Humanities Council Vice Chair, Roskelly Receives Teaching Award

Hephzibah Roskelly

Dr. Hephzibah Roskelly is the 2012 recipient of the UNC Board of Governors Award for Teaching Excellence. It will be presented to her at UNCG’s spring commencement ceremony.

The 17 BOG Teaching Excellence Award recipients, representing an array of academic disciplines, were nominated by special committees on their home campuses. They were selected by the Board of Governors Committee on Personnel and Tenure. Established in 1994 to underscore the importance of teaching and to reward good teaching across the system, the awards are given annually to a tenured faculty member from each UNC campus. Winners must have taught at their present institutions at least seven years. No one may receive the award more than once.

A professor of English, Roskelly joined the UNCG faculty in 1989. She has held the Linda Carlisle Professorship in Women’s and Gender Studies since 2006.

She received the Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award in 2003.

Roskelly was appointed to the North Carolina Humanities Council in 2008.

She received her master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Louisville. She received her bachelor of arts’ degree from Murray State University.

Her research interests include rhetoric and composition theory, American literature before 1900, women’s history and rhetoric, philosophy and composing, and pedagogy. She has developed and taught dozens of courses at both the graduate and undergraduate level in writing, literature and theory.

Her award citation reads in part:
Dr. Roskelly’s teaching philosophy highlights that she does not just want to impart knowledge on students, but help students harvest the knowledge they have. She states: “If I work hard to help students overcome those barriers that keep them from ‘knowing what they know,’ I work just as hard at what must come afterwards: to help them know more.” A colleague notes that Dr. Roskelly “is interested in the growth of the whole student, which is probably why her teaching has such a broad and lasting effect.” This sentiment is clearly evident in the most memorable quote from her teaching philosophy; “In the end, the premise that underlies this philosophy of teaching is simply that I must love students more than I love my subject.” Her students, in turn, appear to love her as well.

-April 3, 2012 By