Previous Faculty Fellows

  • Dr. Joya Carter Hicks

    Disability Fellow

    Dr. Hicks utilized the Universal Design for Learning Lab (UDLL) to assist Kennesaw State University (KSU) in fulfilling its commitment to provide equal access to curriculum and instruction for students with disabilities.

    • Dr. Roxanne Donovan

      Gender Fellow

      Dr. Donovan’s project provided a mentoring program for Faculty Women of Color (FWOC). Specifically, the project advanced diversity at KSU through the engagement of up to 20 FWOC in four empirically informed semester-long mentoring experiences (two per semester). The aims of the program, titled Women of Color Leadership and Advancement Program (LEAD for short), was to increase research productivity, connection, and well-being, all factors associated with career success, retention, and promotion of FWOC.

      • Dr. Daniel Farr

        GLBTIQ Fellow

        Dr. Farr proposed to develop training programs for new faculty/staff and admission counselors on topics of sexual orientation and gender identity/expression diversity, improving KSU’s score in the Campus Pride Index.

        • Dr. Kat Gray

          GLBTIQ Fellow

          Dr. Gray’s project aimed to create a sequence of classes (ENGL 1101/1102) that encouraged collaboration with, and considered thought towards, others who have not shared similar experiences of transcending identity politics, moving towards an understanding of intersectionality between identity and culture, as well as how identity choice – in a given rhetorical situation – could radically change message and reception.

          • Dr. Gail Markle

            Gender Fellow

            Dr. Markle conducted a study using focus groups with women students from the Marietta and Kennesaw campuses to develop a clear understanding of how women experience gender micro aggressions while at KSU.

            • Dr. Darlene Rodriguez

              Race and Ethnicity Fellow

              Dr. Rodriguez’s project used data and stakeholders to establish a Civic Engagement Academy (CEA) for increased immigrant orientation and integration to Georgia and the U.S. Her work helped to foster a welcoming, diverse, and inclusive environment by highlighting the struggle of ethnic/racial minorities to achieve equality and highlighted the work of immigrant-serving nonprofits in producing client-centered systemic change to achieve immigrant upward mobility and equality in Georgia.

              • Dr. Heidi Scherer

                Disability Fellow

                Dr. Scherer’s project focused on gaining a greater understanding of why persons with disabilities reported lower perceptions of campus climate. Scherer utilized qualitative and quantitative data to create a webinar that raised awareness of compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and provided participants with knowledge and resources regarding best practices related to disability for course instruction and materials and organizing campus events.

                • Dr. Seneca Vaught

                  Race and Ethnicity Fellow

                  Dr. Vaught’s project explored “best practices” for improving the campus climate by “center-ing” anti-racism at Kennesaw State University. He developed a series of case studies based on oral interviews and hosted three public workshops with campus and community stakeholders that interpreted local challenges using insights gleaned from the collected data.

                  • Dr. Roneisha Worthy

                    Sustainability Fellow

                    Dr. Worthy utilized the ecoPartner Program to reduce the ecological footprint of the campus and surrounding communities. The ecoPartner Program is a leadership driven approach to effecting positive change by training individuals from diverse backgrounds. Implementing a values based engagement model, this program uses an inquiry based learning approach to equip faculty, staff and students with the necessary tools to become change agents in their colleges, departments, dormitories, and/or student/social organizations. The training program is comprised of sessions that increase awareness, knowledge and skill sets associated with environmental sustainability.

                    • Dr. Pegah Zamani

                      Sustainability Fellow

                      Dr. Zamani focused on the critical role of architectural advocacy in generating and disseminating energy-efficient sustainable strategies for social and built environments. Seeking to bridge the gap between design theory and practice, Pegah conducted cross-disciplinary research and pedagogy through on-campus and community-based projects.

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