Dr. Marsha Penner, a Teaching Assistant Professor in Psychology and Neuroscience, is a recipient of the 2019 University Teaching Award – the Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

The Tanner Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching were created in 1952 with a bequest by Kenneth Spencer Tanner, class of 1911, and his sister, Sara Tanner Crawford, establishing an endowment fund in memory of their parents, Lola Spencer and Simpson Bobo Tanner. The award was established to recognize excellence in inspirational teaching of undergraduate students, particularly first and second-year students.

Dr. Penner, along with 23 other faculty members and graduate students, has been named winners of Carolina’s 2019 University Teaching Awards. The University Committee on Teaching Awards, which oversees the selection process, encouraged students to nominate deserving faculty and graduate teaching assistants for the awards. The committee specifically sought nominations with a commitment to care of our students, outstanding mentorship, and effective use of classroom methods. Each of the five winners of the Tanner Awards for Excellence will receive a one-time stipend of $7,500 and a framed citation. Dr. Penner will also be recognized at half-time of the UNC-Syracuse men’s basketball game on February 26, 2019 and will be honored at an awards banquet on April 8, 2019. Congratulations to Dr. Penner on this well-deserved honor!

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