Carolina recognizes three faculty for global excellence

Awards went to a School of Social Work administrator, a political science teaching professor and a media law and free expression scholar.

Kevin M. Guskiewicz, Gina Agnes Nyirenda Chowa, Robert Jenkings, Tori Smith Ekstrand and Barbara Stephenson standing and posing for a photo at the Faculty Awards for Global Excellence at the FedEx Global Education Center on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill.
Barbara Stephenson (far right), vice provost for global affairs, said "the work of these faculty members is critical to this University's ability to deepen and sustain global relationships." (Jon Gardiner/UNC-Chapel Hill)

Three UNC-Chapel Hill faculty members received the 2023 Faculty Awards for Global Excellence in a ceremony at the FedEx Global Education Center on May 2. The annual awards, administered by the Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs, recognize faculty contributions to advancing the University’s global vision articulated in Carolina Next: Innovations for Public Good.

Gina Chowa, the associate dean for global engagement and a professor at the School of Social Work; Robert Jenkins, a teaching professor in the College of Arts and Sciences’ political science department; and Tori Smith Ekstrand, an associate professor in the Hussman School of Journalism and Media, were selected from nearly 40 nominees.

“The three faculty we honor today embody relationship-building, a commitment to a global mindset and a dedication to teaching the next generation of global leaders,” said Chancellor Kevin M. Guskiewicz, who delivered remarks and distributed the awards. “It is my privilege to recognize our Carolina faculty for their outstanding work to advance our mission.”

Learn more about the Faculty Awards for Global Excellence and this year’s winners.