Naji Husseini Wins University Teaching Award

Congratulations to Dr. Naji Husseini, Park Faculty Scholar for the Class of 2026 and teaching assistant professor in the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering, for being honored with the 2024 Johnston Teaching Excellence Award!

The 2024 Johnston Teaching Excellence Award is presented annually by the Center for Faculty Excellence and recognizes UNC’s dedication to exceptional teaching and mentorship of both graduate and undergraduate students.

The award committee in the UNC Office of the Provost said, “The committee was highly impressed with both the quantity and quality of nominations for Dr. Husseini. Students described engaging and transformative experiences that impacted not only their academic trajectories but also the way that they engage with the world around them. His courses were cited as being exciting, innovative, demanding, fun, formative and, above all else, effective. One student thanked him for ‘helping to shift my mindset towards truly enjoying the learning process instead of progressing towards a grade.’ Colleagues and supervisors appreciate and admire his work rate, innovation and willingness to go above and beyond as an instructor and administrator. Time and again in his many nominations, students brought up his personal approach and how he goes out of his way to make students feel seen and respected.”

“The Class of 2026 is excited to hear that one of our Park Faculty Scholars, Dr. Husseini, has been awarded the 2024 Johnston Teaching Excellence Award,” said Isaac Carreno, speaking on behalf of the Park Class of 2026. “Dr. Husseini is a dedicated professor, mentor and educator who goes above and beyond in everything that he does. He values the role that he takes in educating his students to be better equipped to take on the pressing challenges they will face. Our class sees Dr. Husseini’s curiosity, intellect and desire for us to improve every week. In his role as Park Faculty Scholar, Dr. Husseini has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to Park Scholarships, and more importantly, building meaningful relationships with all of us to foster growth and development. We are truly grateful to have him as a mentor and congratulate him on this well-deserved recognition.”