Faculty Diversity Research


CLAS faculty are committed to diversity research and teaching in multiple ways. Many of our faculty have had the honor of receiving the Chancellor’s Diversity Challenge Fund for various diversity-related projects. Our faculty and staff have also published lots of works on various diversity issues and remained committed to integrating diversity into their teaching and professional life.

  1. Chancellor’s Diversity Challenge Fund Recipients (CLAS)
  2. Faculty Diversity Research and Publications
  3. Classroom Diversity Practices and Activities

CLAS Diversity Scholarship, Grants and Outreach Activities 2014-2016

Biological Sciences

The Department of Biological Sciences has made tremendous strides in faculty recruitment and now has a diverse graduate faculty, with a total of 36 full-time graduate research-intensive program faculty members including 15 women and two Hispanics, and 10 full-time teaching faculty members including eight women and two African Americans. Our department is making similar strides in diversifying its student body.


Dr. Christine Richardson acts as the Principal Investigator (PI) and Dr. Sharon Bullock serves as the co-PI for a National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program in Biology and Biotechnology. The current grant is for 3 years (2015-2017) and there are strong hopes of a renewal. To address the goals of the NSF, our program targets undergraduates whose research opportunities are limited or who belong to underrepresented populations in the STEM fields including women, African-Americans, Native Americans, and first generation college students. Of the 10 participants last summer, one was African American, two were Hispanic, one was Native American, and two were first generation college students. Of the 10 participants we are expecting this upcoming summer, one is African American, three are Hispanic, and three are first generation college students. Drs. Richardson and Bullock have maintained contact with historically black colleges in our area through phone and or email correspondence and site visits at Johnson C. Smith University and Belmont Abbey College last year to recruit for these programs. This year we selected two students from Johnson C. Smith University.

In addition, the Department of Biological Sciences participates in the Summer Program to Increase Diversity in Undergraduate Research (SPIDUR) run by Dr. Yvette Huet intended to increase diversity. Last summer, Dr. Molly Redmond hosted Latavia Hill, a first generation African American female in her laboratory through this program while she was a student attending Philander Smith College, a historically black college in Arkansas. Thanks to this experience, Latavia received a travel grant ($1500) to present at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students and she will be starting in the Ph.D. program in Microbiology at the University of Kansas this fall.

Dr. Sharon Bullock is also the faculty advisor for the Minority Association for Pre-Medical Students (MAPs) and she has worked with this student organization to help unrepresented minority students prepare for medical school admission by volunteering in health-related activities, advice regarding preparatory courses for Medical School, and helping them to acquire undergraduate research experience.

Dr. Sharon Bullock, together with several other lecturers, has also developed relationships with area schools that have a majority of underrepresented students. She has provided tours of our classrooms and research laboratories, given presentations on both the academic and research aspects of our department, and has traveled to these schools to give interactive presentations, seminars, and workshops. These schools include The School of Biotechnology, Health and Public Administration at Olympic High School and Philip O. Berry High School. Dr. Bullock is on the advisory board for The School of Biotechnology, Health and Public Administration at Olympic High School and she has helped them to incorporate biotechnology into their curriculum and prepare funding applications to the North Carolina Biotechnology Center.

Finally, our lecturers, Michelle Pass and Tonya Bates, have worked with Dr. David Pugalee, the Director of the Center for STEM Education, on projects focused on enrichment activities for underrepresented minorities from area schools and community colleges including CPCC.


Dr. Christine Richardson, in her role as Graduate Programs Coordinator, has submitted two national/federal agency grant proposals that would increase diversity, inclusion of underrepresented minorities and low-income students in our MS and PhD programs. The first was a Department of Education Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) Program. The objective of this program was to increase the number of qualified researchers and teachers in the biological sciences. Our target population was highly qualified students with an emphasis on students from underrepresented populations including women, persons with disabilities, and African American, Hispanic, American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander minorities for biological sciences disciplines. The proposed budget for this program was $738,000 and was projected to run from 4/1/16-3/31/19. This application was very well received and scored 97 out of 100. However the pay line was 97.5 and so this application will be resubmitted this summer.

The second application was an NSF S-STEM Program to support graduate education and success. The objective of this program was to adopt a multi-layered strategy to encourage high quality students from low-income varied socio-economic backgrounds to engage in graduate education in the biological sciences. The specific objectives of the program were to enroll into the MS and PhD in Biology programs a total of 22 students over 5 years who demonstrate superior academic ability and come from low-income backgrounds with financial need, provide a strong program for the cohort using extant policies to promote academic and research success, to enhance strong faculty commitment to individualized mentorship of the fellows, increase retention, student success and graduation rates, and increase understanding of practices and strategies on student outcomes. The program aimed to increase the regional biosciences workforce by recruiting groups from low income backgrounds and those underrepresented in science including minority, disadvantaged, and disabled students, those from colleges with limited research opportunities including community colleges, and first in their family to attend college. The impact of the program would have been the advancement of future career opportunities in the biosciences for highly qualified students who might otherwise not attend or graduate from MS or PhD programs. The proposed budget for this program was $750,000 and was projected to run from 7/1/16-6/30/21. However, this project was not funded and so this application will also be resubmitted this summer.

Finally, Dr. Richardson has also reached out to targeted local institutions and visited both Johnson C Smith University and Belmont Abbey College to recruit for our MS thesis and non-thesis programs.


The Department of Biological Sciences has recently developed a Multicultural Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (MPFP) to increase diversity and inclusion, and to build a strong intellectual community of scholars from different backgrounds. This program supports postdoctoral research fellows for a period of two years. The purpose of the MPFP is to support the early development of scholars who show promise of distinguished research careers and who are from historically underrepresented groups, and to provide training that enhances success in obtaining tenure-track faculty positions. Dr. Monica Nye, an African American female, is a currently enrolled in this program. Drs. Pinku Mukherjee, Sharon Bullock and Stan Schneider are working closely with Dr. Nye to develop her research program and teaching skills.

Communication Studies

Cheryl Spainhour (Senior Lecturer)

In March, 2015, my Journalism Special Topics class (fall 2014) won Society of Professional Journalists Regional 2014 Mark of Excellence Award "Best Independent Online Student Publication" for a multimedia website devoted to covering poverty -- 50th anniversary of President Johnson's "war on poverty" speech.

I work with the Urban Ministry Center in Charlotte with the homeless people, including volunteering with the Room in the Inn program (overnight accommodations for the homeless in colder months).

I'm also involved in Food Insecurity Initiatives. I'm attending a workshop on April 11 at UNC Charlotte's Center City and I work regularly with a local food bank in my community.

I just completed a short documentary film interviewing a homeless woman in partnership with a film studies student doing an independent study with me this spring (2016). We're in the process of getting it published.

Dr. Min Jiang (Associate Professor)

(Associate Professor)UNC Charlotte, Chancellor's Diversity Challenge Fund (2014-2015) Just Us: Breaking Boundaries with Images [$4,000, with Drs. Lisa Merriweather, Sandra Dika, and Jane Dalton] The project was designed to empower individuals to express themselves, recognize stereotypes, and enhance the richness of diversity on campus through a student-focused, interactive photography contest, art exhibits, and public lectures.

Dr. Ashli Stokes (Associate Professor)

Dr. Stokes studies the intersection of race, gender, class, and identity in the New South. Particularly interested in the role of how foodways shape our experiences, Dr. Stokes' upcoming book Consuming Identity: How Food Redefines the South, examines how talking about Southern food shapes who we are as different types of Southerners.

  • Stokes, A. Q. & Atkins-Sayre, W (2016, forthcoming). Consuming Identity: How Food Defines the South. Oxford, MS: University of Mississippi Press.
  • Freitag, A., & Stokes, A. Q. (2009). Global Public Relations: Spanning Borders, Spanning Cultures. Milton Park, UK: Routledge.
  • Stokes, A. Q. (2015, March 25). The Nat Fuller Banquet. Charleston Post and Courier.
  • Atkins- Sayre, W. & Stokes, A. Q. (2014). Crafting the Cornbread Nation: The Southern Foodways Alliance and Southern Identity. Southern Communication Journal, 79(2),77-93. [lead article]
  • Stokes, A. Q. (2013). You Are What You Eat: Slow Food USA's Constitutive Public Relations. Journal of Public Relations Research, 25, 68-90.
  • Stokes, A. Q. and Waymer, Damion M. (2011). The Good Organization Communicating Well: Teaching Rhetoric in the Public Relations Classroom. Public Relations Review, 37 (5), 441-449. [lead article]
  • Stokes, A. Q. & Rubin, D. (2010). Activism and the Limits of Symmetry: The Public Relations Battle Between Colorado GASP and Philip Morris. Journal of Public Relations Research, 22, (1), 26-48.
  • Stokes, A. Q. (2009). Living the Sweet (d)Life: Public Relations, IMC, and Diabetes. Journal of Communication Management, 13, (4), 343-361.
  • Stokes, A. Q. (2005). Healthology, Health Literacy, and the Pharmaceutically Empowered Consumer. Studies in Communication Sciences, 5, (2), 129-146.
  • Stokes, A. Q. (2005). Metabolife's meaning: A Call for the Constitutive Study of Public Relations. Public Relations Review, 31, 556-565.
  • Stokes, A. Q. (2005). Community and Consciousness Raising: Women's Liberation Newspapers in the South. Southern Communication Journal, 70, (2), 91-108. [lead article]

2015. Other Significant Contributor (OSC), $30,000, Department of Health and Human Services/National Institute of Health: Shaping the Message: African American Youth and their Families Use Media to Promote Violence-Free Dating Relationships, R13 Academic-Community Partnership Conference Series (Grant Number: 1R13HD085961-01)

Community Outreach

I design programs that engage diversity in the New South through my work as Director for the Center for the Study of the New South at UNC Charlotte.

Dr. Margaret Quinlan (Associate Professor)

My research, teaching, and service relate primarily to issues of equality and to the structures that constrain and empower all who are involved in giving and receiving care within and outside the U.S. medical establishment. Drawing on narrative and feminist sensibilities, I focus on a range of social justice issues that affect marginalized populations, particularly people influenced by disability-rights and gender inequities.

  • Johnson, B. & Quinlan, M. M. (in press). Insiders and outsiders and insider(s) again in the (in)fertility world. Health Communication.
  • Johnson, B., & Quinlan, M. M. (in press). High-society framing and mythology: The Brooklyn Eagle and the popularity of Twilight Sleep in Brooklyn. Health Communication.
  • Bute, J. J., Quinlan, M. M., & Quandt, L. (2016). Informing or exploiting? Public responses to Giuliana Rancic's health narrative. Health Communication.
  • Johnson, B., & Quinlan, M. M. (2015). Technical vs. public spheres of knowledge: A feminist analysis of women's rhetoric in the Twilight Sleep debates of 1914-1916. Health Communication, 30, 1076-1088. doi: 10.1080/10410236.2014.921269
  • Hamer, E. (graduate student), Quinlan, M. M., & Grano, D. (2014). "Tired and hungry" in North Carolina: A critical approach to contesting eugenic discourse. Women, Gender, and Families of Color, 2, 163-184.
  • Quinlan, M. M., & Bute, J. J. (2013). "Where are all the men?": A post-structural feminist analysis of a university's sexual health seminar. Sex Education: Sexuality, Society and Learning, 13, 54-67. doi: 10.1080/14681811.2012.677205
  • Davis, C. S., & Quinlan, M. M. (2016). Living in a fat body: Communicating stigma, acceptance, and biodiversity. In J. Yamasaki, P. Geist-Martin, & B. F. Sharf (Eds.) Storied health and illness: Communicating personal, cultural, and political complexities. Independence, KY: Wadsworth.
  • Tullis, J. A., & Quinlan, M. M. (2014). "War on women": Democrats' interpretations of messages related to women's health at the 2012 Democratic National Convention (pp. 189-208). In A. Martinez & L. Miller (Eds.), Gender in a transitional era. Lanham, MD: Lexington Press.
Internal Grant Funding

Faculty Research Grant (2014). Practitioner-patient communication: Women's experiences with reproductive endocrinology. Co-PI: Margaret M. Quinlan and Bethany Johnson (History) UNC Charlotte Faculty Research Grant, October 13, 2014, $6,000 request awarded.

UNC Charlotte's Chancellor's Challenge Fund (2012). Gender communication speaker series: Topics in LGBTQ sexuality and women's health. Co PIs: Drs. Jillian Tullis and Margaret M. Quinlan to bring Dr. Tasha Dubriwny from Texas A&M and Dr. Tony Adams from Northeastern Illinois during Spring 2013, $5,000.

NC Charlotte's Chancellor's Diversity Mini-Grant Proposal (2011). Understanding and transforming through discourse. Co-PIs: Drs. Christine Davis and Margaret M. Quinlan to bring Drs. Carolyn Ellis and Art Bochner, Professor of Communication and Sociology, University of South Florida, to UNC Charlotte to give a colloquium: Collaborative witnessing in oral histories and Holocaust testimonies. Support by Center for Applied Ethics and Center for Graduate Life, $1,000.

Faculty Research Grant (2011). Qualitative research evaluation in UNC Hospitals, Chapel Hill, NC. Patients' experiences with "DooR to DooR," an arts program in a hospital setting, $6,000.

UNC Charlotte's Chancellor's Diversity Challenge Fund (2010). Dancing Wheels Company: Diversity in motion. To bring Dancing Wheels Company and School to the UNC Charlotte campus ($4,368). Supported by Disability Services, $1,000.

Community Outreach

These grants supported Charlotte Talks in April 2016, Charlotte is a small city with a big city infertility treatment, activist and research presence. With Professor Bethany Johnson and Dr. Lauren Johnson

Organization for Research on Women and Communication Role: Co PI with Bethany Johnson, Practitioner-patient communication: Women's experiences with reproductive endocrinology, May, 2015 ($1,000 awarded)

Faculty Research Grant (2014). Practitioner-patient communication: Women's experiences with reproductive endocrinology. Co-PI: Margaret M. Quinlan and Bethany Johnson (History) UNC Charlotte Faculty Research Grant, October 13, 2014, $6,000 request awarded.

English Department

Shannon Bauerle (American Studies/Women's and Gender Studies)

Grants: The Feminist Wire Speaking Engagement, Chancellor's Diversity Challenge Fund (2015-16), $5,000

Pilar Blitvich (English)

My research focuses on the interconnections between conflictual discourse and the construction of the transnational Latino identity. Most research on Latino identity construction has been top down (based on data obtained from institutional sources) or elicited (through questionnaires, ethnographic interviews, etc.). My research, however, is based on citizen discourse, unelicited comments posted online as responses to questions posed on or issues discussed in online forums or social networks regarding the Latino community. I am especially interested in the role that agonistic (versus antagonistic) discourse plays in intra-group disaffiliation processes.

Garcés-Conejos Blitvich, P. & Bou-Franch, P. (2014) ¿!Hispano y Blanco?!: Racialización de la identidad Latina en YouTube. Discurso y Sociedad 8(3): 427-461.

Bryn Chancellor (English)

My current fiction writing projects and recent publications explore characters and settings that reflect issues of socio-economic status, gender, sexuality, race, and ethnicity.

  • Chancellor, Bryn. When Are You Coming Home? Stories. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2015.
  • Chancellor, Bryn. "This Is Not an Exit." descant. 53 (Fall 2014): 7-17.
Paula T. Connolly (English)

Research area includes studies of slavery and racial construction in American children's literature as well as studies of multiculturalism in children's literature.

Journal essay: Connolly, Paula T. "Reframing History: Insider/Outsider Paradigms in Ten Books about Slavery." Jeunesse: young people, texts, cultures 6.2 (Winter 2014): 134-147.

Reprint: chapter two from Slavery in American Children's Literature (Iowa UP, 2013) "Slavery Debates for Children, 1830-1865: Proslavery Responses" pp 52-90. Rpt in Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism. Vol 302. Ed. Lawrence J. Trudeau. Detroit: Gale, 2015.

Grant: Boston Athenaeum. Caleb Loring, Jr. Fellowship. ($1500 for four week residency) 2014-2015. [for continued work on Stories of Slavery for Children, 1790-2014, a critical anthology]

Misc: Interview on New Books Network with Sherry Johnson. African American Studies. Topic: Slavery in American Children's Literature, 1790-2010. [50 min.] 20 March 2015.

American Antiquarian Society. Worcester, MA. Invited Visiting Scholar. ($800 value in four week residency) 2013-2014. (P.I.)

Christopher Davis, Professor (English)

My poetry is aesthetically influenced by, among other role models, many of the great American and British gay and lesbian poets, such as Elizabeth Bishop, W. H. Auden, Hart Crane, Walt Whitman, John Ashbery and Frank O'Hara. My work has recently appeared in several journals and anthologies that focus on contemporary LGBTQ literature.

  • "Anonymous," Bloom, Vol. 5, No. 2, Fall 2015. (A poem in the voice of the young, marginalized Portuguese gay man.)
  • "Atman," Rock & Sling: A Journal of Witness, Vol. 11. No. 1, Spring 2016 (a journal focusing on poetry with a Christian theme; my poem blends LGBTQ and spiritual content.)
  • "Idyll," The Saint Sebastian Review: a Queer Christian Literary Mazazine, Vol. 4, No. 1, Spring 2014.
  • "Sam," Volt, No. 19, Spring 2014. (A poem imagining the voice of "Uncle Sam" as that of a narcissistic "leather daddy.")
Paula Eckard (English/American Studies)

Grants: Wrote a Chancellor's Diversity Challenge Grant (with Jeffrey Leak and Ashli Stokes) to fund panel on race, sports, and society for 2017 Levine Annual Lecture with Jimmie Lee Kirkpatrick, H.D. "De" Kirkpatrick, and Gary Schwab.

Outreach: Hosted guest speaker Jimmie Lee Kirkpatrick, who spoke on sports and civil rights to American studies students in October 2015

Susan Gardner (English)

Dr. Gardner currently teaches a course titled "American Indians in Children's Literature"

Katie Hogan (English/Women's and Gender Studies)

One of my diversity research areas is Critical University Studies. I recently wrote an article that addresses the racial and gender dynamics of contingent faculty in higher education. Women comprise the majority of contingent faculty in the contemporary academy, with women of color alarmingly overrepresented.


"Complicit: On Being a WGSS Program Director in the Neoliberal University." This piece will appear in Spring 2016 in the journal Works and Days, a scholarly forum that includes a focus on institutional critique (65/66, Vol.33 Nos. 1&2, 2016-17). I presented a paper based on this publication at the 2015 National Women's Studies Annual Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Janaka Lewis (English)

Janaka Lewis researches 19th century African American print and material culture, specifically black women's narratives of freedom. She has written and published on narratives of sports in African American literature and the culture of play in narratives of slavery and is currently researching and writing on black girlhood culture and African American educational narratives in the 19th century.

  • "Elizabeth Keckley and Freedom's Labor," African American Review, volume 49, number 31, Spring 2016. "Elizabeth Keckley and Lessons of Freedom" (accepted book chapter), in Elizabeth Keckley Reader, Vol. 1 (Eno Press, June 2016).
  • "Teaching Chesnutt's Ghosts" (accepted book chapter), in Approaches to Teaching Charles Chesnutt (MLA, date TBD)

UNC Charlotte Faculty Research Grant, 2016

Community Outreach

Readings and workshops on diversity in literature, Charlotte Public Library (Beatties Ford Road), Gaston College, Mecklenburg and Cabarrus County Schools

Juan Meneses (English)

My area of specialization is global literatures in English. In my current book project, I examine novels from a whole range of countries (from Nigeria to India, and from the Caribbean isles to Pakistan), while dealing with issues such as gender inequality, racism, and environmental justice amongst others. I also work on other projects that involve translation studies, nationalism and globalization, world and comparative literature, international cinema, and international visual studies.


UNCC FRG (Summer 2015) to complete research on my book project, titled "Against Dialogue: Political Dispossession and the Future of Dissent in the Modern Anglophone Novel."

  • Juan Meneses, "Historical Restoration, Narrative Agency, and Silence in Graham Swift's Waterland." Journal of Modern Literature (forthcoming)
  • Juan Meneses, "Reconsidering International Comics: Foreignness, Locality, and the Third Space." Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics 5.1 (2014): 58-69.
  • Juan Meneses, "'Like in the Gringo Movies': Translatorese and the Global in Roberto Bolaño's 2666." Ed. Russell Cobb. The Paradox of Authenticity in a Globalized World. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2014. 175-185.
Elizabeth Miller, Associate Professor (English)

Much of my research from the past decade has focused on how adult immigrants to the United States construct their identities and challenge or affirm dominant ideologies about language. My recent work has explored the concept of agency in terms of language learning among these same individuals. I use fine-grained discourse analytic methods to investigate interview conversations and English language classroom interactions. This methodology allows me to analyze the types of linguistic resources that are used to mobilize particular identities and how individuals orient to social discourses on English, language learning, individual responsibility, immigrant identity, among others. Though grounded in such local meaning making activity, my analyses address the social and ideological implications of this identity work.

  • Miller, E. R. (forthcoming) (In)convenient Fictions: Ideologies of Multi-lingual Competence as Resource for Recognizability. In A. De Fina, D. Ikizoglu, & J. Wegner (eds.) Diversity and Super-Diversity: Sociocultural Linguistic Perspectives. Georgetown University Press.
  • Miller, E. R. (2015) The Ideology of Learner Agency and the Neoliberal Self. International Journal of Applied Linguistics. Early View DOI: 10.1111/ijal.12129
  • Miller, E. R. (2014) The Language of Adult Immigrants: Agency in the Making. Bristol, England: Multilingual Matters.
Sarah Minslow (English)

Otherness in Children's and YA Literature

  • "Treat Your Chicken-Eating Children 'Right': The Conservative Political and Evangelical Values Reinforced in Chick-fil-A's Classic Stories and Essential Values Series." Journal of Popular Culture Studies. Spring 2016.
  • "Challenging the Impossibility of Children's Literature: The Emancipatory Qualities of Edward Lear's Nonsense" Bookbird: A Journal of International Children's Literature. July 2015.
Community Outreach
  • Looking Beyond the Labels: Diversity (or Lack thereof) Award-Winning Children's and YA Literature. UNC Charlotte City Center. March 2016. workshop for teachers, parents, and librarians
  • Banned Books Week Invited Speaker - CMS Libraries (books usually banned include diverse perspectives)
  • "Hegemony, Validation, and the Need for Difference: Using Children's Literature to Encourage Acceptance of Otherness." Children's Literature Graduate Organization Symposium Faculty Panel. Charlotte. February 2016.
Coleen Muir (English)

Muir, Coleen. "The Price of Diversity." The Rumpus. 25 Aug. 2015. Web.

  • Trans* poet Coen Crisp Reading, College of Arts and Liberal Science ($100.00)
  • African American poet Cedric Tillman Reading, College of Arts and Liberal Science ($100.00)
Jennifer Munroe (Associate Professor of English)

I work in the field of ecofeminism and early modern literature (especially women's writing). As such, my research focuses on the relationship between humans and nonhumans in early modern English texts, ranging from Shakespeare to Milton to women's manuscript recipe books and gardening catalogues; and I am especially interested in what such texts might tell us about how human/nonhuman relations were also bound in what we today call environmental justice issues (those related to race, class, and gender inequality). I also teach in the area of food studies and environmental justice.

  • Munroe, Jennifer, Lynne Bruckner, and Ed Geisweidt, ed. Ecological Approaches to Early Modern Texts (essay collection, Ashgate Press, 2015)
  • Munroe, Jennifer. "Shakespeare and Ecocriticism Reconsidered." Literature Compass 12.9 (2015): 461-70.
  • Munroe, Jennifer. "Is It Ecocritical If It Isn't Feminist?" Ed. Jennifer Munroe, Lynne Bruckner, and Ed Geisweidt. Ecological Approaches to Early Modern Texts. Ashgate Press, 2015 (37-50).
  • Munroe, Jennifer. "Mary Somerset and Colonial Botany." Early Modern Studies Journal. 2014.
  • Laroche, Rebecca and Jennifer Munroe. "On a Bank of Rue; or, Material Ecofeminist Inquiry and the Garden of Richard II, Act III, scene iv." Shakespeare Studies 42 (2014): 42-50.

"Integrated Network For Social Sustainability: Concepts, Language, and Assessment" CO-PI (2012-15; 2016-17) ($718,055), SEES-RCN (Science, Engineering, and Education for Sustainability Research Coordinated Network), National Science Foundation (September 2012-August 2017)

Community Activity

Faculty Advisor, Early Modern Paleography Society (EMPS). UNCC Campus Organization. EMPS works with an international group of scholars and students (EMROC—Early Modern Recipe Online Collective) to transcribe early modern English recipe books (mostly by women); these transcriptions go into a public-access database (Early Modern Manuscripts Online—EMMO—housed at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC)

Sonya Ramsey (History/Women's and Gender Studies)

Grants: Melissa Harris Perry Speaking Engagement, Chancellor's Diversity Challenge Fund (2014-15), $5,000.

Rebecca Roeder (English) and Bryan Walden

Current research project: This project analyzes the hybridized use of Spanish and English on signage from several strip malls in an incipient Latino neighborhood in Charlotte. Results thus far provide multi-modal evidence of the developing transnational identity being negotiated within a cultural context of English dominance. This research aligns well with recent city-wide initiatives to raise awareness about Charlotte's growing and vibrant Latino population, driven by UNCC's Center for the Study of the New South and the Levine Museum of the New South.

Maya Socolovsky (English/Latin American Studies)

Explores representations of immigration and border in U.S. Latino/a Literature and multicultural literature.

  • "Cultural (Il)literacy: Narratives of Epistolary Resistance and Transnational Citizenship in Julia Alvarez's Return to Sender," Children's Literature Association Quarterly 40.4 (2015), 386-404.
  • "Material Commodities and Judaism in a Wireless World: Exploring Allegra Goodman's The Cookbook Collector." Studies in American Jewish Literature (forthcoming).
  • Book Review of Market Aesthetics: The Purchase of the Past in Caribbean Diasporic Fiction by Elena Machado Sáez. College Literature (forthcoming, April 2016).
Aaron Toscano (English)

I'm working on a book-length project about video games from rhetorical and cultural perspectives. My fourth chapter is about phallocentrism in video games. The video games I analyze show that video games fulfill demands of audiences, and one demand is to replicate normative masculine behavior—engagement in phallocentric fantasy. Sexist, violent, and neoliberal video games reflect a culture that exhibits similar values. American culture is both sexist and violent and vehemently espouses the rights of the individual. Video games reproduce this narrative.

Alan Rauch (English)

I am teaching and exploring the idea of "Jewish Identity" in the context of the Graphic Novel. I have already given one talk on this topic and I hope to prepare an essay for publication... that expands on the idea of "identity" in the graphic novel format.

I've received one grant from the university (Diversity).

Community Outreach: I have been communicating with the Jewish Community Center about doing a presentation for the students in their afternoon school. As Sigma Tau Delta Advisor, I am instructing students to be more intensely aware of ethnic, cultural, and social diversity as they work through their programming.

Geography & Earth Sciences

  • Radcliff, E., Delmelle, E., Kirby, R. S., Laditka, S. B., Correia, J., & Cassell, C. H. (In Press). Factors Associated with Travel Time and Distance to Access Hospital Care Among Infants with Spina Bifida. Maternal and child health journal.
  • Delmelle, E.C. (2016) Mapping the DNA of urban neighborhoods: Clustering longitudinal sequences of neighborhood socioeconomic change. Annals of the Association of American Geographers106, 36-56.
  • Delmelle, E.C., Thill, J-C., Wang, C. (2016) Spatial dynamics of urban neighborhood quality of life. The Annals of Regional Science, In Press
  • Williams, N., Garo, L., and Hollis, T. (2016). Systems of Care for Addressing the Traumatic Impact of Violence Exposure on Student Well-Being. 27th Annual National Youth at Risk Conference, Savannah, GA., March 6-9, 2016.
  • Harden, S.B. *Paul N. McDaniel, Heather A. Smith and *Katie E. Brown Speaking of Change in Charlotte, North Carolina: How Museums Can Shape Immigrant Receptivity in a Community Navigating Rapid Cultural Change. Museums and Social Issues: A Journal of Reflective Discourse Vol. 10 No. 2, October, 2015, 117–133
  • Allen, A., Watson, M., Childers-McKee, C., Garo, L., & Lewis, C.W. (2015). The efflorescence of racism in the American education system: Deficit ideology, colorblindness, zero tolerance, and the dissonant contextual impact of schooling on students from historically marginalized racial groups. In L.D. Drakeford (Ed). The race controversy in American education. West Port, CT: Praeger
  • Morrell, E., J. Sorensen, and T. Howarth (2015). The Charlotte Action Research Project: A Model for Direct and Mutually Beneficial Community-University Partnerships. Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, Vol. 19(1), 105-132.
  • Schuch, J.C. and Q. Wang (2015) Immigrant Businesses, Place Making, and Community Development: A Case from an Emergent Immigrant Gateway. Journal of Cultural Geography, 32(2), 214-241.
  • Wang, Q. and E. Morrell (2015). Gender and entrepreneurship revisited from a community perspective: experiences in a new immigrant gateway and beyond. Environment and Planning A, accepted and forthcoming.
  • Butler, B.R., and Garo, L. (2014). A Longitudinal Geographic Information System Analysis of Growing Hispanic Racial Disparities in School Discipline, Academic Achievement, and Incarceration. 2014 AERA Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Plaisaance, M., E. Morrell and P. McDaniel. Forthcoming 2014 Technicolor Education in the New South : Moving Beyond Black and White. In Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: The Past, present and Future of School (De) Desegregation in Charlotte. Eds. R. Mickelson, S. Smith and A. Hawn-Nelson. Harvard Education Press
  • Sorensen, Janni and Tara Bengle (Forthcoming Spring 2014). "On the path to neighborhood transformation – Social Capital, Physical Improvements and Empowerment in Partnership". In Hamerlinck, J., Plaut, J., and Worrall, L., eds. Asset-Based Approaches to Campus-Community Partnerships. Minneapolis, MN: Minnesota Campus Compact.
  • EM Delmelle, CH Cassell, C Dony, E Radcliff, JP Tanner, C Siffel, RS Kirby. (2013) Modeling travel impedance to medical care for children with birth defects using Geographic Information Systems. Birth Defects Research Part A: Clinical and Molecular Teratology 97, 673-684.
  • E Delmelle, I Casas, JH Rojas Spatio-Temporal Patterns of Dengue Fever in Cali, Colombia, A Varela. International Journal of Applied Geospatial Research (IJAGR) 4 (4), 58-75.
  • Schuch, J.C., B.U. de Hernandez, L. Williams, H. Smith, J. Sorensen, O. Furuseth, M. Dulin (2014) Por Nuestros Ojos: Understanding Social Determinants of Health Through the Eyes of Youth Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education and Action, Vol. 8. Issue 2, Summer 2014, pp. 197-205
  • Smith, H. Collaborating, Constructing and Curating the Latino New South: A story of Charlotte's Levine Museum of the New South Race, Ethnicity & Place Conference, Ft. Worth Texas, October 2014.
  • Wang, Q. 2014. "Immigrant Entrepreneurship and Community and Regional Development" Annual meeting of the Southeast Division of AAG at Athens, GA.
  • Wang, Q. 2014. "Social (Re)production of Academic Elites: Experiences of Chinese Returnees in Higher Education" Annual meeting of AAG at Tampa, FL.
  • Wang, Q. 2014. "Race/Ethnicity, Gender, and Entrepreneurship." Race, Ethnicity, and Place Conference VII. Oct 23-25, Fort Worth.
  • Wang, Q. 2014. "Immigrant entrepreneurship and development." 2nd National Conference on Business Development in Under-Served Communities, July 16-18, Seattle.
  • Wang, Q. C. Schuch and E. Morrel. 2014. "Experiences of women business owners in the Charlotte Region." Presented at the Bi-annual meeting of Women's Summit, April 2014. Charlotte, NC.

Language & Cultural Studies

Ann Gonzalez

I study literature written for Spanish-speaking children.

  • Resistance and Survival: Children's Narrative from Central America and the Caribbean. University of Arizona Press. 2009. (220pp MS). Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2010. Reviewed by Uriel Quesada.Revista de estudios hispánicos. 45, no. 2 (2011), 499-500; Rhina Toruño-Haensly, Children's Literature Association Quarterly. 36, no. 2 (Summer 2011), 248-250; and Georgia Seminet. Chasqui. (Nov. 2012), 229-231.
  • Colorín Colorado: Introducción a la literatura infantil y juvenil. Panda Publications, 2014. Reviewed by María Fernández-Lamarque. Hispania. 99, no.1 (March 2016), 193-194.
  • "Los perros mágicos de los volcanes: Cruzando fronteras." De la hamaca al trono y al más allá: Lecturas críticas de la obra de Manlio Argueta. Eds. Linda Craft, Astvaldur Astvaldsson and Ana Patricia Rodríguez. San Salvador: Editorial UTEC, 2013, pp. 269-287.
  • "In the Beginning: Jose Martí and La edad de oro." Resistance and Survival: Children's Narrative from Central America and the Caribbean. Tucson: U of Arizona P, 2009. 14-29. Print. Reprinted in Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism. Ed. Lawrence J. Trudeau. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, Cengage Learning, 2016. 199-207. Print.
  • "Paco Yunque and the Double Bind." Accepted for publication in Misnts: Children with a Twist. Ed. Markus Bohlmann. Lexington Press. Forthcoming. "The Popol Vuh for Children: Explicit and Implicit Ideological Agendas." Children's Literature Association Quarterly. 39.3 (2014), 216-233.
  • "Changmarin: Race, Identity, and Children's Literature in Panama." The Latin Americanist. 58.1 (2014), 67-75.
Community Outreach

I do Spanish pronciency ratings for employees of Charlotte and Concord Fire Departments and Concord and Cornelius Police Departments so that they may work in the Latino communities.

Giseung Lee

My current research project is on how to effectively implement assessments of second language learners' pronciency using ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) standards, especially in Japanese and Korean languages. Also, nnding correlations of passive patterns between Japanese and Korean languages is one of the primary research areas.

In the East Asian neld of studies, I am currently gathering data for Hashima Island, which was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Site in July 2015. This caused tension among China, Japan and Korea due to different interpretations of the rapid industrialization of Japan and forced labor of China and Korea during the Second World War. Hopefully, this research will shed light on the impacts of Hashima Island as well as further relations in the East Asia Regions.


Project title: Korean nlm screening (a part of International Film Festival) Granting agency: Korean Association of Charlotte Grant amount: $170

Monica Rodriguez-Castro

Latino community, Language access and intercultural communication in the NC School System.


"You say, "cariño"; I say, "caring": Latino newcomer immigrant families in the Middle." Middle School Journal (2016). Proofs pending, forthcoming in November 2016. Co-author with Dr. Spencer Salas, peer-reviewed, contribution to journal Middle School Journal (Taylor & Francis).

Monica Rodriguez and Lorena Delgadillo

Film Festival, external grant to show 5 nlms as part of the International Film Festival. External grant agency: Pradga


External Grant: Pragda/Spanish Film Club Grant
Project title: International Film Festival-Spanish movies

The Pragda/SFC grant covers 50% of the cost of screening five-films ($2,500) and we were awarded $1,250. The five selected films were shown as part of the UNC Charlotte International Film Festival, which will take place March 19th-April 9th. All films will be screened in the Student Union Movie Theater on the main campus on weeknights, and three films were screened at the UNC Charlotte Center City campus in downtown Charlotte on three Saturdays in March-April 2016.

Furthermore, the Department of Languages and Culture Studies collaborated with several UNC Charlotte departments such as Film Studies, Latin American Studies, History and Education. As it has happened in previous International Film Festivals, professors and experts in these areas will help us introduce our films, lead post-screening discussions and encourage their own students to attend the screenings. These faculty members might also choose to include our films in their syllabi or as part of a specific activity or workshop in Spring 2016.

For the International Film Festival, we also found funds from the following partners:

  • The Ofnce of International Programs at UNC Charlotte
  • The Tournées Festival
  • The Association for Asian Studies (NEAC grant)
  • The Alliance Française de Charlotte

We will also had participants from the Latin American Coalition, Latin American Women's Association, Latin American Chamber of Commerce of Charlotte, NC chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, the Charlotte Mayor's International Cabinet, the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, and Charlotte's International House (a non-profit provider of services to the area's ever-growing international community).

We benented from this great initiative by Pagda so that we can continue to expose UNC Charlotte students to the language, cultures and literature of Spain and Latin America. One interesting way of doing this in addition to promoting language and culture in our courses is to bring contemporary films to campus. We were able to show one Mexican film, one Spanish film, one Chilean, and one movie from Uruguay and El Salvador, respectively.

Community Outreach

With the screenings of these nve nlms, students as well as the UNC Charlotte community will have the opportunity to watch high-quality Spanish-language films and experience Spanish and Latin American culture all through films. Special attention was paid to choosing the movies so that the topics, style and genre meet our curricular expectations. Not only will young adults get to experience the wealth of Spanish and Latin American films, but also the Charlotte community at large will be introduced to the cultural richness presented by the SFC films during the International Film Fest at UNC Charlotte.

Yukiko Yokono
Community Outreach
  • I have been coordinating volunteers and assisting the event called the Bon Odori Taikai which is a Japanese traditional summer festival. The Japanese Association in Charlotte hosts the event every summer in uptown, Charlotte, and they celebrated their 30th anniversary in 2015. Every year, I bring my Japanese students from UNCC and they enjoyed the experience there. It has been a great opportunity for my students to meet Japanese people and speak with them in Japanese.
  • Through the Japanese Association in Charlotte, I have contacted to four Japanese companies and have built internship opportunities.
  • I have been a liaison between the UNCC Japanese Program and a job recruiting company, Realty Triangle,inc., and introduced Japanese major alumni.
Shota Ogawa

Representation of diasporic Koreans in Japan in photography and nlm, studied through the rubric of contingent citizenship, psychoanalytic film theory, and visuality discourse.


"Reinhabiting the Mock-up Gallows: Koreans in Oshima Nagisa's Sixties." Screen 56, no. 3 (Autumn 2015): 303-318; "Revisiting Through the Night (Yoru o kakete): A Paradigm or Anomaly of Japanese-Korean Coproduction and Cross-media Adaptation." Journal of Japanese and Korean Cinema 7 (October 2014): 11-32; "Korean Film Companies in US Occupied Japan: Toward a Diasporic Film History." The Asia-Pacinc Journal: Japan Focus 12, no. 38 (September 2014): 152-166.


Faculty Research Grant, UNC Charlotte, "Contesting Visuality: Reframing Anti-Fingerprint Protests in 1980s Japan," $6,000 (2016); Speaker Fund, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at UNC Charlotte, "Peabody-winning Film Director Kazuhiro Soda," $900 (2016); Workshop/Conference Grant, NEAC-JUSFC, Association for Asian Studies, "Environmentalism, Network Society, and Independent Cinema in Japan," $2,000, (2015).

Community Outreach

Charlotte Film Society co-funded the workshop, "Environmentalism, Network Society, and Independent Cinema in Japan" in 2015.

Yuliya Baldwin

Raising awareness among students of multiculturalism, diversity and gender issues by bringing diverse community leaders, performers, presenters

  • Baldwin, Yuliya. Language and cultural challenges in the neld of healthcare communication (among selected ethnic groups in US healthcare system). - Journal of Novosibirsk State University. Series «Linguistics and Cross-cultural communication». – Novosibirsk: Russian Academy of Science, 2014. - N2.
  • Baldwin, Yuliya. Cross-linguistic intercultural discourse and the role of medical interpreter in overcoming verbal and nonverbal cultural communication barriers. - Journal of Moscow State University. – Moscow, 2008. - N 4.
    Funded by Chancellor's Diversity Mini Grant UNC-Charlotte, 2016 Amount $998.00
  • Title: Youth4Health (US-Russia Peer-to-Peer Dialogue Grant).
    Funded by Department of State, 2014-2015 Amount $95,301.00
  • Title: Music of Hope and Resistance: the Jewish Violin and Russian Guitar
    Funded by Chancellor's Diversity Challenge Fund UNC-Charlotte, 2014-2015 Amount $4,971.00
  • Title: Romani People: Spirit, Music and Dance That Survived Ethnic Cleansing and Genocide.
    Funded by Chancellor's Diversity Challenge Fund UNC-Charlotte, 2013-2014 Amount $4,400.00
Community Outreach
  • LOSING ESMERALDA: CULTURAL FACTORS THAT FREE AND CONSTRAIN WOMEN'S DEVELOPMENT. Glenda Bailey-Mershon, an American poet, essayist, novelist, cultural historian, and women rights activist, spoke in front of 150 students on matters of gender and ethnic equality. She addressed stereotypical perception of women in various, including the most democratic, societies
  • YOUTH4HEALTH fostered Russian-American peer-to-peer dialogue on healthy lifestyle among young people and explored its ethnic/cultural roots. The program lead to understanding of shared values and strengthening awareness of the merits of inclusive societies. The project resulted in cultural study abroad exchange
  • MUSIC OF HOPE AND RESISTANCE: THE JEWISH VIOLIN AND RUSSIAN GUITAR The scholars shed light on the shared fate that the Jews and the Roma had during the tragic events of the Holocaust. Students experienced authentic Roma and Jewish music by world-renowned musicians.
  • ROMANI PEOPLE: SPIRIT, MUSIC AND DANCE THAT SURVIVED ETHNIC CLEANSING AND GENOCIDE. The project was a multilayered, intellectually-engaging visual, auditory and emotional experience. It included presentations by local scholars and performance by local artists from the underrepresented Romani culture. It highlighted the Romany minority group often overlooked in discussions on diversity.
Susana Cisneros
Community Outreach

I was giving the opportunity to teach a language for specinc purposes in the law enforcement neld, and in order to help my students connect to the information learned in the classroom, I voluntarily enrolled in different Law Enforcement Academies: CMPD Citizen Academy, Mecklenburg County Court College, FBI Citizen Academy, Citizen On Patrol CMPD Volunteer Program, and I am currently taking the Sheriff ́s Ofnce Citizen Academy.

Been connected to our community has allowed me to bring in more academic material beyond the textbook. I have been providing several community activities to my students for many semesters. Activities such as:

  • Ride Along with Police Ofncer – This activity was implemented seven semesters ago. The feedback from the students has been very positive.
  • Bilingual Courthouse Tour – This is a unique opportunity to see how the vocabulary learned in the classroom is put to a test in a real setting. This activity has been ongoing for the past 5 consecutive semesters.

Over time, I have learned that some students face the disadvantage of not having a car to attend these activities. Therefore, if my students cannot go to the community, I can bring the community to them. Therefore, I created the Spanish Legal Panel

  • The nrst time, the panelists were the center of attention and students were listeners.
  • The second time, students were encouraged to ask questions.
  • The third time was very successful, the focus of the conversation was not only Spanish as a language but the learning of the diversity within the Spanish culture in the Charlotte Area.
  • The fourth time speakers focus more on how their }exibility and disposition to learn a different culture and language has provided them with interesting challenges, rewards, and successes at work. This semester the Spanish Legal Panel is scheduled for March 30th.


  • The reason we run out of time is because students are so eager to have a one-on-one conversation with the panelists.
  • One of the students attending this activity was awarded an internship at the Courthouse, resulting on a full-time hire at the Courthouse.

The following is the evidence of the impact of innovative teaching techniques, student engagement, and the creation of a supportive learning environment.

First Poverty Simulation in Spanish at UNCC Fall 2015
Students Learn About Poverty, Language Issues Through Simulation

Mathematics & Statistics

Dr. Anthony Fernandes

Examines the intersection of language and mathematics, especially how English Language Learners draw on multimodal resources to communicate their mathematical thinking. His research also examines how to prepare mathematics preservice teachers to work with English Learners in their future classes.

  • Simic-Muller, K., Fernandes, A., & Felton-Koestler, M. D. (2015). "I just wouldn't want to get as deep into it": Preservice teachers' beliefs about the role of controversial topics in mathematics education. Journal of Urban Mathematics Education, 8, 53-86.
  • Gordon, E., Heck, D., Fernandes, A., Smith, A., & Moffett, G. E. (2015). How students' record keeping during problem solving can support cognition and communication. For the Learning of Mathematics, 35, 22-24.
  • Fernandes, A. (2012). Mathematics preservice teachers learning about English language learners through task-based interviews and noticing. Mathematics Teacher Educator, 1,10-22.
  • Fernandes, A. & McLeman, L. (2012). Interpreting and using gestures of English language learners in mathematics teaching. Teaching Equity and Excellence in Mathematics, 4,16-23.
  • McLeman, L., Fernandes, A., & McNulty, M. (2012). Regarding the mathematics education of English learners: Clustering the conceptions of prospective teachers from urban universities. Journal of Urban Mathematics Education, 5, 112-132.
  • Fernandes, A., Civil, M., Cravey, A., & DeGuzmán, M. (to appear). Educating to empower Latina/os in mathematics in the New South. In P. Portes & S. Salas (Eds.), Latinization and K-12 communities: National perspectives on regional change. New York: SUNY Press.
  • Fernandes, A., Civil, M., & Kahn, L. (2014). Beyond writing and speaking: Broadening mathematical communication with English language learners. In M. Civil & E. Turner (Eds.), The common core state standards in mathematics for English language learners: Grades k-8 (pp. 61-80). Alexandria, VA: tesol press.
  • Fernandes, A. (2012). Cases of practice: Assessing ELLs in Mathematics. In S. Celedon-Pattichis & N. Ramirez (Eds.), Beyond good teaching: Advancing mathematics education for ELLs (pp. 145-151). Reston, VA: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Mathematical Record Keeping Supports Cognition and Communication (MaRKS), Co-PI (with Dr. Daniel Heck [PI], Horizon Research Inc., Dr. Johannah Nikula [co-PI], Educational Development Center), National Science Foundation (September 2013 – September 2016) $88,100 (Total: 299,992)

Community Outreach

I work regularly with Ms Mariella Duarte, an English as a Second Language teacher, to teach 19 English Language Learners at Whitewater Middle School. On April 8th we presented our work at the Mathematics Teacher Leaders conference in Greensboro. This is a conference organized by the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the theme this year was about reaching all students. There were about 130 math teacher leaders from districts across the state and we shared our collaborative work. We also shared what we learned about teaching English Language Learners mathematics using a conceptual approach that builds on their experiences.

Philosophy Department

Dr. Shannon Sullivan

I specialize in feminist philosophy and critical philosophy of race, especially whiteness and white class privilege.

  • The Physiology of Sexist and Racist Oppression, Studies in Feminist Philosophy Series (New York: Oxford University Press, 2015).
  • Feminist Interpretations of William James, co-edited with Erin C. Tarver, Re-Reading the Canon Series (University Park, PA: Penn State Press, 2015).
  • Good White People: The Problem with Middle-Class White Anti-Racism, SUNY Series on Philosophy and Race (Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 2014). 2014 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title; Ms. Magazine Must-Read Feminist Book of 2014.
Community Outreach

Presentations related to Good White People:

  • Myers Park Presbyterian Church (with Dr. Julia Robinson), Charlotte, NC, April 2016
  • Professional Development for Mallard Creek High School teachers, Charlotte, NC, February 2016
  • Myers Park United Methodist Church, Charlotte, NC, February 2016
  • Salon at the home of Ellen and Tom Ruff, Charlotte, NC, December 2015
  • UNCC College of Liberal Arts & Sciences' Personally Speaking Series, Charlotte, NC, November 2015


Psychology Department Postdoc Fellow

Dr. Christopher Marshburn received his PhD. in psychology from the University of California, Irvine in 2016. His research investigates how Black Americans cope with racism, and how White Americans understand, perpetuate, and confront racism.

Psychology Department Faculty Diversity Scholarship
Fary Cachlin

I study risk and treatment for eating and weight problems among men and women of diverse backgrounds.

Tierney Lorenz

Dr. Lorenz has published research on how acculturation and religiosity impact the sexual attitudes and behaviors of ethnically diverse populations of college students (herehere and here). Dr. Lorenz's research focuses on ways to help individuals with mental and physical health disabilities to achieve happy, healthy, safe sexual lives (e.g., herehere and here). Within that framework, her work addresses sexual health and pleasure in individuals across the spectrum of sexual orientations and gender identities.

Recent Diversity Related Publications:

Lorenz, T. K., McGregor, B. M., & Swisher, L. (2014). Relationship satisfaction predicts sexual activity following risk reducing salpingo oophorectomy. Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology, 35(2) 62 - 68. PMCID: PMC4117249

Lorenz, T. K. & Meston, C. M. (2014). Exercise improves sexual function in women taking antidepressants: Results from a randomized clinical trial. Depression and Anxiety, 31(3), 188 - 195. PMCID: PMC4039497

Alyssa McGonagle

I study challenges faced by individuals who are working with chronic health conditions and other disabilities, along with interventions to help improve well-being and work ability in these worker populations. I have received external grant funding from the Sloan Foundation, the Institute for Coaching, and the SIOP Foundation to study the effects of continued work in workers with poor work ability and interventions to help promote work ability and well-being in workers with chronic health conditions.

​Recent Diversity Related External Funding

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation; Co-Principal Investigator with Gwenith G. Fisher; Funds: $63,773; Dates: 6/1/15-6/1/16

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation; Co-Principal Investigator with Gwenith G. Fisher; Funds: $20,000; Dates: 7/1/14-10/1/14

Recent Diversity Related Publications

McGonagle, A. K., Roebuck, A., Diebel, H., Aqwa, J., Fragoso, Z., & Stoddart, S. (2016). Anticipated work discrimination scale: A chronic illness application. Journal of Managerial Psychology, 31, 61-78. doi: 10.1108/JMP-01-2014-0009

Beatty, J. E., & McGonagle, A. K. (2016). Coaching employees with chronic illness: Supporting professional identities through biographical work. International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring, 14, 1-15. http://ijebcm.brookes.ac.uk/documents/vol14issue1-paper-01.pdf

McGonagle, A. K., Fisher, G. G., Barnes-Farrell, J. L., & Grosch, J. W. (2015). Individual and work factors related to perceived work ability and labor force outcomes. Journal of Applied Psychology, 100, 376-398. doi: 10.1037/a0037974.

McGonagle, A. K., Beatty, J. E., & Joffe, R. (2014). Coaching for workers with chronic illness: Evaluating an intervention. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 19, 385-398. doi: 10.1037/a0036601

McGonagle, A. K., & Hamblin, L. (2014). Proactive responding to anticipated discrimination based on chronic illness: Double-edged sword? Journal of Business and Psychology, 29, 427-442. doi: 10.1007/s10869-013-9324-7

McGonagle, A. K., Freake, H. C., Zinn, S., Bauerle, T., Winston, J., Lewicki, G., Jehnings, M., Khan-Bureau, D., & Philion, M. (2014). Evaluation of STRONG-CT: A program supporting minority and first-generation U.S. science students. Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 15, 52-61.

McGonagle, A. K., & Barnes-Farrell, J. (2014). Chronic illness in the workplace: Stigma, identity threat, and strain. Stress & Health, 30, 310-321. doi: 10.1002/smi.2518.

Amy Peterman

Dr. Amy Peterman, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology and Health Psychology Ph.D. Program.  My research, undergraduate teaching and graduate training are focused on the social determinants of health, by which factors such as socioeconomic status and race/ethnicity influence physical and mental health.  With my graduate students, my research lab examines the role played by scarcity of material resources (e.g., food, housing), time, and psychological resources (e.g., knowledge, social support) in stress-related diseases.  We are also exploring several brief psychological interventions for decreasing stress and increasing healthy behaviors among low-income patients in primary care offices, as well as first generation college students. Finally, I am involved in two research and outreach projects with the Community Care Partners of Greater Mecklenburg County (CCPGM), which is the organization that oversees health care for low-income people on Medicaid. 

As the Director of Clinical Training for our Health Psychology doctoral program, I work closely with several local healthcare clinics who primarily serve people who are low income, under-insured or uninsured:  our doctoral students provide free health psychology services to people who would otherwise not have access to this type of care and, in exchange, the students receive excellent training. One particular collaboration is with the Bethesda Health Center, where we offer psychotherapy to their mostly Spanish-speaking, immigrant patients.  Another collaboration is with the Asylum and Human Rights Clinic of the Charlotte Law School.  Here, my doctoral students and I complete pro-bono, psychological evaluations for legal clients who are victims of human trafficking or who are seeking asylum in the U.S. because of persecution in their native countries. 

In summary, the vast majority of my research and training work is geared toward working collaboratively with people of diverse backgrounds to understand and improve conditions that affect their mental and physical health.

Steven Rogelberg
Recent Diversity Related Publications

King, E. B., Rogelberg, S. G., Hebl, M. R., Braddy, P. W., Shanock, L. R., Doerer, S. C., & McDowell‐Larsen, S. (2016). Waistlines and Ratings of Executives: Does Executive Status Overcome Obesity Stigma?. Human Resource Management, 55(2), 283-300.

Enrica Ruggs

I study the manifestation and consequences of workplace stigmatization. My research primarily focuses on the interplay between stereotypes and prejudice expression as well as subtle forms of discrimination exhibited toward employees from traditionally stigmatized groups.  In addition, I examine strategies that individuals and organizations can engage in to combat and reduce discrimination.

Recent Diversity Related Publications

Martinez, L. R., Sawyer, K., Thoroughgood, C., Ruggs, E. N., & Smith, N. A. (in press). The importance of being “me”: The relation between authentic identity expression and transgender employees’ work-related attitudes and experiences. Journal of Applied Psychology.

*Lyons, B. J., *Martinez, L. R., *Ruggs, E. N., Hebl, M. R., Ryan, A. M., O’Brien, K. R., & Roebuck, A. (in press). To say or not to say: Different strategies of acknowledging a visible disability. Journal of Management.

Ruggs, E. N., Hebl, M. R., Caridad Rabelo, V., Weaver, K. B., Kovacs, J., & Kemp, A. S. (2016). Baltimore is burning: Can I-O psychologists help extinguish the flames? Focal article in Industrial and Organizational Psychology Perspectives on Science and Practice, 9, 1-23.

*Ruggs, E. N., *Martinez, L. R., Hebl, M. R., & Law, C. (2015). Workplace trans-actions: How organizations, coworkers, and individual openness can reduce gender identity discrimination. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, 2, 404-412.

Ruggs, E. N., Hebl, M. R., & Williams, A. (2015). Weight isn’t selling: The insidious effects of weight stigmatization in retail settings. Journal of Applied Psychology, 100, 1483-1496.        

O’Brien, K. R., Martinez, L. R., Ruggs, E. N., Rinehart, J., & Hebl, M. (2015). Policies that make a difference: Bridging the gender equity and work-family gap in academia. Gender in Management: An International Journal, 30, 358-378.

Ruggs, E. N., Hebl, M. R., Walker, S. S., & Fa-Kaji, N. (2014). When age meets gender: The impact for job applicants. Journal of Managerial Psychology, 29, 1028-1043.

Linda Shanonck

My diversity-related research interests are primarily on Latinos in the U.S. workforce, with particular interest in their perceptions of support from their organization and their supervisors, as well as microaggressions and their potential influence on attitudes and behaviors at work.

Recent Diversity Related Publications:

*Woznyj, H., Shanock, L., Heggestad, E. D., & Long, S. (in press). What did you mean by that? Justice Implications of Interpersonal Interactions for Latino/as. Journal of Latina/o Psychology

King, E., Rogelberg, S. G., Hebl, M., Braddy, P. W., Shanock, L., Doerer, S., Gordon, H., & Mcdowell, S. (2014). Waistlines and ratings of top executives: Does executive status overcome obesity stigma? Human Resource Management.

Recent Diversity Related Conference Presentations:

*Myers, H., Shanock. L., Heggestad, E. D., Long, S., & Ordonez, Z. Hispanics’ interactions with supervisors: Implications for interpersonal justice. Poster presented at the 30th Annual Conference of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Philadelphia, PA. April, 2015

**Macera, B. M., Frear, K.,  Heggestad, E. D. & Shanock, L. R. Perceptions of Career Success When Parenting a Child with Special Needs. Paper presented at the Annual Work and Family Researchers Network Conference. New York, NY. June, 2014

Jeannine Skinner

My research focuses on sociocultural, psychosocial, and environmental determinants of cognitive function, health, and health behaviors in racially and socio-economically diverse older adult populations. I am equally interested in partnering with communities to develop physical activity interventions to promote cardiovascular and cognitive health in underserved older adult communities.

Recent Diversity Related Publications

Skinner JS, Duke L, Wilkins CH (2017). Why ethnogeriatrics is important. In L. Cummings-Vaughn & D. M. Cruz Oliver (Eds). Ethnogeriatrics: Healthcare needs for diverse populations. (pp.3-17). Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. ISBN 978-3-319-16558-5.

Wright RS, Cole AP, Ali MA, Skinner JS, Whitfield KE, Mwendwa DT (2016) Examining the influence of obesity on executive function and memory in middle age and older African Americans. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 31(1):23-8.

Skinner JS, Morgan A, Hernandez-Saucedo H, Chapman D, Hansen A, Corbett S, Arbuckle M, Leverenz JB, Wilkins CH, Craft S, Baker LD (2015). Associations between markers of glucose and insulin function and cognitive function in healthy African American elders. Journal of Gerontology and Geriatric Research 4 (4):232,pii: 232.

Skinner JS, Hernandez-Saucedo H, Robinson G, Chapman D, Hanson A, Leverenz J, Wilkinson CW, Wilkins CH, Craft S, Baker LD (2015). Aerobic vs. resistance exercise training in older African Americans with prediabetes: A Pilot Feasibility Study. Annals of Gerontology and Geriatrics Research, 2(2):1030.

Gross AL, Benitez A, Shih RA, Bangen KJ, Glymour MM, Sachs BC, Sisco S, Skinner JS, Schneider BC, Manly JJ (2015). Predictors of retest effects in a longitudinal study of cognitive aging in a community-based multiethnic sample. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 21(7):506-518.

Skinner JS, Poe B, Hooper R, Boyer A, Wilkins CH (2015). Assessing the effectiveness of a pharmacist intervention in improving diabetes outcomes in high-risk individuals with diabetes. Diabetes Educator, 41(4):459-65.

Bangen KJ, Gu Y, Gross AL, Schenider BC, Skinner JS, Benitez A, Sachs BC, Shih R, Sisco S, Schupf N, Mayeux R, Manly JJ, Luchsinger JA (2015). Relation of type 2 diabetes with cognitive change in a multiethnic cohort. Journal of the American Geriatric Society, 63(6):1075-1083.

Schneider BC, Gross AL, Bangen KJ, Skinner JS, Gross AL, Benitez A, Glymour MM, Sachs BC, Shih RA, Sisco S, Manly JJ, Luchsinger JA (2014).  Association of vascular risk factors with cognition in a multiethnic sample. Journal of Gerontology, Series B Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 70(4):532-44.

Sisco S, Gross AL, Shih RA, Sachs BC, Glymour MM, Bangen KJ, Benitez A, Skinner JS, Schneider BC, Manly JJ (2014). The role of early life educational quality and literacy in explaining racial disparities in cognition in late life. Journal of Gerontology, Series B Psychological Sciences and SocialSciences,70(4):557-67.

​Recent Diversity Related External Funding

University of Washington Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center Pilot Grant for Clinical Research (2011). Health education, aerobic, and resistance training for African American elders., $30,000 (National Institute on Aging: 2P50AG005136

Jennifer Webb

Recent Diversity Related Publications

Webb, J. B., *Fiery, M. F., & *Jafari, N. (2016). “You better not leave me shaming!”: Conditional indirect effect analyses of anti-fat attitudes, body shame, and fat talk as a function of self-compassion in college women. Body Image, 18, 5-13. doi:10.1016/j.bodyim.2016.04.009

Webb, J. B., & *Hardin, A. S. (2016). An integrative affect regulation process model of internalized weight bias and intuitive eating in college women. Appetite Special Issue: Weight Stigma and Eating Behavior, 102, 60-69. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2016.02.024

Webb, J. B., Butler-Ajibade, P., & Robinson, S. A. (2014). Considering an affect regulation framework for examining the association between body dissatisfaction and positive body image in Black older adolescent females: Does body mass index matter?​ Body Image, 11, 426-437. doi: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2014.07.002

Recent Diversity Related Grants:

2012-2014: NIH Loan Repayment Award through the National Institute on Minority Health & Health Disparities (NIMHD): A Mixed Methods Approach to Clarifying Biopsychosocial Determinants of Metabolic Risk in African American and European American College Women (Principal Investigator)

2016-2017: UNC Charlotte Faculty Research Grant ($6,000): A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial of a Brief Online Size-Inclusive Yoga Intervention in Higher Weight College Women (Principal Investigator)

2016-2017: UNC Charlotte Department of Psychology SEED Grant ($2500): A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial of a Brief Online Size-Inclusive Yoga Intervention in Higher Weight College Women (Principal Investigator)

Religious Studies

Kent L. Brintnall

Dr. Brintnall's research and teaching focuses on the relation between gender, sexuality and religious discourses, with a particular interest in queer theory, psychoanalysis and literary and visual artifacts. His current research focuses on the work of Georges Bataille and Lee Edelman to think about the violence of selfhood. His next book project will examine similarities between mystical and pornographic writings.

  • Embodied Religion: Bodies, Desire and the Study of Religion (edited collection) (MacMillan, 2016).
  • Ecce Homo: The Male-Body-in-Pain as Redemptive Figure (Chicago, 2011).
  • "Erotic Ruination: Embracing the 'savage spirituality' of Barebacking," in Negative Ecstasies: Georges Bataille and the Study of Religion (Fordham, 2015)
  • "Queer Studies and Religion," Critical Research on Religion 1, no. 1 (April 2013): 51-61
  • "Marriage Equality and Religious Liberty: Another Chapter in the Story," Religion & Politics (May 4, 2014).
  • "What Marriage Equality Isn't," ReligionandPolitics.org (July 1, 2013)

Alliance for Full Acceptance grant, OUTSpoken Speakers Series, Bishop Yvette Flunder, Fall 2013 ($4,000)

Community Outreach
  • Co-chair, Queer Studies in Religion, American Academy of Religion
  • North American editor, Theology & Sexuality
Dr. Barbara Thiede (Senior Lecturer)

"Assessing the Personal in Students' Class Assessments – Does Religion and/or Gender Identification of Instructors Matter to Today's Students?" This IRB-approved project is an extended study, conducted over three semesters. I am collaborating with a graduate T.A. who will co-author the final product. The study focuses on the effect of religious identity/gender identity on student experiences. We plan to assess the effect (if any) of having Jewish instructors and an openly transgender T.A. in an LBST class. The study will rely on analysis of four written evaluations from each semester as well as final quantitative evaluations from the course.

Community Outreach

I deliver 6-12 lectures and talks each year which focus on diversity issues from the perspective of biblical texts. These cover issues around the presence (or rather, the lack of presence) of any category of homosexuality in Hebrew Bible and also treat the development of related narratives in various strands of Judaism and Christianity.

Celia Sinclair (M.A.) Senior Lecturer

Participated "Race Matters for Juvenile Justice" a two-day workshop here in Charlotte, Summer, 2015

Janna Shedd, M.A.

South, Central, and East Asian religions, cultures, and politics. Much of my focus is on cultural exchanges across national boundaries, especially from the effects of migration. Countries I research include China, India, and Japan; Tibet (politically disputed); and to a lesser but growing extent, Southeast Asian nations. Religions include Daoism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Shintoism, Shamanism, Hinduism, Sikhism, and Jainism.

Community outreach

3-4 years as mentor and academic tutor for Southeast Asian (and other) youth in Charlotte region through Southeast Asian Coalition. This group attempts to provide emotional, academic, cultural, and political support and education for local youth from a wide range of ethnic groups from SE Asia as well as for Latino and Africa-American highschool students.


Cynthia Hancock, PhD

As the Engaged Learning Coordinator for the Gerontology Minor I keep an active database of community partners who work to serve older adults in our community in one capacity or another. These partners serve as 90 hour field placement sites for our undergraduate Gerontology minors and also as service-learning placements for our SL designated course, Aging and the Life Course. Of particular interest are Madison Saints Paradise South (a black owned and operated assisted living in Charlotte) which is an active service-learning partner every semester and Midland Commons which offers section 8 housing for older adults in the Charlotte region.

Kendra Jason, PhD

The aim of my research is to contribute to our understanding of the adverse effects of perceived lifetime discrimination on African Americans' health status. By examining the workforce participation of older African Americans with multiple chronic conditions (MCC) - the co-occurrence of two or more chronic diseases without the specification of an index disease- I seek to understand the how racial differences in socioeconomic status and medical care contribute to the health disparities African Americans face. My aim is to further identify contributing factors to health disparities by examining the link between race, discrimination, and desired workforce engagement.


Jason, Kendra, Dawn Carr, Tiffany Washington, Tandrea Hilliard, and Chivon Mingo. 2015. "Multiple Chronic Conditions, Resilience, and Workforce Transitions in Later Life: A Socio-Ecological Model." The Gerontologist. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnv101

Grants as of Spring 2016: Faculty Research Grant, UNCC, $6000

Vaughn Schmutz, PhD

Dr. Schmutz's research considers the ways that processes of classification and evaluation enhance or inhibit the diversity of cultural fields. In the music industry, for example, he studies issues related to gender inequality in media coverage of musicians. In the world heritage arena, he studies factors associated with the national and regional diversity of UNESCO world heritage sites.

  • Vaughn Schmutz and Michael A. Elliott. 2016. "Tourism and sustainability in the evaluation of world heritage sites, 1980-2010." Sustainability 8: 261-275.
  • Michael A. Elliott and Vaughn Schmutz. 2012. "World heritage: Constructing a universal cultural order." Poetics 40: 256-277.
  • Alison Faupel and Vaughn Schmutz. 2011. "From fallen women to Madonnas: Changing gender stereotypes in popular music critical discourse." Sociologie de l'Art 18: 17-34.
  • Vaughn Schmutz and Alison Faupel. 2010. "Gender and cultural consecration in popular music." Social Forces 89: 685-708.
  • Vaughn Schmutz. 2009. "Social and symbolic boundaries in newspaper coverage of music, 1955-2005: Gender and genre in the US, France, Germany, and the Netherlands." Poetics 37: 298-314.
Lisa Slattery Walker, PhD

My work is on how issues of status and power, often derived from social categories like race, gender, and attractiveness, play out in small group interactions, both face-to-face and online.

  • Paustian-Underdahl, Samantha C. and Lisa Slattery Walker. 2016. "Revisiting the Beauty is Beastly Effect: New directions and tests of the effects of attractiveness, sex, and job characteristics on selection decisions." The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 27: 1034-1058. DOI: 10.1080/09585192.2015.1053963
  • Paustian-Underdahl, Samantha C., Lisa Slattery Walker, and David J. Woehr. 2014. "Gender and Leadership Effectiveness: A Meta-analysis of Contextual Moderators." Journal of Applied Psychology, 99(6): 1129-1145. DOI: 10.1037/a0036751
  • Walker, Lisa Slattery, Sharon C. Doerer, and Murray Webster, Jr. 2014. "Status, Participation, and Influence in Task Groups." Sociological Perspectives, 57: 364-381. DOI: 10.1177/0731121414524928
  • Frevert, Tonya K. and Lisa Slattery Walker. 2014. "Physical Attractiveness and Social Status." Sociology Compass, 8: 313-323. DOI: 10.1111/soc4.12132

Recipients of Chancellor’s Diversity Challenge Fund (2016-2017)

The Chancellor, through the Council on University Community (COUC), created the Chancellor’s Diversity Challenge Fund to support faculty, staff and student initiatives to promote the value of diversity in the intellectual life on campus. Grants of up to $5,000 are awarded to fund recipients. For this 2016-2017 academic calendar year, CLAS faculty and students were awarded grant money for various projects and programs related to diversity. Here are the 2016-2017 Faculty recipients:

Applicant & Department Title Description Awarded
Bissiere, Languages and Culture Studies 2017 International Film Festival We are applying for funds to organize an International Film Festival in 2017. The funds will be used to invite film directors and speakers and to pay for some of the film rights. $3000
Clinton & Adams, Geography and Earth Sciences Role Models for PROGRESS Six female Geoscientists will be invited as seminar speakers for the Geography and Earth Sciences Department seminar series. The speakers will not only interact with graduate students and faculty on their visit, but will also have dinner with first and second year female undergraduate students in STEM disciplines that are part of the NSF funded PROGRESS program. This interaction with the PROGRESS participants will provide students at a critical juncture of their education with role models beyond those on campus. $4500
Coffey, Writing Project Challenging Media Messages Our project will bring UNC Charlotte faculty, English language arts teachers in urban settings, and UNC Charlotte’s pre-service teachers together as critics of media in order to challenge the ways in which urban teachers and their students are positioned by media. This project will introduce the idea of critical media literacy that can be used by teachers and students for civic engagement, so that urban teachers and students can have voice and make a difference in their communities. $3700
Eckard & Leak, American Studies & English Race, Sports, and Growing Up Southern A Speaking Engagement with Jimmie Lee Kirkpatrick, H.D. “De” Kirkpatrick, and Gary Schwab This proposal requests funding for a panel presentation for the 2017 Levine Annual Lecture (with the Center for the Study of the New South) featuring educator and former football standout Jimmie Lee Kirkpatrick and psychologist H.D. “De” Kirkpatrick, whose shared story of race was chronicled in six award-winning articles by Gary Schwab in the Charlotte Observer. Jimmie Lee Kirkpatrick will also speak with student athletes in a separate, life-learning event to be held on campus. $4000
Finley, Women’s and Gender Studies Tony Porter Speaking Engagement This proposal requests $5,000 to bring Tony Porter, educator, author, activist and Co-Founder of A Call To Men: The Next Generation of Manhood as the 2017 Women’s and Gender Studies Guest Speaker, in partnership with The Center for Wellness. A Call To Men is a leading national violence prevention organization providing training and education for men, boys and communities. $5000
Gil-Rivas, Kulkarni, Brown, & Stokes, Health Psychology, Social Work, Women + Girls Research Alliance, Communication Studies Teen Media Literacy Conference: Engaging and Empowering Ethnic/racial Minority Youth to Become Community Advocates. This conference will provide teens from ethnic/racial minority backgrounds with the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills that will allow them to become media literacy advocates in their schools and community. Youth will receive training on campus via workshops, group discussions, and interactions with UNCC faculty and graduate students and community experts. Undergraduate and graduate students will learn skills for community engagement and partnership building and develop skills to deliver culturally relevant programming. $3700
Hull, Center for Professional & Applied Ethics Feminism and Critical Race Theory Series: On Being Muslim in America For the sixth installment of its annual Feminism and Critical Race Theory series, the Center for Professional Applied Ethics proposes a speaker series exploring the fraught complex social and political environment navigated by Muslims in the United States today. $5000
Hoenes del Pinal, Religious Studies Horror and The Holy: A Film Series A series of films focused on the intersection of religion and horror. The series would feature six films, each shown in the evenings in the Student Union Movie Theater followed by an interactive discussion led by a faculty member specializing in religion. $990
Jason, Sociology Navigating the Academic Pipeline: Preparing the Tenure Binder and Strategic Planning for Junior and Senior Faculty Dr. Felicia Moore Mensah will conduct two workshops at UNCC. The first will help prepare junior faculty for tenure and the second is for all faculty seeking strategies for increasing productivity. These workshops are open to all faculty $2750
Merriweather Leak & Pereira, Education & English Black Poetry Today We are proposing to facilitate a one-day poetry workshop at UNC Charlotte Center City as part of an Office of Academic Affairs initiative to strengthen UNC Charlotte’s position as a contributor to the cultural and civic engagement in Charlotte. This workshop will use poetry as a vehicle to promote dialogue on race and racism. $2500
Owens, Geography and Earth Sciences & Charlotte Action Research Project Education for Liberation Popular Education Training for Justice This project works to develop locally relevant popular education curriculum and training for CHARP team members. Through this training CHARP researchers will become better equipped to apply popular education methods to facilitate future workshops in partnership with neighborhood residents to begin to critically analyze how institutional racism produces inequality. $2000
Paquette & Pitts, Philosophy Feminist Decolonial Politics: A Decolonial Thought Workshop Decolonial Feminist Politics: A Decolonial Thought Workshop offers both theoretical and practical venues for engagement with diverse forms of knowledge production within academic philosophy. The workshop is intended to serve the interests of graduate students and junior scholars from underrepresented groups in philosophy, and seeks to create a space for the rigorous study of philosophical theorists who have been marginalized within the discipline of philosophy. $2500
Piatak, Political Science and Public Administration Gender and Politics: Advancing Inclusion in Academia, Research, and Practice The proposed research project will support an applied research mentoring program to create research networks among female faculty and students to help address and overcome the "leaky pipeline" problem that occurs among women in research oriented careers. $1000
Rogelberg & Ruggs, Organizational Science, Psychology Organizational Science Summer Institute The Organizational Science Summer Institute is a one-week intensive program designed to provide graduate school preparation to undergraduate students from traditionally underrepresented groups. Ten undergraduate students from around the country will be selected to take part in the institute, which includes both professional development training and experience conducting research related to organizational science. $5000
Stokes, Communication Studies & Center for the Study of the New South Growing Up Southern: A Year Long Exploration of Diversity in the New South This proposal requests $5,000.00 to help host a year-long programming series that explores what it means to “Grow Up Southern” from a multi-cultural perspective, including Latino/a, Muslim, African-American, and other populations in the New South. From dynamic speakers to films to workshops, the Center for the New South will engage the greater Charlotte community about the diversity of Southern experience. $4000
Sullivan, Philosophy Graduate Recruitment of Underrepresented Philosophers (GROUP) GROUP is a two-day workshop to be held at UNC Charlotte in fall 2016 for up to 10 promising prospective graduate students in philosophy from traditionally underrepresented groups (such as African Americans, Chicano/as and Latino/as, Native Americans, Asian Americans, women, LGBTQ students, and students with differing physical abilities of all races). GROUP is designed to increase the diversity of the academic pipeline in the discipline, particularly at UNC Charlotte, by recruiting a diverse group of undergraduates from North Carolina and nearby South Carolina universities to the philosophy department’s MA program. $3000