharpe)

Recognizes teamwork, creativity, commitment, flexibility and a positive attitude. The winner becomes the school’s nominee for a University staff award.

Star Heel Award

Recipient: Sharon Jones (on left, pictured with Park Library Director Stephanie Willen-Brown)

Chosen by staff peers and administered through the University’s Human Resources department to recognize and reward excellent employees.​