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How and Why Faculty Tenure Strengthens Carolina
Over the past year, faculty tenure at Carolina has made national headlines for all the wrong reasons. Panelists in this webinar will describe how the Carolina tenure process has historically worked and explain how and why faculty tenure strengthens Carolina.


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Dr. Lloyd Kramer - Panelist
Professor of History and Director of Carolina Public Humanities @University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Dr. Kramer has served two terms as chair of the History Department. His research, publications, and teaching focus mainly on Modern European History with an emphasis on nineteenth-century France and on transatlantic cultural exchanges. He is particularly interested in how cross-cultural interactions have shaped modern cultural identities, the experiences of international travel, and the emergence of modern nationalism. He also believes that historians and other humanists should be engaged with public service and public conversations about the humanities--especially when they have positions at public universities such as UNC.
Dr. Patricia Parker - Panelist
— Professor of Communication, Director of the Institute for the Arts and Humanities @University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Professor Parker’s research is community-based and focused on communication for social justice. Her work is driven by questions about discourses that influence whether and how people have the capacity to engage each other’s humanity to work toward positive social change. She is interested in understanding the communication processes that can block or fuel that capacity in a particular community or organization, especially where there is unequal power. Professor Parker is the author of two books and dozens of articles and book chapters exploring the intersections of race, gender, leadership, and power. She is also a scholar activist advancing social justice in variety of contexts. As the inaugural Director of Faculty Diversity Initiatives for the College of Arts and Sciences at UNC-Chapel Hill, she developed the Diversity Liaisons program, catalyzing a network of critically engaged faculty leaders working for equity and inclusive excellence in their respective departments.
Dr. Karin Pfennig - Panelist
Professor of Biology @University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Dr. Pfennig examines behavior’s role in the origins and distribution of biodiversity. She works with natural populations and uses a variety of approaches ranging from behavioral experiments to genetic and genomic analyses. She is currently interested in examine how gene exchange between species enables them to move into new habitats and rapidly adapt to changing or stressful environments.
Dr. Mimi Chapman - Moderator
Associate Dean for Doctoral Education @University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Mimi Chapman joined the faculty in 2001. Her research interests span child maltreatment and child and adolescent well-being, particularly among new immigrant families. She has developed arts-based interventions aimed at decreasing implicit and explicit bias among “high intensity professionals” such as public-school teachers and health care providers, work that has garnered media attention in outlets such as National Public Radio and the New York Times. Her global work in China used photovoice to understand mother’s experiences of in-country migration. She worked with Chinese colleagues to examine the re-emergence of social work and currently collaborates with colleagues to understand the perspectives of youth in the Galapagos Islands to inform interventions for risk behavior. Dr. Chapman is also Chair of the UNC Chapel Hill Faculty and Co-Founder of Coalition for Carolina.