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Faculty Tools and Resources

This page provides useful tools, links, and other resources gathered specifically with faculty in mind to help with their pedagogical and technological needs.  

Faculty Awards and Recognition

Western Carolina University takes great pride in the quality of education provided to our students.  Our faculty work very hard to maintain these high standards and are constantly working towards creating an ever-evolving and engaging learning environment.  As a means to recognize faculty and staff who have gone above and beyond expectations, WCU provides several awards to highlight their accomplishments.  The CFC coordinates the monthly awarding of the Professional Development Grant program for providing funds for faculty and instructional staff to pursue professional development opportunities. Additionally, the Commons also coordinates the process for the selection of awards as directed by the Office of the Provost.


Professional Development Grants
Established in 2012, this grant supports the strategic mission of WCU by providing funds for faculty and instructional staff to pursue professional development opportunities in areas such as teaching and learning, scholarship, leadership, certification, accreditation, assessment, and other related areas. This program replaces and expands upon two former grant programs: Microgrants and Provost Instructional Improvement Grants. Maximum Award: $1,000.

Deadlines for 2021-2022 Submission are September 24, 2021 / January 28, 2022 / March 25, 2022.

Application and Instructions 

(Please print application for your records).

Submit Application and Supporting Documents

Coulter Endowment Grants
In support of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, this grant fosters specific study under different themes. Funding amount per grant will not exceed $1500. Review of submitted applications will begin January 2 and continue until funds are exhausted for this year.




Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching
The Board of Governors' Award for Excellence in Teaching at Western Carolina University requires applicants to have earned tenure; must have been employed at Western Carolina for at least seven years; has demonstrated excellence in teaching for a sustained period; has taught in the academic year selected; and can only receive the Board of Governors' Award once in his/her lifetime. Award Amount: $12,500 per year.

Deadline for 2021-2022 Submission is September 14, 2021.

Board of Governors Award Guidelines

Link to Faculty Nomination 

Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award
The Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award encourages, recognizes, and rewards superior teaching and meritorious performance. Teaching faculty in their third year of service at WCU are eligible for nomination if they have not received this award in the preceding five years. The award amount is $2,000 per year and is given out annually. Students and faculty may nominate finalist as a part of WCU's integrated awards system that occurs every January.


Excellence in Teaching Liberal Studies Award
This award recognizes a faculty member for excellence in promoting significant student learning in teaching liberal studies courses on a regular basis. This award is coordinated by Carol Burton, the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies. Please see the PDF document below for more specifics pertaining to this award including nomination guidelines, deadlines, etc.

Excellence in Teaching Liberal Studies Award

Innovation Scholar Award
This award encourages and recognizes a faculty member who produced exemplary types of scholarship outside of the scholarship of discovery, including integration, engagement, and teaching and learning. The award is open to any full-time faculty member or faculty team who has taught at Western Carolina University for at least one year.

Innovation Scholar Award

O. Max Gardner Award
This annual award is given to a University of North Carolina system faculty member who has "made the greatest contributions to the welfare of the human race." It is considered the UNC system's highest faculty award and includes a $10,000 cash prize.

O. Max Gardner Award


Generate Your Annual CFC Involvement Letter

 In an effort to help our faculty gain access to their letters when they need them, we have automated this process. 

Generate Your Letter


Please note:

If you are off-campus, you will need to use the VPN.
You will need to use Firefox or Internet Explorer as your browser to run the report. (Google Chrome will not work.)

Faculty Forum

Current Volume: Volume 29, Number 3


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