CULLOWHEE – LeVon Wilson, professor of business law at Western Carolina University, has been named one of the best teachers in the University of North Carolina system, drawing acclaim from students and faculty colleagues for his enthusiasm, energy and effectiveness in the classroom.
A faculty member at Western since 1991, Wilson is among 16 recipients of the UNC Board of Governors Awards for Excellence in Teaching. The award will be presented at a recognition luncheon in May in Chapel Hill. Winners receive a commemorative bronze medallion and $7,500 cash prize.
Wilson teaches graduate and undergraduate courses focusing on business law and the legal environment of business. His students have praised him as “a gentleman and a scholar, but above all, a friend” and as a professor who “inspires thought and creativity and a greater desire to learn well the subject of law.”
“I do not believe that students should be ‘spoon-fed.’ I am of the opinion that learning can actually be fun,” Wilson said. “Getting students to think and develop an awareness of the availability of information is an important aspect of what I do. Throughout my career, and particularly most recently, I have engaged in those pedagogical activities that are designed to foster creative thinking in students.”
Wilson ‘s scholarship addresses the teaching of law and ethics, the use of case methodology, the introduction of multicultural perspectives into legal education, and law-related education for higher education administrators. He involves students in his research and also sponsors students participating in Western’s annual undergraduate and graduate research conferences and at professional conferences.
An alumnus of Western, Wilson received his bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1976 before earning his law degree at N.C. Central University in 1979 and doctorate of education from N.C. State University in 2001. He returned to his alma mater after teaching at N.C. A&T State University and serving as assistant county attorney for Guilford County.
Wilson is a two-time winner of Western’s College of Business Jay I. Kneedler Professor of Excellence Award. A frequent nominee for the university Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award, he also is a two-time finalist for that honor.
Wilson and the 15 other award recipients, representing an array of academic disciplines, were nominated by special committees on their home campuses and selected by the Board of Governors Committee on Personnel and Tenure, chaired by John W. Davis III of Winston-Salem. The awards will be presented by UNC President Molly Corbett Broad and Board of Governors Chairman J. Bradley Wilson of Cary.
Established by the Board of Governors in April 1994 to underscore the importance of teaching and to reward good teaching across the university, 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.