Honors & Awards
Allison Stedman, associate professor of French at UNC Charlotte, has received a prestigious National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship to complete a book project with relevance for understanding mind-body connections, the history of medicine, miracles, mysticism, holism, and metaphysical theology. The year-long fellowship will support the outcome of in-depth research to be conducted at the Arsenal Library and the French National Library in Paris, France for a book she is writing.
UNC Charlotte scholar Tanure Ojaide has been named this year’s recipient of the Nigerian National Order of Merit (NNOM), in the Humanities category. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari presided over the investiture ceremony on December 1 in Abuja, the country’s capital. Established in 1979, the Nigerian National Order of Merit is the highest academic honor in Africa’s most populous country.
UNC Charlotte Communication Studies Professor Alan Freitag received the prestigious Infinity Award from Public Relations Society of America-Charlotte in November, 2016. The Infinity Award honors a public relations professional whose character, career and service represent the highest standards and who excels in the practice of public relations.
UNC Charlotte is among five colleges and universities selected to share the 2016 Higher Education Civic Engagement Award presented by The Washington Center. Honorees were selected based upon their leadership and innovation in civic engagement.
Anita Blanchard, associate professor of psychology and organization science, is among the five finalists for one of UNC Charlotte’s highest honors – the Bank of America Award for Teaching Excellence. Blanchard’s students frequently use one word to describe her approach to teaching: passionate. Her teaching philosophy is focused on active learning, teaching with technology, co-creating knowledge and developing enthusiasm for learning.
UNC Charlotte’s Master of Science in Mathematical Finance program again has been named among the top 20 programs in the nation, ranking No. 18 in the TFE Times’ 2017 Master of Financial Engineering Program Rankings. program is a joint program of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and the Departments of Finance and Economics in the Belk College of Business.
Jason Black, chair of the Department of Communication Studies, and co-author Ray Harrison, assistant professor at Tennessee State University, are recipients of a national communications award, the National Communication Association Critical & Cultural Studies Division Outstanding Article of the Year Award.
For his international work in advancing public sector performance, UNC Charlotte researcher James Douglas has received the Senator Peter B. Boorsma Award from The Southeastern Conference for Public Administration. “Receiving the award affirms in my mind that the work I have been doing abroad is meaningful and is hopefully making a difference in the world,” he said.
Associate Professor of Chemistry Daniel Jones is among the five finalists for one of the University’s highest honors – the 2016 Bank of America Award for Teaching Excellence. In a 43-year career at UNC Charlotte, Jones has taught more than 5,000 students. Throughout these years, his teaching philosophy has been student-centered and holistic.
Mary Jo Shepherd, public policy, and Jinglin Li, computing and informatics, are the 2016 recipients of the Graduate School Dean’s Distinguished Dissertation Award. The award is presented annually in the categories corresponding to the national competition jointly sponsored by Council of Graduate Schools and ProQuest Dissertations Publishing.