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).
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.
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 is restricted to full-time faculty in the School. Past recipients of the McGavran Award are not eligible.
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 Monday, March 4, 2019.
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.