The Faculty Election

The annual UNC-Chapel Hill faculty election is being held March 27-April 8. Electronic ballots will be sent to all members of the Voting Faculty.

This page includes information on all of the candidates.

Faculty-Wide Positions

All faculty vote for these

Apportioned Positions

Only voters with primary appointments in the appropriate division vote for candidates representing that division



Candidate Profiles



Faculty-Wide Positions

Chancellor’s Advisory Committee

Vote for 3

Keisha Gibson

Clinical Associate Professor, Medicine and Pediatrics
School of Medicine

MD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2002
Appointed 2008

Qualifications and Experience

UNC has been my professional home since 2008 but as a NC native, it has been my educational home since far before then. As a product of UNC sponsored pipeline programs supporting women and underrepresented minorities in science beginning as early as middle school, I consider myself a living example of UNC’s stated mission. I graduated from UNC’s School of Medicine in 2002 with an MD and in 2008 from UNC’s School of Public Health with an MPH in epidemiology. I am now the Chief of pediatric nephrology in the Department of Medicine and a clinical researcher focused on kidney disease in children and adults. Central to my heart is the mission of our university “…to teach a diverse community of undergraduate, graduate, and professional students to become the next generation of leaders”. In this spirit, I am a member of the SOM admissions committee, the student progress committee, and remain a resource for our local programs that foster the excitement of and access to higher education and science for our youngest members of this state.

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Christopher Gregory

Research Associate Professor and Director of Research, Genetics
School of Medicine

PhD, The Ohio State University, 1993
Appointed 2000

Qualifications and Experience

Chris Gregory is Director of Research/Research Associate Professor in the Department of Genetics and Director, Office of Research Technologies in the UNC School of Medicine. Chris received his PhD in Cell Biology, Neurobiology & Anatomy from The Ohio State University (1993), followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in the Laboratories for Reproductive Biology (UNC Department of Pediatrics). Chris was appointed Research Assistant Professor in Pediatrics and Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and maintained an independently-funded lab until 2004, when he joined Voyager Pharmaceutical Corporation, holding successive positions as Research Scientist, Director of Research and VP Research. Chris joined Clinsys Clinical Research (CRO) in 2007 as Scientific Affairs Director and progressed to Senior Director of Clinical Development and Executive Director, Medical and Scientific Affairs, during which time he earned a Six Sigma Green Belt Certification. Chris joined Catalent Pharma Solutions (CDMO) as Director, Analytical Development Services in 2012 and became General Manager, Development and Analytical Solutions in 2014. In May 2016, Chris returned to UNC Chapel Hill in his current role in Genetics. Since returning to UNC, Chris has served as a member of the School of Medicine Carolina Value Governance Committee, as a management advisor to the UNC High Throughput Sequencing Facility, and as a member or chair of multiple faculty search committees. Chris is very involved in continuous improvement initiatives with biomedical core labs and provides training to core directors/staff on a regular basis.

 

Ferrel Guillory

Professor of the Practice
School of Media and Journalism

M.S., Columbia University, 1970
Appointed 1997

Qualifications and Experience

In 1997, I joined the faculty of the School of Media and Journalism, and founded the Program on Public Life to work to build bridges between the academic resources at UNC-Chapel Hill and the governmental, journalism and civic leaders of North Carolina and the South. In 2014, I co-founded EducationNC, a nonprofit news and policy organization to provide information and analysis in the state’s great debate on the future of education. Currently, I serve as chair of the Honorary Degrees and Special Awards Committee. Other campus service roles have included, a year as faculty representative on board of the General Alumni Association and as a member of the chancellor’s Ethics and Integrity task force.

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James Hirschfield

Kenan Distinguished Professor, Art and Art History
College of Arts and Sciences

MFA, University of Arizona
Appointed 1988

Qualifications and Experience

My greatest qualification is my allegiance and commitment to the University of North Carolina and its future. As a member of the faculty for 30 years, I have served on a wide range of committees, task forces and advisory boards including Building and Grounds Committee, First Year Seminar Advisory Board, Executive Council of the Campus Maker Space, the Administrative Board of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Campus Arts Advisory Committee, the Italian Foreign Study Program Advisory Board, The Ackland Art Museum Administrative Advisory Committee, and the Carolina Performing Arts Advisory Council. I have also served one term on the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee. For seven years I chaired the Department of Art during which I also served as the Chair of the Council of Chairs in the College of Arts and Sciences. Through my service I have gained a meaningful understanding of how the University functions as an institution. And as the former chair of the Department of Art and Art History, I have a strong commitment to and believe passionately in the value the arts bring to the University and to the educational experience. Finally, I am fortunate to have participated in the IAH’s Academic Leadership Program. In addition to meeting through the program a wide range of campus leaders, the experience also honed my skills in listening and communicating, in respecting others’ opinions and knowing when and how to best move an idea forward. For several years there has been considerable discussion of the concept of STEM and the idea that to be competitive in the advancement of technology, one needs to focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. However, many involved in the arts and humanities have added an A to create the acronym STEAM, championing the idea that it is critical to include the arts and humanities at the center of STEM. While valuing all the sciences, I firmly believe, along with many others, that we need to reinforce both within and outside our community, the importance of the arts and humanities. I would go so far as to suggest we modify STEAM to SCREAM, or Science, Creativity, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. (Technology will take care of itself if we focus on these other tenets.) Conflagration in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics will not happen without a spark. And that spark comes out of the ability to think creatively and express oneself well. The next great creative ideas can materialize only with a strong foundation that includes the arts, the humanities and the sciences. To further support this assertion, I invoke the words of Albert Einstein who wrote: “I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” What Albert Einstein understood, was that his greatest asset was his capacity to think beyond accepted knowledge, and to envision a whole new paradigm. This is why we need a University that is strong in all disciplines, and I believe it is crucial that we proclaim this conviction. I know many believe in a curriculum that reinforces this assertion and if elected to a second term on the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee, I will continue to assert this core principle.

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Winifred Metz

Head, Media Center at the Undergraduate Library
University Libraries

MSLS, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2000
Appointed 2002

Qualifications and Experience

At UNC, I lead a team of public service professionals devoted to student success. As Head of the Media Center for the University Libraries, much of my work focuses on our digital literacies program engaged with multimodal communication, media design and pedagogical support. I also curate the research-level Film & Media collection; consulting on media production, analysis and consumption, leveraging the use of film, television, and new media for instruction and research. I am passionate about visual and media literacies and believe digital storytelling and visual narrative to be vital in making all voices heard. I currently serve on both UNC’s Global Cinema Advisory Board and Administrative Board of the Library and have served on Faculty Council. Off campus, I am on the Programming Team for the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival; am a member of the Senior Advisory Council for Alexander Street Press and am consulted on licensing, distribution and post-production for documentary film. In all of my work on and off campus, one constant thread remains – helping people from every background communicate across modalities. My experience with UNC began as a freshman, carried through graduate school and continues now as a professional. In that capacity, I am lucky to work closely with diverse faculty, students and staff across campus. I welcome the opportunity to serve on the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee and bring this experience and perspective.

 

Rohit Ramaswamy

Clinical Professor, Public Health Leadership Program
Gillings School of Global Public Health
PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1989
Appointed 2008

Qualifications and Experience

Since I joined the faculty council in 2017, the challenges faced by the university have brought to light the critical need for the chancellor’s advisory committee to represent a diversity of opinion and experience. I can contribute to that need in several ways, reflecting my own non-traditional background.

I came to UNC from years in engineering research and the private sector through a competitive award providing visiting professor appointments to experts from fields outside public health.In this role and as full-time faculty, I have woven concepts from engineering and management into the public health curriculum by developing a new global MPH program, and establishing a research focus on transforming health systems in domestic and global settings. These endeavors have required an interdisciplinary approach and an appreciation of how operational, political and human priorities need to be simultaneously considered to find solutions to “wicked” problems in uncertain environments. My graduate course on soft systems and co-design methods explicitly and systematically incorporates the worldviews of competing stakeholders. This expertise would serve me well in the advisory committee.

Prior to UNC, I founded a company that consulted with global corporations and non-profits in redesigning their service delivery systems. I mentored senior leaders in developing strategies that balanced customer needs, market pressures and organizational objectives. This involved listening to these groups, through direct conversations or through market research, and assisting business leaders in sense-making before important decisions were finalized. In the committee, this experience will help me interpret the voices of faculty, staff and students while still attending to the broader university environment and state level imperatives.

Finally, I will bring my own lived experience to this role. I came to MIT as an international graduate student from India. Since then, I have walked a 20-year path from student to citizen, experiencing uncertainty along the way, and learning how even inadvertent decisions made by those in power can have profound effects on the life course of those whose status affords them limited agency or voice. I can bring an authentic perspective of those outside positions of power to the committee, enriching and broadening the analytical and experiential lenses available to the chancellor to support more informed decision-making.

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Committee on Appointments, Promotions and Tenure

College of Arts and Sciences
Vote for 1

Jeffrey Spinner-Halev

Distinguished Professor, Political Science
College of Arts and Sciences

PhD, University of Michigan, 1992
Appointed 2005

Qualifications and Experience

I have served on the University Promotion and Tenure Committee for the past three years. I have learned a considerable amount about how the different units on campus work, and I would like to continue ensuring Carolina excellence on the committee.

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Beverly Taylor

Professor, English and Comparative Literature
College of Arts and Sciences

PhD, Duke University, 1977
Appointed 1977

Qualifications and Experience

I have served on several key University committees, including the Faculty Hearings Committee, the Faculty Grievance Committee, and the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee. I served for eight years as Department Chair, the first woman in the University’s history to chair the English department, subsequently merged with Comparative Literature. Shepherding the department’s promotion and tenure cases prepared me for the work of the APT committee, most especially in terms of mediating between University quality control and field-specific standards and accomplishment.

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Frank Tsui

Professor, Physics & Astronomy
College of Arts and Sciences

PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1992
Appointed 1995

Qualifications and Experience

Frank Tsui has served as the Associate Chair of Physics and Astronomy, and also served as a member and the chair of the Department Personnel Committee. He was elected to the Department’s Faculty Salaries Committee. He is currently a member of the Administrative Boards, College of Arts and Sciences. He was an elected member of the Faculty Grievance Committee, and served on the College Curriculum Committee.

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School of Medicine
Vote for 1

Michael Mill

Professor, Surgery and Pediatrics
School of Medicine
MD, University of Colorado School of Medicine, 1980
Appointed 1988

Qualifications and Experience

I joined the faculty at UNC-CH in 1988 after completing my cardiothoracic surgery residency at Stanford University. My interests have been in congenital cardiac surgery, heart and heart-lung transplantation, and thoracic surgical education. I have served on the Admissions Committee of the School of Medicine and as Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, which involved the hiring and promotion of faculty members. I also served as Program Director of the Thoracic Surgery Residency at UNC. I have served on the Faculty Council and the Faculty Assembly Delegation. I have also served on the Residency Review Committee for Thoracic Surgery of the ACGME and was involved the evaluation of training programs across the US and the development of new training paradigms in thoracic surgery education. These experiences, in addition to leadership roles in several clinical programs at UNC, have provided me the experience to participate in a productive and supportive manner in the evaluation of faculty members during the critical deliberations in the promotion and tenure process. I would be honored to serve the University and my fellow faculty members in this capacity.

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M. Patricia Rivera

Professor, Pulmonary Medicine
School of Medicine

MD, State University of NY at Stony Brook, 1985
Appointed 1995

Qualifications and Experience

I am running for the Appointments, Promotions and Tenure representing the School of Medicine. I have served on multiple SOM committees including the promotion to associate professor and the post-tenure review committees. In addition, I was selected by the faculty as a member-at-large of the UNC Faculty Practice Board and a member of the Medical Staff Executive Committee. I have significant experience on national and international Society committees, including serving on the ATS Board of Directors and the CHEST Foundation. I have a reputation for getting things done and working well with others and I consider myself to be an intelligent, hard-working and responsible person with excellent communication skills.

 

David Weber, MD, MPH, professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, UNC School of Medicine and professor of Epidemiology, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

David Weber

Professor, Medicine, Pediatrics and Epidemiology
School of Medicine and Gillings School of Global Public Health

MD, University of California, San Diego, 1977
Appointed 1985

Qualifications and Experience

I have taught at UNC-CH for 34 years. I serve as an Associate Chief Medical Officer at UNC Hospitals. I have served on many promotion working groups for the Department of Medicine and Department of Epidemiology. I have twice chaired NIH study sections. I am a co-chair of the UNC IRB and a member of the DSMB. I have >400 scientific publications in the broad areas of public health, internal medicine, pediatrics, and infectious diseases.

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Professional Schools (Other than Medicine)
Vote for 2

Melinda Beck

Professor, Nutrition
Gillings School of Global Public Health

PhD, The Ohio State University, 1987
Appointed 1991

Qualifications and Experience

I arrived in Chapel Hill in 1991 and served as a Visiting Assistant Professor for one year before moving into an Assistant Professor appointment in the Department of Pediatrics. I received promotion and tenure from both the Department of Pediatrics and the Department of Nutrition in the Gillings School of Global Public Health. I believe that my personal experience, both having gone through the tenure process in two different departments, serving for 2 terms on the Gillings School of Global Public Health Promotion and Tenure Committee, as well as my experience on University-wide committees including Faculty Council, Education Policy Committee, and the Administrative Board of the Graduate School position me well to serve on the Committee on Appointments, Promotions and Tenure representing Professional Schools other than the School of Medicine.

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Ashraf Fouad

Distinguished Professor, Endodontics
Adams School of Dentistry

DDS, 1992; MS, 1990, University of Iowa
Appointed 2016

Qualifications and Experience

I received my academic tenure at the University of Connecticut Health Center in 1998. I have served on the faculty in that institution for 12 years, and was then appointed Department Chair at the School of Dentistry, University of Maryland from 2005 – 2015, before arriving at UNC at the beginning of 2016. I have served on the APT Committee at the University of Connecticut. As Department Chair in two institutions, I have submitted several successful portfolios of faculty for promotion on both the tenure and clinical tracks. My career has combined a significant scholarly portfolio with clinical teaching and practice, as well as service on numerous local and national committees, panels and boards in Endodontics and Dentistry.

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Sandra Hughes-Hassell

Professor
School of Information and Library Science

PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1998
Appointed 2006

Qualifications and Experience

I have served on school level Promotion and Tenure committees at both Drexel University (prior institution) & at UNC-Chapel Hill since getting tenure. At SILS, I have also been the faculty member responsible for seeing several tenure cases through the process from identifying outside reviewers, to drafting the personnel committee’s recommendation. Each year I serve as the external reviewer for approximately 3-4 tenure cases for other universities and colleges.

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Hugh O’Neill

Professor, Strategy and Entrepreneurship
Kenan-Flagler Business School
PhD, University of Massachusetts
Appointed 1993

Qualifications and Experience

I am a current member of the Kenan-Flager Business School Promotion and Tenure committee, where I have served for the past then years. Within Kenan-Flagler, I held the position of Area Chair for the Management Area, and then served as Associate Dean for our Evening and Weekend MBA Programs. At the University level, I held the role of Chair of the Faculty Advisory Committee for the University Libraries for two terms. I also was the Chair of the Thurston Arthritis Research Center for two terms. I believe these positions give me some insight into the depth and breadth of research, teaching and service activities that form the core of our mission.

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Educational Policy Committee

Vote for 3

Lorraine Cramer

Teaching Assistant Professor, Microbiology and Immunology
School of Medicine

PhD, Indiana University, 1998
Appointed 2001

Qualifications and Experience

I have been teaching basic science to undergraduates for 18 years, and I have wanted to be of more service to the University for a while now. I feel that my knowledge and background would allow me to be an effective member of this committee.

 

Adrienne Erickcek

Assistant Professor, Physics and Astronomy
College of Arts and Sciences

PhD, Caltech, 2009
Appointed 2013

Qualifications and Experience

I am a theoretical astrophysicist, and I have taught astronomy and physics classes ranging from graduate courses to courses aimed at non-science majors. For the past five years, I have served on my department’s Graduate Studies and Affairs committee. In this time, we have significantly altered our graduate curriculum and our doctoral written exam. As part of this effort, I worked closely with graduate students in our department to determine what reforms were needed and how to best meet the educational requirements of a wide range of fields with limited instructional resources. I also co-chair my department’s American Physical Society (APS) Bridge Partnership committee, which works with the national APS Bridge Program to increase diversity by helping under-represented minority students make the transition to Ph.D. programs. As part of my duties on this committee, I mentor the students in our department who are involved with the national Bridge Program, and I have gained an awareness of the financial, academic, and social challenges these students face. As a member of the EPC, I would advocate for reforms that would remove the obstacles students with non-standard backgrounds encounter when they enroll at UNC. Regarding undergraduate education, I proposed and implemented a change to the astronomy gateway course, which exposed me to the workings of the current undergraduate curriculum. I am also heavily involved in my department’s response to the proposed changes to this curriculum. We have worked with other members of other STEM departments to advocate that no student should graduate from UNC without understanding how data is collected, analyzed, and interpreted, and how we use empirical evidence to learn about the natural world. I strongly believe that the natural sciences are an essential component of a liberal arts education and I am committed to protecting their place in the general education curriculum.

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Carmen Hsu

Associate Professor, Romance Studies
College of Arts and Sciences

PhD, Harvard University, 2000
Appointed 2005

Qualifications and Experience

I am interested in both undergraduate and graduate learning, and how university policies may affect the education mission of the University. I believe that the Committee should play a key role to ensure faculty oversight of curricular planning in the general education, to preserve intellectual diversity, and to protect academic freedom. I have previously served on the Faculty Council.

 

Rachel Penton

Teaching Assistant Professor, Psychology and Neuroscience
College of Arts and Sciences

PhD, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2008
Appointed 2018

Qualifications and Experience

As a Teaching Assistant Professor and the Director of Undergraduate Neuroscience Advising in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, much of my work focuses on teaching and advising undergraduate students. Prior to my position at UNC Chapel Hill, I taught small undergraduate classes and labs at a small regional university in southern California for four years. I currently teach both large and small undergraduate classes and provide major and minor advising, which consists of helping students navigate major/minor requirements so that they may graduate on time as well as providing general career advising. I have learned about many of the challenges our students face at this university in both teaching and advising roles and I am interested in how university educational policies can meet the needs of the students while still allowing for the academic freedom of the faculty.

 

Kumi Silva

Associate Professor, Communication
College of Arts and Sciences
PhD, University of Oregon, 2004
Appointed 2011

Qualifications and Experience

Since arriving at UNC, I have taught a wide variety courses, ranging from first year seminars to graduate classes that have amplified my commitment to the liberal arts.

 

Nadia Yaqub

Professor and Chair, Asian Studies
College of Arts and Sciences

PhD, 1999
Appointed 2000

Qualifications and Experience

I have a long record of service both at UNC and in my discipline. At UNC I have served as associate chair (2010-2014) and chair (2014-2019) of my department. I am in my second term on faculty council and member of two related committees (Administrative Board of the Library and Fixed Term Faculty Committee). As an administrator for a department that focuses on undergraduate education, I am keenly interested in education policy. I am particularly interested in teaching and curriculum as well as how education policy must address changes to the composition of the faculty, and in particular the rise in the number of fixed term faculty on the teaching track.

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Faculty Assembly Delegation

Vote for 2

Eileen Dewitya

Head, Bibliographic Cataloging for Special Collections
University Libraries

MLIS, Simmons College, 1996
Appointed 2009

Qualifications and Experience

After receiving my degree in History (BA) from the University of Dayton and degree in Library Science (MLIS) from Simmons College, I joined the dedicated staff of the University Libraries in 2009. Prior to my position here, I was Rare Book Cataloger in Residence at the University of Michigan, Assistant Curator of Rare Books at Cornell University, and Librarian and Assistant Archivist of the Biltmore Estate. Since my arrival here, I have served as Chair of the Libraries’ Diversity Programming and Education Committee, a member of the Triangle Research Library Network (TLRN) Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and President of the Librarians’ Association at the University of North Carolina. I enjoy working across departments on campus and participating in conversations with staff, students, and faculty. I am very proud to work among UNC’s diverse community. It would be an honor and a privilege to serve on the Faculty Assembly Delegation. Thank you for your consideration.

 

Chaitra Powell

African American Collections and Outreach Archivist
University Libraries

MLS, University of Arizona, 2010
Appointed 2014

Qualifications and Experience

My current position as an outreach archivist and project director of a major Mellon-funded grant demonstrates my aptitude for communication with diverse stakeholders. I’ve also served on conference planning committees (Librarians’ Association of UNC-Chapel Hill) and a community review board of a local non-profit (Marian Cheek Jackson Center).

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Carl Stenberg

James E. Holshouser, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Public Administration and Government
School of Government

PhD, 1970
Appointed 2003

Qualifications and Experience

It has been an honor to serve as a member of the UNC Chapel Hill delegation on the Faculty Assembly this academic year and I would like to continue to contribute to the important work of this body. My previous University Service includes membership on the Faculty Council and the Administrative Board of the Graduate School. I also served as Director of the Master of Public Administration Program.

 

Benjamin Waterhouse

Associate Professor, History
College of Arts and Sciences

PhD, Harvard University, 2009
Appointed 2009

Qualifications and Experience

I served on the UNC Faculty Council as the representative for non-tenured faculty in Arts & Sciences/Social Sciences from 2012 to 2015. I currently serve as Associate Chair of the History Department. Outside of UNC, I am a member of the Board of Trustees of the Business History Conference and Chair of its Program Committee. I bring experience in university and disciplinary-specific administration and long-term planning, and a passion for improving the university’s operations and pursuit of its intellectual and public missions.

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Faculty Athletics Committee

Vote for 4

Rita Balaban

Rita Balaban

Teaching Professor, Economics
College of Arts and Sciences

PhD, University of Pittsburgh, 1999
Appointed 2006

Qualifications and Experience

I was a Division I basketball player that competed at a high-level for a top-20 team while pursuing a rigorous degree in Economics. I see the extreme value in pursuing athletics coupled with academics and how that can translate into career success. In addition to teaching Introduction to Economics to roughly 800 students a year, I have developed a course in the Economics of Sports which I team at the upper-level on campus and as part of a study abroad program in Croatia. During the 2017-2018 academic year I served on the Student-Athlete Academic Process Review Group. Based on my personal experiences as an undergrad and as a faculty member, I believe that I may have ideas that can improve some of the current processes which will serve to benefit our student-athletes and faculty.

 

Jaye Cable

Professor, Marine Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences

PhD, Florida State University, 1996
Appointed 2011

Qualifications and Experience

I have served on the Faculty Athletic Committee for the last 1.5 years. In this capacity, I have participated in focus groups with student athletes and served as the faculty liaison to the baseball team and to the women’s basketball team. I am an avid fan of Carolina athletics. The time commitment and the love of competition these student athletes make to be on a varsity team is remarkable. My daughter lettered in lacrosse in high school and switched sports in college, and I learned a great deal about what athletes must accomplish to make time for the sport and their studies. Serving on the Faculty Athletic Committee both to aid the student athletes and support the academic mission of UNC is important to me.

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Melissa Geil

Clinical Assistant Professor, Management and Corporate Communication
Kenan-Flagler Business School

PhD, Vanderbilt University, 2006
Appointed 2012

Qualifications and Experience

I am excited to run again for a seat on the Faculty Athletics Committee (FAC), on which I have been serving for the past 3 years. I have been faculty at the university since 2012, and many of my students have earned positions as student athletes in sports ranging from basketball to crew, from soccer to fencing. I see both the challenges and rewards of pursuing excellence both academically and athletically. The work of the FAC to ensure the integration of athletics into the university’s broader mission of academic excellence will continue to serve both the university and the athletes to whom we have promised the finest public education in the country. I am proud of the work that the FAC has done, and hope to continue to serve on this hardworking committee .

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Assistant professor Dr. Paul Lanier and UNC School of Social Work master's student Ashley Kazouh meet on July 7, 2017, at the Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building in Chapel Hill. (Johnny Andrews/UNC-Chapel Hill)

Paul Lanier

Assistant Professor
School of Social Work

PhD, Washington University in St. Louis, 2013
Appointed 2013

Qualifications and Experience

I have been an assistant professor in the School of Social Work for 5 years and am a proud member of the UNC family. I received graduate (MSW) and undergraduate (BA, BS) from UNC Chapel Hill. My work focuses on healthy child and youth development and the impact of positive adults on promoting resilience. For student athletes to excel in the classroom and in other areas of their life, they must receive adequate support from their peers, coaches, and the broader university community. If selected for this position, I would be interested in understanding and seeking to improve access to the types of support student athletes need to be successful.

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Aimee McHale

Clinical Assistant Professor, Public Health Leadership Program
Gillings School of Global Public Health

JD, St. Louis University School of Law, 1988
Appointed 2013

Qualifications and Experience

After a career in the law and in public health, I came to Chapel Hill in 2006 to earn my MSPH from Gillings’ Health Policy and Management Department. I have been on the faculty since 2013, first in the Department of Public Policy and for the last two years in the Public Health Leadership Program (PHLP). I have taught introductory, health policy and capstone courses in Public Policy, and public health core and health policy development courses since my move to Gillings. I chair the PHLP Curriculum Committee and helped to develop the new MPH Core Curriculum. During my years of teaching, I have had the good fortune to teach many student-athletes, and to develop ongoing relationships with a number of them and some of their families as well. I have made it a point to attend not only the dance and musical performances and academic poster sessions of my students, but also to attend their sporting events, including as a football season ticket holder. It is a joy and a privilege to be able to support students both in and out of the classroom. While the role of athletics in an elite academic institution is often debated, my personal belief is that sports teams provide a source of school pride and involvement that extends from students to alumni, and from our local community to all of Tar Heel nation. As much as I love sports and support Tar Heel athletics, I have serious concerns that we are not doing as well as we should and could in meeting the academic needs of our student-athletes, and insuring that we meet our institutional “commitment to excellence” in regard to the standards we pledge to uphold in educating a diverse student population. These shortcomings are not limited to academics per se, but extend to issues that often affect student-athletes’ academic performance, like the ongoing disgrace of student-athlete food insecurity and the effects of physical and mental health challenges that are more common than any of us would like to believe. One of my chief concerns is the inexcusably low graduation rate for Black male athletes – a difficult issue but one that must be addressed through new academic initiatives and social supports, expanding opportunities for internships and study abroad, robust mentoring, and greater integration of student athletes into the Carolina undergraduate experience. Initiatives like these would benefit a broad range of student-athletes, but especially those who feel most excluded and marginalized in the academic realm. Some of the initiatives have been implemented successfully in other elite universities and have resulted in improved student-athlete academic outcomes. Student-athletes should not feel that their support network begins with their coaches and ends in Loudermilk, or believe that their academic interests must be contained within a narrow range of undergraduate majors – but many of them do. Student-athletes should not feel unwelcome in their classes from the moment they turn in their travel letters, but they often are. These things must also change. We can and must do better to build a culture that supports all of our students in the ways that they most need. I appreciate your consideration and hope that you will place your confidence in me when you cast your vote.

 

David Navalinsky

Associate Professor, Dramatic Arts
College of Arts and Sciences

MFA, University of Arizona
Appointed 2011

Qualifications and Experience

David is an Associate Professor and the Director of Undergraduate Production in the Department of Dramatic Art, overseeing all aspects of the undergraduate Kenan Theatre Company season. David also serves as the Director or Undergraduate Study and on the Department’s Access, Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity committee. He recently served on several of the task forces exploring the new curriculum. His academic research has him traveling to colleges and universities investigating mentorship practices in theatrical production.

 

Abbie Smith-Ryan

Associate Professor, Exercise and Sports Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences

PhD, University of Oklahoma, 2011
Appointed 2011

Qualifications and Experience

I would be honored to represent the Faculty by serving on the Faculty Athletics committee and am passionate about improving the overall health and well-being of our students. My research and educational background in exercise physiology and sports nutrition, coupled with my leadership positions within the American College of Sports Medicine, National Strength and Conditioning Association, and the International Society of Sports Nutrition, will be useful experiences to help support the mission of the FAC. Additionally, my research portfolio directly aligns with the charge of the FAC to focus on student-athlete academic success, well-being, and experiences at UNC. Throughout the past 8 years that I have served as faculty at UNC I have been involved in collecting health and performance data on over 500 of our current student athletes. Additionally, I support retired NFL athletes for improving health and body composition as part of a collaborative Brain Body and Health program. Beyond that, as a former college athlete I would bring a unique lens to the committee; having a direct appreciation of what it means to be a successful student and athlete. I believe our focus in the coming years should be on shedding a brighter light on the positive impact athletics can play on the development of a young adult and communicate the academic success our athletes have had. We also need to proactively communicate with our athletes to ensure that the processes in place are supporting academic accomplishments and we facilitate their growth as they transition out of their roles as athletes into successful members of society.

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Faculty Executive Committee

Vote for 4

Debashis "Deb" Aikat (Jon Gardiner/UNC-Chapel Hill)

Deb Aikat

Associate Professor
School of Media and Journalism

PhD, Ohio University, 1995
Appointed 1995

Qualifications and Experience

I feel honored and humbled that my colleagues nominated me for re-election to the Faculty Executive Committee (FEC). I was first elected in 2016 to the FEC. The FEC represents the Faculty Council and the General Faculty in advising the University administration on issues of importance to the University’s mission. As an FEC member, I served as an assiduous advocate for equity, excellence, integrity, ethical transparency, and diversity. I feel privileged to have among the best preparation possible for serving on the FEC. As a UNC-Chapel Hill faculty since 1995, I have experienced the joys, trials and tribulations of academic life at Carolina. I have worked with students, faculty and alumni to foster a civil conversation on Silent Sam even as administrators resisted a decisive resolution.

Qualifications and experiences:

  • Elected member (2018 to 2021), Faculty Hearings Committee (FHC). Comprising nine faculty members with permanent tenure, the FHC conducts hearings on the request of faculty members denied tenure, discharged from duty or not reappointed.
  • Elected member (2016 to 2019), UNC-Chapel Hill’s Faculty Executive Committee.
  • UNC Faculty Council member since 2014.
  • Tenured Faculty Delegate (2014 to 2016) representing the UNC School of Media and Journalism
  • Fixed-Term Faculty Committee (2014 to 2015), which formulated policies and procedures for fixed-term faculty.
  • My peers selected me to serve on the UNC Honor Court’s Faculty Hearings Board Panel to adjudicate violations of academic honesty, ethical conduct, personal integrity, and responsible citizenship.
  • I remain actively engaged in other faculty governance initiatives. Motivated by a spirit of collegial collaboration, I cherish working with colleagues from diverse disciplines at Carolina.

I strongly feel UNC’s faculty governance should focus on three important issues:

  1. Uphold Carolina’s commitment to ethics and integrity
  2. Pursue excellence, accountability and transparency at Carolina
  3. Sustain our Tar Heel spirit and Carolina’s joie de vivre.

Participating with President Bill Clinton in the October 1993 UNC’s bicentennial celebration in a packed Kenan Stadium, CBS journalist Charles Kuralt (UNC ’55), famously observed: “What is it that binds us to this place as to no other? It is not the well or the bell or the stone walls. Or the crisp October nights or the memory of dogwoods blooming,. . . . No, our love for this place is based on the fact that it is, as it was meant to be, the University of the People.” As one of the most distinguished world-class global research-intensive universities, Carolina is the thriving embodiment of the “University of the People” that binds us all. I commend the UNC Faculty Council’s stellar role in advising the Chancellor and key administrators on academic matters at the heart of Carolina’s mission.

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Kelly Giovanello

Professor, Psychology and Neuroscience
College of Arts and Sciences

PhD, Boston University School of Medicine, 2003
Appointed 2006

Qualifications and Experience

Since joining the Carolina faculty in 2006, I have been engaged in research, teaching and campus life, within my department, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Medicine. My research combines cognitive, patient-based, and neuroimaging approaches to investigate the psychological processes and neural mechanism that give rise to human memory. I teach courses on these topics at the undergraduate and graduate levels. I led the development of the new undergraduate major in Neuroscience in the College of Arts and Sciences, and co-developed the campus-wide graduate school certificate in Biomedical Imaging Sciences. My commitment to improving campus-life, and fostering a system of shared governance, is demonstrated by my past service as an elected member of the Faculty Grievance Committee and the Faulty Welfare Committee, and over the last three years, as an elected member of the Faculty Executive Committee. I believe that community engagement is critical, both to share the discoveries made in my laboratory, as well as to teach the next generation of scientists about the importance of sharing knowledge to the broader community. As an example, my students and I participate in several scientific outreach programs including the Morehead Science Exposition. If re-elected to the Faculty Executive Committee, I would continue to be a deliberate, thoughtful, and balanced voice as we face the issues that impact our campus.

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Jennifer Larson

Teaching Associate Professor & Director of Undergraduate Studies, English and Comparative Literature
College of Arts and Sciences

PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2008
Appointed 2008

Qualifications and Experience

I have served on the Faculty Executive Committee since 2017, and prior to that (2013-2016), I was a fixed-term faculty representative on Faculty Council. I am a member of the Committee on the Status of Women, the Student Grievance Committee, the EOC Hearing Panel Committee, and the Department of English & Comparative Literature’s Curriculum Committee. From 2011-2018, I was a peer-elected representative on the Department of English & Comparative Literature’s Lecturer/Teaching Professor Advisory Committee.

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Mark McNeilly

Professor of the Practice, Marketing and Organizational Behavior
Kenan-Flagler Business School

MBA, University of Minnesota
Appointed 2006

Qualifications and Experience

At UNC I have served on the Confederate Monument Committee, Chicago Free Speech Statement Committee, Trademark Committee, and Faculty Awards Committee. In the Business School I teach courses in global marketing, leadership & sales and workshops on how to be successful in global and diverse organizations. Prior to teaching in the Business School, I was a corporate executive and have written three books on strategy and leadership with Oxford University Press.

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Joy Renner

Clinical Associate Professor and Director, Radiologic Science
School of Medicine

MA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Appointed 1986

Qualifications and Experience

I am excited about the opportunity to serve on the Faculty Executive Committee. This critical time of growth, direction development, and leadership changes for the University requires clear heads, dedicated hearts, wide perspectives, and the understanding of the diverse needs and support. My experience as a faculty member and Division Director in the School of Medicine (30 years) and experience as an academic advisor in the College of Arts and Sciences (25 years) provide me with a solid understanding of the roles and needs of faculty and students. My professional leadership experience includes being president of my national professional society and serving on national commissions and task forces for practice standards setting, advanced practice development, and national certification development. At UNC, my leadership involvement includes chairing the Faculty Athletics Committee and the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee and being a member of Faculty Council, Working Group on Ethics and Integrity, and various committees related to SACSCOC accreditation, general education curriculum revisions, and policy reviews and revisions. These experiences afford me the understanding and strength to listen to all, then to articulate and to advocate for what is right with those in leadership positions who implement change and assign resources.

 

Theodore M. Shaw, Julius L. Chambers Distinguished Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Civil Rights at UNC Chapel Hill. Photographed by Steve Exum on September3, 2014.

Theodore Shaw

Julius L. Chambers Distinguished Professor
School of Law

JD, Columbia University, 1979
Appointed 2014

Qualifications and Experience

I currently chair the faculty advisory committee on the disposition of the Confederate Monument. I am the Director of the UNC Center for Civil Rights. In that capacity I have some experience in interacting with UNC governance. I have been a full time faculty member at Columbia Law School and at Michigan Law School. I was a member of the Board of Trustees of Wesleyan University for fifteen years, and am a former Director-Counsel and President of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, for which I worked for 23 years.

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Meg Zomorodi

Clinical Associate Professor
School of Nursing

PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2008
Appointed 2008

Qualifications and Experience

I am an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing and double alum from UNC-Chapel Hill (BSN and PhD). I have a passionate for advancing education and am honored to serve on the University’s Educational Policy Committee, as well as a 1-year term on the Faculty Executive Committee (FEC). I would like to continue to serve on FEC as I have learned a lot about our governance structure and feel I can be a strong voice and active listener when addressing faculty and system needs. I currently teach across graduate and undergraduate programs in Nursing as well as interprofessionally in the health professional schools. My interprofessional teaching and grant activities have provided me with several skills that allow me to maximize my role in FEC and include collaboration, flexibility, and appreciation for how multiple perspectives can advance the quality of the work we do as well as the culture at UNC-CH.

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Faculty Grievance Committee

Assistant Professor or Assistant Librarian

Vote for 1

Rainier Masa

Assistant Professor
School of Social Work

PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2016
Appointed 2016

Qualifications and Experience

Current committee service at the School of Social Work includes Global Engagement, MSW Admissions, and Community, Management and Policy Practice committees. Previously served as member of the: Faculty and Staff Awards committee; Reaccreditation committee, and Committee on students.

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Jessica Tanner

Assistant Professor, Romance Studies
College of Arts and Sciences

PhD, Harvard University, 2013
Appointed 2013

Qualifications and Experience

Since joining the UNC faculty in 2013, I have had the opportunity to serve on several university and departmental committees. I am currently in the second year of my term as an elected member of the Administrative Board of the Library; I was also appointed to the Faculty Welfare Committee in 2018. Through these committees, I have had the privilege of working with colleagues from across campus to address complex issues affecting the work and experience of faculty. As two-term chair (2016-17 and 2018-19) of the Personnel Committee in the Department of Romance Studies, I have been entrusted with overseeing the review of our department’s 38 fixed-term faculty members, which has at times entailed negotiating difficult, ambiguous situations related to faculty employment. I believe these and other service experiences have prepared me for the challenge and responsibility of serving on the Faculty Grievance Committee.

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Associate Professor or Associate Librarian

Vote for 1

Juan Álamo

Associate Professor, Music
College of Arts and Sciences

DMA, University of North Texas, 2008
Appointed 2012

Qualifications and Experience

Two years of experience serving on the UNC Faculty Grievance Committee.

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Ryan Thornburg

Associate Professor
School of Media and Journalism

MA, The George Washington University, 2001
Appointed 1997

Qualifications and Experience

My recent work has focused on media innovation and the economics of local news, particularly the use of computational techniques in journalism. In the School, I’ve served as director of the Reese News Lab and our M.A. program. I enjoy being a mentor to the Johnston Scholars program and served for eight years on the board of the independent non-profit DTH Publishing Corporation. In 2014 I served on the campus-wide Working Group on Data Studies Curriculum and in 2017 was honored to be the least-likely speaker for the Department of Statistics and Operations Research. Before joining the faculty in 2007 I served in leadership roles at The Washington Post, Congressional Quarterly and U.S. News & World Report.

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Professor/Librarian

Vote for 1

Michael Lambert

Professor
School of Social Work
PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1988
Appointed 2010

Qualifications and Experience

 

Anthony Passannante

Professor and Executive Vice Chair, Anesthesiology
School of Medicine

MD, State University of New York, Syracuse, 1985
Appointed 1991

Qualifications and Experience

I was born and raised in Greenwich Village, left New York City in 1977 to go to college, and arrived in Chapel Hill in 1985. I completed residency training in both Internal Medicine and Anesthesiology and joined the Faculty in 1991. My undergraduate education included a major in Economics, and over the years I have held multiple administrative positions within the Department of Anesthesiology, the School of Medicine, and UNC Hospitals. I have participated in University Government through the Faculty Council, two terms on the Financial Exigency and Program Change Committee, and a three-year term including a year as chair of the Educational Policy Committee. Within Anesthesiology I was the residency program director for 11 years, followed by a 7-year stint as Director of Clinical Operations. Within the UNC Hospital structure I have been the Associate Medical Director of the UNC Hospitals Operating Rooms since 2012. My current position within the Anesthesiology Department is Professor and Executive Vice-Chair. The point in listing these multiple roles is mainly to illustrate that conflict assessment and resolution has been an important part of my career and job experience. My experience has taught me not to jump to conclusions too quickly, and to try and understand contentious issues from the multiple viewpoints that are typically involved in these situations. I would be honored to be elected to a position on the Faculty Grievance Committee.

 

Fixed-Term Faculty

Vote for 1

Lisa Johnston

Clinical Professor, Allied Health Sciences
School of Medicine

DPT, Arizona School of Health Sciences, 2004
Appointed 2000

Qualifications and Experience

I am currently the Assistant Director for Professional Education for the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program and the Associate Chair for Clinical Services for the Department of Allied Health Sciences. Prior to coming to UNC, I served as an adjunct faculty member while working in as a physical therapist and clinic practice manager. In addition to teaching, service, and scholarship, I have been responsible for leading the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, administration of Allied Health clinical services, directing clinical education experiences, development post professional programs, and assessment of program outcomes. I have served on numerous committees within the Department and within professional organizations. I am currently the chair of the Student Promotions Committee, member of the AHS Academic Affairs Committee, and a faculty representative to the AHS Student Appeals Committee. My work experiences have provided me numerous experiences in the development and implementation of policies, evaluation of student and employee performance, and the assessment of program outcomes. I recognize the work of the Grievance Committee is complex and difficult and I am committed to an equitable work environment for my peer faculty.

 

Beth Posner is a Clinical Associate Professor of Law whose area of practice and teaching has focused primarily on domestic violence and related family law and immigration issues at UNC Chapel Hill, Photograph by Steve Exum on September 4th, 2013.

Beth Posner

Clinical Associate Professor
School of Law

JD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1997
Appointed 2013

Qualifications and Experience

I have been serving on the Faculty Grievance Committee for the last three years. At the time of my initial election, I was concerned about the state of academic freedom at Carolina and across the country. I, am, perhaps, more concerned now, three years later, and would like the opportunity to continue to serve on this committee. Additionally, I am a lawyer, and one of my teaching areas is Title IX, so I am extremely experienced in the area of campus-based administrative hearings.

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Faculty Hearings Committee

Vote for 3

Charlotte Boettiger

Associate Professor, Psychology and Neuroscience
College of Arts and Sciences

PhD, University of California, San Francisco, 2000
Appointed 2007

Qualifications and Experience

My research uses a wide range of methods to investigate the neurobiology of addiction. My primary faculty appointment is in the in Department of Psychology & Neuroscience, where I teach undergraduate, honors undergraduate, and graduate students. I am an active member of two centers based in the medical school: the Biomedical Research Imaging Center, and the Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies, and I also train graduate students through the campus-wide Neuroscience Curriculum. I have served the University in a variety of different ways during my time at UNC. I have served as a member of the Faculty Council since 2012, on the Provost’s Working Group on high-risk alcohol and substance use, which updated our campus alcohol policy, on the Agenda Committee, the Nominating Committee, and as a member and Chair of the Faculty Assembly Delegation. I am currently a member of the Financial Exigency and Program Change Committee. Through this variety of experiences, I have a sense of the diversity of challenges facing faculty across campus, and of the unique expectations and cultures in different schools and centers. I would welcome the opportunity to further serve UNC as a member of the Faculty Hearings Committee, where this experience and perspective may prove helpful.

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Jane Brice

Professor and Chair, Emergency Medicine
School of Medicine

MD, University of North Carolina, 1994
Appointed 1997

Qualifications and Experience

The Faculty Hearings Committee is tasked with a duty to be objective and open-minded regarding faculty requests to be heard in the matter of disputes with their department or the University. This is a solemn charge. As a tenured professor, I have traversed the requirements and rules of the University and have a good understanding of this path. I have previously served on the School of Medicine Appointments, Promotions and Tenure Committee furthering my understanding of the rules of tenure and promotion. Serving two terms on the Faculty Council was very instructional in understanding University committees and governance. As Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine, I have dealt with thorny issues of human resources, promotions, and other personnel issues. Keeping an open mind, seeking to understand the full range of issues playing into a dispute, and working toward a fair and equitable solution is paramount for members of this committee. I believe I can meet those requirements and would be honored to serve.

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Gary Cuddeback

Wallace Kuralt Early Career Professor
School of Social Work

PhD, University of Tennessee at Knoxville, 2004
Appointed 2003

Qualifications and Experience

As a current member of the Faculty Hearings Committee, I would be honored to continue to serve the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in this capacity. During my time on the Faculty Hearings Committee, I have participated in two hearings, one of which I chaired. I have experience with the policies and procedures of the Committee and will work hard to ensure that the personnel issues that come before the Committee are resolved fairly. I have been a member of the Carolina community since 2003. I care deeply about the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and I am passionate about faculty governance. I am a Wallace Kuralt Early Career Professor at the School of Social Work and a mental health services researcher focused on intervention research with individuals with severe and persistent mental illnesses, especially those who are involved in the criminal justice system. Over the past 15 years I have served on and chaired numerous committees at the School of Social Work and the University, including Faculty Council (2013-2019), the Faculty Research Committee (2011 – present, chair since 2013), the Graduate School’s Weiss Urban Livability Faculty Board (2014 – present), the Institutional Review Board, non-biomedical (2018 – present), and the Undergraduate Hearings Board (2014 – present).

 

Fernando Pardo Manuel de Villena

Professor and Chair, Genetics
School of Medicine

PhD, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 1994
Appointed 2001

Qualifications and Experience

As the chair of a basic science department in the School of Medicine I oversee the scientific, administration and fiscal aspects of large and vibrant unit with over 60 faculty and over 150 graduate students and potsdocs. Conflict mediation and resolution are an important part of my daily job.

 

Conghe Song

Professor and Associate Chair, Geography
College of Arts and Sciences

PhD, Boston University, 2001
Appointed 2001

Qualifications and Experience

I have not served in any of the elected committee positions before. I am an interdisciplinary Geographer, and I would bring the interdisciplinary perspective to the committee. I had served in the faculty advisory committee for the Institute of Environment and E3P Executive Committee.

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Crystal Wiley Cené

Associate Professor, Internal Medicine
School of Medicine

MD, Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, 2002;
MPH, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, 2006
Appointed 2008

Qualifications and Experience

I am honored to be considered for service to the University through the Faculty Hearings Committee because that every faculty member disputing a tenure or reappointment decision has a right to be heard by their peers in a fair, equitable, and just process.

UNC became my first “home away from home” when I entered Morrison dorm as a freshman in 1991.  After graduating from medical school at East Carolina University, I completed an Internal Medicine internship and residency at Yale University, followed by a 3-year General Internal Medicine research fellowship at Johns Hopkins University. While at Hopkins, I completed a Masters of Public Health Degree from the Bloomberg School of Public Health.  I joined the faculty in the School of Medicine and the Department of Medicine in 2008. I am a general Internal Medicine physician and health services/health disparities researcher. I contribute to the university’s mission as through research, teaching medical students, Internal Medicine residents, and post-doctoral fellows, and clinical care. I am the director for the Program on Health Disparities at the Cecil R. Sheps Center for Health Services Research.  My research focuses on social contextual factors that influence health and exacerbate or mitigate health disparities and development and testing of solutions to reduce health disparities and improve health outcomes. I have participated in School of Medicine and other University selection committees. Selection to the Faculty Hearings Committee would be my first experience serving as part of Faculty Governance.

As an African American and female faculty member, I represent demographic groups who are under-represented and face particular challenges in academia. I acknowledge and appreciate the support I have received from my family, friends, mentors, and colleagues that allowed me to achieve tenure. However, I recognize that not every faculty member will achieve the same milestone and there will be occasions where there are disagreements between faculty and the University with respect to tenure and employment decisions.  Those times are undoubtedly stressful for both the faculty member, their loved ones, and members of the Faculty Hearing Committee who must make decisions on those cases. I am well-suited for membership on the Faculty Hearings Committee because I am thoughtful and deliberate and I understand the importance of listening well and being sensitive to people who feel wronged while trying to come up with a solution that best upholds the dignity of the process and the individual faculty member.

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Financial Exigency and Program Change

Academic Affairs
Vote for 2

Gregory Copenhaver

Professor, Biology
College of Arts and Sciences

PhD, Washington University in St. Louis, 1996
Appointed 2001

Qualifications and Experience

I am honored to be nominated to stand for election Financial Exigency and Program Change Committee. I believe my prior service on other university committees including The Faculty Council, Faculty Executive Committee, Faculty Information Technology Advisory Committee, Committee on Research, CAS COI Committee, Administrative Board of the Library, and Committee on Student Conduct have provided me with the necessary pan-university experience to execute the duties of the FEPC committee, should the need arise. In addition to my faculty position at UNC Chapel Hill I am also a Distinguished Adjunct Professor at Fudan University in Shanghai, an Associate Member of the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, and a Faculty Associate in The UNC Center for Bioethics.

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Steven Matson

Professor, Biology
College of Arts and Sciences

PhD, University of Rochester, 1980
Appointed 1983

Qualifications and Experience

I have been a member of the UNC-Chapel Hill faculty since 1983. My view of the university and its mission has been shaped by my experiences as a member of the Biology faculty, as an academic advisor in the General College and the Honors Program, as an Assistant Dean for Academic Advising, as Chair of the Department of Biology and most recently as Dean of The Graduate School. In addition, I have served on a wide variety of university committees including Faculty Council, the Faculty Council Executive Committee, the Tuition Advisory Task Force, the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee, the Administrative Board of The Graduate School, the Honorary Degrees and Special Awards Committee, the Provost’s leadership Cabinet and many others.

 

Roberto Quercia

Trudier Harris Distinguished Professor, City and Regional Planning
College of Arts and Sciences

PhD University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1991
Appointed 1997

Qualifications and Experience

I do research and teach about issues related to finance: housing finance and capital markets, and personal finance. I have published numerous articles on these topics.

 

Arcot (Raja) Rajasekar

Professor
School of Information and Library Science
PhD, University of Maryland, College Park, 1989
Appointed 2008

Qualifications and Experience

I am the director of research at the School of Information and Library Science. Even though I have not served in any capacity at the University level, I bring leadership capability because of leading large-scale multi-disciplinary and multiple campus research projects funded by NSF and other agencies. In this age when data and information are emerging as important aspects of our lives, both in and outside campus, my experience in big data for more than 20 years, both in academia and industry, will help in solving problems that will be faced by our committee. Hence I ask you to vote for me, and I would be honored to serve as your representative on the Financial Exigency and Program Change Committee.

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Health Affairs

Vote for 2

Anna Beeber

Associate Professor
School of Nursing

PhD, University of Pennsylvania, 2005
Appointed 2007

Qualifications and Experience

Having served as past co-chair of the UNC Faculty Grievance Committee, past Health Affairs representative to the Financial Exigency and Program Change Committee, and as a current member of the Faculty Hearings Committee, I have dedicated myself to serving UNC’s Faculty Governance system. While we always hope that the Financial Exigency and Program Change Committee never meets, it is important to have representatives who understand our university’s governance system, and understands the vast programs on our campus. I believe I have the experience necessary for this committee. Thank you for this opportunity to continue to serve on this committee for another term.

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Dirk Dittmer

Professor, Microbiology and Immunology
School of Medicine

PhD, Princeton University, 1994
Appointed 2004

Qualifications and Experience

I am currently a member of the Appointments and Promotion Committee to Full Professor in the School of Medicine and have served on several conflict of interest committees for UNC faculty. I served as chair of a federal grant review study section and regularly on promotion and review committees for the NIH, private foundations and other universities. I am the Team lead for the UNC Lineberger cancer center (LCCC) programs in Virology and global oncology and currently serve on the strategic planning committee for the LCCC.

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Betsy Sleath

George H. Cocolas Distinguished Professor and Chair, Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy
Eshelman School of Pharmacy

PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1993
Appointed 1995

Qualifications and Experience

I have been a faculty member at UNC for over 20 years. I have served as the division chair of Pharmacuetical Outcomes and Policy in the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy for the past 9 years. I also direct the Child and Adolescent Health Research Program at the Cecil Sheps Center for Health Services Research.. I have served on many different school and university committees while I have been a faculty member at UNC.

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Susan Sumner

Professor, Nutrition, Nutrition Research Institute
Gillings School of Global Public Health
PhD, North Carolina State University
Appointed 2016

Qualifications and Experience

I am a Professor in the Department of Nutrition in the School of Public Health.  My research focuses on the use of metabolomics technologies to capture signals for low molecular weight components in cells, tissues, and biological fluids. These biochemical signatures are interrogated in studies designed to reveal metabolites and pathway perturbations associated with disease or dysfunction. Metabolomics is key to informing precision nutrition through providing information for understanding of how metabolic pathway perturbations are linked with genetics and susceptibilities. During the last 7-years, I have served as the Principal Investigator/Program Director of a NIH Common Fund Analytical Program, where I have gained experience making financial and realignment decisions for growth and sustainability.  I would be honored to serve on the Financial Exigency and Program Change Committee, and work with the committee to review circumstances and make recommendations to the senior administration.

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Honorary Degrees and Special Awards

Vote for 2

Anita Brown-Graham

Professor, Public Law and Government
School of Government
Juris Doctorate, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1991
Appointed 2016

Qualifications and Experience

Anita R. Brown-Graham rejoined the School of Government in September 2016 to lead the public launch of the ncIMPACT Initiative—a special effort that seeks to expand the School’s capacity to work with public officials on complex policy issues. Since her arrival, she and her colleagues have devised programs to support communities working on inclusive economies, economic mobility, poverty, the expansion of prekindergarten, extending who participates in the labor pool, and opioid misuse and abuse.

Brown-Graham’s first tour as a School faculty member was from 1994 to 2006, during which she specialized in governmental liability and community economic development aimed at revitalizing communities. In 2007, Brown-Graham became Director of the Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) at NC State University. There, she led IEI’s efforts to build North Carolina’s capacity for economic development and prosperity, working with leaders from across the state in the areas of business, government, and higher education to focus on issues important to North Carolina’s future. Brown-Graham began her career as a law clerk in the Eastern District of California. She is a William C. Friday Fellow, American Marshall Fellow, and Eisenhower Fellow. In 2013, the White House named her a Champion of Change for her work at IEI, and the Triangle Business Journal named her a 2014 Woman in Business for her policy leadership in the state and a 2017 CEO of the year. Brown-Graham serves on the boards of several organizations.

Since she returned to Chapel Hill, Brown-Graham has joined the boards of the UNC Press and Morehead Planetarium; served on the strategic planning committees for the School of Law and Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute; assisted as a member of two five-year review committees and the Thomas Lambeth Lecture in Public Policy committee; and, participated in three key search committees. Brown-Graham earned an undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University and a law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Anthony Charles

Professor, Surgery
School of Medicine

MD, University of Lagos, 1992
Appointed 2006

Qualifications and Experience

Since arriving at UNC in 2006, I have been very involved in undergraduate and graduate and have won numerous awards, including the Mentor of the Year for the General Surgery Residency (2012), Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society (2011) and the Order of the Golden Fleece (2017). I serve on a number of local and national education committees. I am currently on the Honorary Degrees and Special Awards Committee representing faculty at-large and I bring objectivity and equanimity to the process of honoring individuals that represent and symbolize the true values of our institution be it academia, social transformation and community engagement. I look forward to continuing to serve.

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Daniel Gitterman

Duncan MacRae ’09 and Rebecca Kyle MacRae Professor and Chair, Public Policy
College of Arts and Sciences

PhD, Brown University, 1998
Appointed 2000

Qualifications and Experience

Daniel Gitterman is Duncan MacRae ’09 and Rebecca Kyle MacRae Professor and Chair of Public Policy at UNC-Chapel Hill. He also serves as Director of the Honors Seminar in Public Policy and Global Affairs (Washington, DC) and Interim Director of EPIC. At Carolina, he has received fellowships from the Institute of Arts and Humanities (Academic Leadership Program; Chairs Leadership Program) and the Global Research Institute (inaugural program Globalization, the Economic Crisis and the Future of North Carolina). He has received the Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and the John L. Sanders Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and Service at Carolina. Gitterman was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, one of the state’s highest honors.

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Tonu Kalam

Professor, Music
College of Arts and Sciences

MA, University of California, Berkeley, 1971
Appointed 1988

Qualifications and Experience

I would be pleased to serve on the Honorary Degrees and Special Awards Committee. I served for 10 years as Chair of the Music Department Graduation Committee and was involved with inviting distinguished guest speakers and distributing special awards at our May departmental ceremony. I would bring a thoughtful, ecumenical approach to the task of selecting noteworthy people to be honored by UNC.

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Jane Thrailkill

Bank of America Honors Term Distinguished Associate Professor, English and Comparative Literature
College of Arts and Sciences
PhD, Johns Hopkins University
Appointed 2000

Qualifications and Experience

What excites me about serving on the Honorary Degree Committee is the prospect of honoring individuals doing sustained, meaningful work of the sort that doesn’t always make headlines. I was astonished by the power and range of honorary degree recipients I met in 2014, when my own nominee was honored (Carolyn “Biddy” Martin, a visionary educator and President of Amherst College). My research and teaching are interdisciplinary and collaborative, focusing on the intersections of literature and philosophy with science and medicine. I am currently working with clinicians, pastoral counselors, and diverse faculty in the School of Medicine to teach humanities-based skills to future physicians. I’ve served on advisory boards for the Institute for the Humanities, Carolina Public Humanities, and Carolina Performing Arts (where I held the position of Mellon Distinguished Fellow). Along with my colleague Jordynn Jack, I founded HHIVE, UNC’s health humanities lab. I’m past president of the Association of Women Faculty and Professionals, a participant in BRIDGES leadership program, and a graduate of Innovate Carolina’s entrepreneurs workshop. In 2017 I received UNC-CH’s Board of Governor’s Teaching Award.

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Apportioned Positions by Division

Division 2. Humanities Division of the College of Arts of Sciences

Arts and Sciences Advisory Committee
Vote for 1

Dennis Mumby

Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professo, Communication
College of Arts and Sciences

PhD, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, 1985
Appointed 2002

Qualifications and Experience

I served as Chair of the Department of Communication from 2005 to 2013, and during that time oversaw numerous tenure and promotion cases. In addition, I served a 3-year term (2014-17) on the Provost’s Committee on Appointments, Promotion, and Tenure (APT). I am therefore intimately familiar with UNC’s tenure and promotion system, having reviewed cases from all departments and colleges across the university. This experience will enable me to be an effective and engaged member of ASAC.

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Alan Nelson, 2011 winner Distinguished Teaching Award for Post-Baccalaureate Instruction at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Alan Nelson

Professor, Philosophy
College of Arts and Sciences

PhD, Illinois at Chicago, 1984
Appointed 2006

Qualifications and Experience

I have served on ASAC, Faculty Council, and other campus committees. I am currently the DGS in Philosophy.

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Faculty Council, Tenured
Vote for 3

Bruno Estigarribia

Associate Professor, Romance Studies
College of Arts and Sciences

PhD, Stanford University, 2007
Appointed 2009

Qualifications and Experience

I have already served a 3-year term on Faculty Council from 2015 to 2018. I have seen first-hand the importance of representing our departments and colleges in this body that is crucial to defending and implementing faculty governance. Faculty Council is a place for faculty to come together across units and disciplines, to discuss and highlight the topics that are most dear to us, and to speak with one, strong voice. It is also a place for faculty to hear from our undergraduate representatives, and graduate and professional student representatives. It is a place where we can dialogue directly with the Chancellor and Provost, to further ensure our participation in setting the direction in which to grow our University. Without our participation in Faculty Council, there would be no faculty governance. For all these reasons, I would be more than honored to serve again.

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Mary Floyd-Wilson

Bowman and Gordon Gray Distinguished Term Professor and Chair, English and Comparative Literature
College of Arts and Sciences

PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1996
Appointed 2002

Qualifications and Experience

I joined the faculty in the English and Comparative Literature Department at UNC-CH in 2002. I work in the field of English Renaissance Literature, focusing on drama, with interests in the history of gender, race, science, emotion, and the occult. I became Chair of the department in 2017, and I have previously served as the Director of Graduate Studies and the Director of the Office of Distinguished Scholarships. I believe it is imperative that faculty in the arts and humanities have a strong voice in the shaping of university policy decisions, especially in light of diminishing support for its fields as well as erroneous assumptions about the value of what we research, teach, and create. In face of the recent and widespread turnover in the administration, faculty will need to be even more vigilant in their efforts to promote transparency in communications, preserve academic freedom, diversify the faculty and student body, and sustain and foster excellence on all fronts.

 

Donald Haggis

Distinguished Term Professor, Classical Archaeology
College of Arts and Sciences

PhD, University of Minnesota, 1992
Appointed 1993

Qualifications and Experience

I have been at UNC for 26 years and have served previously on Faculty Council and two terms on the Administrative Board of the Library. While I have not actively sought governance or extra-departmental administrative positions, I am deeply committed to serving the College and University. My research, teaching and administrative experiences extend well beyond the disciplinary scope of classics. I am adjunct faculty of the Curriculum in Archaeology, where I have also served as interim chair; Affiliate Faculty in the Curriculum in Global Studies; and since 2006, I have been a member of the Advisory Board of the Research Laboratories of Archaeology. Since 2002 I have been directing a large-scale NSF- and NEH-funded archaeological research project and public humanities initiative that integrates faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates from across the College of Arts and Sciences. Among other appointments, I have served on review panels for the Office of Research Development; the General Education Curriculum Review Committee; the review panel for Social Science Seed Grants for Multidisciplinary Research (Odum Institute); the Fulbright Committee (International Studies); the Francis L. Phillips Traveling Fellowship Committee; and as UNC representative of the North Carolina Delegation for the National Humanities Alliance. My reasons for agreeing to be considered for Faculty Council at this time are related to my broader concern for faculty governance which I think is needed now more than ever before. Current trends toward top-down administrative structures and corporate systems of management affect how the university communicates with the public and the government in maintaining sources of funding, but also more directly, within the university, resource allocations, curricula, graduate education, and ultimately academic freedom. A faculty voice in governance is critical, and representation of the College, and departments of the arts and humanities in particular, is especially important given its minority presence on the Council.

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Sharon Holland

Townsend Ludington Term Distinguished Endowed Professor, American Studies
College of Arts and Sciences
PhD, University of Michigan, 1992
Appointed 2015

Qualifications and Experience

Sharon P. Holland is the Townsend Ludington Term Distinguished Endowed Professor in American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is also the Director of the Program in Sexuality Studies.

She is a graduate of Princeton University (1986) and holds a PhD in English and African American Studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (1992). She is the author of Raising the Dead: Readings of Death and (Black) Subjectivity (Duke UP, 2000), which won the Lora Romero First Book Prize from the American Studies Association (ASA) in 2002. She is also co-author of a collection of trans-Atlantic Afro-Native criticism with Professor Tiya Miles (American Culture, UM, Ann Arbor) entitled Crossing Waters/ Crossing Worlds: The African Diaspora in Indian Country (Duke University Press, 2006). Professor Holland is also responsible for bringing a feminist classic, The Queen is in the Garbage by Lila Karp to the attention of The Feminist Press for publication (2007). She is the author of The Erotic Life of Racism (Duke University Press, 2012), a theoretical project that explores the intersection of Critical Race, Feminist, and Queer Theory. She is also at work on the final draft of another book project entitled simply, “little black girl.” You can see her work on food, writing and all things equestrian on her blog, http://theprofessorstable.wordpress.com//. She is currently at work on a new project, “Vocabularies of Vulnerability: hum.animal.blackness,” an investigation of the human/animal distinction and the place of discourse on blackness within that discussion.

She is the editor of “south: a scholarly journal” (formerly Southern Literary Journal), https://southjournal.org.

I am interested in joining Faculty Council to provide another voice for intersectional issues on campus that are important to faculty, staff and students. I believe in open and direct dialogue.

 

Tony Perucci

Associate Professor, Communication
College of Arts and Sciences

PhD, New York University, 2004
Appointed 2007

Qualifications and Experience

My experience on the Faculty Council has given me a broad view of the current challenges facing Carolina – including negotiating the particular needs of the College of Arts & Science, the Graduate School and our diverse professional schools. In addition to our shared commitment to our students, research and to the sustenance of UNC as vibrant space for critical and creative investigation, we are also connected by the need for substantive and meaningful faculty governance of the university. I have been on the faculty at Carolina for 12 years, serving on numerous campus-wide and community-facing initiatives. My research into artistic practice and social justice movements and in postmodern dance in relation to cognition, perception and feeling has enabled me to view the work of faculty governance through the lens of my own interdisciplinary commitments.

 

Ruth von Bernuth

Seymour & Carol Levin Distinguished Term Professor; Director of Carolina Center for Jewish Studies, Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures
College of Arts and Sciences

PhD, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, 2005
Appointed 2008

Qualifications and Experience

My research interests are in German and Yiddish literature and culture of the late medieval-early modern period. Since 2013, I direct the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies whose mission is to create an academic program in Jewish Studies for faculty and students that integrates into the liberal arts and that exemplifies what a liberal arts education can be in the twenty-first century.

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Faculty Council, Nontenured
Vote for 2

Jennifer Gates-Foster

Assistant Professor, Classics and Archaeology
College of Arts and Sciences

PhD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2005
Appointed 2013

Qualifications and Experience

I have been a faculty member at UNC since 2013 in the Department of Classics and the Curriculum in Archaeology. As a faculty member, I have served my department as the Director of Archaeology, as well as a member of Admissions and Diversity committees, among others. Outside of the department, I have been a member of the University Teaching Awards committee since 2017. I have also served my professional field in many ways: as an editorial board member for several journals as well as an external reviewer for the American Philosophical Society, the National Geographic Society and the L’Agence Nationale de la Recherche (France) and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research. Because I came to Carolina after several years as an assistant professor at another institution (UT Austin, 2007-2013), I understand well the particular needs and challenges of this group and would welcome the opportunity to represent them on Faculty Council. Our voice and participation in decisions related to faculty governance, the changing curriculum and other critical matters is absolutely essential and it would be a privilege to serve the University and faculty in this way.

 

Josefa Lindquist

Teaching Assistant Professor, Romance Studies
College of Arts and Sciences

PhD, University of North Carolina, 2005
Appointed 2005

Qualifications and Experience

I have worked with many colleagues across campus since 2005, when I joined the Department of Romance Studies I have worked alongside and collaborated with numerous colleagues across campus. I have served on several committees including the Faculty Athletics Committee (2015-2017), the Ackland Advisory Committee, the Faculty Nominating Committee (2017), and currently I am an active member of the University Hearing Boards, which hears cases of possible Honor Code violations. In my role of Coordinator of Spanish 105, I oversee between 20 – 35 sections and serve as a Teaching Mentor for all new Graduate Teaching Fellows in Spanish. I am a faculty mentor for the Johnston Scholars and Covenant Scholars. This role helps me to support students and provide them with enriching and diverse bonding activities. For these reasons, I believe that my campus service and committee experience has prepared me for the important work of Faculty Council.

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Hilary Lithgow

Teaching Associate Professor, English and Comparative Literature
College of Arts and Sciences

PhD, Stanford University, 2004
Appointed 2011

Qualifications and Experience

As someone whose teaching includes the mandatory first year Composition course, and who is appointed as a part time Academic Advisor, I work with a wide range of undergraduates in the College of Arts and Sciences and am closely involved with challenges experienced by students (especially first year, transfer, first generation and veterans students) as they seek to navigate the university. From 2012-2017 and 2018-present I have served on my department’s Advisory Committee for Teaching Faculty; since 2014 I have served as a Faculty Advisory Board Member for UNC’s Office of Undergraduate Research and since 2011 I have been a member of my department’s Curriculum Committee. My research expertise includes work on the Literature of War and I’ve worked with veterans on and off campus in a variety of roles including leading a book group and teaching in the Warrior Scholar Program. In addition to broad engagement with undergraduate education and experiences in the College of Arts and Sciences, I bring to this position an ability to effectively articulate, communicate and promote the value of liberal arts education. I also have experience navigating the sometimes unnecessarily large divides among different departments and units on campus (especially the one between academic departments and Academic Advising) and am committed to narrowing those divides. Finally, I bring to this position a particularly strong commitment to supporting first generation, non-traditional and transfer students as well as fixed term faculty.

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Joseph Megel

Artist in Residence and Professor of the Practice, Communication
College of Arts and Sciences
MFA, University of Southern California, 1982
Appointed 2004

Qualifications and Experience

Director of the Process Series, Chair of the Provost Committee on LGBTQ Life,

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Division 3. Natural Sciences and Mathematics Division of the College of Arts and Sciences

Arts and Sciences Advisory Committee
Vote for 1

John Bruno

Professor, Biology
College of Arts and Sciences

PhD, Brown University, 2000
Appointed 2001

Qualifications and Experience

I am a marine ecologist and my research is focused on the effects of global change on marine ecosystems. I combine fieldwork (mainly underwater experiments) on Caribbean reefs and the Galapagos islands with statistical modeling approaches. I have never run for office! My primary goal in this position is to make the tenure and promotion process as fair and unbiased as possible, and to push the university to recognize outreach and other academic contributions (i.e., beyond grants and papers). I currently co-lead the Carolina Climate Change Scientists and am the QEP CURE coordinator. In the latter position I work to develop, assess, and improve “CURE” courses (Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experience) in the sciences and humanities.

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Jonathan Engel

Professor, Physics and Astronomy
College of Arts and Sciences

PhD, Yale University, 1986
Appointed 1993

Qualifications and Experience

In the fall of 2017 I was appointed to the Arts and Sciences Advisory Committee (ASAC) because the prior representative from the sciences resigned. I greatly value the work of this committee and would be honored to serve as an elected member. I have chaired the promotions and tenure committee within our department and am currently our Associate Chair for Diversity and Mentoring. I am thus very familiar with the issues that arise in promotion decisions. My experience with diversity and mentoring informs my work on ASAC. At present I also serve on the university’s Advisory Committee on Undergraduate Admissions and its Research Computing Advisory Committee. In past years I was a member of the Faculty Council and of the Student Fee Advisory Subcommittee. Within Physics and Astronomy, I have been the department’s Director of Undergraduate Studies and Associate Chair for Personnel. These roles require a sensitivity that is also needed in ASAC.

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Faculty Council, Tenured
Vote for 2

Jennifer Arnold

Professor, Psychology and Neuroscience
College of Arts and Sciences

PhD, Stanford, 1998
Appointed 2004

Qualifications and Experience

I am a professor in the Psychology and Neuroscience department, and my research examines the cognitive mechanisms that allow us to use language to communicate. My work is highly interdisciplinary, and I collaborate with researchers from psychology, the humanities and medical sciences. In the 15 years I have worked at UNC, my primary goal has been to support UNC’s mission as the flagship research university for North Carolina, in two ways: 1) providing first-rate educational opportunities for both undergraduates and graduates, and 2) developing a cutting-edge research program. I have served on the Faculty Council for 3 years, on the diversity committee, as the advisor to the Psi Chi honors society, the IRB committee, and numerous search and promotion committees. I regularly contribute to the First Year Seminar program, and my goal is to help students succeed under all life conditions, even challenging ones.

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Stacey Daughters

Professor, Psychology and Neuroscience
College of Arts and Sciences

PhD, University of Maryland College Park, 2005
Appointed 2013

Qualifications and Experience

It would be an honor to serve on the Faculty Council, representing the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. I am a Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience and faculty at the Biomedical Research Imaging Center (BRIC) in the School of Medicine. I have been an elected member of the faculty council since 2016. The University and faculty have faced a great number of challenges over the past few years. I have felt honored to be a part of the faculty council where I have been able to both observe and contribute to the thoughtful and tireless efforts of the UNC community in response to these challenges. I am seeking re-election so I can continue to provide a voice for faculty on both reactive and proactive issues in the coming years.

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Kevin Jeffay, Computer Science, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Kevin Jeffay

Gillian Cell Professor, Computer Science
College of Arts and Sciences

PhD, University of Washington, 1989
Appointed 1989

Qualifications and Experience

I have served on numerous College and University committees over the years include the Administrative Board of the College, Honor Court Advisory Cmte, and the ITS Advisory Board. Within my home department I was a long serving Director of Undergraduate Studies and currently serve as the department chair.

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Todd Vision

Associate Professor, Biology
College of Arts and Sciences

PhD, Princeton University, 1998
Appointed 2001

Qualifications and Experience

As a member of the teaching faculty and as a community-engaged researcher I bring an appreciation of, and commitment to, understanding the needs and priorities of diverse stakeholders and disciplines. I will apply these same values as a member of the faculty council when considering issues and topics important to students, staff, and faculty across our university. I appreciate your consideration as you select the next representatives for Faculty Council.

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Division 4. Social Sciences Division of the College of Arts and Sciences

Faculty Council, Tenured
Vote for 3

Yong Cai

Associate Professor, Sociology
College of Arts and Sciences

PhD University of Washington, 2005
Appointed 2009

Qualifications and Experience

I am an Associate Professor of Sociology and a Faculty Fellow at Carolina Population Center. While I have little administrative experience, I sure will bring a fresh perspective and my great enthusiasm to the Council.

 

Jonathan Hill

Professor, Economics
College of Arts and Sciences

PhD, University of Colorado, 2001
Appointed 2007

Qualifications and Experience

I have been at UNC for 12 years, and have worked in the caculty council for 5 years. I am ending a three year stint as the Director of Graduate Studies in Economics. My primary focus on the faculty council is student related welfare, including graduate students (the forgotten and oft exploited social group) who are typically paid little and substantially overworked.

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Elizabeth (Betsy) Olson

Professor and Chair, Geography
College of Arts and Sciences
PhD, University of Colorado, Boulder
Appointed 2012

Qualifications and Experience

I am a geographer who works on issues related to the ethics and changing practices of care under contemporary conditions of global capitalism. In recent years, I’ve focused on the experiences of young people who are caregivers. Given that all faculty have both the qualifications and experience to serve in this position, I wouldn’t consider myself uniquely qualified. I’ve held many different kinds of leadership and supporting roles at Carolina (I’m currently department chair) and my previous position at the University of Edinburgh. I feel very strongly that good governance is essential for good decision-making, and I can be rather direct when I sense that we are veering from our mission as a public institution of higher education.

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C. Margaret Scarry

Professor, Anthropology and Archaeology
College of Arts and Sciences

PhD, University of Michigan, 1986
Appointed 1995

Qualifications and Experience

I have been at UNC-CH for 24 years and am currently Director of the Research Labs of Archaeology and Chair of the Curriculum in Archaeology. At the College-level, I have served as a member of the Curriculum Committee, the Grade Appeals Committee and on the Administrative Board. I am currently a member of the Arts and Sciences Advisory Committee, which reviews tenure and promotion cases that are submitted to the Dean’s office. Within Anthropology, I have been Director of Undergraduates Studies, Director of Graduate Studies, and Associate Chair. I also have served as chair or committee member on multiple faculty searches, promotion and tenure cases. My various roles have given me a firm understanding of the College’s administrative policies, functions, and expectations as well as creating connections in Departments across campus. These experiences have given me a solid perspective on faculty governance from the viewpoint of a faculty member and departmental representative. I think my long tenure at UNC, administrative experiences and life within diverse department positions place me in a position to be a critical, flexible and fair faculty council representative for the social sciences.

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Molly Worthen

Associate Professor, History
College of Arts and Sciences

PhD, Yale University, 2011
Appointed 2012

Qualifications and Experience

I came to UNC in 2012. I teach North American intellectual and religious history, with a particular interest in Christianity and American politics. In my time as a faculty member I have served on numerous department committees, as well as the 2018 college curriculum reform feasibility committee focused on General Education. I am also a freelance journalist, and write about religion, politics, and higher education for the New York Times. You can find my views on the dangers of fixating on standardized learning outcomes assessment here, and my defense of traditional pedagogy and its integration with active learning here.

I believe that a university like UNC must always interrogate old assumptions and welcome thoughtful reform. But we should also preserve what we do best, foster intellectual diversity, and resist the tyranny of market logic when it undermines our duties to our students, our state, and to civilization. In Faculty Council, I also hope to work on bridging the cultural gaps and misunderstandings that separate different parts of our university and sometimes divide us against ourselves.

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Faculty Council, Nontenured
Vote for 1

Jeff Summerlin-Long

Teaching Associate Professor, Public Policy
College of Arts and Sciences
PhD, University of North Carolina, 2011
Appointed 2015

Qualifications and Experience

I have degrees from UNC for both undergrad (1997) and PhD (2011), and am very definitely a Tarheel. I have been a member of the Parking Appeals Committee for the past two years and am hoping to be a more active member of the UNC Community. As fixed-term faculty, I am especially interested in the use of people like myself in the provision of the University’s core, founding principle— educating the population of North Carolina. Most of my research is in the scholarship of teaching and learning, as well as in access to the legal and political systems for low-income people. I am a new member of the Town of Carrboro’s Greenways Commission, and look forward to serving both my town and the University.

 

Geetha Vaidyanathan

Teaching Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Economics
College of Arts and Sciences

PhD, University of Kentucky, December 1991
Appointed 2008

Qualifications and Experience

I am a teaching faculty in the Department Economics. During my time at UNC, I have been actively involved in University Service by serving in important committees such as UNC Educational Policy Committee (2012 – 2017), Advisory Committee for the Undergraduate Marketing Strategy (2012-2013), Faculty Committee on Community and Diversity (2012-2015), University Insurance Committee (2011-2014), Committee on Scholarship, Awards, and Student Aid (2013-Present) and on Faculty Council (2018-Present). I strongly believe that Diversity and Inclusion should continue to be a part of dialogue within the University both for students and faculty. I was given the opportunity to serve in the Faculty Council for one year in 2018 and I would like to continue my service to the University through this committee.

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Division 5. University Libraries

Administrative Board of the Library
Vote for 1

Renée Bosman

Government Information Librarian
University Libraries
MSLS, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2004
Appointed 2015

Qualifications and Experience

My primary role at the University Libraries is management of the Federal, state, and international depository collections and serving as the subject librarian for Political Science, History, and the curriculum in Peace, War, and Defense. I have experience serving on Libraries and campus-wide committees, as well as service to regional and national professional organizations. My current committee service includes the UNC Veterans Resource Team, the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) Collaborative Federal Depository Program Steering Committee, and Chair of the North Carolina Library Association Government Resources Section.

 

Amanda Henley, GIS Librarian at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Amanda Henley

Head, Digital Research Services
University Libraries

MA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2002
Appointed 2002

Qualifications and Experience

I am excited about the possibility of serving on the Administrative Board of the Library. My varied experience working in the University Libraries provides me with a valuable perspective to share. I have been a librarian at Carolina since 2002. During this time, I have worked at a service desk, provided research consultations, worked as a selector and subject librarian, and developed new services. Currently, I am the head of Digital Research Services, a high-volume research support unit that oversees the Research Hub in Davis Library. I have participated in Faculty Governance at Carolina for the past five years. My service includes being an active member of the Faculty Information Technology Advisory Committee (FITAC) from 2014-present, serving as chair since 2016. For the past three years in my role of FITAC chair, I have served on the Faculty Nominating Committee and represented FITAC at the Enterprise Applications Coordinating Committee (EACC), which is an ITS governance group. I would appreciate the opportunity to continue serving the University and the University Libraries as a member of the Administrative Board of the Library, and am grateful your consideration.

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Faculty Council
Vote for 1

Jeff Campbell

Head, Infrastructure Management Services
University Libraries

MLS, North Carolina Central University, 1997
Appointed 2004

Qualifications and Experience

I have been at the University Libraries for 15 years and currently serve as Head, Infrastructure Management Services. In this capacity, I provide leadership in investigating, selecting, budgeting, implementing, and managing complex computer systems that power many of the core library services, operations, and collections. Within my discipline, I have served in many capacities. Currently, I a member of the University Libraries Appointment and Promotion Committee and Emergency Preparedness Committee. Regionally, I have served as the Chair of the Southeastern Innovative Users Group and on several committees and in other capacities for the Triangle Research Library Network. Nationally, I served as the Clearing House Repository and Communications Steering Committee Member of the Innovative Users Group and on the conference planning committee of Code4Lib 2014. Within the University, I have served as a member of the EHRA Non-Faculty Grievance Committee. It is this experience that gives me a unique ability to bridge organizational boundaries and to foster collaboration across constituencies. Thank you for considering my candidacy. It would be a privilege and honor to serve the University and faculty as the University Libraries representative to the Faculty Council.

 

Joe Williams

Joe Williams

Director of Public Services
University Libraries

MSLS, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2001
Appointed 2013

Qualifications and Experience

In my Libraries role, I work closely with a wide range of faculty, researchers, staff and students to develop programs and services that support their scholarship, research, teaching and learning needs. I coordinate a team that includes the Undergraduate Library, Kenan Science Library, SILS Library, Digital Research Services, Circulation, Interlibrary Loan & Document Delivery. I am currently a member of the Faculty Council, the BeAM Executive Committee, the Digital Badges Innovation Group, Thrive@ Carolina, and the Triangle Scholarly Communications Institute Advisory Board. I also served on the 2015-16 Associate Vice Chancellor for Campus Safety and Risk Management’s Nighttime Travel and Safety Working Group. I am especially interested in creating a campus environment that is safe and welcoming to all, developing programs that enhance student success and well-being, and supporting open data and scholarship efforts.

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Division 6. School of Information and Library Science

Faculty Council
Vote for 1

Christopher (Cal) Lee

Professor
School of Information and Library Science

PhD, University of Michigan, 2005
Appointed 2005

Qualifications and Experience

I have served in a variety leadership roles both within SILS and UNC, including several terms on Faculty Council. I would be honored to represeent SILS again on Faculty Council.

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Division 7. Kenan-Flagler Business School

Faculty Council, Tenured
Vote for 1

Riccardo Colacito

Associate Professor, Finance
Kenan-Flagler Business School

PhD, New York University, 2006
Appointed 2006

Qualifications and Experience

Member of the Faculty Hearing Board Panel of the Office of the Honor System (2015-2016). Member of the planning committee of the Alpha Challenge competition at UNC (2017-2018). Co-chair of the recruiting committee in the Finance Department at the Business School (2015-2019). Director of the Capital Markets & Investments Concentration in the Full Time MBA program (2017-present). Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research (2018-present). Associate Editor of “Management Science” (2018-present) and the “Journal of Empirical Finance” (2016-present). Elected member of the Board of Directors of the Midwest Finance Association (2017-present).

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Wendell Gilland

Associate Professor, Operations and Associate Dean, Undergraduate Business Program, Operations
Kenan-Flagler Business School

PhD, Stanford University, 1998
Appointed 1997

Qualifications and Experience

I have served on the Faculty Council since 2016, and also served from 2000-2003 and 2010-2013.

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Faculty Council, Nontenured
Vote for 1

Larry Chavis

Clinical Associate Professor, Strategy and Entrepreneurship
Kenan-Flagler Business School
Interim Director, UNC American Indian Center

PhD, Stanford University, 2006
Appointed 2006

Qualifications and Experience

In my nearly 13 years here at Kenan Flagler, I have been deeply engaged in service to the school, the university and the state. I was part of the committee that provided the initial structure for Kenan Flagler’s global education model and also served on the school’s diversity committee. Over the past 18 months as the acting director of the UNC American Indian Center, I have had broad community engagement from the Chancellor’s office to tribal communities across North Carolina. I have sought to show the university community that business school professors can be team players dedicated to the mission of UNC.

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Allison Schlobohm

Clinical Assistant Professor, Management and Corporate Communication
Kenan-Flagler Business School

PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2016
Appointed 2015

Qualifications and Experience

As a Carolina alum (MA ’10, PhD ’16), committed UNC and Kenan-Flagler community member, and expert in both collaborative communication and organizational inclusion, I’d be thrilled to be Kenan-Flagler’s nontenured representative on UNC’s faculty council. I take faculty governance seriously and would work hard to ensure that our University is doing right by our students, faculty, staff, and state.

I collaborate skillfully and joyfully with people from all across the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. As a graduate student in the Department of Communication in the College of Arts and Sciences, I studied with and worked for faculty members in a variety of disciplines, including medicine, journalism, African- and African-American diaspora studies, public health, anthropology, geography, and history. I also attended courses and worked on cross-institutional projects with faculty from Duke and North Carolina State.

Additionally, as manager of the interdisciplinary Cultural Studies program, I organized events and coordinated communication among faculty from several departments at UNC and Duke. I’ve also worked alongside staff and students on a variety of projects. Currently, I lead Rethink—a conversation series for the cross-institutional Robertson Scholars program. If elected, I would use my deep Carolina roots to collaborate productively with my fellow council members and other stakeholders.

Finally, my experiences at Kenan-Flagler have prepared me to share our school’s successes and possibilities with representatives from other programs. As a member of last year’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council, I worked with fellow faculty, staff, and students on challenging problems. I learned firsthand how difficult and rewarding it is to build consensus among people with a wide array of perspectives and goals. I’d love the opportunity to work similarly alongside UNC members from multiple disciplines while representing Kenan-Flagler.

Thank you for your consideration!

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Division 11. School of Social Work

Faculty Council
Vote for 1

Steven Day

Research Associate Professor
School of Social Work

MCP, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1992
Appointed 2000

Qualifications and Experience

I served a previous term on Faculty Senate from 2013 to 2016. I would represent the concerns of the School of Social Work, and our distinct contributions to the University; our service to the state, our scholarship, and our education of social work professionals. In my service I would be guided by the core values of the social work profession.

 

Tonya Van Deinse

Clinical Assistant Professor
School of Social Work

PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2016
Appointed 2015

Qualifications and Experience

I would be honored to serve my colleagues as a Faculty Council representative. I earned my PhD and my masters degree in Social Work here at UNC Chapel Hill. In the Fall of 2015, I started as a member of the teaching faculty in the School of Social Work and have simultaneously pursued a research agenda focusing on the implementation of interventions at the intersection of the mental health and criminal justice systems. Since joining the faculty, I’ve worked closely with students on projects in and outside of the classroom setting on research and academic projects as well as special event planning for educational opportunities offered to the larger university community. I have also had a number of opportunities to serve my school on numerous committees and as the chair of one of our two curricular tracks and am hoping to expand this leadership to the university community.

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Division 13. School of Medicine

Faculty Council, Tenured
Vote for 4

Lee Berkowitz

Professor and Vice Chair for Education, Medicine
School of Medicine

MD, Ohio State University, 1975
Appointed 1983

Qualifications and Experience

It has been a privilege to serve on the Faculty Council since 2016. I have learned the importance of faculty opinion in many key decisions made for our great university. I approach my role on faculty council from the perspective of a life-long educator, firmly believing that the connection between faculty and students is at the core of what we do. What we learn from our students must be a part of every decision of the University. As a council member I apply this perspective in speaking and voting in ways that represent the student voice. With new leadership this message needs to be heard repeatedly.

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Wendy Brewster

Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Gynecologic Oncology
Director, Center for Women’s Health Research
School of Medicine
PhD, University of California, Irvine, 2000
Appointed 2008

Qualifications and Experience

Faculty participation in university governance provides our leadership with an understanding of the values of their varied constituencies, the challenges of serving the state of North Carolina and the priorities of our faculty.

I am a Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and have served in governance at different levels within the School of Medicine and the University. I believe that diverse perspectives active listening and shared decision making results in optimal outcomes.

 

Katrina Donahue

Professor, Family Medicine
School of Medicine

MD, University of Cincinnati, 1996
Appointed 2002

Qualifications and Experience

I would be honored to serve as a member of the Faculty Council representing tenured faculty in the School of Medicine. My prior activities include serving on the UNC School of Medicine Post Tenure Review Committee and the UNC School of Medicine Full Professors Appointment, Promotion and Tenure (APT) committee. This year, I served as Chair of the UNC School of Medicine Full Professors Appointment, Promotion and Tenure Committee and member of the Health Sciences Advisory Committee on Appointments and Promotions. I have enjoyed my work and learned a ton on these committees. With my current activity terms ending this year, I am interested in taking on a new role.

 

David Gerber

Professor, Surgery
School of Medicine

MD, University of Pittsburgh, 1989
Appointed 1996

Qualifications and Experience

Throughout my career at UNC I have had the privilege to serve in many capacities. I am currently the Vice-Chair for the Department of Surgery and Director of the UNC Healthcare Comprehensive Transplant Center and Jason Ray Clinic. I have previously served on the Faculty Council (2005-2011) including service on the Executive Committee of Faculty Council (2006-2011). From 2011 – present I have been a member of UNC’s Institutional Conflict of Interest Committee and have served as the Chair of this committee since 2012. I have participated on search committees for Chairs within the School of Medicine and the Provost position. In addition to these administrative and service oppportunitites within the university I have run a basic science lab in stem cell biology and participated in helping to develop the entrepreneurship curriculum within the SoM. In the community I was one of the founders and boardmembers for SECU Family House.

 

Lisa Rahangale

Associate Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology
School of Medicine

MD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2000
Appointed 2009

Qualifications and Experience

I am honored to be nominated for the Faculty Council. I am a BS (’95) and MD (’00) graduate of UNC. I returned to join the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology in the UNC School of Medicine in 2009. As an alumna and current faculty member, I am committed to serve the broad missions of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I currently serve as the Associate Dean for Admissions at the UNC School of Medicine have participated on various educational committees during my time here. I also have mentored students and trainees since first joining the faculty. My research is cross-disciplinary and focuses on reproductive health issues. As a practicing OBGYN, I care for women at all stages of their lives. In my department, I was previously Senior Medical Director of Ambulatory Services and had the opportunity to work with staff, faculty and patients across UNC Healthcare. I am a member of the leadership team guiding the strategic mission of the UNC Women’s Hospital. I value fairness, transparency, and honest discussion and wish to be an advocate as we continue to build a diverse and inclusive culture at UNC.

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Sherry Ross, MD

Sherry Ross

Associate Professor, Urology
School of Medicine

MD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2001
Appointed 2014

Qualifications and Experience

As a native North Carolinian, life long Tar Heel and a dedicated faculty member at the University of North Carolina, I would be honored to serve on the Faculty Executive Committee. Since joining the faculty at UNC, I have served on various committees, which include the Children’s Executive committee, the Children’s Improvement Council and am currently a member of several committees, which are working together to provide a better experience for our patients and to improve the teaching environment for our learners. As a pediatric surgical provider at UNC, I have a great understanding of the impact our University has on the health of fellow North Carolinians and also the role the University plays in education and research progression in North Carolina and abroad. While I would be a new member of the Faculty Executive Committee, my commitment to the progression of the University, to the overall well being of our faculty colleagues and to the success of our learners at all levels, will allow me to approach the complexity of University issues with tenacity and commitment to solutions. My goal will be to greatly contribute to our overall mission at UNC and to bring new ideas, to meet and learn from other members and to serve wholeheartedly with integrity while making thoughtful contributions, which respect the diversity at our institution.

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Matthew Wolfgang

Associate Professor, Microbiology and Immunology
School of Medicine

PhD
Appointed 2003

Qualifications and Experience

I have been a member of the UNC Chapel Hill faculty since 2003. I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and a member of the Marsico Lung Institute. My research focuses on chronic bacterial lung infections with an emphasis on cystic fibrosis. I take a multidisciplinary approach to my research, which has afforded me the opportunity to work closely with diverse faculty in numerous departments and colleges. During my time at UNC, I served on the Institutional Biosafety Committee, and contributed to multiple faculty search and nomination committees. I am currently in my 7th year as a member of the Biological and Biomedical Sciences Program Graduate Admissions Committee. These experiences have helped me better understand the needs and concerns of my peers across campus. I would appreciate the opportunity to represent my colleagues as a Faculty Assembly Delegate.

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Faculty Council, Nontenured
Vote for 5

Lauren Burke

Clinical Associate Professor, Radiology
School of Medicine

MD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2007
Appointed 2013

Qualifications and Experience

I am honored at the opportunity to run for the Faculty Council representing nontenured faculty in the School of Medicine. I am a long-time Tarheel having completed my undergraduate degree (’02), medical school (’07) and Radiology residency (’12) at UNC. I have been on faculty since 2013 and currently work as an Abdominal Radiologist in the Department of Radiology where I serve as the Division Chief of Abdominal Radiology, the Director of Noncardiac Vascular Imaging, and the Abdominal Imaging fellowship director. In addition to my daily clinical duties reading adult CT, MR, ultrasound and fluoroscopy, I am involved in daily teaching of residents, fellows, and medical students. Having experience on the clinical and educational side of the university, I am eager at the opportunity to diversify my involvement and sit on the Faculty Council.

 

Michelle Meyer

Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine
School of Medicine

PhD, University of Pittsburgh, 2011
Appointed 2016

Qualifications and Experience

I am submitting my application for membership on the UNC Faculty Council with great enthusiasm. I am an assistant professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine. This is my 7th year at UNC-CH and my 3rd year as an assistant professor. I have leadership experience directing scientific working groups in multi-institutional research projects that resulted in scientific discussions and published papers. I also serve as a co-president for the early career special interest group for the Androgen Excess and PCOS Society. In this role, I am developing the special interest group initiatives and charter based on the needs of early career members. In addition to my leadership roles, I have had experience with governance at UNC. Since my faculty appointment in 2016, I have served on the Department of Emergency Medicine Research Committee and on a self-study subcommittee for the School of Medicine LCME 2020 site visit, which is necessary for accreditation. I enjoyed interacting with other faculty during the LCME meetings and would like to further my experience in governance by serving on the UNC Faculty Council. As an epidemiologist with ties in both the School of Medicine and the Gillings School of Global Public Health, I offer a unique interdisciplinary perspective on faculty needs and challenges, particularly among early career faculty. I have had the opportunity to mentor undergraduate students, graduate and medical students, and research assistants. This has given me appreciation for concerns facing members across campus. For example, many students have questions about navigating the next steps in their career and have difficulties obtaining additional skills, such as research opportunities. Serving on the Faculty Council will give me insight into emerging issues and opportunity to listen to stakeholders and be a part of the solution to these issues. If chosen, I look forward to serving on the UNC Faculty Council.

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Clare Mock

Clinical Assistant Professor, General Internal Medicine
School of Medicine

MD, Ohio State College of Medicine, 2009
Appointed 2016

Qualifications and Experience

Since joining the faculty at UNC in 2016, I have had the pleasure of becoming the Medical Director at UNC Hillsborough Hospital and the Physician Leader for Quality Improvement (QI) and Patient Safety at Hillsborough Hospital for the Division of Hospital Medicine as well as participating in numerous QI and Patient Safety related committees and projects at the Medical Center in Chapel Hill. My passion for Patient Safety and Quality was developed during my time at Johns Hopkins Hospital, where I served as an assistant program director for the Armstrong Institution Resident Scholars Fellowship in QI and Patient Safety and completed a Green Belt in Lean Sigma methodology. While at Duke, I completed additional Patient Safety training and focused on improving the responsiveness of Duke’s electronic event reporting system. Due to the forward thinking, open and responsive environment here at UNC, I have been able supported and encouraged to participate in several collaborative, multidisciplinary committees focused on improving the care of our patients and fostering a culture of safety.

It is vital that our institution continues to foster a climate for positive change by supporting all career paths – from bench research to bedside patient care – and recognizes the contributions of all of these skill sets as they relate to the success of our organization. Additionally, I feel it is imperative for the growth of this esteemed institution that we that we take purposeful steps to encourage and support the promotion of qualified women and underrepresented groups.

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Tara Moon

Clinical Associate Professor, Allied Health Sciences
School of Medicine

PhD, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2014
Appointed 2002

Qualifications and Experience

As a graduate of Carolina and a faculty member in the School of Medicine for over 16 years, I have a vested interest in the teaching and research missions of the University. Teaching a broad range of undergraduate, graduate, and professional students has given me a unique perspective. I have been fortunate to participate in University-wide faculty governance through service on the Fixed-Term Faculty Committee (2013-2015) and the Scholarships, Award and Student Aid Committee (2010-present). Being able to collaborate with and learn from other colleagues on campus is of great importance to me. I have also enjoyed serving as the faculty advisor for UNC’s Alpha Chi Omega chapter (2007-present) where I work with student members on networking and career preparation. My teaching and service roles have revealed the diversity of Carolina students, faculty and the wide-ranging issues they face. I am eager to continue to learn and further my service to the University through a role on faculty council.

 

Allison Rogala

Research Assistant Professor, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
School of Medicine

DVM, North Carolina State University, 2007
Appointed 2016

Qualifications and Experience

As a veterinary clinician-scientist, I have had the privilege of pursuing my clinical and research interests as well as a multitude of collaborations with the UNC research community.  Thus, I have truly experienced the Carolina Way and am very proud to be a part of this great community.  I would be honored to collaborate with my UNC colleagues on another level as a representative of the Faculty Council.  Prior to joining the Carolina Faculty, I spent time in private practice, completed a Comparative Medicine Residency, and a T32 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship with the UNC Center for Gastrointestinal Biology and Disease.  My current leadership roles include:  Associate Director of the National Gnotobiotic Rodent Resource Center and the elected president of the North Carolina Academy of Laboratory Animal Medicine.

 

Yolanda Scarlett

Clinical Assistant Professor, Gastroenterology
School of Medicine

MD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1989
Appointed 1999

Qualifications and Experience

I am honored to have served on the Faculty Council for the past 3 years. During this time our beloved university has experienced wonderful highs with continued excellence in teaching, research, patient care and fundraising. Simultaneously, we have faced devastating lows and campus wide unrest due to the yet-to-be determined placement of Silent Sam. We have weathered administrative change and yet strive to be the best in the nation. I believe that our success is secondary to willingness embrace inclusivity, diversity, challenge and change. My desire is to serve another term on the Faculty Council. I am qualified to represent our broad faculty and have the unique experience of being one of few Orange County natives on faculty with undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral education at UNC Chapel Hill. I have dedicated myself to service on campus and the surrounding community. As an undergraduate my service on campus was recognized as I was tapped into the Order of the Grail-Valkyries and affiliated with a service sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority, Inc. I believe in the mission of campus unity and community service as I work with the UNC Buildings and Grounds Committee, volunteer with the White Oak Foundation, support the Boys and Girls Club of Durham and Orange Counties through membership with Jack and Jill of America, Inc. and learn about those things important to our students, faculty and staff. I am asking for your vote to continue service on the Faculty Council.

 

Brian Thorp

Clinical Assistant Professor, ENT-Skull Base
School of Medicine

MD, Eastern Virginia Medical School, 2009
Appointed 2015

Qualifications and Experience

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery and would be honored to represent the nontenured faculty in the School of Medicine on this most important committee. As a nontenured faculty member I understands the questions and challenges in pursuing this track and will use these experiences to be a thoughtful committee member.

 

J. Niklas Ulrich

Clinical Associate Professor, Ophthalmology
School of Medicine

MD, Ludwig-Maximilian-University, Munich, Germany 2003
Appointed 2010

Qualifications and Experience

Since I joined the faculty in 2010 I have served on multiple departmental and SOM committees. I have been dedicated to teaching as director of resident education for retina as well as director of the vitreoretinal surgery fellowship. Besides retinal surgery my interests include Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) and I have been leading the ROP screening and treatment program at the UNC Neonatal Critical Care Unit since 2010. For the last 5 years I have made yearly trips to China where I help start and oversee ROP screening programs in rural areas.

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Division 14. Adams School of Dentistry

Faculty Council, Tenured
Vote for 1

Kimon Divaris

Associate Professor, Pediatric Dentistry
Adams School of Dentistry

PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2011
Appointed 2012

Qualifications and Experience

I have been a faculty member at UNC-Chapel Hill since 2012, currently appointed at the Departments of Pediatric Dentistry and Epidemiology (adjunct). Currently, I am involved in the education of students and trainees of all levels, clinical practice, and maintain a rigorous NIH-funded research program. Between 2013-16, I served as a non-tenured member of the UNC Faculty Council and I have served in several other University- and School-level committees. During my tenure at UNC-CH I have gained valuable knowledge, experience and skills via substantial collaborative work with numerous peers, departments and academic units. I intend to use this experience and collaborative spirit as a member of the faculty council representing the Adams School of Dentistry. I have the utmost appreciation for faculty governance and its vital role—faculty involvement and meaningful representation is where the rubber meets the road in a contemporary University organization and in fact a measure of institutional wellness.

 

André Ritter

Thomas P. Hinman Distinguished Professor, Restorative Sciences
Adams School of Dentistry

DDS, Dentistry, Federal University of Santa Catarina, 1987
Appointed 2000

Qualifications and Experience

In addition to his faculty position, Dr. Ritter is the Executive Dean and COO of the University Of North Carolina School Of Dentistry. He is actively involved in clinical and laboratory research, particularly in the areas of biomaterials and caries risk assessment and management. He also maintains a part-time intramural practice devoted to restorative and esthetic dentistry. Dr. Ritter’s primary area of research and clinical focus is contemporary applications of resin-based composite materials and adhesives. Dr. Ritter has published numerous journal articles, research abstracts, and book chapters, and is a manuscript peer reviewer for several journals including the Journal of Dental Research, the Journal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry, Caries Research, and the Journal of the American Dental Association. He is a member of several dental organizations, including the American and International Associations for Dental Research, the European Caries Organization, and the International College of Dentists. Dr. Ritter has presented many scientific papers and continuing education courses regionally, nationally, and internationally.

 

Faculty Council, Nontenured
Vote for 1

Jennifer Harmon

Clinical Assistant Professor, Periodontology
Adams School of Dentistry
MS, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Dentistry, 2015
Appointed 2015

Qualifications and Experience

I am an Assistant Professor in the Division of Dental Hygiene at the UNC Adams School of Dentistry. As a triple Tar Heel, I have received my Bachelor of Arts in Exercise and Sport Science from UNC Chapel Hill in 2007, Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from UNC-CH in 2013, and Masters of Science in Dental Hygiene Education at UNC-CH in 2015. In my role at the UNC Adams School of Dentistry, I am currently the clinical director for the first-year dental hygiene students and direct many courses within the dental hygiene program. I have a passion for teaching inside and outside of the clinic with our undergraduate and graduate students. As an enthusiastic and compassionate educator, I foster a positive atmosphere that encourages students to exceed their educational goals. Outside of the dental school, I serve on the advisory board for the National Center for Dental Hygiene Research & Practice and served as the President of the North Carolina Dental Hygienists’ Association. In addition to these leadership roles, I am a strong advocate and enjoy speaking about oral health, overall wellness, and communication on a national level. I look forward to expanding my knowledge and leadership skills as a member of the Faculty Council representing non-tenured faculty.

 

Ricardo Padilla

Kaneda Family Distinguished Clinical Associate Professor, Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology
Adams School of Dentistry

DDS, Universidad Francisco Marroquín, Guatemala
Appointed 2002

Qualifications and Experience

I will serve in the University Faculty Council with the perspective of a non-tenured faculty who has experienced the challenges and rewards of a clinical non-tenured track. In the Adams School of Dentistry, I have served as Chair of the Faculty, the Constitution and Bylaws Committee, Chair of the Student Professionalism Committee, President of the UU Chapter of the OKU Dental Honor Society, President and Treasurer of the NC Chapter of the American Association of Dental Research, and been named a Lifetime Honorary Member of the UNC Dental Alumni Association, while maintain an active clinical practice, participating in the Oral Pathology Biopsy Service of the Adams School of Dentistry, and teaching DDS and MS students and giving CE courses to the dental and medical healthcare providers in our community. I have been the Program Director of the Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology Residency for 13 years, and I collaborate in research projects with healthcare providers and fellow Faculty in several other schools and institutions.

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Division 15. School of Nursing

Faculty Council, Tenured
Vote for 1

Deborah Mayer

Frances Hill Fox Distinguished Professor,
School of Nursing

PhD, University of Utah, 2006
Appointed 2007

Qualifications and Experience

Have served on Faculty Governance and would like to continue representing the School of Nursing.

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Lixin Song

Associate Professor,
School of Nursing

PhD, University of Michigan, 2009
Appointed 2011

Qualifications and Experience

I have been the PI managing multiple internal and federal grants, served on professional committees at the local (school and university), regional, national and international levels, and mentored students with different educational backgrounds.

 

Faculty Council, Nontenured
Vote for 1

Hudson Santos

Assistant Professor,
School of Nursing

PhD, University of Sao Paulo, 2013
Appointed 2015

Qualifications and Experience

After earning my PhD from the University of Sao Paulo (Brazil, 2013), and completing postdoctoral training at Duke University (2015), I was appointed as an Assistant Professor in the UNC School of Nursing. With experience in both private and public institutions, my background provides me with a broad understanding of academic institutional dynamics and its effects on faculty, students and staff. My goal in serving on the Faculty Council is to represent the voice of non-tenured faculty in the School of Nursing and UNC more broadly. I am actively engaged in service within and outside UNC, with the goal of improving our educational and research programs as well as work environment to advance UNC’s missions. Furthermore, I am committed to engagement in initiatives related to diversity and inclusiveness to promote a robust learning environment for all students. In the School of Nursing, I have served on several faculty search committees. I am a member of the PhD Executive Committee, and am also on the Advisory Boards of the UNC Biobehavioral Core Laboratory and Office of Research Support and Consultation. I currently serve as Director of the Mentoring and Training Division in the UNC Institute for Environmental Health Solutions. I am an Academic Editor for PLOS ONE, a renowned international peer-review scientific journal. My research is on psychosocial and biological dimensions of early life adversity and its effects on perinatal and child neurodevelopmental outcomes. I participate on the leadership team focusing on positive child health in the NIH Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) Consortium. I am an active mentor for students within and outside the School of Nursing. My experience across the missions of the University makes me confident that I can serve effectively on the Faculty Council and represent the best interests of the UNC non-tenured faculty.

 

JoAn Stanek

Clinical Assistant Professor,
School of Nursing

DNP, East Carolina University, 2019
Appointed 2006

Qualifications and Experience

I have been full-time faculty at the School of Nursing since 2006. Teaching primarily in the undergraduate program, I strive to make the classroom a safe and inclusive learning environment. For the past 12 years, I have been an active member of the nursing school’s Baccalaureate Admissions Committee reviewing nursing applicants in a holistic manner. I have served on the Baccalaureate Executive Committee as well as other school of nursing committees. As an educator for the Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) of North Carolina, I provide continuing education to nurses within the state to enhance the health of all North Carolinians. I welcome the opportunity to be an active member on Faculty Council to continue to uphold Carolina’s mission of teaching a diverse group of students to become the next generation of leaders.

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Division 16. Eshelman School of Pharmacy

Faculty Council, Nontenured
Vote for 2

Heidi Anksorus

Clinical Assistant Professor, Practice Advancment and Clinical Education
Eshelman School of Pharmacy

PharmD, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2007
Appointed 2010

Qualifications and Experience

As a junior faculty member, I have enjoyed serving on Faculty Council for the last two years. This was my first University service appointment, and it has been an informative and eye-opening experience. This opportunity has allowed me to represent faculty while participating in decision-making with a campus-wide impact, and I would be honored to serve again.

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Dmitri Kireev

Research Professor, Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry
Eshelman School of Pharmacy

PhD
Appointed 2008

Qualifications and Experience

Before joining the faculty at UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy in 2008, I worked in a large pharmaceutical company where I served as the Head of Drug Design (in Montpellier, France). In 2008, I joined UNC as a Research Professor and Director of Computational Drug Design in the Center for Integrative Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery. My research interests span fundamental problems in computational biophysics and collaborative translational research. My various experiences in the industry and academia might be a valuable asset in the context of representative governance at Carolina. Discovering cures for unmet medical needs is a team effort involving people of various cultures and backgrounds. One thing I learned then is reaching beyond cultural barriers, sharing and being pragmatic to find viable solutions to complicated problems in time and on budget.

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Ken Pearce

Research Professor, Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry
Eshelman School of Pharmacy

PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1993
Appointed 2015

Qualifications and Experience

After graduation from UNC Chemistry in 1993, I spent approximately 20 years as a research scientist within the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry (Genentech and GlaxoSmithKline). In 2015, I returned to UNC as a Research Professor within the Center for Integrative Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery in the Eshelman School of Pharmacy. My primary interest and expertise is application of various methods for conducting early drug and chemical probe discovery research. These techniques include development of biochemical and cell assays, high-throughput screening, DNA-encoded library technology, peptide phage display, and mechanistic/biophysical studies. Targets for these discovery campaigns include proteins involved in epigenetic regulation, signal transduction, and enzymatic modifications. Projects are typically collaborative efforts with labs across the UNC campus and span numerous therapeutic areas, with a particular focus on oncology. I am motivated by collaborative team-based and therapeutically-aligned science, training the next generation of discovery scientists, and contributing to service opportunities at UNC.

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Megan Roberts

Assistant Professor and Director of Implementation Science in Precision Health and Society, Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy
Eshelman School of Pharmacy

PhD, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, 2015
Appointed 2018

Qualifications and Experience

I am an Assistant Professor in the Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy and the Director of Implementation Science in Precision Health and Society at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. My research focuses on the promotion of equitable implementation of precision medicine, especially as it relates to cancer prevention and treatment. I began this line of research as a PhD student at UNC. In addition, I am an adjunct faculty member in Department of Health Policy and Management at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, a member of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, and a Research Fellow at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research. Through these roles and my transdisciplinary research collaborations, I have developed working relationships across Divisions within the School of Pharmacy and across Schools at the University. My past experience includes teaching in the Durham Public School system as a high school science teacher, an assistant scientist in the Screening and Compound Profiling department at GlaxoSmithKline, a part-time volunteer at the Pretty in Pink Foundation, and a Cancer Prevention Fellow at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). These experiences have provided me with a breadth of experiences in the local community, and in teaching and research (in academia, industry and the government). These experiences provide me with a unique perspective and would serve me well as a Faculty Council member. Further, I held leadership roles as the representative between my peers and leadership as a PhD student and post-doctoral fellow, in Health Policy and Management and within my Division at the NCI, respectively. I am excited by the opportunity to serve my colleagues and the University as a Faculty Council member. Thank you for your consideration.

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Division 17. Gillings School of Global Public Health

Faculty Council, Tenured
Vote for 1

Carolyn Halpern

Professor and Chair, Maternal and Child Health
Gillings School of Global Public Health

PhD, University of Houston, 1982
Appointed 1998

Qualifications and Experience

I am Professor and Chair of the Department of Maternal and Child Health in the Gillings School of Global Public Health. I am also a faculty fellow at the Carolina Population Center and the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute. I have been a member of the UNC faculty since 1998. My research interests focus on adolescent and young adult sexual and reproductive health, and the health of sexual and gender minorities. I have received multiple awards for student mentoring, including awards from the Graduate School (Faculty Award for Excellence in Doctoral Mentoring) and the Gillings School (John E. Larsh Jr. Student Mentorship Award). For the past academic year, I have served on faculty council by virtue of an invitation to serve out a term for another faculty member in public health. I’ve found this service to be interesting and rewarding, and I would very much like to continue as a member of the Council. In addition to service to my scientific field, I have a strong history of service to the University. I was a member of the UNC Graduate School Administrative Board (2012 – 2017), a member of the Review Committee for the Harold J. Glass USAF Faculty Mentor/Graduate Fellow Term Professorship (2017), a member of the Financial Exigency and Program on Change Committee (Health Affairs) (2011 – 2015), PI and Director of the Carolina Population Center’s Demography Training Program (2011-2015), and a member of the Carolina Population Center’s Director’s Advisory Council (2006 – 2010) among other service roles. I would be very honored to continue my service on Faculty Council.

 

Faculty Council, Nontenured
Vote for 2

Wanda Bodnar

Research Assistant Professor, Environmental Sciences and Engineering
Gillings School of Global Public Health

PhD, University of Virginia, 1993
Appointed 2009

Qualifications and Experience

Colleagues, I am honored to be nominated to serve on Faculty Council representing nontenured faculty in the Gillings School of Global Public Health. I joined the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering in Fall 2009 as Research Assistant Professor and Director of the Biomarker Mass Spectrometry Core Facility. After earning a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Virginia, but before my transition from a Wahoo to a Tarheel, I spent sixteen years as a senior research scientist in the pharmaceutical industry in RTP. I began my faculty position at UNC with limited knowledge and experience in academic practices, however over the last nine and a half years I’ve had the good fortune to collaborate with and learn from a diverse group of highly motivated and engaged students, faculty, and staff across campus. In addition to my departmental role, I have served as one of the Facility Core leaders in the UNC Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility and as co-leader of the Chemistry Core in the UNC Superfund Research Program. I appreciate opportunities to meet and engage with people and to build new relationships and I value training for both professional development and personal growth. I am an advocate for diversity and inclusion and an ally for all. The most rewarding and fulfilling days are those in which I get to see the positive impact of my work- contributing to the education, practical training, and success of our exceptional students. I am grateful to those who have encouraged and supported me along the way and would enthusiastically accept the chance to give back to those individuals and the greater UNC community as a member of Faculty Council. In this way I hope to continue to develop myself and help others do the same, ensuring faculty excellence and a superior educational experience for our students.

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Rohit Ramaswamy

Clinical Professor, Public Health Leadership Program
Gillings School of Global Public Health
PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1989
Appointed 2008

Qualifications and Experience

I have been a member of the faculty council since 2017. I bring a diverse set of skills to the faculty council, both in terms of my academic training and my career experiences. I have five degrees in four different fields: Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Public Health and Biostatisics. In my career, I have held management positions in private sector corporations, led teams in corporate research labs, worked for non-profits, founded and run and independent consulting business working with Fortune 50 companies, and bridge the gap between research and practice in academia. I have experience working all over the world, both as a consultant and as a faculty member. My current projects are in Ghana, South Africa and India, as well as in the US and in North Carolina. I bring a diverse set of skills in innovation and design and systems thinking, which was the focus of my consulting work and what I teach students in the School of Public Health. In the past 3 years of my association with the faculty council, the university has been through significant challenges, and now more than ever is the need for faculty who bring interdisciplinary and global thinking to counteract some of the narrow and restrictive viewpoints we are confronted with today. I believe that my background, training and lived experience of growing up in India and being a member of the minority community at UNC, along with my existing experience in the faculty council over the past years, will be useful assets in my continued service to the university as a member of the faculty council, as well as being a thoughtful, caring and inclusive representative of the school of public health.

 

Naim Rashid

Research Assistant Professor, Biostatistics
Gillings School of Global Public Health
PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2013
Appointed 2015

Qualifications and Experience

Currently serving on Faculty Council.

 

Kristin Young

Research Assistant Professor, Epidemiology
Gillings School of Global Public Health

PhD, University of Kansas, 2009
Appointed 2015

Qualifications and Experience

Dr. Young is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at UNC Chapel Hill. As a genetic epidemiologist with training in anthropology, population genetics, and clinical research, her work focuses on the genetic and environmental factors that contribute to health disparities of diseases such as obesity and cardiovascular disease, for which US minority populations bear such a high burden. Given the complicated nature of these common, complex diseases, Dr. Young has extensive experience collaborating on diverse, international, interdisciplinary teams to address related issues and solve problems. In addition to research, Dr. Young has been involved in launching the new, school-wide, online MPH@UNC program, working closely with Gillings School administrators, staff, and MPH Core lead faculty in course development and iteration, as well as teaching two core courses. At UNC, Dr. Young has served as an Undergraduate Summer Research Symposium judge and an ambassador for Project Uplift, UNC’s summer program for rising high school seniors from underrepresented groups. Dr. Young’s local and national service efforts include: Outreach Committee and Election Committee member for the American Association of Anthropological Genetics; NC DNA Day Ambassador, teaching genomics to NC high school students; judge for the American Association of Human Genetics DNA Day International Scholarship Competition; Skype a Scientist, connecting with students around the country to discuss science careers; and Letters to a Prescientist, a national mentoring program pairing science professionals with students in low income middle schools. Dr. Young’s commitment to health equity, collaboration, education, and outreach will provide valuable perspective as a member of the Faculty Council, representing non-tenured faculty in the Gillings School of Global Public Health.

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