UNCG Campus Weekly

Campus Weekly is published each Wednesday when classes are in session. In the summer, it is published biweekly.

Jim Fisher

Jim Fisher (Theatre) has been elected to the College of Fellows of the American Theatre. He will be formally inducted on April 21, 2019, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. The College of Fellows of the American Theatre originated in 1965 within the American Educational Theatre Association. From its beginnings, investiture in the College has been one of the highest honors bestowed on educators and professionals of America’s educational and theatre community. Its primary purpose is to promote and encourage the highest standards of research, writing, and creativity in educational and professional theatre through honoring distinguished service and notable accomplishment by individuals of recognized national stature. More information is at https://www.thecollegeoffellows.org/

Omar Ali/April Marshall

Dr. Omar Ali (Lloyd International Honors College) and Dr. April Marshall (Leadership and Civic Engagement) will co-direct a TEDx UNC Greensboro event on Friday, April 12. Calls for participants will go out soon.

Richard Cox

 Richard Cox (University Libraries) received an award from the NC Genealogical Society for UNCG’s Digital Library on American Slavery. The Race and Slavery Petitions Project website was selected as one of two winners of the NCGS 2018 “Award for Excellence in Web Presence” for a freely accessible website promoting North Carolina genealogy. The award was presented Oct. 27 at the society’s annual meeting. The society’s website notes, “Because records of slaves can be obscure and very difficult to find, this website is a valuable resource for discovering detailed personal information about slaves, free people of color, and whites, both slave owners and non-slave owners. While less than ten percent of North Carolina records comprise the database, this site has significant value for North Carolina researchers.”

Kathelene McCarty Smith

Kathelene McCarty Smith (University Libraries) will speak at the Greensboro History Museum Thursday, Nov. 8, as part of the presentation “Her Great War: Women & WW I,” with scholar and author Lynn Dumenil. The two speakers will reflect on ways the war changed life for women in North Carolina and across the nation. McCarty Smith will discuss mobilization of women on North Carolina college campuses during World War I. Major support for the program comes from the Women’s Professional Forum Foundation and it is the 2018 installment of the John Floy Wicker Endowment Series, which has brought well-known historians and history programs to Greensboro for more than two decades. The presentation will begin at 7 p.m. at the Greensboro History Museum, located downtown, at 130 Summit Ave. There will also be a special reception with refreshments for the UNCG community at 4 p.m. in the MHRA Building, Room 3501. The reception is sponsored by the UNCG Humanities Network and Consortium.

Mike Crumpton

Photo of Michael CrumptonMichael “Mike” A. Crumpton (University Libraries) has co-edited a book with Nora J. Bird titled, “Short-Term Staff, Long-Term Benefits: Making the Most of Interns, Volunteers, Student Workers, and Temporary Staff in Libraries.” The book features chapters from Crumpton and other University Libraries’ faculty, including Digital Project Coordinator and Associate Professor David Gwynn, Outreach and Instruction Archivist and Assistant Professor Kathelene McCarty Smith, and Assistant Dean for Special Collections and University Archives Keith Phelan Gorman.

Shawn O’Neil

Shawn O’Neil (Student Success Center) is the 2018 recipient of the Karen G. Smith Award for Outstanding Service from the College Reading and Learning Association. CRLA awards this recognition annually to members who have exemplified dedication and focus to the organization. Shawn’s nomination comes from his detail-orientation and project management skills related to the International Tutor Training Certification review process for learning assistance centers nationwide. He helps tutor programs better meet the needs of their students by developing and promoting training standards and outcomes. He also trains reviewers to recommend certification to programs that meet best practices.

Dr. Julie Edmunds

Dr. Julie Edmunds (SERVE Center) received new funding from the UNC System Student Success Innovation Lab for the project “Research Affiliate for the University of North Carolina System Student Success Innovation Lab.”

Edmunds will serve as a Research Affiliate for the UNC System, assisting other UNC schools in developing proposals that improve postsecondary student success and that utilize a strong evaluation design.

Dr. Sophia Rodriguez

Photo of Sophia RodriguezDr. Sophia Rodriguez (Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations) received new funding from the Spencer Foundation for the project “Promoting education equity for immigrant students: Examining the influence of school social workers.”

From the abstract:

“This mixed-methods study focuses on the role of school social workers in promoting access and education equity for vulnerable immigrant students in public K – 12 schools. School social workers may play an important role in shaping school climate and directing immigrant students to key resources, but we know relatively little about how they are doing so—or why, under some conditions, they are not. Beginning from the assumption that school social workers are structurally positioned within schools to shape the (re)distribution of goods and services available to students, we use the framework of street-level bureaucracy to identify the ways school social workers broker resources for immigrant students, and how their own views of immigration influence the choices they make along the way. Our proposed project includes a national survey of school social workers and in-depth interviews with a subset of this national sample. Our contribution promises to advance how we understand access, opportunity, and education equity for immigrant students by highlighting the influence of school social workers within schools.”

Dr. Ayesha Boyce

Photo of Dr. Ayesha BoyceDr. Ayesha Boyce (Educational Research Methodology) received a continuation of funding from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for the project “Network for Computational Nanotechnology – Hierarchical nanoMFG Node.”

The evaluation team, led by external program evaluator Assistant Professor Ayesha Boyce and associates from the School of Education at UNC Greensboro, will work closely with nanoMFG Node leadership to integrate formative and summative evaluation into the general operation of the program.  The evaluation will use a value-engaged, educative approach (VEE). The VEE approach, developed with NSF-EHR support, defines high-quality STEM educational programming as that which effectively incorporates cutting edge scientific content, strong instructional pedagogy and sensitivity to diversity and equity issues. A key role of the evaluator is to work closely with program implementers to promote understanding of program theory, implementation and impact.

Dr. Tara Green

Dr. Tara T. Green (African American and African Diaspora Studies), Linda Carlisle Excellence Professor, was invited to give the Dr. Bertha Roddey-Maxwell Distinguished Africana lecture on October 18, 2018, by the Africana Studies department at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Green’s lecture was titled “”They saw everything that was going to happen”: Remembering the Middle Passage in Black Artistic Expressions of Resistance.” The lecture, in its 10th year, is named in honor of the founder of the Africana Studies department and a co-founder of the National Council for Black Studies. After the lecture, Green was given the department’s Africana Studies Award for recognition of her scholarship and service in the field.

Hannah Grannemann

Hannah Grannemann was elected to the Board of Directors of the Society of Arts Entrepreneurship Educators. The Society for Arts Entrepreneurship Education is an organization committed to advancing formal training and high educational standards for arts entrepreneurship education. She is an Assistant Professor of Arts Administration and Director of the Arts Administration Program in the College of Visual and Performing Arts. She is also a ​Coleman Entrepreneurship Fellow in the Bryan School of Business and Economics.

Judy Fowler

Judy Fowler (Kinesiology) will be honored by The North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Dance and Sport Management (NCAAHPERD-SM) as a Teacher of the Year. The Award Ceremony will take place at the Benton Convention Center in Winston-Salem on Thursday, November 1. Carmyn Glynn, 2018 NCAAHPERD-SM President, states, “The individuals selected as the North Carolina Health & Physical Education Teachers of the Year reflect the highest quality of teaching excellence and dedication. We are so pleased to be able to highlight these educators as they represent the very best from the more than 4,000 K-12 health and physical education teachers working in North Carolina.”

Dr. Jason Herndon

Photo of Jason HerndonDr. Jason Herndon (Psychology, UNCG Psychology Clinic) received new funding from Thomasville City Schools for the “Thomasville City Schools Psychologist Contract.” 

According to the abstract, funding will allow the UNCG Psychology Clinic to provide psychoeducational testing services for the Thomasville City School District on a contract basis. As an extension of their training, the clinic will send graduate students in the doctoral clinical psychology program to the district to complete the testing with their students. Clinic students will complete the testing using the district’s testing materials and write up evaluations reports to be shared with the school. Clinic students will be supervised in their work by licensed psychologists within the psychology department at UNCG. 

Chancellor Franklin Gilliam, Jr.

Photo of Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr.Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. will speak on a panel Oct. 29 in Washington, DC, at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. The topic will be “Presidential Leadership for Student Success: What Do We Know?”

Also, that day, he will be a guest on the “To a Degree” podcast (https://postsecondary.gatesfoundation.org/podcasts), Episode 24: “Reimagining the First Year and Beyond.” It will be released in November.

Additionally, he will be interviewed by students on WUAG radio this week. The station will air the Chancellor interview Thursday at 11 a.m. and again at noon.

Dr. Michael Kane

Photo of Dr. Michael KaneDr. Michael Kane (Psychology) has been elected to serve a six-year term on the Governing Board of the Psychonomic Society (PS), which is the primary academic organization for experimental cognitive psychology in North America. PS is the preeminent society for the experimental study of cognition, with over 4,100 members. The society fosters the science of cognition through the advancement and communication of basic research in experimental psychology and allied sciences.

The PS is governed by a rotating body of 15 Governing Board members who are supported by full-time professional staff and management support company run by the PS Executive Director. The Governing Board serves as the Board of Directors for the Society and is responsible for the business, organizational and legal affairs of the Society as well as ensuring that all programs and activities are in accordance with the Society’s mission and strategic goals. Members of the Governing Board also serve as chairs on Society committees.

Dr. Jeremy Rinker

Dr. Jeremy Rinker’s new book “Identity, Right, and Awareness: Anticaste Activism in India and the Awakening of Justice Through Discursive Practices” is now published. The book opens a much needed critical analysis of subaltern Dalit (former “untouchable”) voice in India. Filling a gap in the comparative analysis of connections between anti-caste social movement, communal identities, and marginalized voice, Rinker’s book argues for the important role of narrative strategy in contending against oppressive systems.The book is officially out in November 2018, by Lexington Publishers.

Rinker is associate professor in the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies.

Fran Pearson

Fran Pearson (Social Work) received new funding from Cone Health Foundation for the project “Congregational Social Work Education Initiative (CSWEI 2018-2019).” Dr. Jay Poole is co-principal investigator on the project.

According to the abstract, CSWEI’s creative, collaborative, community-based model has resulted in successfully developed and implemented programming to address the needs of vulnerable population groups that are often unable to secure necessary, ongoing coordinated health and behavioral care.

Melissa Williams

 Melissa Williams (SERVE Center) received new funding from Forsyth Technical Community College for the project “Forsyth Technical Community College Improving Student Achievement through Faculty Development (Title III) Evaluation.” Dr. Wendy McColskey is co-principal investigator on the project.

From the abstract:

SERVE’s evaluation work across the years of this Title III project has been formative and descriptive in purpose, collecting data from participants/users on experiences and summarizing existing data when available to assist in monitoring of project objectives. In this final year, SERVE Center proposes to develop a Final Evaluation Report that summarizes what has been learned from three sources:

  • SERVE Center proposes to develop abstracts of the method and findings of each SERVE report completed over the life of the grant and organize them by year and grant goal/focus (professional development, technology/Starfish, etc.).
  • SERVE will meet with the FT Title III Director to identify a list of Forsyth Tech reports over the last four years relevant to the goals/objectives of the Title III grant. The FT Director will then provide SERVE with the files/copies of the relevant reports.  SERVE will then review the reports and draft an initial summary of findings of the reports relevant to key Title III goals/objectives. Feedback from the FT Title III Director will inform the final form of this summary section.
  • The final section of the report will summarize key stakeholders’ perceptions of grant progress and impact.

Dr. Stephen Sills

Dr. Stephen Sills and graduate research assistants Kelsi Hobbs and Phillip Sheldon with the Center for Housing and Community Studies will be playing key roles in the upcoming Triad-wide community discussion “The Many Faces of Gentrification” Nov. 14 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at the Embassy Suites in Winston-Salem. Sills will present the keynote presentation, and Hobbs and Sheldon will lead breakout sessions on the topics of housing, eviction and foreclosure. These breakout sessions will be informed by their work on preventing displacement through eviction.

The discussion will host experts from Winston-Salem, Greensboro, and High Point’s housing, municipal, non-profit, banking and educational communities.

All are welcome to participate, learn and share thoughts and opinions on the subject of gentrification in the Triad. Registration is required for the event. To register, call 336-734-1227 or email HRDEvents@cityofws.org.

Dr. Merlyn Griffiths

Dr. Merlyn Griffiths (Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality and Tourism) received new funding from Duke University for the project “Exploring Reactions to Health Warnings on Waterpipe Tobacco Ads.”

According to the abstract, Griffiths will assist in all aspects of the project involving promotions and advertising, refining water pipe tobacco social allure ads and assessing reactions to them. She will also assist in creating, refining and selecting verbal graphic health warnings and product safety/harm reduction themes, as well as assist in assessing the consequences of the ads.


Dr. Jennifer Park

Dr. Jennifer Park (English) will deliver a talk for the upcoming Triad Stage production. Her talk, “Magic and Monstrosity in Shakespeare’s Global Fairyland,” will immediately follow the 2 p.m. performance of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Sunday, Nov. 4. More information.

Park is assistant professor of English, specializing in early modern drama. She received her Ph.D. in English from UNC Chapel Hill and her B.A. from Yale University. Her current work focuses on the intersections of gender, science, visual culture, and performance in early modern England.

Dr. Paul Silvia

 American Psychological Association Books has published a 2nd Edition of “How to Write a Lot: A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing,” by Dr. Paul Silvia (Psychology). This edition was reworked to be applicable to all branches of academia, beyond psychology and the social sciences, but maintains its focus on a disciplined, slow-and-steady approach to writing. Over 100 000 copies of the first edition were sold. More information is at https://www.apa.org/pubs/books/4441031.aspx

Dr. Janet Boseovski

 Dr. Janet Boseovski (Psychology) has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Jean Piaget Society (JPS). JPS has an international membership of scholars interested in understanding the developmental emergence of human knowledge. The society honors the Swiss developmentalist Jean Piaget, who made major theoretical and empirical contributions to our understanding of the origins and evolution of knowledge. The goal of the society is to provide an open forum (via symposia, books, the society flagship journal, and other publications) for the presentation and discussion of scholarly work on issues related to human knowledge and its development. The society further encourages the application of advances in the understanding of development to education and other domains. She will serve a 3-year term beginning in June 2019.

Dr. Kenneth Gruber

Dr. Kenneth Gruber (Center for Youth, Family and Community Partnerships) received new funding from NC A&T State University for the project “Research and Technical Assistance for the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences – NC A&T State University.”

According to the abstract, the project will include the following:

  • Special projects assistance relating to research proposals to the Associate Dean for Research of the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences (CAES)
  • Assistance with CAES research annual report development
  • Review of USDA/NIFA Capacity Building and Evans-Allen Project proposals
  • Research proposal writing assistance to CAES research faculty
  • Individual consultation with CAES research faculty relating to research proposal development
  • Review of manuscripts/presentations developed by CAES research faculty

Dr. Holly Sienkiewicz

Photo of Holly Sienkiewicz Dr. Holly Sienkiewicz (Center for New North Carolinians) received new funding from Cone Health Foundation for the “Immigrant Health ACCESS Project.”

The objective of the program is to assist immigrants in gaining access to healthcare services and navigating health systems by providing interpreters and community health workers. According to the abstract, the project will work in conjunction with the Guilford Community Care Network, providing screening, assessment and referral. It will also identify the uninsured and seek solutions to connect them to a local integrated health clinic.

Dr. Jay Poole

Photo of Dr. K. Jay Poole.Dr. Jay Poole (Social Work) received new funding from Cone Health Foundation for the project “Harm Reduction Clinics.” Fran Pearson and Dr. Kenneth Gruber and Dr. Stephen Sills are co-principal investigators on the project.

According to the abstract, the project will see the continued cooperation between UNCG,  the Congregational Social Work Education Initiative (CSWEI), the Congregational Nurse Program (CNP) and Guilford County’s Solution to the Opioid Problem (GCSTOP) to respond to the opiate crisis. The project will enhance this collaboration and focus on counseling overdose survivors and others at risk of opiate overdose. This counseling will help overdose survivors and those at risk to seek substance use treatment or adopt harm reduction strategies to reduce their risk of overdose and other health impacts. Recipients of the counseling will also be directed towards getting primary care services.

Dr. Dianne Welsh

Dr. Dianne Welsh (Bryan School) was one of two Americans chosen to be on an expert panel to develop a toolkit for entrepreneurship education for the European Union. The meeting was held in Brussels at the EU two weeks ago. Welsh holds the Hayes Distinguished Chair of Entrepreneurship in the Bryan School.

Dr. Matt Carter

Dr. Matt Carter (English) has been accepted into his third Folger Institute program in four years. In Heather Wolfe’s “Introduction to Paleography” skills course, Fisher will master the vagaries of early modern handwriting so that he can read correspondence and the marginalia in swordsmanship manuals, dramatic texts, and other manuscript documents. Carter is assistant director of the UNCG Writing Center.

He will be at the Folger Shakespeare Library on Capitol Hill during the week of December 10.

UNCG faculty and graduate students have preferred application status for Folger programs and are eligible for grants-in-aid to cover most or all travel expenses. See https://www.folger.edu/2018-2019-institute-scholarly-programs. for a list of the Folger’s current scholarly programs, and https://awrn.uncg.edu/folger_application.html for application instructions.

Carlone / Tan

Dr. Heidi Carlone and Dr. Edna Tan were two of 13 experts interviewed on defining STEM identity. The interviews appear on the CAISE website. They highlighted the research that they do here at UNCG, as they lead students to pursue science in such compelling ways. See the interviews at http://www.informalscience.org/news-views/13-viewpoints-stem-identity

Dr. Harriette Bailey

 Dr. Harriette Bailey (Human Development and Family Studies) received new funding from Child Care Resources, Inc., for the project “Becoming a Culturally Competent Trainer.”

The Becoming a Culturally Competent Trainer training will be developed and delivered to equip 28 trainers who are able to effectively deliver the current Cultural Competence Module for early childhood professionals.  This work will be led by the project leaders. This training will be developed and delivered based on the framework and principles used in the 18-month Cultural Competence Project funded by the Race-to-the-Top Early Learning Challenge Funds. This project equipped participants to teach the Cultural Competence training module and to provide technical assistance and professional development related to implementing culturally competent practices in early childhood programs.

Dr. Catherine Scott-Little

Photo of Dr. Catherine Scott-Little .Dr. Catherine Scott-Little (Human Development and Family Studies) received new funding from the DHHS Administration for Children and Families for the project “Exploring teacher-family relationships: Avenues for increasing the quality of care in infant-toddler classrooms.”

The recent award from the DHHS Administration for Children and Families is part of the Child Care Research Scholars program and will provide funding for Mary Lee Porterfield’s doctoral dissertation research. The proposed project will investigate current family engagement practices in licensed infant and toddler classrooms across the state to inform future policy and practice. Surveys of infant and toddler teachers, program administrators and families will be conducted with follow-up qualitative interviews of teachers and administrators. Survey scores will be compared to secondary observed quality data.

Dr. Kimberly Kappler-Hewitt

 Dr. Kimberly Kappler-Hewitt (School of Education) received new funding from the NC Alliance for School Leadership Development for the project “Principal Preparation for Excellence and Equity in Rural Schools (PPEERS).” Dr. Carl Lashley is co-principal investigator on the project.

Principal Preparation for Excellence and Equity in Rural Schools (PPEERS) involves a partnership amongst 13 rural districts that struggle to find and keep effective principals for high-need schools, the University of North Carolina Greensboro’s (UNCG) Department of Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations, and the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB).  The partnership aims to develop strong, sustainable leadership pipelines within these districts. PPEERS 2 (2018-2020) will prepare and license 22 new principals for high-need, rural schools.


Dr. Merlyn Griffiths and Dr. Channelle James (Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality and Tourism Department) have published a new textbook, “Mastering the Art: An Entrepreneurial Guide to a Profit-Driven Marketing Plan.” Details about the book and access can be found at he.kendallhunt.com/griffiths_james.

Dr. Terri Shelton

photo of Shelton Dr. Terri Shelton (Office of Research and Engagement) received a continuation of funding from the Guilford County Partnership for Children for the project “Bringing Out the Best: Supporting Young Children’s Social and Emotional Development.”

Shelton is Vice Chancellor of Research and Engagement and the Carol Jenkins Mattocks Distinguished Professor.

This project will increase school readiness and success by improving the quality of the early education and care experiences for infants and young children, the abstract notes. More specifically, Bringing Out the Best (BOB) builds the capacity of early education and care providers, Pre-K teachers, directors/administrators and families to reduce behavioral challenges and support social and emotional development through evidence-based prevention and intervention services. In summary, the impact of this project will be to intervene early to support children who will be ready for school and ready for life. BOB continues to play an important role in advancing the mission of the Guilford County Partnership for Children to support, educate, connect and advocate through the services it provides for children, early educators and families. BOB fulfills a critical need to provide services where no comparable services exist.


Dr. Ang Chen

Dr. Ang Chen (Kinesiology) received new funding from the National Institutes of Health for the project “The Science of Essential Balance.”

The purpose of the project is to design and field-test The Science of Essential Balance (SEB) curriculum for high schools. The project seeks to develop a 40 lesson curriculum to teach the science of energy-balanced living. The curriculum will incorporate mobile technology to deliver course assignments that lead students to engage, experiment, explain, elaborate and evaluate data they collect from themselves about nutrients intake and expenditure. Learning the science of energy balance will provide opportunities for students to study the relationship between nutrition, exercise and health, and between nutrition, exercise and injuries using scientific inquiry processes.