The Office of Undergraduate Education
The Office of Undergraduate Education is part of the dean’s Office of Arts and Sciences. The people in the office constantly ask themselves: Is this in the best interest of the undergraduate student? They focus on curriculum, teaching, undergraduate research, holistic student support, and leadership.
Abigail PanterSenior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education
Dr. Abigail Panter (B.A., Wellesley College, 1985; Ph.D., New York University, 1989) is the Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education and a professor of psychology in the L. L. Thurstone Psychometric Laboratory at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is past president of the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Division on Quantitative and Qualitative Psychology. She serves as a program evaluator for UNC’s Chancellor’s Science Scholars Program, a multisite adaptation of the successful Meyerhoff Program. Panter has been the principal investigator on several grants, including The Finish Line Project – a $3 million First in the World grant from the U.S. Department of Education that systematically investigates new supports and academic initiatives, especially for first-generation college students. She is co-editor of the three volume set, APA Handbook on Research Methods and Statistics (2023, second edition). Her other books include The APA Dictionary of Terms in Statistics and Research Methods (2013), The APA Handbook of Research Methods in Psychology (2012), The Handbook of Ethics in Quantitative Methodology (2011), The Sage Handbook of Methods in Social Psychology (2004), as well as volumes on program evaluation for HIV/AIDS multisite projects.
Troy BlackburnAssociate Dean for Undergraduate Research
Assistant Chair, Exercise & Sport Science
Troy Blackburn (BA, UNC-Chapel Hill, 1998; MS, University of Pittsburgh, 2000; PhD, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2004) has served as the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Research since 2016. In this role he provides oversight for the development and implementation of programming designed to facilitate undergraduate students’ ability to navigate the Carolina research community. He also plays an active role in encouraging and facilitating engagement in undergraduate research across campus and beyond through events such as University Research Week, and as a mentor for undergraduate researchers.
Blackburn also serves as the Assistant Chair in the Department of Exercise & Sport Science where he teaches courses on neuromuscular control and is an active researcher in the MOTION Science Institute. His primary research interests are in neuromuscular and biomechanical contributors to orthopaedic injury and disease. His current research focus is on neuromechanical factors that influence knee joint stability and development of knee osteoarthritis, and he is the Principal Investigator for a clinical trial supported by the US Department of Defense titled “The effects of vibration on indicators of post-traumatic knee osteoarthritis risk following anterior cruciate ligament injury”. He was the recipient of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Research and Education Foundation David H. Perrin Outstanding Dissertation Award (2007) and Freddie H. Fu New Investigator Award (2009), and the American College of Sports Medicine Biomechanics Interest Group Career Achievement Award (2022), and is a fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association.
Marcus CollinsAssociate Dean of the Center for Student Success
Marcus Collins (BS, Pembroke State University, 1996; MS, University of North Carolina at Pembroke, 2001; Ed.D, North Carolina State University, 2015) has served as the Associate Dean of the Center for Student Success since 2016, after serving in an interim role for the academic year 2015. He came to UNC in the fall of 2001 to serve as the Assistant Dean within the unit. In his role he provides administrative oversight for all units within CFSS which includes the Summer Bridge program, Peer Mentoring, Carolina Firsts (First-Generation Students), Transfer Student Services and the UNC Writing and Learning Centers. Dr. Collins has also served as the interim director of the UNC American Indian Center during 2011-12 and most recently 2021-22. He serves on various advisory boards and committees for the university and is involved with major fundraising efforts within his unit and the College of Arts and Sciences. While his work focuses mostly on administrative tasks, he thoroughly enjoys advising, supporting, and mentoring students. He has been recognized for his advising efforts as a two-time recipient of the Class of 1996 Excellence in Advising Award from the Academic Advising department, and the Carolina Indian Circle (CIC) Circle Award from the undergraduate student organization. Most recently he was inducted into the Order of the Golden Fleece in 2018. Dr. Collins is a proud citizen of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina.
Kelly HoganAssociate Dean of the Office of Instructional Innovation
STEM Teaching Professor of Biology
Director of the University's Quality Enhancement Plan associated with SACSCOC accreditation
Kelly Hogan, PhD, is the Associate Dean of the Office of Instructional Innovation, a STEM Teaching Professor of Biology, and Director of the University’s Quality Enhancement Plan associated with SACSCOC accreditation.
By demonstrating the effectiveness of her methods in large lecture classes, her work has received national attention in publications such as The New York Times, The Atlantic and Insight Diversity.
Hogan works with many of Carolina’s faculty to help them re-imagine their teaching and she has also shared her techniques with educators from institutions across the state and nation and has published a book with colleague Viji Sathy, Inclusive Teaching, Strategies for Promoting Equity in the Classroom. She has been a driver of institutional reform within STEM to help more students succeed in science courses through high structure, active learning and emphasizes that evaluating effective teaching is equally as important to STEM reform. She has also been recognized by her students through 11 different campus, state and national awards for teaching, mentoring and advising. Hogan’s teaching has also impacted a student audience far beyond those in her UNC-Chapel Hill classes. As the co-author of several biology textbooks (Campbell Biology’s Concepts and Connections and Essential Biology), Hogan has reached hundreds of thousands of students globally. Hogan was the commencement speaker for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2015. Hogan completed her undergraduate degree in biology at The College of New Jersey in Ewing, New Jersey (B.S. 1996) and earned her doctorate from UNC-Chapel Hill (Ph.D. 2001).
Li-Ling HsiaoAssociate Dean and Director of First-Year Curricula
Associate professor of Chinese language and literature
Dr. Li-ling Hsiao serves as the Associate Dean and Director of First-Year Curricula and is associate professor of Chinese language and literature at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Her research encompasses literature, art, guqin music, history, and printing. She has published a book titled The Eternal Present of the Past: Illustration, Theatre, and Reading in the Wanli Period, 1573-1619 (Brill, 2007), and co-authored a book with Marinas Vlessas titled Xue Tao: Poet, Papermaker and Courtesan in China in 800 A.D. (Athens: Aiora Books, 2014). She has completed a draft of a manuscript: To Know or Not to Know through Music: Guqin Musicking Scenes in Yuan and Ming Drama. She is currently working on another book project titled It’s Silent yet Musical: The Ontology of Guqin Music in Arts and Literature. She came from a family of four generations of puppeteers and plays a Chinese instrument guqin.
Andrew LakisExecutive Director, Robertson Scholars Leadership Program
Andrew Lakis joined the Robertson Scholars Leadership Program as Executive Director in March 2021. In 2004, Andrew joined Teach For America as a teacher at Friendship Public Charter School in Washington, D.C. A native of North Carolina, he worked as an instructional coach in Durham Public Schools and served in multiple leadership roles within Teach For America over the past decade. From 2015 to 2021, Andrew led Teach For America’s largest rural region, working with his team to recruit, train and support over 400 new teachers and partner with almost 1,000 alumni leaders working toward educational equity across eastern North Carolina. During his tenure as executive director, he also oversaw the launch of Teach For America’s first rural regional summer teaching institute, Eastern NC Residency, and the redesign of Teach For America-Eastern North Carolina’s leadership development program. Andrew received his BA in History from Duke University, where he was a Trinity Scholar, and his Masters in Elementary Education from American University.
Andrew is committed to strengthening community, expanding access for youth and addressing inequity. He currently serves on the PAVE Southeast Raleigh Charter School board, the North Carolina Education Human Capital Roundtable and is a member of the Racial Equity Institute’s Groundwater Leadership Basecamp. Formerly, he served as the chair of the Educator Preparation Program Accountability subcommittee as a member of North Carolina’s Professional Educator Preparation and Standards Commission. Andrew and his wife, Kristen, live in Durham with their two sons, Abe and Sam.
James LeloudisProfessor of History
Peter T. Grauer Associate Dean for Honors Carolina
Director of the James M. Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence
Dean Leloudis provides overall leadership for Honors Carolina and the Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence. He is an award-winning professor of History whose teaching and research focus on late-19th and 20th-century America. Dean Leloudis graduated from Carolina in History with highest honors, and then earned a master’s degree at Northwestern University and a PhD from Carolina.
Cary LevineAssociate Professor, Contemporary Art History
Associate Dean and Director of Ideas, Information, and Inquiry Curriculum
Cary Levine specializes in contemporary art. He received his Ph.D. from the Graduate Center, City University of New York, and was a recipient of a J. Paul Getty Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. His first book, Pay for Your Pleasures: Mike Kelley, Paul McCarthy, Raymond Pettibon (University of Chicago Press, 2013) examines the work of these artists in terms of post-60s politics, popular culture, mass media, and strategies of the grotesque. Levine’s current research focuses on the intersections of art, politics, and technology. He is currently working (with Philip Glahn) on a major study of Mobile Image, one of the most significant telecommunications art collectives of the contemporary era. He was a 2020 recipient of the Art Journal Award, given to the most distinguished contribution published in Art Journal during the previous year, and a 2014 recipient of the Phillip and Ruth Hettleman Prize for Scholarly Achievement at UNC. In addition to his research and teaching, Levine has lectured widely, both nationally and internationally, has written criticism for magazines such as Art in America, The Brooklyn Rail, and BOMB, and has published numerous catalogue essays. He also worked for three years in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Meredith PetschauerTeaching Professor, Exercise and Sport Science
Meredith Petschauer, PhD, LAT, ATC is a Teaching Professor in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science.
Dr. Petschauer received her PhD from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro in Biomechanics, her Master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Athletic Training and her bachelor’s degree from The College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio.
Dr. Petschauer, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Curricula, teaches Biomechanics, Emergency Care of Injuries and Illness, Advanced Orthopedic Assessment and Functional Anatomy. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she is the Director of the Undergraduate Research for EXSS and serves as the Head Athletic Trainer for the Women’s Volleyball team. As an athletic trainer she has worked with the field hockey and women’s gymnastics teams during her time at UNC. Her research interests include prehospital care of the cervical spine injured athlete specifically considering lacrosse and ice hockey equipment and emergency care of the equipment laden athlete.
Chloē RussellAssociate Dean for Advising
Chloē Russell is the Associate Dean for Advising in the Office of Undergraduate Education. Previously, she served as special assistant dean for hub initiatives and the five years prior as an assistant dean for academic advising. Chloē has served UNC students in advising since 2008 and among her numerous accomplishments, she provided the strategic vision for the Hardin Hub for Career & Academic Advising –coordinating the initial design, construction, marketing and hiring of staff for the office, with the ultimate goal of offering streamlined, holistic and individualized support for our Tar Heels. As the associate dean, she is leading the design and launch of additional hubs modeled after the Hardin Hub, working closely with administrative leaders in the College of Arts & Sciences, Student Affairs, Undergraduate Admissions, Scholarships & Student Aid, the University Registrar, and the graduate and professional schools. A Tar Heel alumna, Chloē graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication and received a master’s in education from UNC-Greensboro in 2012. She has been recognized for several campus and national advising awards, the University’s Outstanding Encouragement of Learning and Development Award in 2020 and was also inducted in 2021 into the Order of the Golden Fleece, the oldest and highest honorary society at UNC, for her commitment to strengthening student support.
Viji SathyAssociate Dean for Evaluation and Assessment
Director, Townsend Program for Education Research
Dr. Viji Sathy is a Professor of the Practice in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, Associate Dean for Evaluation and Assessment, Director of the Townsend Program for Education Research, and Director of the Academic Leadership Program at the Institute for Arts & Humanities. She is a national expert on inclusive teaching, speaking and writing widely on the topic and co-founder of inclusifiED.com. Her research involves evaluating the impact of innovative teaching techniques as well as retention in STEM and directs evaluations of educational programs and curricula. She teaches undergraduate quantitative courses as course-based research experiences: statistics and research methodology, as well as maker courses. She is the recipient of numerous teaching awards, including the campus’ Student’s choice for Best Professor at UNC and recently, The Society for The Teaching of Psychology (APA Division 2) Awardee for Promoting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Prior to her current position at UNC, she worked at the College Board conducting research on the SATs and non-cognitive predictors of college success. She completed her undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC (B.S.1996) and her doctorate in psychometrics from UNC-Chapel Hill (Ph.D. 2003). She was born in India but grew up in a small town in NC and is a proud recipient of public education (K-PhD) in NC.
Nick SiedentopCurriculum Director in the Office of Undergraduate Curricula
Nick Siedentop is the Curriculum Director in the Office of Undergraduate Curricula. He received a Bachelor of Music degree in clarinet performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester. Prior to coming to Carolina, he served as Assistant Dean at the Aspen Music Festival and School. At UNC, Nick worked in the Office of the University Registrar before moving to the Office of Undergraduate Curricula in 2009. As Curriculum Director, he has spearheaded efforts to modernize and digitize the University’s curriculum processes, including the introduction of the online Academic Catalog, Curriculum Inventory Management system, and the transfer course re-evaluation process. In his role as curriculum director, he currently leads the implementation team for UNC’s new general education curriculum, IDEAs in Action.