Jamie Call Blankinship, an alumnus and longtime faculty member of UNCSA, has been named the recipient of the 2022 University of North Carolina (UNC) Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching. Blankinship is Director of the Stage Management Program at UNCSA’s School of Design and Production (D&P).
She is one of 17 outstanding faculty members representing all of North Carolina’s public universities and the NC School of Science and Mathematics who won the awards and are “the best our state has to offer,” said the UNC system president, Peter Hans.
Chancellor Brian Cole said, “Jamie Call Blankinship is a beloved and respected member of the UNCSA faculty. His experience and knowledge of the industry is extensive and his advice is constantly sought by students, fellow faculty and staff.
“While she is one of our teachers’ most collaborative artists, she is also a great leader among her peers. Above all, however, Jamie cares about his students. We are truly fortunate that this former student has returned to her alma mater to teach the next generation of Fighting Pickles.
Each of the winners will receive a commemorative bronze medallion and a cash prize of $12,500, and will be honored at each of its institutions at a later date. The winners were nominated by special committees at each institution and selected by the Board of Governors’ Committee on Educational Planning, Policy and Programs.
The awards were established by the board in 1993 to highlight the importance of teaching and to recognize the extraordinary contributions of faculty members system-wide.
“We are proud to honor these impressive recipients,” said UNC Board of Governors Chairman Randy Ramsey. “Each of them applies creativity and excellence to their classroom time, which has a profound impact on how students learn.”
Jamie Call Blankinship received his BFA in Management from the UNCSA School of Design and Production. For decades, she pursued a career as a stage manager for renowned arts institutions, including San Francisco Opera, Washington Opera, and Spoleto Festival USA, among others. She joined UNCSA’s Stage Management faculty in 2009 and has served as Program Director since 2016. She has been a key advisor for Stevens Center’s annual production of “The Nutcracker” in production and stage management, as well as only for the annual launching ceremonies.
Call Blankinship aims to foster open communication, healthy collaboration and well-being in its classroom and to mentor its students. She introduced a stage management wellness program to increase students’ resilience to stress by teaching mindfulness, raising awareness of emotional intelligence, and helping students appreciate the importance of finding a balance between their personal and professional life.
Its students have nearly 100% employment, including Broadway work, national/international touring, special events, cruise ships, theme entertainment, regional theater, dance, and venue management. projects. Additionally, she has produced the annual D&P Career Fair – an event that contributes to the employment rate of nearly 98% of all D&P graduates – for over a decade.
Call Blankinship is one of six faculty members to receive university-wide teaching excellence awards last month. Others include Allison Gagnon, School of Music; Carrie Hart, high school curriculum; alumnus Chris Heckman, School of Film; alumnus Jared Redick, School of Dance; and Allen Smith, High School Academic Program.
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