School of Nursing is Home to Competitive DNP Program in Nurse Anesthesia   

Kate Vanderford was 15 years old when her neighbor, a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA), introduced her to her dream job.

She was intrigued by anesthesia, and one day accompanied her neighbor when he went to work at Nash General Hospital in Rocky Mount, N.C.

Vanderford watched in awe as the CRNA eased a patient’s fears only a few minutes after meeting him. She enjoyed everything she saw in the job, from taking patients to the operating room and inducing anesthesia, to monitoring them every second, and then waking them up at the end of a procedure.

“What intrigued me most about anesthesia was the complexity of it,” she said. “But all the while the CRNA was so confident and comforting for the patient. I loved how he was the one who was there with the patient the entire time.”

Nursing Student looking at monitor

Vanderford is now only a few weeks away from graduating from UNC Greensboro and becoming a CRNA herself. She’s a third-year student in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) concentration in nurse anesthesia, which has grown in popularity since it found a new home in the UNCG School of Nursing in 2015.

UNCG offers one of only six nursing anesthesia programs in North Carolina. The demanding three-year program, formerly known as the Raleigh School of Nurse Anesthesia/UNCG collaborative program, prepares registered nurses with critical care experience for careers as CRNAs.

Like anesthesiologists, CRNAs work in collaboration with physicians, dentists, and surgeons to provide anesthesia care for patients undergoing procedures.

“It’s not completely nursing. It has an element of being a nurse, first and foremost, but also being somewhat of an internist, applied pharmacologist, and a respiratory therapist wrapped up in one,” said Dr. Nancy Shedlick, program director for the UNCG nurse anesthesia concentration. “You’re taking care of the whole patient while they’re asleep ‒ by yourself.”

Shedlick was one of a dozen students who made up the first class in the Raleigh School of Nurse Anesthesia/UNCG collaborative program in 1990. She later helped oversee the program’s move to UNCG, where all classes have been taught since Fall 2018.

Students working on a mannequin

The consolidated program at UNCG benefits from many teaching and student services available in the School of Nursing and at the University. Anesthesia students take classes and labs in the state-of-the-art Union Square Campus nursing education building and have access to all that UNCG offers.

“The people that go into [nurse anesthesia] are ones that want to advance their careers and really want a lot of autonomy. This is really a way to have that,” said Dr. Linda Stone, a 1993 graduate of the Raleigh School of Nurse Anesthesia/UNCG collaborative program who serves as the assistant program director and a clinical assistant professor. “You’re getting to take care of your patient but also work to the full extent of your licensure and certification, so it’s probably the most rewarding job you can have. I can’t imagine there is one more rewarding than this.”

Eighty-nine students were enrolled in UNCG’s nurse anesthesia program during the Spring 2019 semester. Being admitted to the program – which the North Carolina Board of Nursing governs – has become more competitive as its popularity has increased in recent years. Every successful applicant must have at least one year of training in an intensive care unit, in addition to a bachelor’s degree and a 3.2 GPA, to be considered.

More than 95 percent of the students accepted into the DNP program continue on the track through graduation. They spend three years taking advanced physiology, pathophysiology, and pharmacology classes along with their clinical rotations.

Two third year students in scrubs

“I can say that the clinical side at the start was the greatest challenge,” said Ethan Rudge, a third-year student who will graduate in August. “However, more time and experience in the operating room definitely make the clinical work easier as you make your way through the program.”

All the training is intended to prepare nursing students to make split-second decisions, because CRNAs must address any issue they encounter while a patient is under their care.

“It’s been everything I thought it would be and so much more,” Vanderford said. “All the time studying ‒ and the exams, projects, DNP deadlines, and new clinical rotations ‒ have been worth it.”


Story by Alex Abrams, School of Nursing

Photography by Martin W. Kane, University Communications

Newly Named Distinguished and Excellence Professors                           

Distinguished professorships honor some of UNC Greensboro’s most inspiring and productive professors, allowing them opportunities to pursue further research and also support students in meaningful ways.

These termed appointments, which include a stipend and research funding, are awarded to UNCG professors who demonstrate excellence, and who serve as mentors for other faculty and students.

Seven faculty members have recently been named distinguished professors or excellence professors, across a variety of disciplines.

Dr. Jennifer Etnier

Dr. Jennifer Etnier, in the Department of Kinesiology, holds the Morton Distinguished Professorship. Etnier’s research focuses on the cognitive benefits of physical activity. She is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Academy of Kinesiology and has received the Health and Human Performance Teaching Award, UNCG Alumni Teaching Excellence Award, School of Health and Human Sciences Teaching Excellence Award, School of Health and Human Sciences Graduate Mentoring Award, and the UNCG Graduate School´s Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award. She is president of the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity and a member of three editorial board for peer-reviewed journals. She recently received supplemental funding from the National Institute on Aging for the project “The effect of physical activity on cognition relative to APOE genotype (PAAD-II).”

Dr. Esther Leerkes

Dr. Esther Leerkes, the associate dean for research in the School of Health and Human Sciences and professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, is Jefferson-Pilot Excellence Professor. Leerkes’ primary research centers around parent-child relations in infancy and early childhood. Within this area, she has pursued three primary themes: identifying contextual, biological and psychological factors that contribute to sensitive maternal behavior, particularly in response to negative child emotions; examining links between maternal sensitivity and subsequent child outcomes such as emotion regulation, attachment security, behavior problems, adjustment to school, and obesity risk; examining the impact of parenting a child with unique temperamental characteristics on adult development, well-being, and relationships during the transition to parenthood. She also studies links between marital conflict and infant outcomes and the role of race in parental emotion socialization and related child outcomes.

Dr. John Stufken

Dr. John Stufken, who will soon join UNCG as the director of the new master’s program in informatics and analytics, has been appointed the Bank of America Excellence Professor. Stufken has authored more than 75 publications, many in top refereed statistics journals, co-authored/edited two books, given approximately 100 invited presentations at professional conferences plus 70 invited research seminars. He is a fellow of both the Institute of Mathematical Statistics and the American Statistical Association and an Elected Member of the International Statistical Institute. He will direct the Fall 2019 launch and subsequent expansion of the MSIA. Initially, Stufken will focus on recruiting high caliber faculty and students, partnering with local industries to create a strong capstone experience for students, and maintaining an active research program.

Dr. Connie McKoy

Dr. Connie McKoy, professor and director of undergraduate studies in the UNCG School of Music is a Covington Distinguished Professor. McKoy has 19 years of public school teaching experience as a general music teacher, choral director, and band assistant. Her research has focused on children’s world music preferences, music teachers’ cross-cultural competence, and culturally responsive pedagogy in music. She is co-author of “Culturally Responsive Teaching in Music Education: From Understanding to Application,” published by Routledge and is an active clinician for state, regional, and national music education organizations. She is a past president of the North Carolina Music Educators Association and is the Immediate Past Chair of the Society for Music Teacher Education, an affiliated society of the National Association for Music Education.

Dr. Andrew Willis

Dr. Andrew Willis, professor of music, is a Covington Distinguished Professor. Willis’ work explores the historical development of keyboard instruments and their performance practice while maintaining a commitment to the study, performance, and teaching of the widest possible range of repertoire. A past president of the Southeastern Historical Keyboard Society and a Trustee of the Westfield Center for Historical Keyboard Studies, he served a finals juror of the Westfield International Fortepiano Competition in 2011. In UNCG’s College of Visual and Performing Arts, he teaches performance on instruments ranging from harpsichord to modern piano and, since 2003, has directed the biennial Focus on Piano Literature symposium, for which he commissioned, premiered, and recorded Martin Amlin’s Sonata No. 7 (2000). His recording of Op. 106 for the first complete Beethoven sonata cycle on period instruments was hailed by The New York Times as “a ‘Hammerklavier’ of rare stature.”

Dr Olav Rueppell

Dr. Olav Rueppell, in the Department of Biology, is the Florence Schaeffer Distinguished Professor. Ruepell uses honey bees to study the genetics of complex traits, genomics, social behavior, and aging. In addition, he has been addressing the urgent problem of honey bee health. He also is interested in how the complex division of labor among bee colony members evolves, how behavioral specialization is determined, and what consequences at the individual and colony level can be measured. Rueppell has received the prestigious Mid-Career Mentoring Award from Division of Biology of the Council for Undergraduate Research (CUR) and in the past 10 years, he has had 76 peer-reviewed publications in prominent journals. He has also successfully acquired many external grants from federal agencies such as the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Agriculture, among others. His research group shares scientific experiences and knowledge about honey bee biology, the importance of pollinators, and science in general with school groups, beekeeping clubs, and other audiences at public events. His research group and others are working toward the construction of an expanded UNCG Pollinator Garden.

Dr. Michael Kane

Michael Kane, professor and director of graduate studies in the Department of Psychology is Dr. Nicholas A. Vacc and Dr. Nancy N. Vacc Distinguished Professor. Kane is a cognitive psychologist studying the dynamic interaction between attention and memory, with special emphasis on individual differences. His research explores cognitive individual differences and the functioning of the core attention and memory processes that are broadly important to “real world” cognition. He has over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles published, an edited book on his specialty area, and numerous book chapters. Over his career, Dr. Kane has been a PI or co-PI on over $2 million in funded grants, including from the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH/NIH), and the United States Military. He was recently elected to a six- year term on the Governing Board of the Psychonomic Society, which is the largest organization specifically dedicated to cognitive psychology. He has served as associate editor for two of the top journals in cognitive psychology, “Memory & Cognition and Cognitive Psychology,” as well as being a consulting editor on four additional journals.


Copy and photographs drawn from various sources, compiled by Susan Kirby-Smith

Graduate Researchers Present Work for Peers and Community Members

At UNCG, it’s not just quality of research that matters, but the way research is communicated to the world at large.

Faculty mentors and the Graduate School emphasize the importance of conveying research concepts to potential community partners, politicians, industry professionals and others who could be decision-makers in how research is applied.

The Graduate Research and Creativity Expo is an annual showcase that allows UNCG graduate students to share their accomplishments in research, with their peers and mentors at UNCG, but also with the greater Greensboro community.

For the 2019 expo, a panel of 30 judges from a diverse set of organizations in the Greensboro community evaluated the work of the 104 graduate students making presentations and determined fifteen $1,000 winners.

Research Student Presenting her Work

“This was my second time judging the Expo,” shared attorney Ed Sharp from Legal Aid of North Carolina. “What struck me both times was the exceptionally broad range of topics of UNCG’s graduate research and the impressive real-world impact of many of the projects.  I had the honor of viewing potentially life-saving medical research, eye-opening social science projects, moving creative works, and a business proposal that has the potential to dramatically reduce the environmental impact of the global supply chain.”

The winning presentations were selected not only for the quality of the work, but the way the students communicate their research and its significance to judges.

“It was inspiring to learn about the cutting-edge projects that these emerging scholars are working on,” said Greensboro City Councilman and UNCG alumnus Justin Outling, who served as one of the judges. “From NASA-sponsored research projects in space exploration to research into ways to help farmers here in Guilford County, the work and talent on display was truly remarkable.”

Research Student Presenting his work to Judges






The graduate research expo winners, and their collaborators and mentors, are listed below:


William Woods (Interior Architecture) “Enriching our experiential conversation with the historic environment.” Faculty Mentor: Jo Ramsay Leimenstoll

Health Sciences

Alma Rosa Chanelo (Biology) “The Role of Naringenin on ERRα and Adipocyte Metabolism.” Faculty Mentor: Dr. Yashomati Patel

Mohammad Fereydouni (Nanoscience) “Transformed Fat Cells Kill Cancer Cells.” Faculty Mentor: Dr. Christopher L. Kepley

Grace Huebner, RDN (Nutrition) “Non-Dieting Focused Weight Management Curriculum in Current Accredited US Dietetic Programs.” With Dr. Jared McGuirt, PhD, M.P.H., Dr. Maryanne Perrin, PhD, M.B.A., R.D.N., Dr. Lauren Haldeman PhD, & Laurie Allen, M.Ed., R.D.N., L.D.N.  Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jared McGuirt

Melissa S. Totten (Nutrition) Sex and Genetic Factors Involved in Alterations of Behavior and Brain Iron due to Diet-Induced Obesity.” With Matthew Pierce & Dr. Keith M. Erikson. Faculty Mentor: Dr. Keith M. Erikson


Caitlin Coulter (English) “Nietzsche, Mann, Modernism: A Framework for Morality in Raymond Chandler’s Detective Fiction.” Faculty Mentor: Dr. Anthony Cuda

Natural, Physical, and Mathematical Sciences

Bhawna Bagra (Nanoscience) “Concentrate Light on Photosystem I to enhance energy conversion.” With Dr. Zheng Zeng & Dr. Taylor Mabe, Faculty Mentor: Dr. Zheng Zeng

Austin Gray (Biology) “Antibiotics in our Streams and Drinking Water: Implications on Environmental and Human Health.” With Dr. Daniel Todd & Dr. Anne E. Hershey, Faculty Mentor: Dr. Anne Hershey


Snehal Shah (Nanoscience) “Fabrication of bioinspired Polymeric Nanostructred surfaces and their potential in Nanomedicine.” With Dr. Dennis LaJuenesse, Faculty Mentor: Dr. Dennis LaJuenesse

Ryan Yarbrough (Nanoscience) “Improving Industrial Efficiency with Novel Waste Heat Recovery Technology.” With Dr. Hemali Rathnayake, Faculty Mentor: Dr. Hemali P. Rathnayake

Professional Programs

Oliver M. Thomas (Educational Leadership & Cultural Foundations) “Students Can Change Systems of Oppression.” Faculty Mentor: Dr. Leila E. Villaverde

Social Sciences 

Lauren Bailes (Human Development & Family Studies) “Goodness of Fit between Maternal Emotion Regulation and Infant Temperament Associated with Later Maternal Sensitivity.” With Dr. Esther M. Leerkes. Faculty Mentor: Dr. Esther Leerkes

Amy Hewitt (Teacher Education Higher Education) “Selecting and Sequencing Children’s Mathematical Strategies for Whole-Class Discussions.” Faculty Mentor: Dr. Victoria R. Jacobs

Joy Kelly (Counseling & Educational Development) “Surviving and Thriving: The Development and Validation of the Intimate Partner Violence Recovery Measure.” Faculty Mentor: Dr. Christine Murray

Huicheng Wu (Consumer, Apparel, & Retail Studies) “Open Costing in Apparel Sourcing:  Effects on Sustainability and the Buyer-Supplier Relationship.” With Dr. Nancy Hodges & Dr. Jin Su, IRB# 18-0265, Faculty Mentor: Dr. Nancy Hodges & Dr. Jin Su

Story by Susan Kirby-Smith, University Communications

Photography by Martin W. Kane, University Communications and Maurine Crouch


May 20, 2019



TO:  Deans, Department Heads/Chairs

RE:  James E. Holshouser, Jr. Award for Public Service

The James E. Holshouser Award for Public Service, formerly known as the Public Service Award, was created in 2007 to encourage, identify, recognize, and reward public service by faculty of the University of North Carolina system.  Each year, UNCG puts forth a campus nominee to the Board of Governors for consideration for the award.  The selection criteria include sustained, distinguished, and superb achievement in university public service and outreach and contributions to improving the quality of life for citizens of North Carolina.  The creativity and impact of such achievements should be beyond the normal accomplishments of productive faculty.

The Gardner/Holshouser award committee is currently seeking nominations for this distinguished award.  In honor of their achievements, the campus nominee will receive a $1000 honorarium and be recognized at the 2020 Faculty Awards ceremony.  The system winner, chosen by the Board of Governors, receives a $7,500 cash prize.  To submit a nomination, or learn more about the award, please visit  Nominations are due by June 28, 2019.




May 21, 2019




TO:  UNCG Faculty and Staff

RE: Dr. Andrew Hamilton Named New Associate Vice Provost for Student Success and Dean of Undergraduate Studies

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Andrew Hamilton has accepted the position as Associate Vice Provost for Student Success and Dean of Undergraduate Studies.  He will also hold an appointment as adjunct lecturer in the Department of Philosophy.

Dr. Hamilton currently serves as Associate Dean for Student Success, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at University of Houston.  His previous administrative appointments include Associate Dean for Student Success, The Honors College as well as Executive Director for Academic Innovation both at the University of Houston.

Dr. Hamilton holds a B.A. from Berea College, M.A. from Boston College, and a Ph.D. from University of California San Diego.

Please join me in welcoming Andrew to the UNC Greensboro community.  He will begin his new role on July 1, 2019.

I would also like to express thanks to the search committee for their outstanding work to help us select a new Associate Vice Provost and Dean.

Research revealed at undergraduate expo

UNCG undergraduates are more than students – they are researchers.

Each year, they have the opportunity to share their research and scholarship with peers and the campus community, at the Carolyn and Norwood Thomas Undergraduate Research and Creativity Expo, now in its 13th year.

All students engaged in faculty-mentored scholarly inquiry were invited to participate, with projects that could be developed from course work, independent research, other research with a faculty mentor, or volunteer work.

Student in front of presentation board

More than 200 presentations were included in the 2019 expo, making it the largest thus far. 245 UNCG undergraduates participated, with 111 mentors from 42 academic departments and programs.

In addition to the honors awarded to students, the 2019 Thomas Undergraduate Research Mentor Award for Early Career Faculty was presented to Ramji Bhandari.

Picture of Ramji Bhandari
Dr. Ramji Bhandari

Bhandari joined the faculty at UNCG as assistant professor in the Department of Biology in 2016, and has mentored 15 undergraduates, several of whom have co-authored manuscripts and have presented their work at scholarly venues including the NC Academy of Sciences, the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, and Developmental Biology.

“My lab is a family,” he says. “As a mentor I thoroughly enjoy working with undergraduates and seeing their confidence develop over time in the lab. Undergraduate research facilitates the students moving from classroom theory to practical research lab experience and solidifies their learning, particularly critical thinking and problem-solving skills that are transferrable to areas beyond the classroom and research laboratory.”

Many of Bhandari’s students advance to graduate school and medical school, and he says that the research experience has been instrumental in helping them embark on their career paths.

The 2019 expo award winners are:

Humanities and Social Sciences

1st Place: Courtney Phillips (Nursing)
“Nurse Practitioner Knowledge and Use of Complementary and Alternative Therapies for the
Management of Chronic Pain: A Pilot Study”
Faculty Mentor: Susan Letvak

2nd Place: Vanessa Enoch (Human Development and Family Studies)
“Trauma and Abuse Experience and Elevated Scalp Hair Cortisol Concentrations Among SE
Asian Refugees in the US South”
Faculty Mentor: Sudha Shreeniwas

3rd Place: Kaitlyn Chaplin (Communication Studies), Ariana Chavez (Classical Studies), and Brianna Rogers (Classical Studies)
“There’s No Place Like Homescreen” (Performance)
Faculty Mentor: Killian Manning

Education and Behavioral Sciences

1st Place: Avila Ramirez Itzel (Psychology)
“Do Ethnic-Racial Socialization Messages Manifest in Technological Communication Between
Romantic Partners of Latinx Heritage?”
Faculty Mentor: Michaeline Jensen

2nd Place: Sarah Ragab (Biology)
“The Transfer of Global Applications of Sport for Positive Youth Development”
Faculty Mentor: Michael Hemphill

3rd Place: Brianna Ferraro (Specialized Education Services)
“From Accommodation to Invitation: Roles Communication Centers Play in Acknowledging and Empowering People with Disabilities”
Faculty Mentor: Roy Schwartzman

Honorable Mention:
Morgan Bryant (Interior Architecture)
“The Ancillary Office: The Effects of Biophilia and Ergonomic Solutions within the Workplace”
Faculty Mentor: Travis Hicks

Aran Garnett-Deakin (Human Development and Family Studies) and Rachel Fuqua (Human
Development and Family Studies)
“A Meta-Analytic Review of the Associations between Marital Dissolution and Anxiety”
Faculty Mentor: Heather Helms

Mathematics, Life and Physical Sciences

1st Place: Ayesha Ejaz (Chemistry)
“Simulating a Microchip-based Stark Guide and Decelerator using Simion”
Faculty Mentor: Liam Duffy

2nd Place: Quashawn Chadwick (Biology & Biochemistry)
“Transgenic Tobacco with Archaeal Heat Stress Resistance”
Faculty Mentor: Ayalew Osena

3rd Place: Ekaterina Ellyce San Pedro (Biology)
“Effect of the Regulatory Light Chain of MyosinII on Glut 4 Translocation to the Plasma
Faculty Mentor: Yashomati Patel


1st Place: Michael Newman (Theatre), Jordan Speas (Theatre), Steve Williams  (Theatre), Auntais Faulkner (Theatre)
“MAMA” (Mindfulness Arts Mindfulness Action)
Faculty Mentor: Denise Gabriel

Emerging Scholars (UNCG Residential College Students)

1st Place: Isabelle Cooper (Environmental and Sustainability Studies)
“An Interactive Map of Holistic Veterinary Medicine”
Faculty Mentor: John Sopper

2nd Place: Ryan Peace (Political Science)
“The Effects of Child Sexual Abuse on Black Men”
Faculty Mentor: Sara Littlejohn

3rd Place: De’Viona Lowery (Consumer Apparel & Retail Studies)
“Cancel Culture: Destroyer of Celebrities but How Does It Affect You?”
Faculty Mentor: Sara Littlejohn

Honorable Mention:
Belle Downing (Community and Therapeutic Recreation)
“How Recreation Therapy Can Improve the Quality of Lives within Human Trafficking
Faculty Mentor: Sara Littlejohn

Sydney Chamberlain (Biology)
“Cannibalism in Food Culture: Why Prions Need Regulation”
Faculty Mentor: Sara Littlejohn



Story by Susan Kirby-Smith, University Communications
Photography by Martin W. Kane, University Communications

Faculty Honored for Teaching, Research, Advising, and Service

The 2019 Faculty Awards Ceremony was held April 17 in the Elliott University Center Auditorium, honoring UNC Greensboro faculty who display excellence in teaching, research, mentoring and enhancing student success.

Board of Trustees Chair Brad Hayes joined Provost Dana Dunn in presenting awards and Dr. Alan Boyette assisted in the ceremony. The ceremony included videos produced by UNCG media studies students and Professor Michael Frierson that highlighted the recipients’ accomplishments and teaching.

The recipients of the 2019 Faculty Awards are:

    • Dr. Dianne Welsh: UNC Board of Governors Excellence in Teaching Award
    • Dr. Mariche Bayonas: Mary Settle Sharp Award for Teaching Excellence
    • Dr. Amanda Gale: James Y. Joyner Award for Teaching Excellence
    • Dr. Aaron Terranova: Anna Maria Gove Award for Teaching Excellence
    • Dr. Pam Kocher Brown: UNCG Award for Excellence in Online Education
    • Dr. Susan Keane: Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award from the Graduate School
    • Dr. Ruth DeHoog and Dr. Ken Klase (on behalf of MPA program, Political Science): Student Learning Enhancement Award
    • Dr. Ramji Bhandari: Thomas Undergraduate Research Mentor Award
    • Sarah Dunning: Advising Excellence Award for Faculty Advisor
    • Steve Haines: Gladys Strawn Bullard Award
    • Dr. Matina Kalcounis-Rüppell: Holshouser Award for Excellence in Public Service nominee
    • Dr. Tom Martinek, Sr.: O. Max Gardner Award nominee
    • Dr. L. DiAnne Borders: Senior Research Excellence Award
    • Dr. Risa Applegarth: Junior Research Excellence Award

Six faculty members received 30 years of service awards: Dr. Keith Debbage, Dr. John Lepri, Roberta (Robin) Maxwell, Dr. Jonathan Tudge, Dr. Kathleen Williams, and Dr. Michael Zimmerman.

Six received 35 years of service awards: Dr. Rebecca Adams, Cathy Griffith, Mary Eloise Hassell, Dr. Susan Keane, Professor Jo Ramsay Leimenstoll, and Dr. Jerry Walsh.

Three were recognized for 40 years of service: Dr. William Karper, Dr. Stephen Layson, and Mark Schumacher.

Enjoy the 2019 Faculty Awards videos below:

2019 UNCG Teaching Awards:

2019 UNCG Service Leadership Awards:

2019 UNCG Mentoring, Assessment, and Advising Awards:

2019 UNCG Research Excellence Awards:



Videos by UNCG media studies students and Professor Michael Frierson

Photography by Jiyoung Park, University Communications

April 9, 2019

TO:  UNCG Faculty and Staff

RE: Candidates for Associate Vice Provost/Dean of Undergraduate Studies Open Forums

The Associate Vice Provost/Dean of Undergraduate Studies Search Committee and the Provost have selected four finalists to visit campus.  I encourage you to participate in the interview process by attending the open forums and receptions. The finalists will provide a 15-20 minute presentation on their vision for promoting student success at UNC Greensboro followed by a question and answer session.

The open forums are scheduled in the Kirkland Room in the EUC as follows:

Candidate 1:  Thursday, April 18th 10:45am-12:00pm

Candidate 2:  Monday, April 22nd from 3:00-4:15pm

Candidate 3: Wednesday, May 1st from 3:00-4:15pm

Candidate 4:  Monday, May 6th 3:00-4:15pm

A brief reception will be held immediately after each open forum.

Finalists names and CVs will be made available three days before each visit. A video recording and survey will also be posted after each open forum.  All information can be accessed at

Thank you in advance for your participation.  I look forward to a successful conclusion to this important search.


March 25, 2019

Renowned Statistician Joins UNC Greensboro as Founding Director of MS in Informatics and Analytics

John Stufken has joined UNC Greensboro to head the new Master of Science in Informatics and Analytics (MSIA) program. He will direct the Fall 2019 launch and subsequent expansion of the MSIA. Initially, Stufken will focus on recruiting high caliber faculty and students, partnering with local industries to create a strong capstone experience for students, and maintaining an active research program.

Provost Dana Dunn said, “Informatics and analytics credentials are in high demand.  Dr. Stufken brings an outstanding record of research and accomplishment to a high priority program designed to be responsive to employer needs”.  Stufken will enter the Director role with 18+ years of administrative experience, an extensive research background, and an exemplary track record of program development and interdisciplinary partnerships.

Stufken, the inaugural Charles Wexler Professor of Statistics at Arizona State University (ASU), currently serves as the Coordinator for Statistics for the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences (SoMSS).  Prior to ASU, Stufken served 11 years as head of the Statistics department at the University of Georgia (UGA).  From 2000-2003, Stufken served as the Program Director for Statistics at the National Science Foundation. At NSF, Stufken collaborated on many interdisciplinary programs involving geosciences, computer science, biological sciences, and medical sciences.

Stufken has authored more than 75 publications, many in top refereed statistics journals, co-authored/edited two books, given approximately 100 invited presentations at professional conferences plus 70 invited research seminars. He is a Fellow of both the Institute of Mathematical Statistics and the American Statistical Association and an Elected Member of the International Statistical Institute.

Stufken says, “It is exciting to see that, with its new MSIA program, UNCG will train students to acquire informatics and analytics skills that will equip them to be leaders in a data-driven world. A focus on these skills is not only important today, but will be invaluable for many years to come. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to help build this program as its founding Director.”

March 11, 2019


TO: UNCG Faculty

RE: UNCG Online Dean Selection

March 11, 2019


Karen Bull, Incoming UNCG Online Dean

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Karen Bull has accepted the position as Dean of UNCG Online.   Dr. Bull is currently Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at Syracuse University.  Previous administrative appointments include Interim Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Online Programs and Manager of Online Programs and Services at Syracuse University.  She also served as Director of Program Evaluation and Assistant Director of Distance Learning at Onondaga Community College.

Please join me in welcoming Karen to the UNC Greensboro community.  She will begin her new role on July 8, 2019.

I would also like to express thanks to the search committee for their outstanding work to help us select a new Dean.