The Board of Governors of the 17-campus University North Carolina campuses has selected some of the most outstanding faculty to receive its 2015 Awards for Excellence in Teaching. The 17 recipients, representing an array of academic disciplines, were nominated by special committees on their home campuses and selected by the Board of Governors’ Committee on Personnel and Tenure. Each award winner will receive a commemorative bronze medallion and a $12,500 cash prize. All awards will be presented by a Board of Governors member during each campus’ spring graduation ceremonies.
Among the winners is NCCU’s Associate Professor Dr. Karen Keaton Jackson, Department of Language and Literature. Keaton Jackson is the Associate Professor of English and Director of the Writing Studio and University Writing Program at North Carolina Central University.
A native of Detroit, Michigan, she has served at North Carolina Central University for the past ten years. At its core, her philosophy of teaching echoes the thoughts of scholar John Dewey from so many years ago: Learning for students is both an intellectual and an emotional experience. Moreover, she believes that one’s teaching methods must reflect the student population and institutional context in which she serves. Thus, her teaching philosophy remains fluid, for her current philosophy is shaped not only by her undergraduate and graduate training, but by her experiences with students at North Carolina Central University.
Award citations and photos for all 17 award recipients can be found on the University of North Carolina website at: http://www.northcarolina.edu/?q=board-governors-awards/teaching-awards-2015.