July 2010 Faculty Focus


  • Sandya Hewamanne
    presented a research paper, “All is Fair in Love and War?: Militarization and Romances Between Soldiers and Free Trade Zone Workers in Sri Lanka,” at Cambridge University, United Kingdom, as part of their workshop exploring relational life in South Asia.


  • Gloria Muday
    received funding from the National Science Foundation for her proposal, “Arabidopsis 2010 Project Collaborative Research: Modeling Biological Networks in Arabidopsis Through Integration of Genomic, Proteomic, and Metabolomic Data.”


  • Candyce Leonard
    published a review of “Sueños de Arena” by Antonio Rojano in a theatre journal, Estreno Vol. 36.1 (Spring 2010) 99-100.
  • Linda Petrou
    was part of a 10-day academic cultural tour of Turkey sponsored by the Turkish Cultural Foundation. She was a faculty leader for The Washington Center’s Seminar, “Top Secret: Challenges to National Security in a Global System.”
  • Alessandra Beasley Von Burg
    presented a paper, “Cosmopolitanism of Reason and Respect: Stoic and Kantin Rhetorics for the Irrationality of Citizenship,” at the American Society for the History of Rhetoric Pre-Conference in Minneapolis.

Health and Exercise Science

  • Steve Messier
    received funding from the Army Research Office for his proposal, “Towards the Reduction of Knee Injuries in the Military.”


  • Stewart Carter
    presented a paper at the Antiquae Musicae Italicae Studiosi Conference in Italy in 2007, “Musical Form and Liturgical Function in the Late-Seventeenth-Century Motet: The Case of Isabella Leonarda,” which was recently included in the conference publication.
  • Dan Locklair
    had his organ music, “Glory and Peace,” performed at the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland, CA, for the Conroy Memorial Organ Dedication Recital Series.

Political Science

  • Michaelle Browers
    received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to complete a book, “Arab Shi’i Political Thought Since 1958: A Generation’s Politicization.”


  • Mike Furr
    received funding from the National Institutes of Health and the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio for his proposal, “Binge Drinking: Individual Differences in the Capacity to Alter Drinking Patterns.”


Z. Smith Reynolds Library

  • Molly Keener
    made a presentation, “Blogging as Scholarship,” as part of the UNC-Chapel Hill Libraries’ event, “Beyond Impact Factor: Understanding & Supporting Scholarly Work in the New Academy.”
  • Molly Keener and Rosalind Tedford
    made a presentation, “Take Five: Using Documentary Film in Information Literacy Instruction,” at the Metrolina Library Association’s Annual Information Literacy Conference.
  • Lynn Sutton
    received funding from the North Carolina Humanities Council for her proposal, “Single Threads Unbraided: A Celebration of the Work of A.R. Ammons.”


Faculty members who are observing anniversaries of their employment.
(Recognition is for one year and for five through 50 years at five-year intervals.)

July 2010 Recognition

20 Years

Jon Pinder, Schools of Business: Associate Professor
Bob Plemmons, Mathematics: Reynolds Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science

10 Years

Chris Nero, School of Law: Director Legal Research Writing

5 Years

Kevin Gilbertson, Z. Smith Reynolds Library: Web Librarian
Sherry Moss, Schools of Business: Associate Professor

1 Year

Emily Austin, Philosophy: Assistant Professor
Lisa Blee, History: Assistant Professor
Catherine Borck, Political Science: Visiting Lecturer
Tom Canace, Schools of Business: Assistant Professor
Arran Caza, Schools of Business: Assistant Professor
Sherri Clark, American Ethnic Studies: Teacher/Scholar/Postdoctoral Fellow
Linus DeVotta, Political Science: Associate Professor
Sandy Dickson, Communication: Professor
Claudia Francom, Romance Languages: Visiting Instructor
Jerid Francom, Romance Languages: Assistant Professor
Amanda Griffith, Economics: Assistant Professor
Annegret Hannawa, Communication: Assistant Professor
Susan Harlan, English: Visiting Assistant Professor
Omaar Hena, English: Assistant Professor
Andy Irwin-Smiler, Psychology: Visiting Assistant Professor
Lucas Johnston, Religion: Teacher/Scholar/Postdoctoral Fellow
Eric Jones, Anthropology: Lecturer
Oana Jurchescu, Physics: Assistant Professor
Andrea Kelton, Schools of Business: Assistant Professor
Jay Kesten, School of Law: Visiting Assistant Professor
Sandeep Mazumder, Economics: Assistant Professor
Patrick Moran, English: Visiting Assistant Professor
Giosue Scaccianoce, Romance Languages: Visiting Instructor
Jessica Shade Venegas, Romance Languages: Lecturer
Robin Simon, Sociology: Professor
Pieternella Van Doorn Harder, Religion: Professor
Jose Venegas Caro, Romance Languages: Assistant Professor
Theresa Ventura, History: Assistant Professor
Charles Walldorf, Political Science: Assistant Professor
Jason White, History: Visiting Assistant Professor
Maria Windell, English: Visiting Assistant Professor
Jinglin Xiong, East Asian Language & Cultures: Lecturer
Ya Wen Yang, Schools of Business: Assistant Professor

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