The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is pleased to announce the 2021-2023 Carolina Postgraduate Program for Faculty Diversity (CPPFD) Fellows.
Fellows began their appointments on July 1, and as program participants each receives a two-year paid postdoctoral position in their department. Fellows work closely with a faculty member in their respective disciplines. The program provides additional funding for research as well as professional development and networking opportunities.
Since 1983, the Carolina Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity (CPPFD) has recruited, developed and supported researchers from under-represented demographic groups. It is one of the oldest postdoctoral diversity programs in the country.
In July, the program received an Inspiring Programs in STEM award from OVERVIEW of diversity magazine, the oldest and largest magazine and website on diversity in higher education today. This award follows the 2016 University Diversity Award and the 2014 recognition of the National Academies Report for Diversity Pipeline “Best Practices”.
Sibby Anderson-Thompkins guided the program to such success for 10 years. She is now Head of Diversity at Sewanee: University of the South. More recently, the leadership of the CPPFD has now passed to Vice-Chancellor for Research Terry Magnuson and Associate Vice-Chancellor for Research Joyce Tan.
“For over 30 years, the CPPFD has been an invaluable program to identify and train talented academic researchers from diverse backgrounds to prepare for faculty positions,” said Tan. “As we look to the future, we are committed to continuing and expanding this signature program to continue to diversify Carolina’s faculty and help develop talented and diverse academics for academic careers. “
Including the six 2021 fellows, there were 204 CPPFD fellows. Of these, 69 have become professors at UNC. The university hired four this year. Karen Sheffield-Abdullah is an assistant professor in the School of Nursing; Ana Maria Silva Campo is an assistant professor in the history department of the College of Arts and Sciences; Deshira Wallace is an assistant professor at the Gillings School of Global Public Health; and Teshane Williams is an assistant professor at the School of Government.
Forty-six academic institutions have hired other scholarship recipients. This year, Columbia Law School hired Kerrel Murray.
The 2021-2023 CPPFD scholarship holders are:
Kayla Fike’s research focuses on the legacies of racial and classified inequalities in urban communities, such as communal violence, interpersonal racial discrimination, and public narratives of urban neighborhoods. Through her scholarship, she aims to highlight the ways in which black and brown youth face interpersonal and systemic discrimination and rely on their resources and skills to thrive. In her most recent research, she examines potential contributing factors to young black adults living in urban settings of the quality of their neighborhoods, with particular attention to the role of gender.
Fike holds a doctorate in psychology and in women and gender studies from the University of Michigan.
Tamera Hughes seeks to address health care disparities affecting medically vulnerable and underserved communities in pharmacy practice. She is motivated by over 10 years of experience in various academic projects that began while she was an undergraduate researcher in the Jackson Heart Study. She is also a Practice Transformation Coach with Flip the Pharmacy, a new pharmacy-practice initiative focused on improving the delivery of community pharmacy health care services.
Hughes holds a doctorate from Mercer University College of Pharmacy.
Edem Klobodu is largely interested in the role and nature of marketing to the most disadvantaged. He studies the impacts, design and deployment of mobile money loans among the low-income population who historically did not have access to formal finance. Additionally, her research explores the links between mobile money lending and temptation products. During the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, he studied consumer responses to blockages using Ghana’s big data. His work mainly uses causal or quasi-experimental descriptive methods to study consumption among the poor.
Klobodu holds a PhD in Marketing from the University of Texas at San Antonio.
Patrece Joseph uses community-based methods to improve the health of adolescents in marginalized communities. She is interested in adolescent health beliefs, decision-making skills and health-related behaviors. She is also passionate about the design, implementation and dissemination of interventions that take into account the development trajectories and contexts of adolescents and build on their strengths.
Joseph holds a PhD in Child Studies and Human Development from Tufts University.
Jamilläh Rodriguez’s projects focus on endangered and under-studied languages and include work on Copala Triqui, Malawian CiTonga, Ch’ol, and Brazilian Portuguese. It combines computational, experimental and statistical methodologies that enhance traditional linguistic fieldwork, especially with under-studied and endangered languages. It values collaboration and interdisciplinary work to fill gaps that may go unnoticed in the same discipline.
Rodriguez holds a doctorate in linguistic anthropology from the State University of New York at Albany.
Earnest Taylor will use human joint tissue cells and in vivo experiments to study cell signaling pathways that regulate the anabolic and catabolic activity responsible for osteoarthritis. He hopes to identify phosphoproteins associated with oxidative stress that occurs with aging and joint damage that can alter the activity of various signaling pathways.
Taylor holds a PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Mercer University.