Top 20 Women Professors in North Carolina

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North Carolina is home to some of the best schools in the country, offering world-class programs in a variety of subjects. No matter how highly ranked a given program is, though, it’s only as good as its professors. A good professor can open up new worlds, spark creativity, and inspire students to push further and work harder than they ever imagined. This is especially true when students feel a connection with a professor, someone they can look up to, someone whose footsteps they can follow.

For young women looking to climb the ladders of academia and push boundaries, nothing inspires like the right role model. That’s why we’ve pulled together a list of 20 of the top women professors in North Carolina. It’s difficult to say exactly what makes a professor the “best”, but these women have earned a place on our list thanks to their contributions to their fields and recent achievements. From writing to neuroscience, these professors have excelled in their fields—and they can all be found teaching in the Tar Heel State.

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Alice Stewart North Carolina A&T

Dr. Alice Stewart has taught strategic management for more than 20 years and has been published numerous times. She was co-recipient of the Best Empirical Paper Award for 2011 at Symposium: The Scholarly Brand at the Southern Management Association annual meeting.

Amy Knox Brown Salem University

Assistant professor of creative writing and Director of the Center for Women Writers at Salem College, Amy Knox Brown received the 2012 Salem College Faculty Research Award. She’s using the grant to do research for a book manuscript.

Angela Miles North Carolina A&T

A professor of human resource management and organizational behavior, Dr. Angela Miles was co-recipient of the Best Empirical Paper Award for 2011 at Symposium: The Scholarly Brand at the Southern Management Association annual meeting. She’s won numerous other awards for teaching and best papers.

Carole Boston Weatherford Fayetteville State University

Winner of a 2012 UNC Board of Governors Awards for Excellence in Teaching, Carole Boston Weatherford is a professor of English. She has authored 16 books and earned a 2010 North Carolina Award for Literature.

Cathy Davidson Duke University

Dr. Cathy Davidson, John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute professor of interdisciplinary studies and Ruth F. Devarney professor of English, earned the honor of being named Educator of the Year by the World Technology Network. Her main interests lie in the history and theory of technology.

Christina L Williams Duke University

2011 David and Janet Vaughan Brooks Award winner Dr. Cristina L. Williams is a professor of psychology and neuroscience at Duke University. She is also the Systems and Integrative Neuroscience Program Director at the university.

Dwedor Morais Ford Winston-Salem State University

One of three people selected for a scholarship to attend the International Writing Centers Association’s 2012 Summer Institute, Dr. Dwedor M. Ford teaching writing at WSSU. She has a strong commitment to encouraging the use of computers for writing, giving the students the opportunity to build technology competencies.

Elham H. Fini North Carolina A&T

A professor of civil infrastructure, Dr. Elham H. Fini was recently awarded the prestigious CAREER Award for junior faculty from the National Science Foundation. Her research interests include sustainable building materials and pavement materials.

Joanne Maguire Robinson University of North Carolina, Charlotte

Religious studies professor Dr. Joanne Maguire Robinson was awarded a 2012 UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching. She also recently won a 2012 Bank of America Award for Teaching Excellence.

Laura Taylor North Carolina State University

One of just 20 environmental researchers nationwide to be awarded a Leopold Leadership Fellowship for 2013, Dr. Laura Taylor specializes in joint research/teaching appointment with emphasis in environmental economics. She is a professor of agricultural and resource economics.

Linda Cornett University of North Carolina, Asheville

Recipient of a 2012 UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching, Dr. Linda Cornett is an associate professor and the Chair of Political Science at UNC Asheville. Her research interests are comparative and international political economy.

Lisa C. Tolbert University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Dr. Lisa Tolbert won the highest honor the UNC system can bestow on a professor: UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching. This history professor has won many other awards for teaching and research.

Megan Edwards Winston-Salem State University

Dr. Edwards was awarded with the 2012 Faculty of Distinction Award for her outstanding contributions to the Winston-Salem State University occupational therapy program. She’s an assistant professor in the department, where she’s taught since 2011.

Michelle Connolly Duke University

Winner of the Howard D. Johnson Trinity College Teaching Prize in 2011, Dr. Michelle Connolly is an economics professor with an impressive career in and out of higher education. She was the Chief Economist for the Federal Communications Commission and has earned several other teaching awards.

Ruth Day Duke University

Dr. Ruth Day teaches psychology and cognitive science at Duke University, where she was awarded the Dean’s Distinguished Service Award. She’s won numerous other teaching awards, which span her career at a variety of different universities.

Stephanie L. Luster-Teasley North Carolina A&T

Stephanie L. Luster-Teasley received a 2012 UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching. She teaches environmental engineering courses relating to water resources.

Susan E. Hauser North Carolina Central University

Associate professor of law Susan E. Hauser won a 2012 UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching, the highest honor the board can bestow on an educator. She has lectures and published numerous scholarly articles on bankruptcy procedure, predatory mortgage lending, and civil procedure.

Tekla Ali Johnson Salem University

Dr. Dr. Tekla Ali Johnson is an assistant professor of history at Salem College. She was recently honored with a book award from the National Council of Black Studies (NCBS) for her book, Free Radical: Ernest Chambers, Black Power and the Politics of Race.

Trudy Mackay North Carolina State University

In 2011, Dr. Trudy Mackay was awarded the highest civilian honor that North Carolina can bestow: the North Carolina Award for being the world’s leading expert in the theory and application of quantitative genetics. She is the William Neal Reynolds Distinguished University Professor of Genetics and Associate Member of Entomology.

Yolanda Edwards Winston-Salem State University

Dr. Yolanda Edwards was awarded the 2012 Sylvia Walker Education Award from National Association of Multicultural Rehabilitation Concerns, which promotes ethical and state-of-the-art practices in rehabilitation. She coordinates the M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling program in the Department of Educational Leadership, Counseling and Professional Studies at WSSU.