Dr. Alyssa Mansfield

Dr. Alyssa Mansfield Damon was the 2020 awardee.

The McGavran Award for Excellence in Teaching honors Edward G. McGavran, MD, MPH, dean of the UNC School of Public Health from 1947 to 1963 and proponent of “hands-on” field training for public health students. First given in 1975, the award recognizes career-long excellence in teaching by a faculty member at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.

Teaching, in this context, is broadly defined and includes activities inside and outside classroom settings (e.g., mentoring student research and practice activities, teaching-related administrative roles, and innovative developments in teaching methods and materials).

Starting this year, this award comes with a $1,000 prize. The recipient may use the funds in any way that enhances their ability to teach and support students.

Selection Criteria

The Awards Committee seeks evidence of accomplishment in teaching quality and accomplishment sustained over a career. Factors to be considered when deciding the recipient of the McGavran Award include the following:

Quality

The record of a strong candidate for the McGavran Award should contain examples of innovation, leadership, impact and excellence in teaching both inside and outside the classroom. Evidence may include, but is not limited to:

  • Creation or adoption of innovative teaching tools and techniques
  • Publication of teaching-related materials, including texts, and evidence of their impact on the field
  • A major role in influencing School-wide, university, national or professional curricular issues
  • Teaching-related awards.

Accomplishment

The record of a strong candidate should include evidence of a substantial number of students positively influenced by the nominee. Examples relevant to this criterion may include, but are not limited to:

  • Courses taught, including the nominee’s role in developing each course
  • Feedback from students and peers regarding innovations
  • Teaching programs developed and/or administered, including training grants and service as director of graduate studies in a department
  • Students advised and how they have been stimulated and inspired
  • Other relevant information.

Eligibility

Eligibility is restricted to full-time faculty in the School. Past recipients of the McGavran Award are not eligible.

Application Process

Nominations will be solicited from students (including alumni) and faculty in the Gillings School of Global Public Health. Each nomination should be submitted online via Qualtrics survey.

To be considered, the nomination must include the name and department of the nominee and the nominator as well as a brief supporting statement that addresses the above criteria. Nominations must be received by March 5, 2020.

The Academic Programs Committee will review all nominations received and will prepare a recommendation to the dean, who will make the final selection. The associate dean of academic affairs will deliver the award at the School Commencement.

Past Recipients

2019 – Beth Moracco and Karin Yeatts

2018 – Amanda Holliday

2017 – Marisa Domino

2016 – Brian Pence

2015 – Michael Hudgens

2014 – Lewis Margolis

2013 – Jane Monaco

2012 – Suzanne Maman

2011 – Amanda Holliday and Jon Hussey

2010 – Amy Herring

2009 – James Thomas

2008 – no award given

2007 – Carolyn Barrett

2006 – no award given

2005 – Doug Crawford-Brown

2004 – Jianwen Cai

2003 – Michael Bowling

2002 – Linda Adair

2001 – Irva Hertz-Picciotto and Sandra Martin

2000 – William Zelman

1999 – Christine Jackson

1998 – Arnold Kaluzny

1997 – no award given

1996 – Pranab K. Sen

1995 – Allan B. Steckler

1994 – Carl Shy

1993 – Gerardo Heiss

1992 – Gary Koch

1991 – Al Tyroler

1990 – Bonnie Rogers

1989 – Victor Schoenbach

1988 – William Herzog

1987 – Brenda Devellis and Gary Rozier

1986 – Earl Siegel and Morris Schaefer

1985 – Lawrence L. Kupper

1984 – James Watson Jr.

1983 – Jo Anne Earp and Philip C. Singer

1982 – Berton Kaplan and Charlene Ossler

1981 – Patricia Z. Barry

1980 – Norman F. Weatherly

1979 – Leonard S. Rosenfeld

1978 – John Larsh Jr. and David G. Kleinbaum

1977 – Emil T. Chanlett

1976 – John C. Cassel

1975 – Roy R. Kuebler