Three Classics Instructors Named Recipients of 2017 UNC Teaching Awards

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(From left) Will Begley, Jennifer Gates-Foster, and William Race

Of the twenty-four faculty members and teaching assistants selected for University teaching awards this spring, three find their home in the Department of Classics.  Professor Jennifer Gates-Foster received a Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching; Professor-emeritus William Race won a J. Carlyle Sitterson Award for Teaching First-Year Students; and graduate student Will Begley was awarded a Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching by a Graduate Teaching Assistant.

Each year, the University Committee on Teaching Awards encourages students to nominate faculty and graduate teaching assistants.  The committee chooses recipients who “promote the value of undergraduate teaching by example, demonstrate concern for students through interaction and approachability inside and outside the classroom, create meaningful learning experiences and maintain high expectations of their students.”  For more about the awards see here.

All of the recipients were recognized at halftime of the men’s basketball game against Pittsburgh on January 31, 2017.  They will also hosted be by Chancellor Carol L. Folt at a banquet in April.

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William Race (center), Will Begley (seven from right), and Jennifer Gates-Foster (four from right) are recognized along with other teaching award recipients on January 31.

Jennifer Gates-Foster is an assistant professor of Classical Archaeology and has been at Carolina since 2013.  Her primary research interests are in the art and archaeology of the Near East and Egypt in the Hellenistic and Roman periods.

Professor-emeritus William Race was the George L. Paddison Professor of Classics from 1996 until his retirement in 2016.  His teaching and research interests include Greek and Latin poetry, rhetoric, and the Classical tradition.

Will Begley is a fifth-year philology graduate student and is also the Classics Department’s Greek Paddison Fellow mentored by William Race.  Will has taught elementary and intermediate Latin during his time at Carolina.