Heather Woods, a doctoral candidate and teaching fellow in the Department of Communication, is one of eight recipients of the 2017 K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award, which is awarded by the Association of American Colleges & Universities. The award “honors the work of K. Patricia Cross, Professor Emerita of Higher Education at the University of California-Berkeley” and “recognizes graduate students who show exemplary promise as future leaders of higher education; who demonstrate a commitment to developing academic and civic responsibility in themselves and others; and whose work reflects a strong emphasis on teaching and learning” (aacu.org).
Heather was nominated for this award as a result of her work with the UNC-Chapel Hill Center for Faculty Excellence. Heather is a graduate of the CFE’s Future Faculty Fellowship Program (FFFP) and was later invited back to serve as the co-facilitator for the last two years of the FFFP Graduate Student Learning Community (GSLC) on the Arts and Humanities.
In a congratulatory letter, the senior director for AAC&U stated, “This was a highly competitive selection process. AAC&U received more than 255 nominations from universities across the country, and all of those associated with the Award noted the incredibly impressive credentials of this year’s nominees.”