SILS Teaching Award Renamed to Deborah Barreau Award for Teaching Excellence

February 29, 2012

As anyone who attended her classes will attest, Dr. Deborah Barreau was a masterful teacher, winning the "SILS Award for Teaching Excellence" in both 2004 and 2008, and the Outstanding Information Science Teacher international award from the American and Society for Information Science & Technology in 2002. She was highly respected and regarded by her colleagues and students, known for her dedication, commitment and kindness; exceptional mentoring skills - offering time and advice at all hours; and for creating a classroom environment that encouraged creativity and understanding.

Because of her dedication and outstanding ability as a teacher, the School has renamed the "SILS Award for Teaching Excellence" to the "Deborah Barreau Award for Teaching Excellence." The award is presented annually to teachers (one full-time faculty and one adjunct faculty member) demonstrating the highest level of teaching excellence, commitment, innovation in teaching and effectiveness. The awards are presented during the spring commencement ceremony.

Several people have asked how they can make a donation to the teaching fund. Contributions may be made to the Deborah Barreau Award for Teaching Excellence fund (2954) online at or by sending your donation to the School (checks payable to UNC SILS with a note directing the