Faculty

Sara Littlejohn

Dr. Sara Littlejohn

Program Chair, Ashby College & Strong College

sjlittle@uncg.edu
336.334.5915
Sara Littlejohn is the Program Chair of Ashby College and Strong College at University of North Carolina Greensboro. Her research interests include digital language and literacy, rhetoric, terrestrial and online writing center theory, and composition theory. In her spare time she hangs on her front porch stairs with her cat Mycroft.

Christine Flood

Dr. Christine Flood

Associate Program Chair, Ashby College

crflood@uncg.edu
336.334.5915
Christine Flood has been teaching at UNCG since the last century, which is a much more exciting way to say 1999. She primarily teaches United States History, including seminars on the Supreme Court, historical films, and the Civil Rights Movement, and every so often a seminar on the Atlantic World. A graduate of the University of Maryland and UNCG, she recently completed her dissertation, tentatively titled “The Arbiters of Compromise: Sectionalism, Unionism, and Secessionism in Maryland and North Carolina.” She is married and has two boys, who quickly bore of her endless discussions on arcane yet fascinating historical subjects.

John Sopper

John Sopper

Program Chair, Grogan College

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.

Will Dodson

Dr. Will Dodson

Residential College Coordinator

wjdodson@uncg.edu
336.334.4373
Will Dodson has been the Ashby Residential College Coordinator since 2011. He teaches rhetoric & composition, literature, and media studies courses. His research interests include neuroscience and interactionism, film and new media, feminism, and literary theory. His dream is to one day dream.

Anne Barton

Anne Barton

Associate Program Chair, Strong College

acbarton@uncg.edu
336.334.1325
Anne Barton has been teaching history courses at UNCG since 1999, and she has taught a wide variety of courses in European history including Western Civilization, Medieval Legacy, Women and the Family in the Middle Ages, and Europe Since 1920.  Mrs. Barton studied French Literature (B.A.) and Medieval History (M.A.) at the University of California at Santa Barbara, and her particular fields of interest are monastic women and women and gender in the later medieval period.  She currently works and teaches in Strong Residential College and teaches such courses as Pre-Modern Cities and the Strong Core capstone there.  Mrs. Barton lives in Greensboro with her husband and teenaged daughter.

Instructor Profiles

Jay Lennartson

Dr. Jay Lennartson

Jay Lennartson received his B.A. in Earth Science from Southern Connecticut State University in 1980, an M.S. in Atmospheric Science from the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee in 1988, and a Ph.D. in Climatology from UW-Milwaukee in 1997. He has been a member of the Geography faculty at UNCG since 1997. He is currently a Senior Lecturer and Director of Undergraduate Studies fro the Geography Department at UNCG, as well as Co-Director of the Integrated Science Major at UNCG, and is also actively engaged in the environmental studies program at UNCG. He conducts research in the areas of human environment relations, air pollution meteorology, and aviation meteorology. He teaches coursework in most areas of physical geography and the geosciences, but specializes in earth-systems science and weather and climate. His passions include, teaching Warren Ashby students (his favorite students in the whole wide world) about physical science and environmental issues, leading cohorts of UNCG students on study abroad trips to Southeast Asia, Europe, and (eventually) South America; and flying his plane to exotic destinations.

Matt McNees

Dr. Matt McNees

Matt McNees has a PhD in literature but has since generalized his scholarly efforts to include philosophy, history, literature and culture in an attempt to better ask meaningful questions about and propose worthwhile changes in our culture. All of his courses–from writing and composition to postcolonial and capital literature–rigorously examine the status quo. He hopes that his teaching methods both 1) demand intellectual habits that must stem from thoughtful reading, research and ethical self-examination as well as 2) create a space for students’ burning questions about reality.

Larry Lavender

Dr. Larry Lavender

Larry Lavender 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 in dance criticism and choreography. His book, Dancers Talking Dance: Critical Evaluation in the Choreography Class (1996), is used in dance departments worldwide. Larry has presented and taught all over the United States as well as in Great Britain, Mexico, Portugal, and New Zealand.

Ben Ramsey

Dr. Ben Ramsey

Bennett Ramsey is a faculty member in the Department of Religious Studies. Professor Ramsey has been teaching at UNCG since 1993 and also has taught at Emory University and Hamilton College. He received his PhD from Union Theological Seminary/Columbia University. He has previously served as the Director of Ashby Residential College. Dr. Ramsey’s scholarly and research interests and publications are in the areas of religious and social ethics. His current research focus is on the ethics and ethos of sustainable life.

Christina Murrell

Christina Murrell

Christina Murrell is a UNCG alum and worked for Ashby College while completing her graduate work. Her academic interests include early American literature, children’s literature, rhetoric, and writing composition. When she is not studying, Christina enjoys hiking, crocheting, and watching movies with her cat Zeva.
She is excited to be back at Ashby and can’t wait to see what the semester has in store!

Sarah Colonna

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.

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!

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.

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.

Jaclyn Gitlis

Jaclyn Gitlis

Jaclyn Gitlis graduated with a BS in Education with a concentration in Mathematics from Bradley University. Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago and coming from a blended family, she was exposed to many cultures and lifestyles, and developed a deep appreciation for diversity. It was from her personal experiences that she wanted to teach in a Title I school district, and to inspire her students to love both mathematics and education. Having proudly taught in the WSFCS school system, she decided it was time to further her own education. Jaclyn is currently a graduate student at UNCG pursuing a Master’s degree in Sociology with a concentration in Criminology. With her background in education, she plans to study effects of socioeconomic factors on adolescent development in close relation to academic achievement.

Brittany Hedrick

Brittany Hedrick

Brittany Hedrick is a second-year master’s student in the history department at UNC Greensboro. She received her B.A. in history from UNCG in 2016. Her research interests include culture and race in twentieth-century America, World War II, and Holocaust studies. She currently works as an Oral History Researcher in Special Collections and University Archives at UNC Greensboro. In her spare time, Brittany enjoys spending time with her dog Luna and training in the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Margaret Hood

Margaret Hood

Margaret Hood received her B.S. in Marine Biology from Auburn University., following by her M.S. in Biology from UNCG. She is the anatomy lab coordinator, and she teaches introductory biology courses for both majors and non-majors, as well as physiology and anatomy labs. She has been an academic advisor for the College of Arts & Sciences since 2006.

Laura Pipe

Dr. Laura Pipe

Laura Pipe directs the Teaching Innovations Office implementing pan-university faculty development initiatives. Throughout her career, Laura has developed academically enriched programs that promote integrated learning, teaching innovations and faculty collaboration. Her expertise is in integrated and applied learning, and she serves on the editorial board of the Journal for Learning Communities Research and Practice. Laura completed her B.S. in Journalism (Texas Christian University), her M.S. in Higher Postsecondary Education (Syracuse University), and recently completed her PhD in Kinesiology (UNCG). Her scholarly and teaching interests focus on action sports (bicycle motocross, skateboarding, stock car racing), and center on the construction and regulation of public and private space. Laura’s research continues to have exciting resonance with her philosophies in interdisciplinary and application-based learning.

Ben Peterson

Ben Peterson

Ben Peterson is the coordinator of faculty programs and services for the Teaching Innovations Office in the UTLC. He holds a B.A. in political science and economics from UNC-Chapel Hill and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Michigan. His research has focused on seriousness and playfulness as dispositions of citizens, and he is particularly interested in the recent phenomenon of “gamification” – the attempt to use game elements to enhance non-game activities. He is passionate about the interaction between curriculum design and the compelling form of engagement that is offered by games. His research and teaching interests are guided by a concern with student motivation and reflective learning, which he believes is central to the development of thoughtful citizens.

Amy Brown

Amy Brown

Amy Brown is the Assistant Director of Technology Enhanced Pedagogy working directly with UNCG faculty members to assist them to use instructional technology in pedagogically-sound ways to move instruction forward. Amy completed her B.A. in Speech Communications (UNCG), her M.A. in Communication (University of Memphis) and Post-Master’s Certificate in Web-Based Learning (Appalachian State). She is working on her M.S. in Instructional Technology (ECU). Her interests include collaborative learning, social constructivism, and learning analytics to find insight into student interactions in online environments.