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The Board of Governors of the 17-campus University of North Carolina has selected UNC-Chapel Hill’s Terry Sullivan, an associate professor in the Department of Political Science, for a 2015 Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Sullivan is one of 17 recipients, nominated by special committees on their home campuses and selected by the Board of Governors’ Committee on Personnel and Tenure.

“Terry Sullivan’s commitment to excellence in the classroom exemplifies Carolina’s leadership in research, scholarship and creativity,” said Chancellor Carol L. Folt. “Students and faculty consider him a great story teller, provocateur, and a breath of fresh air. I agree and congratulate him on bringing this recognition to Chapel Hill.”

Sullivan earned his B.A. and Ph.D. in Government from the University of Texas and completed his postdoctoral studies at Carnegie-Mellon University Graduate School of Industrial Administration. A UNC-Chapel Hill Department of Political Science faculty member for 26 years, he is being recognized for his passion, commitment to students, consistently high standards and for bringing research to life for undergraduates.

Students also attest to the learning environment that Sullivan creates, which challenges them to be their very best. One student wrote: “Professor Sullivan creates a dynamic, intellectual environment, which allows his students to think critically about politics.”

A faculty colleague noted that “he devotes considerable attention to writing and gives students hands-on opportunities to engage in research design.”

Sullivan will receive his award during UNC-Chapel Hill’s spring commencement ceremony.

Posted March 24, 2015