Faculty fellows announced for spring semester
Faculty appointments: endowed professor, department chair
Decorations & Distinctions
Faculty fellows announced for spring semester
Now in its 42nd semester, the Faculty Fellows Program at the
Institute for the Arts and Humanities provides semester-long fellowships to
faculty in the divisions of Humanities, Fine Arts and Social Sciences and is
the institute's central program. The institute's Chapman Family Faculty
Fellowships are open to faculty in all units of the University who regularly
Ruel Tyson, director of the Institute for the Arts and
Humanities, and professor Julia T. Wood, associate director, recently announced
the following faculty fellows and their research topics for the spring semester
Professor, Department of Philosophy;
Theory and Practice.
Professor, Department of Classics;
Artifice of Eternity: Byzantine Mosaics
and Their Meaning.
Associate professor, Department of English;
Exploring Genre for Teaching:
New Forms, New Media.
Department of Communication Studies;
Digital Media and Social Movements.
Adjunct assistant professor, Department of African and
Black and Blue: African-Americans and the University of
Assistant professor, Department of
Modern Antiques: Race and Identity Formation Among the Early
Rastafarians of Jamaica.
Research associate professor, Carolina Environmental
Program; adjunct, Department
Only So Much for a Poor Man:
Crabbing Traditions in North Carolina's
Associate professor, Department of
The Role of Narrative in the Development of an Effective
Department of History;
Information Wanted: African American Family Disruption and Reunification in
19th Century America.
Each fall the Institute's Faculty Advisory Committee awards
fellowships based upon submitted proposals. During the fellowship period,
faculty fellows are able to work without interruption on a project, and they
attend a weekly seminar chaired by Wood.
This seminar provides a forum for the participants to
discuss their projects in a language accessible to colleagues from various
Fellows assist each other by offering suggestions and
criticism during each seminar discussion period. The goal of these seminars is
to prepare faculty fellows to return to the classroom the following semester
reinvigorated with fresh ideas and renewed commitment to teaching, which directly
benefits UNC students.
Applications for the Faculty Fellowship Program are
available each fall at the Institute for the Arts and Humanities, Hyde Hall.
For more information call Martha Marks (843-2651).
Appointment to Department Chair
Professor and chair, Department of Exercise and Sport Science; professor,
Department of Orthopaedics.
effective: July 1, 2005.
University of Pittsburgh, M.S.; University of Virginia, Ph.D.
taught at the graduate level: Cadaver Anatomy, Applied Statistics and Research
Methods in EXSS.
the undergraduate level: Human Anatomy, Therapeutic Modalities, Evaluation of
focus: Mild traumatic brain injury and concussion in sport.
interest: Athletic training/sports medicine.
major publications: Thirty peer-reviewed publications on the topic of
sport-related concussion, most notably two published in the Journal of the
American Medical Association in 2003: the consequences of recurrent concussion
in collegiate football players, and recovery trends on neuropsychological and
postural stability testing after concussion.
Fellowship in the American College of Sports Medicine (2003), Legacy of
Leadership Award, West Chester University (2005), invited participant to
National Academy of Sciences (Institute of Medicine) expert panel on concussion
in youth soccer (2001).
fact: “I worked as an athletic trainer for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1989 to
Appointment to Endowed Professorship
Michael Hooker Distinguished Professor of Biology.
Harvard University, Ph.D.
taught at the graduate level: Seminar in Developmental Genetics Supercell 2.
the undergraduate level: Cell and Developmental Biology, Cancer Biology.
focus: How cells choose fates and assemble into tissue in embryonic
development, and how alterations in the machinery that mediates these events
contribute to cancer.
fact: “I love the Middle East and both of the peoples that live there. I had a
chance to visit both Palestine and Israel and have helped raise funds for a
Palestinian school on the West Bank.”
endowment: The Michael Hooker Distinguished Professorship in Biology was
established in 2000 by anonymous donors in honor of the former chancellor who
was an outspoken advocate for science and technology initiatives at Carolina.
The endowment is used to attract or retain a distinguished teacher and scholar
in the Department of Biology in cellular or molecular biology. The professor’s
research focuses on the interface between medicine and biology and emphasizes
the genetics and development of model organisms in his or her teaching.
John A. Tate Distinguished Professor for Children in Need
and associate dean of research at the School of Social Work, Fraser received
the 2006 Society for Social Work Research Excellence in Research Award.
Hickey, pharmaceutics and biomedical engineering professor,
and Pukkila, director of undergraduate research and an associate biology
professor, were recently elected fellows of the American Association for the
Advancement of Science (AAAS). They, along with the other 374 fellows for 2005,
will be recognized for their contributions at a Feb. 18 forum during the AAAS
Hickey was honored for his research on delivering medicines
to the lungs and the development of devices to aid in that delivery. Pukkila
was recognized for her work in genetics and her leadership in promoting
undergraduate education and research.
Thirty-two UNC faculty members have been elected fellows of
the AAAS, which is a nonprofit organization that seeks to advance science
worldwide. The association publishes the journal Science, in addition to
newsletters, books and reports.
Professor of Slavic Languages, Janda won the 2005 Award for
Best Contribution to Language Pedagogy for “The Case Book for Russian,”
co-authored with Steven J. Clancy. It was presented by the American Association
of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages at a reception at the Russian
Embassy in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 29.
Pomerantz, assistant professor at the School of Information
and Library Science, has been awarded an OCLC/ALISE Library and Information
Research Grant for 2006.
Pomerantz will use the grant for “The Return on Investment
of Collaborative Virtual Reference Service” project. The project will outline a
study to quantify the Return on Investment (ROI) associated with the
implementation of a collaborative virtual reference service.
Clinical associate professor in the School of Social Work,
Scheyett was recognized as a winner of a 2005 Heroes in the Fight award.
Established by Eli Lilly and Company, the award celebrates the ongoing treatment
of persons with severe and persistent mental illness. Lilly made a $500
donation in honor of each winner to a local non-profit organization that
supports mental health.
The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology recently
selected Kline, technical support specialist, as the recipient of its Staff
Excellence Award for 2005.
This award, established to enhance employee productivity and
morale, is bestowed on that employee who best exemplifies excellence,
commitment, teamwork and outstanding service. Along with a certificate, Kline
received two days of paid leave and $100.
The assembled department gave him a standing ovation with
cheers as he looked on in surprise during a luncheon held at the Carolina
Alumni Club in December. Summing up their collective sentiments was this
comment: “Dan is an exceptional employee who has enabled everyone in our
department to do a better job.”