2018 Awardees will be honored during Homecoming Weekend, October 13, 2018.
An Alumni Awards Ceremony is held to honor these alumni for their important local, regional, national, and international contributions.
HHS Distinguished Alumni Award
This award is the highest honor given by the School of Health and Human Sciences to an outstanding alumnus/a. It recognizes persons who have attained national and/or international stature through their achievements in one or more of these areas: teaching, scholarship, service (professional or civic), administration, or leadership (professional or civic), creative endeavors, human relationships and inspiration.
HHS Lifetime Legacy Award
This award is for an alumnus/a who has served as a pioneer in his/her field of study and who has tirelessly given of his/her treasure through time or talents spanning a number of decades. This honoree may be selected from among the alumni of any of the eight departments and 2 programs of the School.
HHS Public Service Award
This award may be given to an individual or group who, in his or her role as a member of the faculty (including emeriti faculty), staff, administration, or as alumni or friends, has made an extraordinary contribution to the mission and advancement of the School of Health and Human Sciences.
HHS Emerging Leader Alumni Award
The award recognizes exceptional achievements and significant contributions to the recipient's profession or community/society or university. The recipient exemplifies outstanding professional and personal development either through traditional channels or innovative approaches. This honoree may be selected from among alumni from any of the eight departments and 2 programs of the School, within 10 years after their graduation.
HHS Pacesetter Awards
These awards honor outstanding alumni in the School who have attained local, state or regional recognition through their achievements in scholarship, leadership or service, during their career or through civic involvement. Each Department and Program may select a Pacesetter awardee to honor each year.
Faculty & Staff Awards
HHS celebrates the excellence of its faculty and staff each Spring. Nominations for each faculty award are due no later than March 15, 2019.
- Students typically nominate faculty for consideration for teaching awards. Faculty, staff and students may nominate individuals for consideration of other awards.
- Faculty must be full-time employees who have been at UNCG for a minumum of 2 years to be considered for an award.
- See Nomination Document (docx) for instructions.
HHS Ginny Kinney Faculty Fund
This endowed fund is available to assist faculty (full-time, tenured, tenure-track, or Academic Professional) from any department or program in the School of Health and Human Sciences. To be considered, applicants should have completed at least 2 full years of employment in the School of HHS. These funds may be used for ongoing training and education such as:
- Professional travel costs.
- Registration expenses or accommodations for professional meetings and conferences or courses.
- Software, hardware, or other, related expenses to support professional development or research.
See Ginny Kinny Faculty Fund Information application process (docx)
HHS Teaching Excellence Award
This award honors a faculty member for outstanding success facilitating student learning, outstanding success guiding and facilitating student research or scholarship, or impacting academic and professional pursuits of students. Full time tenure and non-tenure track faculty with at least 2 years of experience at UNCG are eligible for consideration.
HHS Mary Frances Stone Teaching Excellence Award
The Mary Frances Stone Teaching Excellence Award honors tenured and non-tenure track faculty in the School of HHS for teaching excellence. Clarence and Jane Stone established this award to honor their daughter. They believed that 'educational strength ...depends on the development and retention of great scholars and teachers.' Faculty with at least 2 years of experience at UNCG are eligible for consideration.
Gail M. Hennis Teaching Excellence Award
This award was established to celebrate quality in teaching and to provide support to a graduate faculty member in the Departments of Community and Therapeutic Recreation, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Kinesiology, or Public Health Education. It was made possible by a gift from Jerry R. and Joan M. Tolley to honor Dr. Gail M. Hennis, a former professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Assistant Dean of the Graduate School at UNCG. Faculty with at least 2 years of experience at UNCG are eligible for consideration.
HHS Graduate Mentoring Award
The HHS Graduate Mentoring Award recognizes a faculty member who demonstrates excellence in mentoring graduate students. Mentoring graduate students can take many roles, from working one-on-one in advising, teaching, or research activities, to supervising multiple students in research labs, practica, or clinical settings. Notable accomplishments include, but are not limited to, directing theses and dissertations, coauthoring students’ presentations at professional meetings, coauthoring publications with students (or recent graduates) and helping students develop clinical skills in professional settings.
Graduate Mentoring Award application (docx)
Community Engaged Scholarship Award
The HHS Community Engaged Scholarship Award recognizes and rewards a member of the faculty in HHS who demonstrates excellence in scholarly engagement with a community partner. Community engagement that benefits the University and a community partner, while demonstrating a clear connection to departmental, school or university mission is the focus of this award.
Community Engaged Scholarship Award application (docx)
Contributions to Diversity and Inclusion Award
The School of Health and Human Sciences Contributions to Diversity and Inclusion Award is presented to the individual or individuals who make significant contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the School of Health and Human Sciences and in the health and human sciences professions. Contributions include increasing the presence of under-represented populations in the health and human sciences professions and engaging and addressing the needs of diverse populations facing social and health disparities in the Triad, State and beyond.
Contributions to Diversity and Inclusion Award application (docx)
Research Excellence Awards
Health and Human Sciences Research Excellence Awards recognize HHS faculty members for their outstanding research contributions. Each year, one tenured and one nontenured faculty member is recognized. Excellence may be demonstrated by the originality of work, a pattern of research productivity and the involvement of student in the research enterprise. The Senior Research Excellence Award is based on the nominee's career-long body of research.
HHS Junior and Senior Research Award application (docx)
Outstanding Staff Award
The HHS Outstanding Staff Award recognizes and rewards a member of the staff in HHS who provides outstanding leadership and service to our school. Leadership and service are contributions made to HHS which go beyond the scope of normal responsibilities. Examples of leadership and service include, but are not limited to: service on university committees and humanitarian activities/recognition. Service may also include departmental, school, university, and/or professional roles.
HHS Outstanding Staff Award application (docx)
Each year, excellent students, majoring in a department of HHS are awarded nearly $300,000 in scholarships and awards.
Contact Dr. Kathleen Williams at email@example.com with any questions you may have.
UNCG Student Excellence Awards
Students receive awards at the Student Honors Convocation held each spring semester. For information contact Margaret Patton at
This is the highest academic honor given to students at UNCG. Seniors, who, through their academic careers have demonstrated superior creativity and originality, motivation, initiative, and critical thinking skills, and the ability to communicate orally and in writing are nominated for the award by faculty. Congratulations to each of our HHS awardees!
Only about 50 students are selected each year to receive the Student Excellence Award from the Honors College.