University Awards for the Advancement of Women
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill presents the four University Awards for the Advancement of Women: one to a faculty member, one to a staff member, one to an undergraduate student, and one to graduate or professional student or postdoctoral scholar.
The award recognizes contributions to the advancement of women at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and, in particular, for people of all genders who have contributed in one or more of the following ways:
- Elevated the status of women on campus in sustainable ways;
- Helped to improve campus policies affecting women;
- Promoted and advanced the recruitment, retention, and upward mobility of women;
- Participated in and assisted in the establishment of professional development opportunities for women; and/or
- Participated in and assisted in the establishment of academic mentoring for women.
Process: The Carolina Women’s Center manages the award process on behalf of the Offices of the Chancellor and the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost. Nominations are solicited in the late Fall. Award recipients are selected by a committee made up of faculty, staff, and students from across campus. Faculty and staff recipients each receive $5000. In 2016, the award for a student split into two awards: one for an undergraduate student, and one for a graduate or professional student or postdoctoral scholar; each recipient receives $2500. Awardees are honored in a ceremony during the Carolina Women’s Center’s annual Gender Week Celebration in the spring.
Nominations for 2018 will be open through Friday, January 26 at 5 p.m.
In no more than 750 words, please address directly how the nominee meets one or more of the award’s criteria, using specific examples to support the nomination. Strong nominations may also include letters of support from other individual’s or groups. A maximum of two additional supporting letters (suggested limit 250 words) are permitted but not required. These letters may be submitted via fax (919-843-5619), campus mail (Carolina Women’s Center, CB# 3302), or emailed pdf (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please be sure to indicate in the cover sheet or subject line whose nomination the letter supports.
There are a number of other awards for which nominees might also be eligible and/or better candidates. Please see the list of links below.
Previous award winners:
2017: Susan Girdler, Beatriz Riefkohl Muniz, Olivia Bass, Kaylee Llewellyn
2016: Sheila Kannappan, Jackie Overton, Mary Shen, Leslie Gabriela Morales
2015: Carmen Samuel-Hodge, Terri Phoenix, Maegan Clawges
2014: Karen Booth, Donna Bickford, Audrey Rose Verde
2013: Jenny Ting, Kelli Raker, Camille McGirt
2012: Sherryl Kleinman, Bev Pearson, Allison Grady
2011: Lillie Searles, Bob Pleasants, Caroline Fish
2010: Laurie McNeil, Melinda Manning, Parastoo Hashemi
2009: Etta Pisano, Aimee Krans, Annie Clark
2008: Kay Lund, Cookie Newsom, Emily Joy Rothchild
2007: Barbara Harris, Annette Madden, Emily Dunn,
2006: Jan Boxill, Terri Houston, Matt Ezzell
Carolina Women’s Center Women’s Advocacy Award
The Carolina Women’s Center Women’s Advocacy Award was initiated in 2001 and initially recognized faculty and staff at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill who made a substantial contribution to the climate for gender equity on campus as a result of their leadership in advocating for women. Additional award categories were added in 2010, and awards are currently given in three categories: faculty/staff, postdoctoral scholars/professional and graduate students, and undergraduate students. All members of the campus community are eligible for nomination, regardless of gender, gender identity, or gender expression.
Process: Nominations are generally solicited early in the spring semester. Award recipients are selected by a committee. Awards are usually presented in conjunction with a CWC program during the spring semester. Award recipients receive a plaque and their names are added to a display at the CWC.
Former award recipients:
2011: Susan Harbage Page, Leah Josephson
2010: Kevin Jeffay, Priya Desai
2009: No awards given
2008: Lillie Searles
2007: Sherryl Kleinman
2006: Cynthia Bulik
2005: Jan Boxill
2004: Carol Lautier
2003: Etta Pisano
2002: Laura Gasaway
2001: Mary Turner Lane