UNCG is recognizing the contributions of outstanding faculty who embody the teacher-scholar model with nine endowed professorship appointments across academic disciplines.

These termed appointments, which include a stipend and research funding, are awarded to UNCG professors who demonstrate excellence in teaching and scholarship, and who serve as mentors for other faculty and the campus community as a whole.

“These nine appointments really speak to the stature of the university and the excellence here,” said Provost Dana Dunn. “They also demonstrate the philanthropic support that we continue to gratefully receive from our alumni and friends. I congratulate the recipients and look forward to their contributions to not only the university community, but to their respective fields.”

Learn more about these distinguished professors in the list below.

Dr. Cheryl C. Nakata, Joseph M. Bryan Professor of Innovation 

A professor in the Department of Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality, and Tourism, Nakata’s research and teaching interests include innovation, culture, strategy and the social and global impact of businesses. Her research has garnered awards from the American Marketing Association and the Academy of Marketing Science.

Dr. Nadja B. Cech and Dr. Nicholas Oberlies, Patricia A. Sullivan Distinguished Professors of Chemistry

Both faculty in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Cech and Oberlies have built a nationally recognized hub for natural products research at UNCG. The two currently serve as co-directors of the Medicinal Chemistry Collaborative, an interdisciplinary network of scientists working to apply research to develop effective therapeutics for cancer and infectious disease.

Dr. Tara T. Green, Linda Arnold Carlisle Distinguished Professor for Women’s and Gender Studies

Green, a professor in the African American and African Diaspora Studies Program who also holds a cross appointment in Women’s and Gender Studies, focuses her research on African American autobiographies, 20th century novels, gender studies, black Southern studies, African literature and the U.S. black diaspora. She has presented her research in England, the Caribbean and Africa.

Dr. Ellen D. Haskell, Herman and Zelda Bernard Distinguished Scholar of Jewish Studies  

Haskell, a professor in the Department of Religious Studies, brings groundbreaking approaches to Jewish Studies in her work on theology, culture and gender. Her research productivity includes an invited book chapter that will soon be published by Oxford University Press along with contributions from an international group of scholars.

Dr. Heidi Carlone, Jennifer Smith Hooks and Jacob T. Hooks Distinguished Professor in STEM Education

Carlone, a professor of science education in the Department of Teacher Education and Higher Education, is a teacher educator and educational researcher who works to make science and engineering pathways more accessible and equitable for historically underserved and underrepresented populations.

Dr. Gay Ivey, William E. Moran Distinguished Professor in Literacy

A professor in the Department of Teacher Education and Higher Education, Ivy conducts research on what engagement in reading means for the literate, academic, emotional and relational lives of children and adolescents.

Dr. Ratchneewan Ross, Cone Health Distinguished Professor

Ross’ research and scholarship is focused on women’s health issues, HIV/AIDS stigma, nursing education, partner violence and mental health. A professor in the Department of Family and Community Nursing, she teaches nursing theory, women’s health and research methods.

Dr. Kelly D. Stamp, Eloise R. Lewis Excellence Professor

Stamp joined UNCG in August as the chair of the Department of Family and Community Nursing. Previously, she was a faculty member at Boston College. She is certified as an adult nurse practitioner and heart failure nurse.