The Office of the Provost Engaged Scholarship Award was established in 2000 by Provost Dick Richardson to recognize extraordinary public service and engaged scholarship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This award recognizes faculty members or university units for exemplary engaged scholarship in service to the state of North Carolina. The service should serve as an example of excellence, including responsiveness to community concerns and strong community partnerships.
Three Provost awards are given, one each for:
- engaged teaching,
- engaged research and
- engaged partnership.
The 2014 Office of the Provost Engaged Scholarship Award recipients are:
Richard Goldberg, research associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, will receive the 2014 Office of the Provost Engaged Scholarship Award for engaged teaching for his work with students to develop custom assistive devices for people with disabilities. Through his assistive technology laboratory, students work with community organizations, health care providers, teachers and job coaches to develop assistive devices for individuals with disabilities to allow them to become more independent at work, at school, in their home or in the community.
Kathryn Hunter-Williams, a lecturer in the Department of Dramatic Art, will receive the 2014 Office of the Provost Engaged Scholarship Award for engaged research for her dramatic work on the school to prison pipeline. Her project, None of the Above, explores the intersection of race, poverty, educational policies and incarceration through the voices of students, teachers, administrators, parents, attorneys, juvenile justice officials and the incarcerated.
The Supporting Change and Reform in Preservice Teaching in North Carolina (SCRIPT-NC), an effort of the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center will receive the 2014 Office of the Provost Engaged Scholarship Award for community partnership with four community college early childhood programs. Together they work to better prepare the early childhood workforce to meet the needs of all children in their communities, including those with disabilities and those who are culturally and linguistically diverse.