UNCG Campus Weekly

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

Dr. Holly Sienkiewicz

Photo of Dr. Holly Sienkiewicz.Dr. Holly Sienkiewicz (Center for New North Carolinians) received new funding from the North Carolina Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service for AmeriCorps ACCESS Project. The purpose of this project is to help immigrants gain access to human services, build bridges with mainstream society, and assist immigrants with acculturation leading to self-sufficiency.

Dr. Jacqueline Debrew

Photo of Dr. Jacqueline Debrew . Dr. Jacqueline Debrew (School of Nursing) received new funding from the North Carolina Area Health Education Center for expansion of RN to BSN outreach programs to rural areas of North Carolina in 2016-2017.

Dr. Cherry Callahan

Photo of Dr. Cherry Callahan. Dr. Cherry Callahan (Student Affairs) received new funding from the UNC General Administration for ythe project “Collegiate Recovery Community.” This project is supported by funds from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS). The abstract notes that the Spartan Recovery Program is a program of Student Health Services located in the Counseling Center that is available, free of charge, to UNCG students in all phases of recovery from addictions to alcohol and/or other drugs.

Dr. Tracy Bartlett

Photo of Dr. Tracy Bartlett.Dr. Tracy Bartlett (School of Nursing) received new funding from the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare for the “The Jonas Scholar Program.” Funds will be awarded by AACN on behalf of the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare to universities over a two-year grant period. The Jonas Center has chosen the UNCG to participate in the Jonas Scholar Program with grants to support one PhD Jonas Nurse Leader Scholar and one PhD Jonas Veterans Healthcare Scholar with scholarships.

Dr. Colleen Fairbanks

Photo of Dr. Colleen Fairbanks. Dr. Colleen Fairbanks (Teacher Education and Higher Education) received new funding from UNC School of the Arts for the project “Student Personnel Program in Higher Education (SPAHE) at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (2016-2017).” She received funding from Greensboro College for the project “Student Personnel Program in Higher Education (SPAHE) at Greensboro College (2016-2017).” She received funding from Guilford College for the project “Student Personnel Program in Higher Education (SPAHE) at Guilford College (2016-2017).”

Dr. Thomas Matyók

Photo of Dr. Thomas Matyók.Dr. Thomas Matyók (Peace and Conflict Studies) recently presented “The Meaning of Reconciliation for Stability Operations: Religious Actors in a Stability Environment Before, During, and After Conflict” at the Operational Art & Thinking Series, Civil-Military Interaction/ United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations sponsored by Multinational Joint Headquarters Ulm, Germany.

Dr. Tara T. Green

Photo of Dr. Tara T. GreenDr. Tara T. Green (African American and African Diaspora Studies) was invited to serve as a mentor to one of the 16 junior faculty fellows chosen to participate in Duke University’s Summer Institute on Tenure and Professional Advancement Program. She was also asked by the program’s director to make a presentation, “Developing a Research Agenda and Building a Teaching Portfolio,” as one of this year’s six professional development seminars.

Dr. Christina O’Connor

Dr. Christina O’Connor (School of Education, Teacher’s Academy) received a continuation of funding from U.S. Department of Education for the project “Transforming Teaching through Technology (TTtT).” Transforming Teaching through Technology, a Teacher Quality Partnership project of UNCG in partnership with Guilford County Schools and Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, will address Absolute Priority 1 and Competitive Preference Priority 1 by developing an innovative and replicable model for the integration of technology in the teacher education curriculum.

In order to better prepare current and future teachers to thoughtfully integrate existing and emerging technology for P-12 student learning, Transforming Teaching through Technology will:

  • move beyond enhancement (substitution & augmenting) to promote transformational use of instructional technology in teaching and learning
  • transform approaches to P-12 learning such that instructional technology is an integral part of learning
  • alter the way we engage and motivate students in learning
  • create space where teacher candidates can be engaged in instructional technology –enriched teacher education programming
  • cultivate meaningful collaboration between university and schools to promote new mindsets to integrate instructional technology for learning.

The abstract further states that this project will result in increased engagement of public school students in innovation, creativity, problem-solving and entrepreneurship through the development of collaborative project-based learning environments utilizing emerging technology and 21st century skills.

Dr. Brett Carter

080316CampusPeople_CarterDr. Brett Carter has been named Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students. In his previous role as dean of students, Carter was responsible for the Office of Accessibility Resources and Services, the Veterans Resource Center, parent and family advocacy and support, student conduct, and student advocacy. He maintains responsibility for these functions and, in addition, he now supervises programs in Student Health Services, which include the Medical Clinic and the Counseling Center. Carter has been at UNCG for more than twenty years and also served in the Department of Housing and Residence Life prior to his service as associate dean of students and then dean of students.

Dr. Robert Mayo

080316CampusPeople_MayoThe Communication Sciences and Disorders Advisory Committee at Longwood University recently recognized Dr. Robert Mayo (UNCG Communication Sciences and Disorders) with the Friends of the Communication Sciences and Disorders Award. Mayo has taught the Cranio-Facial Anomalies course for Longwood since the program’s inception in 2006. His vast experience and expertise, in combination with his high quality instruction, ensure the students have a solid foundation of knowledge to enter the field. Dr. Lissa Power-deFur, Longwood’s CSD Program Director, commented that the faculty and advisory committee greatly appreciate Dr. Mayo’s contributions to the establishment and success of a new CSD graduate program, sharing his content expertise and the wisdom he has gained as a program administrator and faculty member over the years.

Dr. Holly Sienkiewicz

080316CampusPeople_SienkiewiczDr. Holly Sienkiewicz (Center for New North Carolinians) received new funding from the United Way of Greater Greensboro for the project “Newcomers CLASS (Culture, Language and Adult Self Sufficiency).”  For newly arrived refugees into Greensboro, language, transportation, isolation, lack of cultural brokers, and misunderstanding/lack of knowledge of American education and cultural activities present an ongoing concern as refugees seek to orient to the United States, the abstract states. The objective of this project is to help newly arrived immigrants manage their transition and begin the process of cultural integration by learning English, providing job readiness skills for adults and acting as a cultural broker.

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.