The University of North Carolina Board of Governors has selected UNCG’s Dr. Sharon Morrison to receive a 2017 Award for Excellence in Teaching. She will receive the medal at the May Commencement ceremony.

The associate professor joined the Department of Public Health Education in 2001. She is also a research fellow with the Center for New North Carolinians. Morrison’s research is guided by the principles of cultural competence and community engagement, and grounded in ecological frameworks of disease occurrence, management and prevention.

“Sharon Morrison is a highly valued faculty member whose work exemplifies the best of UNC Greensboro,” said Dr. Dana Dunn, provost and executive vice chancellor. “She brings strong community-engaged research together with outstanding instruction and mentoring.”

Morrison is one of 17 award recipients who represent all 16 of North Carolina’s public universities and the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. The faculty members were nominated by special committees on their home campuses and selected by the Board of Governors’ Committee on Personnel and Tenure.

In announcing the news of her award, the UNC system recognized Morrison for her “unshakable, passionate commitment to her students” and her “fearless adoption of multiple pedagogical techniques and methods.”

One former student wrote, “Dr. Morrison inspires me to continue her legacy of challenging students in a way that opens their eyes to the realities of our world and empowers them to engage it and make a true difference. I am deeply grateful for the passion that she fueled in me, that will drive the work I do for the rest of my life.”

To read the full profile of Morrison on the UNC system website, click here.