Christopher M. Armitage


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(919) 962-4047

Adjunct Professor in the Curriculum on Peace, War and Defense

Christopher Mead Armitage, who joined the UNC-Chapel Hill faculty in 1967, specializes in seventeenth- and twentieth-century English and Canadian literature. His lively style and personal interest in his students have earned him several awards for excellent teaching: UNC Board of Governors Award for career excellence in teaching in 2009, a Tanner Award for excellence in undergraduate instruction in 2003, his second Bowman and Gordon Gray chair (1986-1989, 2005-2010) for excellence in inspirational teaching of undergraduates, the first UNC Professor of Distinguished Teaching in 1995, and the Nicholas Salgo Award in 1981. Armitage earned a bachelor's degree with honors (1954) and a master's degree (1958) from Oxford University. He earned a second master's degree from the University of Western Ontario in Canada in 1964, and a doctorate from Duke University in 1967. Since 1970 he has returned annually to England to conduct a six-week study program on "Shakespeare in Performance" for students and alumni. In addition, Armitage lectures frequently for the Carolina Speakers program. He appeared on horseback and in eighteenth-century costume to represent William R. Davie at UNC's Bicentennial and on later occasions. His recent publications include The Poetry of Piety: An Annotated Anthology of Christian Poetry, which he compiled with UNC alumnus Rev. Dr. Ben Witherington; and "Blue China and Blue Moods: Oscar Fashioning Himself at Oxford" in Oscar Wilde: The Man, His Writings and His World,ed. Robert N. Keane.

At St Edmund Hall in Oxford University, The Christopher Mead Armitage and Pauline Brooks Armitage Scholarship provides the Michaelmas (Fall) Term free for a UNC-CH undergraduate majoring in the Humanities. In its first five years the winners were juniors majoring in English, Economics, and Global Studies. A minimum GPA of 3.7 is required. Oxford education is based on the tutorial system: in it the student meets individually every week with his or her College/Hall tutor in the subject to discuss the student's essay for about an hour. The student may also choose or be encouraged to attend University lectures in any subject. There is a huge range of extracurricular activities in sports, arts, theatre, social clubs, public service, etc. St Edmund Hall, or Teddy Hall as it is known colloquially, traces its origins to the 13th century. It has a reputation for friendliness and incorporates many foreign students amid the British ones. Testimonials by previous Scholarship winners and application procedures are found in UNC's Study Abroad Office in the FEDEX Building and on its website.

Teaching Awards

Carolina Women's Leadership Council Award for Mentoring Undergraduates, 2015
Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2009
Bowman and Gordon Gray Term Chair for Distinguished Teaching, 2005-10
Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, 2003
Elected to UNC Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars, 2000
The first University Professor of Distinguished Teaching "in recognition of career-long excellence and exceptional ability in teaching of undergraduates," 1995-98
Bowman and Gordon Gray Term Chair for Distinguished Teaching 1986-89           
Nicholas Salgo Outstanding Teacher Award, 1981
Standard Oil Foundation Award for Inspirational Undergraduate Teaching, 1973



Hire Date: 1967

Ph. D., Duke University, 1967
M.A. , University of Western Ontario, 1964
M.A., Oxford University, 1958 
B.A. with honors, Oxford University, 1954

Research Groups and Interests

Group III - English Literature from 1485 to 1660 (including Milton)