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Chapel Hill, N.C. (Sept. 21, 2023) – The Carolina Center for Public Service (CCPS) is pleased to announce the 2023-2025 class of Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars. The program brings together selected faculty from across campus in a two-year competency-based experience to advance their engaged research, which is conducted in partnership with communities and addresses issues of shared concern and mutual benefit.

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Karon Johnson introduces herself to the ninth class of Faculty Engaged Scholars

Scholars receive up to $10,000 in funding over a two-year period and participate in sessions in community settings to learn from other Carolina faculty and their community partners. While developing individual projects, each class of scholars shares lessons learned and builds connections to strengthen their scholarship. The growing network of Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars has forged interdisciplinary collaborations, submitted successful grant applications and developed traditional and innovative products of scholarship. Since its inception in 2007, a total of 83 faculty members have been selected for the program, with representatives from all of Carolina’s professional schools and the College of Arts and Science.

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Ronny Bell introduces himself to the ninth class of scholars

Following the class’s orientation on September 15, CCPS director and faculty member Lynn Blanchard stated, “After spending time with these 10 outstanding scholars, I am inspired by their passion for the work and the variety of their plans. It is impressive to see interdisciplinary connections and collaboration in action.”

Congratulations to the 2023-2025 class of Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars:

  • Anna Bardone-Cone, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Ronny Bell, Ph.D., professor and chair, Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy in the Eshelman School of Pharmacy
  • Marie Lina Excellent, MD, MPH, assistant professor and Global Health Certificate Lead in the Public Health Leadership Program, Gillings School of Global Public Health
  • Sarah Crittendon Fuller, Ph.D., research associate professor in the Department of Public Policy, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Karon Johnson, MACM, MSW, LCSW, CCTP, clinical assistant professor, School of Social Work
  • Hilary Lithgow, Ph.D., teaching assistant professor and undergraduate advisor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Jennifer Lund, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology, Gillings School of Global Public Health and director of data strategy and education with the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Cancer Information and Population Health Resource (CIPHR)
  • Karin Pfennig, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Avi Santo, Ph.D., professor and chair, Department of Communication, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Natalia Villegas Rodriguez, Ph.D., associate professor, School of Nursing

Learn more about the Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars program.

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