Africana Studies Department Honored For Teaching Excellence

The Department of Africana Studies is this year’s recipient of the Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching for its collective dedication to high-quality teaching and improvements to student learning and outcomes that have resulted in increased interest in the major and minor.

Faculty in this department have consistently applied the department’s three main tenets of voice, action and community across varied classroom experiences and department-sponsored events. In addition, the department provides a curriculum that is responsive to the needs of their students ranging from flexible course schedules to varying modes of instruction — online, hybrid and face-to-face.  

Faculty are recognized for engaging students through various methods including research experiences embedded within courses; faculty-mentored research through the honors program or other university-wide research programs; active dissemination of research by students; and project-based, service-learning, or internship experiences. 

The Provost Awards recognize faculty and academic units for exemplary work in teaching and community engagement. This is vital to UNC Charlotte’s mission to prepare students for chosen careers and to address community needs in the Charlotte region.

Words: Aimee Hawkins | Image from 2019 commencement: Lynn Roberson