Catherine Carter


Catherine Carter, a professor in Western Carolina University’s Department of English, received one of the University of North Carolina System’s top awards.

Carter, a WCU faculty member since 1999, is among 17 recipients of the 2021 UNC Board of Governors Awards for Excellence in Teaching.

Carter, who teaches English education, grammar and writing in WCU’s College of Arts and Sciences, said she was honored to receive “a teaching award of this scope.”

“I guess you could say it means that my efforts are kind of validated,” Carter said. “It doesn’t take an award to validate it. I would hope that we would all do what we do whether or not there are any awards, but it is nice to think that it is seen and recognized, especially by students.”

Carter is the author of poetry collections “Marks of the Witch,” “The Swamp Monster at Home,” “The Memory of Gills,” and “Larvae of the Nearest Stars.”

Carter will receive her award at WCU’s spring commencement ceremony, along with a $12,500 stipend and a bronze medallion.

The award was established by the Board of Governors in 1993 to underscore the importance of teaching and to reward good teaching across the university.