Speakers Bureau

Speakers for: Social Issues

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Stephanie Baker

Assistant Professor and Associate Director of Graduate Study, Public Health Education
Ph.D. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
(336) 256-0119, slbaker3@uncg.edu

  • Health Equity - Health Disparities
  • Social Determinants of Health

Leandra Bedini

Professor, Community & Therapeutic Recreation
PhD University of Maryland at College Park
(336) 334-3260, bedini@uncg.edu

  • Leisure and Family Caregiving

D. Gordon Bennett

Professor, Geography
PhD Michigan State University
(336) 334-3894, dgbennet@uncg.edu

  • Migration of the Elderly to the Non-metro Southeast Coast
  • U.S. Population Trends & Problems
  • World Population Trends & Problems

Silvia Bettez

Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership & Cultural Foundations
PhD The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
(336) 334-3492, scbettez@uncg.edu

  • Social Justice Education
  • Community Building in Academia
  • Anti-oppression

Daniel Bibeau

Professor, Public Health Education
PhD Pennsylvania State University
(336) 334-3240, dlbibeau@uncg.edu

  • Health Promotion in the Workplace
  • Equity and Health

Rachel Briley

Associate Professor, Theatre
MFA Arizona State University
(336) 334-4015, r_briley@uncg.edu

  • Drama and Literacy
  • Drama and the Young Child
  • Theatre for Young Audiences
  • Music, Sign Language, and Drama in the development of the child

Andrew Brod

Senior Research Fellow, Center for Business & Economic Research
PhD University of Minnesota
(336) 707-6439, AndrewBrod@uncg.edu

  • UNCG and the Triad Economy
  • State of the U.S. & N.C. Economies
  • Economic Trends to Watch
  • Economic Myths about Immigration
  • The Good News about High Oil Prices
  • The Economics of Economic-Development Incentives
  • The Global Economy

Hazel N. Brown

Professor Emeritus, Parent-Child Nursing
EdD The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
(336) 335-5182, hazel_brown@uncg.edu

  • Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention
  • Leadership

Shelly Brown-Jeffy

Associate Professor, Sociology
PhD University of Michigan
(336) 334-5295, slbrown2@uncg.edu

  • Race & Ethnicity
  • Race & Education
  • Poverty
  • Social Inequality

Erick T. Byrd

Assistant Professor, Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality and Tourism
PhD North Carolina State University
(336) 334-4471, etbyrd@uncg.edu

  • Sustainable tourism
  • Tourism management
  • Community participation

Claudia Cabello Hutt

Assistant Professor, Languages, Literatures, & Cultures
PhD Rutgers University
(336) 334-3853, c_cabell@uncg.edu

  • Bilingual Early Literacy

Cherry Callahan

Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs
PhD The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
(336) 334-5099, cherry_callahan@uncg.edu

  • Today's College Students - The New Generation, Students in Stress/Emotional Crisis, Family Participation, Etc.

Kathleen Casey

Associate Professor, Educational Leadership & Cultural Foundations
PhD University of Wisconsin-Madison
(336) 256-0156, caseyk@uncg.edu

  • Curriculum theory
  • Poverty & Education
  • Political Analysis of Education
  • Narrative Research

Michael Darrell Cauthen

Lecturer, African American Studies
MS Purdue University
(336) 334-5507, mdcauthe@uncg.edu

  • Beyond the Race and Intelligence "Debate."
  • Explaining Black-White Educational and Test-Score Gaps in a World Without Race
  • Conceptualizations of Race and Ethnicity

Anthony S. Chow

Assistant Professor, Library & Information Studies
PhD Florida State University
(336) 334-3411, aschow@uncg.edu

  • Library Management and Technology
  • Web Design & Usability
  • E-Learning
  • Instructional Technology
  • Asian American & Race Issues

Stephanie Irby Coard

Associate Professor, Human Development & Family Studies
PhD Columbia University
(336) 334-4666, sicoard@uncg.edu

  • Prevention of Conduct Disorder, Aggression and Violence
  • Racial, Ethnic and Cultural Influences on Youth and Families
  • Racial Socialization Processes, Racial Identity Development
  • Intervention Development and Community Dissemination in Diverse Cultural Contexts

Karen DeNaples

Assistant Professor, Specialized Education Services
MS University of Rochester
(336) 543-2193, kmdenapl@uncg.edu

  • Deaf Culture
  • American Sign Language / Deaf Literature

Susan Dennison

Associate Professor, Social work
MSW Barry University
(336) 334-5147, stdennis@uncg.edu

  • Setting up Groups for At Risk Children and Adolescents
  • Stress Management for Helping Professionals
  • Creating a Diverse and Inclusive Community Within an Organization
  • Setting up Groups For Adults

Lisa Eads

Lecturer, Human Development & Family Studies
MAT Salem College
(336) 602-9262, lmeads@uncg.edu

  • Supporting Children - Building Futures
  • Brain Scans to Lesson Plans - Developmentally Appropriate Higher Education
  • Socially Responsible Education
  • Any topic relating to Early Intervention for Children and Child Poverty

Emily Edwards

Professor, Media Studies
Director, Center for Creative Writing in the Arts
PhD The University of Texas at Austin
(336) 334-5360, ededward@uncg.edu

  • Independent film-making
  • The Supernatural and Popular culture
  • Magic, Media, and the Popular Imagination
  • Media violence, morbid curiosity and pop culture
  • "Write-On Greensboro" Creative Writing Workshops

Mark Elliott

Associate Professor, History
PhD New York University
(336) 334-5992, meelliot@uncg.edu

  • Civil War and Reconstruction
  • Plessy v. Ferguson
  • Albion W. Tourgee
  • Civil Rights

Patricia Fairfield-Artman

Lecturer, Communication Studies
PhD The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
(336) 334-5297, pfartman@uncg.edu

  • Developing Positive Community Relations Through Public Relations
  • Prepare and Deliver Effective Messages for Traditional and Online Media to Meet today's 24/7 Online World Where Instant Reaction Rules the Day

James Fisher

Professor & Department Head, Theatre
MFA The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
(336) 334-4112, ajfisher@uncg.edu

  • Topics Relating to Theater & Drama
  • American Film
  • The UNCG Theatre Program
  • Theatre Censorship

Melissa Floyd-Pickard

Professor & Department Chair, Social Work
PhD Virginia Commonwealth University
(336) 334-4073, mftaylo2@uncg.edu

  • Mental Illness
  • Social Work and Psychiatric Medications
  • Social Work Education
  • Values and Ethics

Karae L. Foddrell

Assistant Professor, Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality and Tourism
MS Radford University
(336) 256-1317, klfoddre@uncg.edu

  • Interpersonal Communication in the Workplace
  • Conflict Resolution and Relationships
  • Global Issues, Communication & Diversity

Charles P. Gause

Associate Professor, Teacher Education & Higher Education
PhD Miami University
(336) 334-3437, cpgause@uncg.edu

  • Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Creating Engaging, Dynamic and Affirming Learning Communities
  • Cross-cultural and Inter-cultural Communications
  • Youth and Popular Culture

Heather Gert

Associate Professor, Philosophy
PhD Brown University
(336) 334-5059, hjgert@uncg.edu

  • Medical Ethics
  • Ethics

Nancy Gladwell

Associate Professor, Community & Therapeutic Recreation
ReD Indiana University
(336) 334-3261, nancy_gladwell@uncg.edu

  • Customer Service
  • How to Effectively Handle Change
  • Family Caregiving
  • Benefits of Parks and Recreation

Joseph L. Graves Jr.

Professor, Nanoengineering
Associate Dean for Research, Joint School of Nanoscience & Nanoengineering
Ph.D. Wayne State University
(336) 285-2858, jlgrave2@uncg.edu

  • Genomics of Adaptation
  • Biological and Social Concepts of Race -- Health Disparities
  • Nanosafety
  • STEM Education -- Minority Underrepresentation

Tara T. Green

Professor and Director, African American Studies
PhD Louisiana State University
(336) 334-5507, ttgreen@uncg.edu

  • African American Women's Literature
  • Achieving Professional Success for Young Black Women & Girls
  • Strategies for Mentoring Ethnic Students
  • 21st Century African American Studies Curriculum & Programs
  • Impact of fatherlessness on African American boys & men
  • History of confinement of African Americans
  • Black Women's Leadership History
  • Oprah Winfrey and Film

Lauren Haldeman

Associate Professor, Nutrition
PhD University of Connecticut
(336) 256-0311, lahaldem@uncg.edu

  • Food Insecurity Among Low income Audiences
  • Community Based Nutrition Education and Health Outcomes
  • Community Engaged Research in Nutrition

William Hamilton

Professor Emeritus, Conflict & Peace Studies
PhD Tulane University
(336) 855-5461, hamilton.uncg@gmail.com

  • Global Terrorism, Political Violence, and Radical Orthodoxies
  • Human Rights
  • Environmental Ethics
  • Latin American Political and Intellectual History
  • Politics and Fundamentalist Religion

Nancy Hodges

Professor, Consumer, Apparel & Retail Studies
PhD University of Minnesota
(336) 256-0291, nancy_hodges@uncg.edu

  • History of Costume
  • Dress and Culture
  • Women and Dress

Gwen Hunnicutt

Associate Professor, Sociology
Program Faculty, Women's and Gender Studies
PhD Unviersity of New Mexico
(336) 324-0256, gchunnic@uncg.edu

  • Feminism, Ecology and Violence
  • Gender Violence
  • Non-Violence and Peace Studies
  • Collective Violence
  • Masculinity and Aggression
  • Ecofeminism

Spoma Jovanovic

Professor, Communication Studies
PhD University of Denver
(336) 601-3282, spomajovanovic@uncg.edu

  • University and Community Partnerships for Civic Impact
  • How Our Talk Can Shape a Vision of Hope in the Community
  • Social Capital in Greensboro
  • Community Reconciliation - Possibilities and Obstacles
  • Participatory Budgeting in the U.S.
  • Preemptive Democracy--Citizen Coalitions for Community Change

Alicia B. Kaplan

Lecturer, Social work
MSW N.C. Agricultural and Technical State University & The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
(336) 255-3587, abkaplan@uncg.edu

  • Child Welfare topics
  • Childhood Trauma
  • Child Sexual Abuse/Sexually Reactive Youth

Lynda Kellam

Reference and Government Information, University Libraries
MA University of Wisconsin-Madison
(336) 334-5251, lmkellam@uncg.edu

  • Accessing U.S. Government Information
  • US Census 2010 and the American Community Survey
  • Researching the U.S. Congress
  • Finding Demographic and Socioeconomic Data for your Work

Peter Kellett

Associate Professor, Communication Studies
PhD Southern Illinois University Carbondale
(336) 334-5297, pmkellet@uncg.edu

  • Conflict and Conflict Management in Relationships, Families, Workplaces and Communities

Etsuko Kinefuchi

Associate Professor, Communication Studies
PhD Arizona State University
(336) 334-5297, e_kinefu@uncg.edu

  • Intercultural Communication, Diversity, and Social Justice
  • Cultural Identity and Identity Negotiation
  • Media representations of cultural groups
  • Diaspora and transnational migration
  • Communicative Strategies in the Anti-nuclear Movement in Japan

Steve Kroll-Smith

Professor, Sociology
Katrina Task Force Coordinator, Social Science Research Center
PhD University of Pennsylvania
(336) 334-5295, s_krolls@uncg.edu

  • Disasters and Communities
  • Coping with Disaster
  • Hurricane Katrina and the Remaking of New Orleans

Seunghyun Lee

Assistant Professor, Media Studies
Study Abroad Committee, International Programs Center
PhD University of Wisconsin-Madison
(336) 256-8500, s_lee22@uncg.edu

  • Digital media use in the world and across different cultures
  • Mobile multimedia use and culture across the world
  • Digital divide, digital inclusion and social inclusion
  • Service-learning with community and civic engagement for refugees and the underserved
  • Online journalism and citizen journalism

Lisa Levenstein

Associate Professor, History
PhD University of Wisconsin-Madison
(336) 334-5992, levenstein@uncg.edu

  • Women's History in the U.S.
  • Feminism - History & Current Events
  • Women & Poverty, Welfare Reform
  • African American Women's History
  • Women and Employment - History & Current Events
  • Women, Work and Families - History & Contemporary Issues

Todd Lewis

Associate Professor, Counseling & Educational Development
PhD Kent State University
(336) 334-3422, tflewis@uncg.edu

  • Substance Use Issues Among College Students
  • Theoretical Models of Behavior
  • Adlerian Theory
  • Research Design & Methodology
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Diagnosis using the DSM-V and Treatment Planning

Nicole M. Martin

Assistant Professor, Teacher Education & Higher Education
PhD MIchigan State University
(336) 676-4250, nmmarti2@uncg.edu

  • Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening
  • Children's Literacy Development
  • Informational Literacy
  • Teaching in Elementary Schools or Urban Education

Tom Matyok

Assistant Professor, Peace & Conflict Studies
PhD Nova Southeastern University
(336) 334-3864, tgmatyok@uncg.edu

  • Violence
  • Changing Nature of War
  • Bullying and Mobbing
  • Conflict Resolution

Terrance McConnell

Professor, Philosophy
PhD University of Minnesota
(336) 334-3202, tcmcconn@uncg.edu

  • Issues in Biomedical Ethics
  • Ethics and Genetics
  • Social and Political Philosophy

Hannah Rose Mendoza

Assistant Professor, Interior Architecture
MFA Florida State University
(336) 256-0306, hrmendoz@uncg.edu

  • Social Justice and Community Outreach design projects
  • Utilizing millennial generation volunteerism as a platform for advocacy through design
  • Design in Mexico
  • Design in Ghana

George F. Michel

Professor, Psychology
PhD Rutgers University
(336) 256-0021, gfmichel@uncg.edu

  • Your first nine months set the stage for your next ninety years
  • How socioeconomic factors can influence someone's development
  • How infants educate themselves
  • How the hand teaches the brain to talk

W. Roger Mills-Koonce

Associate Professor, Human Development & Family Studies
Ph.D. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
(336) 334-4672, mills-koonce@uncg.edu

  • Parenting and parent-child relationships
  • Child conduct disorder
  • Family diversity
  • LGBT health and wellness

Sharon D. Morrison

Associate Professor and Director of the Undergraduate Program, Public Health Education
PhD University of Florida
(336) 334-3243, sdmorri2@uncg.edu

  • Immigrant and Refugee Health
  • HIV/AIDS in International Settings and Populations

Arthur D. Murphy

Professor, Anthropology
PhD Temple University
(336) 334-5132, admurphy@uncg.edu

  • Mexico
  • Immigration
  • Economic Development Mexico/Latin America
  • Culture and Natural Disasters

Christine E. Murray

Associate Professor, Counseling & Educational Development
Director of the Program to Advance Community Responses to Violence Against Women, Center for Women's Health and Wellness
PhD University of Florida
(336) 334-3426, cemurray@uncg.edu

  • Domestic Violence

Arndt Niebisch

Assistant Professor, Languages, Literatures, & Cultures
PhD Johns Hopkins University
(336) 334-3853, a_niebis@uncg.edu

  • Media and Society
  • Science, Technology and Culture
  • Culture of Modernity
  • Information Society

Fatih Oguz

Assistant Professor, Library & Information Studies
PhD University of North Texas
(336) 334-4782, f_oguz@uncg.edu

  • Digital Libraries
  • Institutional Repositories
  • Communities of Practice
  • Social Media

Sam Parker

Clinical Associate Professor, Specialized Education Services
MFA The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
(336) 256-1217, sdparker@uncg.edu

  • American Sign Language as a Foreign Language
  • Deaf Culture

Jay Poole

Visiting Assistant Professor, Social work
PhD The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
(336) 334-4097, kjpoole@uncg.edu

  • Social Work with Older Adults
  • Sexual and Gender Identities
  • Mental Health and Social Work

David C. Ribar

Professor, Economics
PhD Brown University
(336) 334-3904, dcribar@uncg.edu

  • Poverty
  • Public Assistance Programs
  • Time Use
  • Food Assistance
  • Employment/Labor Markets

Edward N. Robinson, Jr. MD MPH

Adjunct Professor, Public Health Education
Medical Director, Guilford County Department of Public Health
MD Bowman Gray School of Medicine
(336) 641-8415, wrobins@co.guilford.nc.us

  • Public Health
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases
  • Environmental Health

Hephzibah Roskelly

Professor, English
Affiliated Faculty, Women's and Gender Studies
PhD University of Louisville
(336) 334-3280, roskellh@uncg.edu

  • Emerson, Hawthorne, Toni Morrison, Jane Addams, Louisa May Alcott
  • The Importance of Stories
  • Mystery Fiction
  • Women and Peace
  • The Importance of the Humanities
  • Definitions of Liberal Arts
  • Support for Public Education

Stuart J. Schleien

Professor & Department Chair, Community & Therapeutic Recreation
PhD University of Maryland
(336) 334-3119, sjs@uncg.edu

  • Community Inclusion
  • Inclusive Volunteering
  • Serving People With Disabilities in Community Recreation & Sports
  • Working with Parents who Have Children with Disabilities
  • InFocus: Advocacy-Photography Program

Mark Schulz

Associate Professor, Public Health Education
PhD The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
(336) 334-5517, mrschulz@uncg.edu

  • Bicycle Safety - How should bicyclists interact with motor vehicles and pedestrians?
  • Bicycle Helmet Use - The epidemiology of bicycle helmet use in Greensboro and the world.
  • Bicycling Fatalities - The epidemiology of bicycle fatalities in North Carolina and beyond.
  • Facilitating Bicycling - Factors that promote and impede bicycling.

Svi Shapiro

Professor, Educational Leadership & Cultural Foundations
EdD Boston University
(336) 256-0156, hsshapir@uncg.edu

  • Violence & Schools
  • Moral & Social Dimensions of Education
  • Education & Democracy
  • The Israeli / Palestinian Conflict
  • Educational Reform
  • Critical Perspectives on Standardized Testing
  • Peace Education
  • Jewish & Spiritual Perspectives on Education

Stephen Sills

Associate Professor, Sociology
Co-Organizer, Human Rights Research Network
PhD Arizona State University
(336) 334-3731, sjsills@uncg.edu

  • Globalization
  • Fair Housing
  • Migration
  • Program Evaluation
  • Ethnic and National Origin Discrimination

J. David Smith

Professor Emeritus, Specialized Education Services
EdD Columbia University
(336) 334-3738, jdsmi24@uncg.edu

  • Disability Rights and History
  • Children and Adults with Intellectual Disabilities

Paige H. Smith

Associate Professor, Public Health Education
Director, Center for Women's Health and Wellness
PhD The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
(336) 334-4735, phsmith@uncg.edu

  • Work-family-life balance
  • Violence against women
  • Breastfeeding

John Sopper

Lecturer, Religious Studies
Director of Special Projects, Undergraduate Education
MA Princeton University
(336) 334-9770, jrsopper@uncg.edu

  • Religion and Social Issues
  • Issues in Higher Education

Andrew Supple

Associate Professor, Human Development & Family Studies
PhD University of Wisconsin-Madison
(336) 256-0221, ajsupple@uncg.edu

  • Parent-Adolescent Relationships
  • Family Dynamics and Child Development, Immigrant and Refugee Families
  • Adolescent Developlment

Amanda E. Tanner

Assistant Professor, Public Health Education
PhD Indiana University
(336) 334-5389, aetanner@uncg.edu

  • Teen Pregnancy
  • Contraception

Vas Taras

Assistant Professor, Management
PhD University of Calgary, Canada
(336) 256-8611, v_taras@uncg.edu

  • Immigration
  • Cross-cultural Managment
  • International Teams in Domestic Organizations
  • Culture
  • Evaluation of Effectiveness of Corporate Personnel Training and Development Programs

Laura K. Taylor

Assistant Professor, Peace & Conflict Studies
PhD University of Notre Dame
(336) 334-3864, lktaylo2@uncg.edu

  • Risk and Resilience Processes: Youth and Political Violence
  • Reconciliation, Transitional Justice and Truth Commissions
  • Conflict Transformation and Mental Health
  • Countries of interest: Croatia, Colombia, Guatemala, Nepal, Northern Ireland

William Tullar

Professor, Management
PhD University of Rochester
(336) 334-4526, wltullar@hotmail.com

  • Organizational Misbehavior
  • Nursing Assistant Misbehavior
  • Scams, Stings, Cons, & Grifts: Training Seniors to Avoid them

Bas van der Vossen

Assistant Professor, Philosophy
PhD University of Oxford
(520) 334-4313, b_vande2@uncg.edu

  • Ethics of Property Rights & Markets
  • Civil Disobedience - Is There a Duty to Obey the Law?
  • The Morality of International Institutions & Humanitarian Intervention

Elizabeth Van Horn

Associate Professor, Adult Health Nursing
PhD The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
(336) 334-4942, e_vanhorn@uncg.edu

  • Recovery from Traumatic Injury
  • Family Integrity Promotion
  • Evidence-based Practice
  • Teaching with Technology

Saundra Westervelt

Associate Professor, Sociology
PhD University of Virginia
(336) 334-3697, sdwester@uncg.edu

  • "Life After Death Row" - Wrongful Convictions & the Death Penalty
  • Aftermath of Wrongful Convictions
  • Impact of Wrongful Convictions on Exonerees

Bob Wineburg

Professor, Social work
Director of Community Engaged Scholarship, School of Health and Human Sciences
PhD University of Pittsburgh
(336) 708-3435, bobwineburg@gmail.com

  • Faith Based Social Services
  • Town Grown Partnerships
  • Social Entrepeneurism
  • Social Service Program and Organizational Development
  • Grant Writing

David Wyrick

Associate Professor, Public Health Education
PhD The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
(336) 334-4501, dlwyrick@uncg.edu

  • Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention with High School and College Students and Student-Athletes
  • Prevention of High-Risk Drinking with College Students
  • Protecting and Promoting Health through Entrepreneurship