UNCG Campus Weekly

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Dr. Terri Shelton

Photo of Dr. Terri Shelton. Dr. Terri Shelton (Office of Research and Economic Development) received new funding from the NCDHHS Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services (MHDDSAS) for the project “North Carolina Intensive Prevention Technical Assistance System.” The purpose of this contract is to continue the work begun by the North Carolina Prevention Technical Assistance system for the development and technical assistance associated with best practices to prevent underage alcohol, tobacco and other drug use (ATOD) and to expand the system to include training and ATOD prevention resources. The University of North Carolina at Greensboro is responsible for program management, improvement, expansion and further development in the areas of: a) Technical assistance; b) Logistical support, content development and training in ATOD best practices; c) Data collection management, analysis and reporting; and d) Collection of training and technical assistance resources.

Dr. Margaret Gillis

Photo of Dr. Margaret Gillis. Dr. Margaret Gillis (Specialized Education Services) received additional funding from the NCDHHS Division of Child Development for the project “Online Master’s Degree Emphasis in Early Childhood Leadership and Program Administration.”

Additionally, she received a continuation of funding from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) for the project “Preparing Post-Baccalaureate Early Interventionists/Early Childhood Educators for Working with ALL Children.” A critical concern in early childhood special education (ECSE) is the shortage of highly qualified professionals with the knowledge and skills to deliver services to high-need children aged birth to five with disabilities. The abstract explains that, specifically, there is a need for professionals who can collaborate with others to meet the needs of all young children, including those with disabilities, who experience poverty, who are from minority racial or ethnic groups, who are English learners, or who may be immigrants. UNCG offers a synchronous online post-baccalaureate (post-bac) certificate program specializing in ECSE through an interdisciplinary approach.  Building on prior success, this project focuses on preparing future early interventionists and early childhood educators to implement high quality programming for young children with disabilities. The primary goal of the project is to increase the number of highly-qualified personnel to work with other professionals and families to implement responsive, evidence-based practices in their work with young children in high need community-based programs and schools, including children from traditionally underrepresented groups.

Dr. P. Holt Wilson

Photo of Dr. P. Holt Wilson. Dr. P. Holt Wilson (Teacher Education and Higher Education) received additional funding from North Carolina State University for the project “Building a Conceptual Model of Learning Trajectories Based Instruction (LTBI).” This project is supported by funds from the National Science Foundation. “The overarching goal of the LTBI project was to develop a model of teaching using Learning Trajectories (LTs) as an organizing framework for instructional decisions,” the abstract states. “Through our research in the past five years, our team has empirically examined the ways in which teachers learn about LTs and use their knowledge of LTs in their practice. We have also designed a professional development program to teach K-5 teachers about LTs and examined the ways that teachers’ participation changes in the professional development learning community. The goal of the supplemental work is to build on the outcomes of the LTBI project and promote knowledge sharing between the LTBI research team and other NSF-funded researchers who, in the last five years, have also investigated teacher learning of LTs and the ways in which this learning influences classroom instruction and student learning.”

Dr. Kathleen Mooney

Photo of Dr. Kathleen Mooney.Dr. Kathleen Mooney (SERVE Center) received funding from Prairie View A&M University for the project “Learning By Practice Undergraduate Curriculum Evaluation.”

Dr. John Willse

Photo of Dr. John Willse.Dr.  John Willse (Educational Research Methodology) received new funding from Castle Worldwide for an OAERS contract with Castle Worldwide Inc. 2016-2017.”  Castle Worldwide Inc. will support an ERM student who will be assigned to relevant activities pertaining to data management, data analysis, data documentation, report writing and general assessment activities.

Also, Guilford County Schools is funding a contract with OAERS for 2016-2017. Services provided by the UNCG Office of Assessment, Evaluation, and Research Services (OAERS) will be related to data analysis, data management, and report writing.

Dr. Emily J. Levine

Photo of Dr. Emily J. Levine.Dr. Emily J. Levine’s article “Baltimore Teaches, Göttingen Learns: Cooperation, Competition, and the Research University” was published in the June issue of The American Historical Review. In the article, she argues that the modern research university was co-created through mutual transatlantic exchange and reveals the historical roots of pressing issues facing the university today. Here is a link to the digital offprint: http://bit.ly/1ZuLkGi

Levine is an associate professor in the Department of History.

Mark Wagner

Photo of Mark Wagner.Mark Wagner (UNCG Athletics) received the Emerging Leader Award last week from the College Athletic Business Management Association. He received it for his contributions for the last two years as a member of the membership committee and launching the first CABMA Mentorship program, CABMA Mentor Me. He has been Business Services Coordinator in UNCG Athletics since 2014.

Dr. Maura Heyn

Photo of Dr. Maura Heyn. Dr. Maura Heyn spoke in a symposium at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on May 23. Her talk was “Embodied Identities in the Funerary Portraiture of Palmyra.” Details are at www.metmuseum.org/events/programs/met-speaks/symposia/palmyra. The Palmyrene funerary sculpture that is accessible to the public today is for the most part displayed in museums, divorced from its original context in the tombs surrounding the ancient city of Palmyra, she explained in her talk.  Even in antiquity the portraits were separated from the everyday hustle and bustle of the city, in their places sealing off the burial niches inside the tombs on the periphery of the city.

She is an associate professor in Classical Studies, and director of the UNCG Archaeology Program.

Dr. Barbara Levin

Photo of Dr. Barbara LevinDr. Barbara Levin (Department of Teacher Education and Higher Education) just published a new book about teacher leadership with her co-author Dr Lynne Schrum, dean of the School of Education at Nova Southeastern University. Titled “Every Teacher a Leader: Developing the Needed Dispositions, Knowledge and Skills for Teacher Leadership,” this is Dr. Levin’s sixth book published by Corwin Press and her ninth published book since coming to UNCG in 1993. Dr. Levin is currently on phased retirement.


Kathelene McCarty Smith

Photo of Kathelene McCarty Smith.Kathelene McCarty Smith (UNCG Special Collections and University Archives) has been named the winner of the University Libraries Staff Service Award for 2016.  Created by long-time Circulation Department Head Martha Ransley upon her retirement, the award was first given in 1998. The award recognizes and rewards members of the SPA Library Staff who provide outstanding leadership and service in furthering the accomplishment of the mission of the Library to provide service to students, faculty, staff and members of the community which the University serves.”

She was recognized for her subject and technical expertise, deep subject knowledge, initiative, grace and enthusiasm, and her professional and university service.  She started out as a student worker and was hired in 2010 as a full-time staff member. At present, she is responsible for the physical and intellectual control of the photographs, artifacts and textiles in University Archives. She is also the coordinator of the Volunteer, Internship, and Practicum program in SCUA, and is tasked with course outreach to UNCG instructors.

Amy Harris Houk

Photo of Amy Harris Houk.UNCG Libraries’ Assistant Head of Research, Outreach and Instruction Amy Harris Houk was recently notified that her article “Curriculum Mapping in Academic Libraries” was selected by the ALA Library Instruction Round Table as a 2015 Top Twenty article. The article was published in New Review of Academic Librarianship. The article may be found in the NC DOCKS institutional repository here.

Dr. Colleen Fairbanks

Colleen FairbanksDr. Colleen Fairbanks (Teacher Education and Higher Education) received new funding from Wake Forest University for the project “Student Personnel Program in Higher Education (SPAHE) at Wake Forest University (2016-2017).”

Stephen Moore

Photo of Stephen Moore.Dr. Stephen Moore (Degrees Matter) received additional funding from The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro for “Degrees Matter: Advisor and Volunteer Coordinator.” This project is supported by funds from the Lumina Foundation.

Dr. Stephen Sills

Photo of Dr. Stephen Sills.Dr. Stephen Sills (Center for Housing and Community Studies) received new funding from Reinvestment Fund, Inc. for the project “Unhealthy Homes & Childhood Asthma: Community Action Planning for an Asthma Safe City.” This project is supported by funds from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Nearly a third of children in North Carolina visited the ER or Urgent Care in the last year due to asthma, the abstract states. The project intend to address pediatric asthma disparities by focusing on deteriorating housing conditions and affordability with the goal of making Greensboro homes asthma-safe.

Additionally, Sills received funding from the City of Greensboro Human Relations Department for the project “Rental Housing Discrimination of LGBTQ Home Seekers in Greensboro: A Fair Housing Study.” In January 2015, Greensboro city council members voted unanimously to add protections for sexuality and gender identity to the city’s Fair Housing Ordinance. Greensboro is the first city in North Carolina to protect gay and transgender citizens from discrimination in housing” the abstract says. The funded project will audit rental housing in Greensboro for discrimination of same-sex couples.

Dr. Heidi Carlone

Photo of Dr. Heidi Carlone.Dr. Heidi Carlone (Teacher Education and Higher Education) received additional funding from The Museum of Science in Boston for the project “Engineering is Elementary.”

Dr. Bob Griffiths

Photo of Dr. Bob Griffiths.Dr. Bob Griffiths (Political Science) has had his book “U.S. Security Cooperation with Africa: Political and Policy Challenges” published by Routledge as part of their series on Advances in International Relations and Global Politics.

Griffiths, associate professor of political science, teaches courses on African politics, international security, international law, and the politics of the non-western world. For the past two decades, he has edited the reader “Annual Editions: The Developing World” for McGraw-Hill Publishers. His research interests focus on democracy, security, and development in Africa and U.S. security cooperation with Africa. He is the associate editor for Africa for the journal “Politics and Policy” and has also been a consultant to the Africa Center for Strategic Studies in Washington.

Dr. Colleen Fairbanks

Photo of Dr. Colleen FairbanksDr. Colleen Fairbanks (Teacher Education and Higher Education) received new funding from Elon University for the project “Student Personnel Program in Higher Education (SPAHE) at Elon University (2016-2017).”

Dr. Lisa Pluff

Dr. Lisa Pluff (Beyond Academics) received a grant from CenterPoint Human Services for the project “Uber/LYFT Curriculum Development.” In enhancing the educational and career success of individuals with intellectual disabilities, transportation and navigating one’s neighborhood can become a barrier, the abstract says. To address this potential barrier and to enhance the capacity of individuals with I/DD and their communities to take advantage of newer forms of transportation (e.g., Uber, LYFT), UNCG will work with the LME/MCO to develop a curriculum. The curriculum will use universal design principles.

Dr. Stephen Sills

Photo of Dr. Stephen SillsDr. Stephen Sills (Center for Housing and Community Studies) received new funding from the Hinton Center for the project “Asset Based Community Development Planning.”  This proposal was developed by the Center for Housing and Community Studies (CHCS) in response to a request by Rev. Amy Spivey, Director of Program Ministries at the Hinton Rural Life Center in Hayesville, NC, to conduct an asset based needs assessment and gap analysis. A needs assessment documents the existing services being provided to a community. It then identifies actual needs of the community and uncovers the “gap” between services and needs. Both geo-spatial and socio-economic Community Asset Mapping will be employed. This needs assessment will help organizations define their priorities and develop plans to address deficits while avoiding duplication in the service matrix. Cost-effectiveness, projected population change, legal mandates, and client input are considered in the process. Suggestions for training and organizational development are made, as well as plans for monitoring and evaluating implementation of plans to address the identified service deficiencies. The results of that mapping will be used to assist the “Partnering for Change” project to establish an inter-agency, collaborative Community Action Plan (CAP).

Additionally, Sills received funding from the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro for the project “Measuring the Impact of the Housing Crisis: A Census of Housing Stock in Greensboro.” This proposal was developed by the Center for Housing and Community Studies (CHCS) in response to a request by the Housing Committee of the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro (CFGG). CFGG has been helping sponsor efforts in the city to bring together policy makers, non-profit service providers, and property management companies, as well as investors and developers to tackle the issue of a lack of affordable housing. One problem with studying vacant and abandoned properties is that many communities have no reliable way to keep track of their vacant and abandoned properties. It is hard to quantify the costs of such properties when there is no central mode of determining the scale and scope of vacancies in a given area. This project will involve the collection of primary data on all land parcels in in the city to determine the frequency of vacant, abandoned, and substandard properties in the area. It will lead to a separate, later market segmentation and cost analysis study for Greensboro.

Erin Lawrimore

Photo of Erin Lawrimore.Erin Lawrimore (University Libraries), was elected to a three-year term on the Society of American Archivists’ (SAA) Council. The 12-member SAA Council is the organization’s governing body. It is responsible for ensuring SAA’s financial stability and growth, developing and implementing the society’s strategic priorities, providing overall leadership and direction for SAA and its component groups, building and coordinating relationships with individuals and groups outside of SAA and providing oversight of the society’s executive office. Lawrimore holds a B.A. in English from Duke University and an M.S. in Information Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to her 2011 arrival at UNCG as university archivist., she worked at N.C. State University and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. She also serves as a lecturer for San Jose State University’s School of Information. Lawrimore has been an active member of SAA since 2001, previously serving as Vice Chair of the Committee on Public Awareness, Chair of the SAA Awards Committee, Chair of the Description Section, and steering committee member of both the Reference, Access, and Outreach Section and the Issues and Advocacy Roundtable. Founded in 1936, the Society of American Archivists is North America’s oldest and largest national professional association dedicated to the needs and interests of archives and archivists.

Michael Logan

Photo of Michael Logan.Michael Logan joined UNCG as the new director of purchasing and contracts on April 25.

Logan has over 20 years of experience in purchasing with significant management experience.  He was previously the assistant director of procurement services at Wake Forest University, where he had been since 1999. He is an alumnus of UNCG, receiving his BS degree in Business Administration with honors. He is also a Certified Purchasing  Manager (C.P.M) from the Institute of Supply Management (ISM) and is an active member with both the National Association of Educational Procurement (NAEP) and Educational and Institutional Cooperative (E&I).

Jo Leimenstoll

Photo of Jo Leimenstoll.Jo Leimenstoll (Interior Architecture) received funding from the North Carolina Department of Commerce for the project “North Carolina Main Street Program.”

Keith Debbage

Photo of Keith Debbage. Dr. Keith Debbage (Geography / Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality and Tourism) presented the State of the City 2016 report to the Greensboro Partnership. As reported in the News and Record, the report is a comprehensive look at Greensboro by the numbers. “It examines key indicators of the city’s condition — including jobs, demographics, education, health and wellness — and it shows the city is moving in a positive direction, although some significant long-term challenges remain.” See more information here.

Kelly Link

Kelly-Link-final-print-6266Alumna Kelly Link, a graduate of UNCG’s MFA in Creative Writing program, was named a 2016 Pulitzer Prize finalist in the category of Fiction. The news was announced Tuesday. Link will return to campus later this month, as she receives the UNCG College of Arts and Sciences’ 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award. Link is the author of three collections of short stories, “Stranger Things Happen,” “Magic for Beginners,” and “Pretty Monsters.” Her short stories have won three Nebulas, a Hugo and a World Fantasy Award.

Dr. Thomas Matyók

042016CampusPeople_MatyokDr. Thomas Matyók (Peace and Conflict Studies) recently spoke on the Vital Role of Religion in Civil-Military Interaction at the United States Southern Command Senior Leader Symposium. The symposium, History and Mystery – Religion Matters III, was a “strategic level academic forum” bringing together scholars, senior military and government leaders, and staff to engage religious subjects of current interest as they impact development strategies and partner capacity.

Dr. Jeremy Rinker

042016CampusPeople_RinkerDr. Jeremy Rinker (Peace and Conflict Studies) gave a talk commemorating the 125 birth anniversary of Indian social reformer Dr. B.R. Ambedkar. This is an event that is sponsored by The Ambedkar Association of North America (ANNA) and the Religious Studies Department of Michigan State University. He delivered the paper “Chosen Traumas and Chosen Glories: Reading Dr. Ambedkar as Narrative for Social Change” last weekend in East Lansing. The paper explores the power of storytelling for social change in the life and work of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar and his modern day followers. Specifically, the paper/talk will look at the role that stories of injustice and triumph play in his life and work, as well as, the life and work of his living followers. Rinker is an assistant professor at UNCG’s Department of Peace and Conflict Studies where he researches the intersections between narrative, violent conflict, and nonviolent conflict transformation. His work on the Ambedkar-Buddhist social movement in Maharashtra, India is a provocative approach to the connections between justice, narrative and identity. While much of his research has focused on the centrality of justice discourse in religiously based social change movements, he also has interest in restorative justice, political violence, and conflict intervention practices, as well as, trauma, memory, and reconciliation. Rinker is currently engaged in a research project that looks at how marginalized communities utilize discursive practices to contest against an unresponsive state malfeasance and hegemonic bureaucracy to ensure basic rights and state services for the marginalized.

Tolly Tollefsen

Photo of Tolly TollefsenTolly Tollefsen, UNCG Director of Financial Aid, is being honored by the NCASFAA this week. Tollefsen is receiving the “Eleanor S. Morris Distinguished Service Award”

A representative of the association said, in part, “This woman is one of the quiet giants in our profession. Her financial aid knowledge is unmatched and she carries over three decades of experience. … She is quoted as saying, “One of the things I learned early in my career is how supportive and collaborative financial aid professionals are and I have always striven to meet the high standard of ethics, compassion and fellowship in our community.”  She has certainly maintained her standards throughout the years and has been active in SASFAA as an elected officer, led courses in the SASFAA New Aid Officers Workshop, and presented sessions at SASFAA, NCASFAA, NCHELP and various other conferences.  She is also the person that helped create NCASFAA’s Middle School Enrichment Scholarship program which has helped encourage disadvantaged Middle School students to consider enrolling in college by providing tuition to a summer enrichment program at a North Carolina college or university. With all of her accomplishments, however, I would submit that one of her greatest accomplishments has been serving as a mentor to those new in the profession and those seeking leadership roles within the professional associations.”

Ken Pearce

Photo of Ken Pearce.Ken Pearce joined UNCG as the new Director of Facilities Design and Construction in March.

Ken has 10 years of supervisory experience in capital construction and has been closely involved in the execution of a wide variety of capital improvement projects both at NC State University and at Cape Fear Community College. He holds an engineering degree from NC State University, is a registered professional engineer in North Carolina, is an LEED accredited professional, and is also a member of the Innovations Committee of the NC State Building Commission.

Information courtesy Facilities Connections newsletter.

Shanna Eller

Photo of Shanna Eller . Shanna Eller is the new Sustainability Coordinator in the Office of Sustainability in March. Shanna has been the Sustainability Director at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California since August of 2011 and was previously the Director of Community Environmental Services at Portland State University. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago in Urban Planning and Policy and a doctorate in Urban Studies from Portland State University with a focus on sustainability programs at the local level.

Information courtesy Facilities Connections newsletter.

Dr. Linda Rupert

Photo of Dr. Linda Rupert.Dr. Linda Rupert (History) is one of eight academics who has been invited to present her research as part of “Histories from a Shared Past: A Transatlantic Lecture Series,” which will take place in four different venues across the Caribbean and Europe throughout the first half of 2017. Rupert’s presentation, “Navigating Currents of Freedom: Runaway Caribbean Slaves in Atlantic and World Perspective,” connects slave flight with the broader story of refugees and asylum seekers across history—one that is especially relevant today. She is associate professor of history.

Joan Titus

Photo of Joan Titus.Joan Titus (Music) has been awarded the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend for research on her newest book project on the composer Dmitry Shostakovich and his film music for Stalinist cinema (1936-1953). This current book project is the sequel to her first book on Shostakovich’s initial experiments as a film composer (1928-1936) titled “The Early Film Music of Dmitry Shostakovich” (Oxford University Press, released March 15, 2016). For information on “The Early Film Music of Dmitry Shostakovich” see:https://global.oup.com/academic/product/the-early-film-music-of-dmitry-shostakovich-9780199315147?cc=us&lang=en&

Jorge Quintal

Photo of Jorge Quintal.The 2-16 Frank B. Turner award was presented to Jorge Quintal by AIA North Carolina, the North Carolina Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Consulting Engineers Council of North Carolina, and the Professional Engineers Council of North Carolina at the annual State Construction Conference. Quintal is associate vice chancellor for facilities. The award recognizes a state employee who has made an outstanding professional contribution to the built environment, as exemplified by the professional life of Frank B. Turner. Given yearly in his honor at the State Construction Conference, it recognizes a state government career employee for his or her dedicated public service and for setting an example as a professional working with the built environment.

More information and a photo at http://ncadmin.nc.gov/businesses/construction/construction-conference/frank-b-turner-award.

Travis L. Hicks

Photo of Travis L. Hicks.Travis L. Hicks, assistant professor of Interior Architecture and director of the UNCG Center for Community-Engaged Design, was the 2015-16 UNCG nominee for the Holshouser Award for Public Service. “I am changing the way that students learn – and how professionals practice – architecture and design,” Hicks said. “How? I engage the public in the design of places and spaces that impact the people of North Carolina.” Read more about Hicks here.

The Holshouser Award for Public Service was created to encourage, identify, recognize, and reward public service by faculty of the university system. Faculty from any of the 17 institutions of the UNC system are eligible. See information in accompanying post.

Dr. Diana Bowman

Photo of Dr. Diana Bowman.Dr. Diana Bowman, former director of the National Center for Homeless Education (grant managed by SERVE/ORED since the center’s inception) retired last summer. She continues to be a part of SERVE. She has received funding from the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction for the project “Homeless Education Product Review.”

Dr. Deb Cassidy

Dr. Deb Cassidy is UNCG’s nominee for the UNC system’s 2015-16 O. Max Gardner Award. The award was established by the UNC Board of Governors to recognize faculty who have “made the greatest contributions to the welfare of the human race.” A professor of Human Development and Family Studies, she was selected by the Gardner/Holshouser Award Committee because of her significant contributions to the field of early childhood education. Her career has been dedicated to understanding the complex factors that contribute to the high quality early childhood experiences so critical to the future well-being of our youngest citizens. Cassidy has provided substantial leadership for the development and widespread adoption of the 5-star rating system for early education settings, and her contributions include working to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of education for early childhood teachers. Her regional, national, and international reputation speak to the overall impact of her scholarship and leadership in her field.