Faculty Awards: 2008 BOG Excellence in Teaching Award
Dr. Tallant, Professor of Communication Studies and Director of Storytelling in the Community at UNCW, has been selected as a 2008 Excellence in Teaching Award recipient by the Board of Governors of the 16-campus University of North Carolina.
During a recognition luncheon to be held in conjunction with the Board's May 9 meeting, a faculty member from each UNC campus will receive a commemorative bronze medallion and a $7,500 cash prize. Tallant has been selected to give the response on behalf of the 17 recipients, who were nominated by special committees on their home campuses and selected by the Board of Governors Committee on Personnel and Tenure. In the history of the awards, this is the first time a UNCW faculty member has been selected to give such remarks. The awards will be presented by UNC President Erskine Bowles and Board of Governors Chairman Jim Phillips of Greensboro.
A faculty member at UNCW since 1980, Tallant considers teaching "an art, just as performance is." She says her goal is "to help students reclaim their intense desire to read and learn with the joyful passion they once had as children, and to believe in their ability to succeed so that they realize their unlimited potential."
Tallant holds baccalaureate and master's degrees from UNC-Chapel Hill and a doctorate from Louisiana State University. The recipient of several UNCW awards for teaching excellence, she was named the 2004 North Carolina Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
Established by the Board of Governors in 1994 to underscore the importance of teaching and to reward good teaching across the University, the awards are given annually to a tenured faculty member from each UNC campus. Winners must have taught at their present institutions at least seven years. No one may receive the award more than once.