Two Black Women Academics Honored With Prestigious Awards

Valorie McAlpin, director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, received the 2012 Irving Award for outstanding leadership from the American Distance Education Consortium. She has been at UNCC since 2007. Previously, Dr. McAlpin was associate dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at the University of Maryland.

Dr. McAlpin is a graduate of North Carolina Central University in Durham. She earned a master’s degree at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro and an educational doctorate from North Carolina State University in Raleigh.

Margaret Young, an associate professor of biology at Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina, received the Distinguished Service Award from the Society for In Vitro Biology. Her research focuses on plant biotechnology with the aim of increasing crop production.

Dr. Young served as chair of the education committee for the Society for In Vitro Biology.

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