The seven recipients of this year’s Teaching Excellence Awards, pictured with Chancellor Roberts (far left), are (l-r): Jamie Lathan, Candice Chambers, Kim Monahan, Amy Sheck, John Woodmansee, Phillip Riggs, and Scott Laird.

Seven NCSSM faculty members have been chosen as winners of this year’s UNC Board of Governors Excellence in Teaching Awards. The awards, which recognize outstanding contributions of faculty members at each UNC System institution and come with prizes ranging from $1,125 to $12,500, were presented in an awards ceremony on NCSSM’s campus on February 7, 2018, by Chancellor Todd Roberts.

Dean of Science and Instructor of Biology Amy Sheck was selected by a committee of her colleagues for the 2017-2018 Board of Governors Excellence in Teaching award. This annual award comes with a $12,500 prize. Chancellor Todd Roberts, in announcing the award, noted that Sheck is not only a leader in the classroom, but is also extensively involved in outreach efforts and is a fervent proponent of recruitment, inclusion, and support of girls in science and allied fields.

Sheck, who has been at NCSSM for 17 years, has taught courses ranging from Research in Biology and Evolution with Special Topics to a Science Communication Seminar and a SCUBA Theory and Marine Studies Seminar, in addition to serving as Dean of Science since 2011.

Outside of the classroom, Sheck works hard to foster professional connections with area universities and labs, forging relationships that support student research and bringing in guest speakers from around the state and beyond. At NCSSM, Sheck designed the TEDxNCSSM conference, and created a new student leadership position focused on science communication. Sheck currently also serves as Executive Director of the NC Student Academy of Science, organizes the NC Science and Engineering Fair for Region 3b, and serves as chaperone and mentor for students participating in various state, national, and international competitions.

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Originally published 02/12/2018.

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