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Class IV Faculty Engaged Scholars

Tamera Coyne-Beasley, Professor, Pediatrics, Internal Medicine

In 2010, Dr. Coyne-Beasley established the North Carolina Child Health Research Network as part of the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Science Institute to build partnerships between community organizations, community-based and ambulatory practices, and research communities. With these partnerships, collaborative research is conducted to maximize the translation of scientific discoveries into real world applications for the advancement of child and adolescent health. As the network director, she is currently engaged in multiple projects with adolescents in western and central North Carolina. Coyne-Beasley is focused on testing the effectiveness of school-based telemedicine programs, texting and social media for increasing knowledge of human papilloma virus disease and related-cancers, and increasing adolescent access to healthcare including human papilloma virus vaccination.

Barbara Fedders, Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Law

Barbara Fedders teaches and supervises law students who represent youth in North Carolina delinquency cases. Her scholarship focuses on improving policies, practices and legal representation for young people in the child welfare and delinquency systems. She serves on the advisory board for the Equity Project, a national organization promoting policy and practice reforms for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth in the juvenile justice system, and helped produce a report for stakeholders. At the state and national level, Professor Fedders trains lawyers on incorporating clients’ educational histories and using education law in delinquency representation. In collaboration with an education lawyer, she is producing a practitioners’ manual based on those trainings. Her next project will examine so-called “gender-responsive” programming in youth facilities and will propose best practices that incorporate feminist and queer perspectives.

Jocelyn Glazier, Associate Professor, School of Education

Dr. Jocelyn Glazier’s research focuses on exploring the impact of experiential pedagogy on teacher and student learning, particularly with regard to minority populations. In a new project, Glazier is working with teachers in high-need districts to develop teacher collaboratives (TCs), spaces where teachers work with one another to study experiential teaching and learning in their own classrooms. In addition to honing practice, teachers in TCs learn together how to assess the impact of these approaches on their students and learn how to share their findings with colleagues and stakeholders, empowering both each other and their students in the process. Glazier’s hope is that TCs become the spaces that foster school transformation and halt the trend of teacher attrition in high-need schools.

Leigh A. Hall, Associate Professor, Education

Dr. Hall addresses issues relevant to adolescents’ literacy development and particularly those that have been labeled as having reading difficulties. Her work suggests that students with reading difficulties are interested in school, like to read, and are highly motivated to improve their reading abilities and to learn academic content. She believes an important factor in helping these students find success is to disrupt and reconfigure the educational experiences they receive. Her current project focuses on helping teachers engage in such practices and will document their experiences as they do so.

Jill B. Hamilton, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing

Dr. Hamilton’s research interests include health disparities, social and cultural factors that influence health, and the coping strategies used among older African-American cancer survivors and their families. She has developed measures of preferred coping strategies and spirituality, and is currently exploring the sociocultural factors that influence how older African-Americans use social support and religion/spirituality as mental health promoting strategies when there is a diagnosis of cancer. Hamilton is published on topics related to social support, religion and quality of life among African-American cancer survivors. She was a Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Cancer Scholar from 2003-2007 and is currently a Faculty Scholar at the Center for Spirituality, Theology & Health at Duke University. Hamilton was also the recipient of the 2011 Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Publishing’s Division Award for Excellence in Writing Qualitative Research.

Brian Hogan, Research Assistant Professor, Chemistry

Dr. Hogan is a research assistant professor in chemistry, the program where he received his Ph.D. in 2003. His research focuses on the development of the undergraduate biochemistry teaching and learning. Hogan engages students in the disciplines of biochemistry and molecular biology by teaching a wide variety of courses, spanning multiple disciplines, and leads several mentoring programs to prepare students for the future. He is the academic director for the Scholars’ Latino Initiative, a program dedicated to increasing access to Latino high school students, and is the founder and president of A Little Bit of Promise, a campus student group and nonprofit organization focusing on women’s literacy while also building schools in Guatemala. Hogan’s research focuses on increasing the number of Latino and Latina students graduating in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and STEM fields.

Shawn M. Kneipp, Associate Professor, School of Nursing

Dr. Kneipp conducts research of health disparities and social determinants of health. Most of this work has focused on health conditions and unmet needs of women in welfare-to-work programs in the United States, where symptoms associated with chronic health conditions pose significant barriers for women as they attempt to become economically self-sufficient. In 2010, Kneipp led a public health nursing case management intervention study with women in Florida that improved health and employment outcomes for women in a welfare-to-work program. In collaboration with community partners, her current projects focus on improving longer-term health and employment conditions using peer-mentored problem solving methods and examining the role of minor criminal offense charges as both barriers to self-sufficiency and social determinants of health.

W. Roger Mills-Koonce, Research Scientist, Center for Developmental Science

Dr. Mills-Koonce is the co-founder and co-director of the Family Diversity Research and Service Initiative (, a joint initiative between researchers and clinicians at UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University to expand the scope of research on issues faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons, as well as provide resources and information on community and mental health support services for LGBT individuals and family members. Much of Mills-Koonce and the FDRSI’s research focuses on include LGBT parent-headed households and the role of family processes in both protective and risk factors for the development of LGBT youth and young adults.

Linda Watson, Professor, School of Medicine

Dr. Watson’s area of scholarship is autism research, addressing issues of early development, early identification, factors impacting social-communication outcomes of children with autism, and social-communication interventions. The projects on which she collaborates offer opportunities for engagement with public school educators and administrators, parents of preschoolers with autism and of infants at-risk for autism, primary care providers, and early intervention policy makers and service providers. Linda hopes engaging effectively with these varied stakeholders will enhance the ultimate impact of her work in improving the lives of children with autism and their families. For the past two years, she has also been involved in a collaborative effort with stakeholders in Bolivia who have an interest in improving autism services, motivating her desire to develop better skills for engagement with international communities.

Ted Douglas Zoller, Associate Professor, Kenan-Flagler Business School

Professor Zoller is director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and associate professor of strategy and entrepreneurship at the Kenan-Flagler Business School where he teaches new ventures, business plan and enterprise development, and global venturing courses. Zoller is the founding instructor of Launching the Venture, a start-up creation program that has significantly increased the number of companies to spin off from UNC-Chapel Hill. His research focuses on entrepreneurial firm performance and social networking implications of entrepreneurial and venture deal making networks. He is an active entrepreneur as the founder of CommonWeal, LLC, a venture analytics firm and accelerator, and as an advisor on numerous boards including the Council for Entrepreneurial Development, Idea Fund Partners, Southeast TechInventures and Autism Society.