Grogan College Faculty and Staff


John Sopper

Mr. John Sopper

John Sopper is Program Chair of Grogan Residential College. He completed an undergraduate degree in the Humanities at Brown University before getting a Masters’ in Religious Studies from Princeton. His abiding intellectual passion is to understand how religious ideas influence modern social life and how modern social developments influence religious thought and ethics. Since coming to UNCG, John has taught a variety of courses intended to help students think critically about important ethical issues and to develop deeper understanding and appreciation of religious and ethical ideas. On a more personal note, John lives in an old house in downtown Greensboro with his partner of 25 years and their 2 cats— Zia and Sojo. He enjoys gardening, hiking, good architecture, and drinking strong coffee.



Sarah Colonna

Dr. Sarah Colonna

With degrees in nursing, women’s and gender studies, and educational leadership, Sarah Colonna joined Grogan College in August 2015. She has worked in hospitals and outpatient clinics and taught at the community college and university levels. Working with Grogan College is a unique way to combine her nursing and educational experience. Her research interests include feminist thought and pedagogy, equity and diversity, leadership, and young adult literature. Sarah is a voracious basketball fan, goes to the beach whenever possible, has two spoiled mini dachshunds, and reads as much as she can.

A nurse and life-long forward thinker, Sarah enrolled in the WGS Master’s program in search of something. As a student in the first MA cohort for WGS, she established a foundation important to her present success. When people ask her, “What are you going to do with that degree?” she always responds, “What am I NOT going to do with this degree?!” She believes that the WGS MA program trained her to think critically and to consider everything. Sarah has also taught WGS 250: Introduction to Women’s Studies. In summer 2012, she developed an approach to the course centered on an exploration of the recent novel and film The Hunger Games



Love Crossling

Love Crossling

I’m a SPARTAN and a GROGANITE! Since 1997, I have worn the badge as a proud member of the UNCG Community. Not only have I been a student at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, but I have served UNCG in professional roles that include Instructor, Coordinator for Residential Learning, Academic Director, and Research Associate. Needless to say, it’s Spartan Pride all the way!

I have dedicated my entire professional/academic journey to understanding the needs of people. I earned a BA as a double major in Psychology and Communication Studies. I earned my MS from East Carolina in Marriage and Family Therapy out the School of Human Ecology. Finally, I returned to UNCG to earn a Doctorate in Cultural Studies with a concentration in Communication Studies out of the School of Education. I am genuinely interested in the way in which people establish identity and build community!

Currently I serve in the role of executive with the City of Greensboro, as the Director of the Human Relations Department, which is the human rights arm of local government. I also continue my work as an educator teaching both Interpersonal and Organizational communication to both traditional and non-traditional college populations.

My personal interests include Slam poetry, mixed media art, all things live music, and spending time with friends and family!



Larry Lavender

Dr. Larry Lavender

Professor of Dance and Faculty Fellow in the Lloyd International Honors College at UNC Greensboro. He holds an MFA in Dance from UC Irvine and a Ph.D. in Dance Education from New York University. Larry’s primary areas of research and teaching are choreography, improvisation, and performance art, critical animal studies in the arts, and creativity theories and practices. Larry has lectured and taught all over the United States and in many parts of the world, including Canada, Mexico, and New Zealand.
RCO 206: Seminar in the Creative Arts (GFA), spring 2018



Sheryl Lieb

Dr. Sheryl Lieb

I hold a Ph.D. in Educational Studies (Concentration in Cultural Studies) and a Master’s degree in Library Science & Information Studies, both from UNCG. My scholarly interests include philosophy of education, social justice education, academic writing, and narrative forms of research and writing. Specific to teaching at Grogan, I aim to provide students a space in which they can speak to their individual points of view, reflect on their learning processes (verbally and in writing), and creatively communicate them through special projects. In addition to teaching, I provide professional services as an academic content editor and writing consultant (essays, theses, dissertations, journal articles, and other scholarly materials). On the personal side, I maintain a steady Bikram yoga practice—90 minutes, in a room heated to 105 degrees! I also enjoy the outdoors, music, dancing, and meeting with friends in favorite coffee shops.



Meg Horton

Meg Horton

I received my Master’s Degree in Biology from UNCG in 1990. While a graduate student, I realized that in the University, you don’t have to choose between science and teaching—you can pursue both simultaneously. I have never seriously considered other employment since. I first taught in Ashby Residential College in Spring 2008 and in Grogan Residential College in Fall 2009. Teaching in the Residential Colleges has been a rewarding and productive experience. Not only do I have the opportunity to engage with fantastic students but in Ashby I have been able to explore different ways of teaching science to non-majors while in Grogan I have the chance to learn how to help science majors learn. In class, expect a mix of individual and group activities, projects, case studies, traditional lecture, and real world problems, but also be prepared for individual study because there is no other way to master scientific concepts.



Dale Schunk

Dr. Dale Schunk

Dr. Schunk’s research examines the effects of social and instructional factors on learning, motivation, and self-regulation. He teaches graduate courses in learning and motivation and undergraduate courses in learning and educational psychology. Author of textbooks on learning and motivation, he has published over 120 articles and chapters and has edited nine books. For 10 years he was Dean of the UNCG School of Education. His awards include the Senior Distinguished Research Scholar Award (UNCG School of Education), the Award for Outstanding Contributions (American Educational Research Association Studying and Self-Regulated Learning Special Interest Group), and inclusion in Who’s Who in America.



Caitlin Spencer

Caitlin Spencer

Caitlin Spencer holds an MFA in Choreography from UNCG, a BA in Dance and African American Studies from Oberlin College, and is currently a doctoral student in Educational Studies with a concentration in Cultural Studies and a student in the Women’s and Gender Studies post-Baccalaureate certificate program at UNCG. Caitlin teaches, researches, and creates work across disciplines and with a range of people, materials, sites, and media. Among current areas of interest: performance studies, critical legal studies, post structural feminism, sound studies, curriculum theory.