Caldwell Award

Caldwell Award

The John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities, the Council's highest honor, has been presented annually since its inauguration in 1990. Named for its first recipient, the late Dr. John Tyler Caldwell, from 1959-1975 the chancellor of North Carolina State University and a founding member of the North Carolina Humanities Council, the award pays tribute to individuals whose life and work illuminate one or more of the multiple dimensions of human life where the humanities come into play: civic, personal, intellectual, and moral.

The 2018 John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities Call for Nominations

You are invited to nominate candidates for consideration as the recipient of the annual John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities.


The North Carolina Humanities Council seeks to recognize and honor distinguished individuals who, by their achievements and contributions, strengthen the educational, cultural, and civic life of North Carolina through the humanities.

The word humanities refers to the study of human values, traditions, ideals, thoughts, and actions. As defined by Congress, the humanities include but are not limited to history, philosophy, languages, literature, linguistics, archaeology, jurisprudence, art history and criticism, ethics, comparative religion, and those aspects of the social sciences employing historical or philosophical approaches.

Nominees should be persons profoundly committed to the humanities who can raise the fundamental questions of meaning in accessible and imaginative ways. Examples include those who:

  • Demonstrate significant scholarly achievement that leads to greater public understanding and appreciation for the humanities
  • Work closely with community organizations to facilitate conversations about matters of concern to all citizens
  • Instill a passion for learning through their teaching of the humanities
  • Use the perspective of the humanities in shaping public policy


The 2018 John Tyler Caldwell Award recipient will be chosen at the Council’s 2rd quarter Board of Trustee’s meeting in March 2018.

Please include the following in the nomination:

  1. Name of the trustee or person making the nomination
  2. Nominee’s name
  3. Brief description of nominee’s contributions and achievements and the most compelling reasons why the person should receive the Caldwell award (no more than 1 1/2 pages)
  4. Two to three other pieces of support materials, such as letters of reference or print materials related to the nomination

Submission Deadline: January 26, 2018 at 5:00 pm

Please email submissions to Executive Director Paula Watkins at with the subject line: “2018 Caldwell Nomination”

The Council’s nominations committee will evaluate nominations and forward a name to the full Council Board for approval.