Chapel Hill, N.C.
mission of the UNC Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars is to promote
excellence in teaching at Carolina and in the community. The Academy fosters both short-term and long-term
educational and scholarly initiatives; provides advocacy and support for
teaching; develops financial resources to encourage teaching excellence;
and engages in outreach beyond the University.
In 1996, the Chancellors Intellectual Climate Task Force Report
recommended several initiatives to promote classroom teaching and enhance
the teaching mission at Carolina. One of those recommendations was the
creation of a teaching academy to support teaching initiatives on campus
and in the community. As a result, in 2000, the Provost created, and provided
funding for, the UNC Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars, and he
appointed a Steering Committee of faculty members recognized as leaders
in teaching at UNC. The Steering Committee developed the bylaws and mission
of the Academy, and invited eligible faculty to become members. In the
fall of 2000, the full membership elected officers from a slate of candidates.
The Provost and Chancellor continue to provide enthusiastic support to