Faculty Features

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Chowan University Faculty

Chowan University is blessed with dedicated staff and excellent faculty, a large percentage of whom have earned doctorates. The faculty has been chosen because of their academic preparation, Christian commitment, and desire for excellence in teaching. Many of Chowan University’s faculty have blessed the institution with long years of service. The faculty is large enough to provide quality academic experiences for students. Yet a strength of the University is that it has remained small enough so that the relationship between faculty and students is friendly, in-depth and potentially life-changing. The faculty/student ratio is 1:16.


2020-2021 award recipients

McDowell Columns Scholar Prize

Kyung-Hoon Lee

The Chowan University McDowell Columns Scholar Prize, which is sponsored by the Office of the Provost, is presented to a faculty member for his or her scholarly and/or creative activities during the previous academic year. The prize consists of a cash award and a book style clock, showcasing a photo of the historic McDowell Columns Building, and engraved with the recipient’s name. The prize recipient will be announced at the Seventh Annual Celebration of Faculty Scholarship and Creative Achievement, which will showcase the scholarly works and creative activities that have been published, exhibited, or performed during the academic year, and provide the university community the opportunity to congratulate and recognize faculty for their recent accomplishments as authors, artists, leaders, researchers, presenters, and performers.

Ella Benson

Faculty Advisor of the Year Award

Ella E. Benson

The Faculty Advisor of the Year Award is given each year to honor excellence in academic advising. Selection is based on availability to advisees, caring attitude toward advisees, monitoring of student progress toward academic goals, and knowledge of the university’s regulations, policies, and procedures.

Shannon Williams

Alpha Chi Teacher of the Year Award

Shannon T. Williams

The recipient of the Alpha Chi Teacher of the Year Award is  chosen by students of the university. Selection is based on such factors as dedication to the profession and to students, effectiveness as a teacher, continued professional growth, availability to students, participation in the university’s program of extracurricular activities, and relationship with colleagues and students.

Mitch Henke

Faculty Excellence in Community service award

Mitchell T. Henke

The Faculty Excellence in Community service award is presented annually to an individual in recognition of his or her involvement with charitable, nonprofit, church, public service, or similar organizations in his or her community; dedication to strengthening the spirit of civic engagement; commitment toward furthering the practice of service learning; participation in the life of the university transcends professional responsibility; and/or contribution of professional expertise in service to the wider community.

Hunter Taylor

faculty excellence in teaching award

Hunter Taylor

The recipient of the Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award is chosen by his or her colleagues on the faculty of the University. Selection is based on such factors as dedication to the profession and to students, effectiveness as a teacher, continued professional growth, availability to students, participation in the University’s program of extracurricular activities, and relationship with colleagues and students.