The University of North Carolina Board of Governors has selected UNC Greensboro’s Dr. Mike Perko, professor of public health education, to receive a 2018 Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Perko is one of 17 award recipients, who represent all 16 of North Carolina’s public universities as well as the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. He will receive his award at UNCG’s May Commencement ceremony.
Perko describes his teaching philosophy using what he calls the “Seven C’s”: courage, community, conceptualization, creativity, collaboration, collegiality and compassion. He sees himself as a “hero for the underdog,” helping to support and encourage all students, no matter their background, throughout the learning process.
Outside of the classroom, Perko’s research is focused on worksite health promotion, as well as young athletes and their use of sport performance products.