Faculty Mentoring

Faculty Mentoring

[This cohort is FULL!]

The Faculty Mentoring Program nurtures its members individually and collectively, in an academic atmosphere that supports teaching and research goals within a culture of interdisciplinary collegiality and collaboration. Early in the semester, participants are matched with a senior faculty member, and involved throughout the academic year in training and mentoring activities designed to focus on individual strengths and opportunities. Applications are issued during the spring semester for the following fall. This year’s cohort is FULL.

Susan Phillips, Ph.D.
   Communications Sciences and Disorders;
   Faculty Mentoring Fellow



2014-2015 Faculty Mentors


Dayna Touron, PSY
Dr. Dayna Touron specializes in cognitive functioning and performance in older and younger adults, including topics such as strategy use, skill acquisition, metacognition, and mind wandering. Dr. Touron earned her B.A. (1996) in Psychology from Maryville College. She received both her M.S. (1997) and Ph.D (2001) in Experimental Psychology from Syracuse University, and was an NIH Post-Doctoral Fellow (2001-2003) at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Prior to coming to UNCG, she was an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Appalachian State University (2003-2007). Dr. Touron and her husband live in Summerfield with their son Spencer (age 9) and daughter Daphne (age 3).

Janet Boseovski, PSY
Dr. Janet Boseovski is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology. Originally from Canada, she earned degrees from the University of Toronto, McGill University, and Queen’s University, and worked as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Wake Forest University prior to starting her position at UNCG in 2007. Her research interests center on children’s social judgments and decision making in early to late childhood.

Jenny Etnier, KIN
Dr. Jennifer Etnier's is a full professor in the Department of Kinesiology. Her research interests lie in the field of Exercise Psychology. Her primary research focus is in the area of physical activity and cognition. In particular, Dr. Etnier is interested in the potential benefits of physical activity for the slowing of age-related cognitive decline and for the prevention of dementia, for which she has been funded by NIH. Dr. Etnier's teaching interests include exercise psychology, sport psychology, health psychology, and psychosocial aspects of sport. She also enjoys teaching research statistics and research methods.

Laurie Wideman, KIN
Dr. Laurie Wideman's primary research area is exercise endocrinology, with a specific focus on hormones and cytokines that relate to metabolism and body composition alterations in response to acute and chronic exercise. Dr. Wideman is also interested in how individuals utilize physical activity throughout the lifespan to maintain health and wellness. Dr. Wideman has over 20 years of experience with collection of different biological specimens, exercise testing and body composition assessment. Dr. Wideman has established research collaborations within Kinesiology and across the UNCG campus.

Lynne Lewallen, NUR
Dr. Lynne Lewallen is a tenured professor in the School of Nursing, where she has taught in the baccalaureate, master’s and PhD programs. Originally from Maine, she has earned degrees from Duke University, UNCG, and UNC-Chapel Hill. Her research interests center around maternal health and nursing education. She is a Certified Nurse Educator and a Fellow in the Academy of Nursing Education.

Maria Lim, ART
Dr. Lim is an artist/researcher/educator. She is a practicing artist who often explores and examines various materials and objects to express understandings of her own experiences in different cultures and ideas. As a post-modern art educator, she believes that quality art education in an active and self-motivated learning environment facilitates the learning process. Dr. Lim also engages in community art education and outreach programs as a community mural project organizer and an art related volunteer. Her current research interest includes community art education, art-based research, creativity, interdisciplinary art education, visual culture, post-modern art education approach, diversity and globalization, and artistic learning process.

Marion O'Brien, HDF
Dr. O’Brien is a Professor Emerita in the Human Development & Family Studies at UNC-Greensboro. Her research interests include parenting, child care, and children's social and cognitive development.

Merlyn Griffiths, MEHT
Dr. Merlyn A. Griffiths is an Associate Professor of Marketing at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro in the Bryan School of Business and Economics. Her research focuses on two distinct areas of consumer behavior. The first stream centers on consumer-place bonding relationships. In this area, she examines consumer territoriality, place attachment, place dependence and sense of ownership. The second stream concentrates on tobacco consumption. She examines the use of the hookah water-pipe in smoking tobacco laced with sweeteners and flavorings, which masks the odor and taste typically associated with tobacco. Her work is published in the Wall Street Journal and top academic journals including the Journal of Public Policy and Marketing, Journal of Service Marketing, Journal of Consumer Affairs, Social Work and Public Health, Journal of Research for Consumers, Journal of Consumer Behaviour and Journal of Business and Industrial Marketing. Dr. Griffiths has taught numerous courses in marketing at the MBA and undergraduate levels including Principles of Marketing, Marketing Management, Brand Management and Consumer Behavior. She has received numerous awards including Journal of Service Research Best Paper Award 2012; UNCG Teaching Excellence Award 2012; Association for Consumer Research Best Film Award 2011; Southern Management Association Most Innovative Session Award 2011.

Omar Ali, ADS
Omar H. Ali is an Associate Professor in the African American & African Diaspora Studies Program. He is a historian of the African Diaspora who explores the Atlantic and Indian Ocean worlds from the early modern period to the present. A recipient of a Teaching Excellence Award in The College of Arts & Sciences, Ali is a Road Scholar for the North Carolina Humanities Council, and is on the advisory board of the Beyond Academics Program, serving students with intellectual disabilities at UNCG. Finally, he regularly leads professional development workshops for faculty and staff on using improvisation, performance, and play in the workplace. His latest book project is entitled Malik Ambar: Abyssinian Defender of India's Deccan, under contract with Oxford University Press. A graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science, he received his Ph.D. in History from Columbia University. He and his little family have been living in Greensboro since 2010.

Paul Silvia
Paul Silvia is an Associate Professor in the Psychology Department. He is particularly interested in writing and time management, and he wrote the book How to Write A Lot: A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing.

Silvia Bettez, ELCF
Dr. Silvia Cristina Bettez is an Associate Professor in the Educational Leadership & Cultural Foundations Department. She teaches graduate-level qualitative research and equity in education courses. Her scholarship centralizes social justice with a focus on fostering critical community building, teaching for social justice, and promoting equity through intercultural communication and engagement. She published a book titled But Don’t Call Me White: Mixed Race Women Exposing Nuances of Privilege and Oppression Politics (Sense Publishers, 2012).


2014-2015 Group Facilitators


Betsy Lindsey, SWK
Elizabeth (Betsy) W. Lindsey, MSW, PhD (University of Georgia), Professor of Social Work. Dr. Lindsey’s research has focused on homeless families and youth and evaluation of social service training programs. She joined the UNCG Department of Social Work in 1994 as one of the original faculty members who began the Joint Master of Social Work (JMSW) Program, a collaborative effort with NCA&TSU. She teaches research and field instruction seminar classes in that program. She served as Department Chair from 2008-2013 and coordinated the department’s International Educational Exchange Program with the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland, from 1994-2004. During her tenure at UNCG, she has had over $1,500,000 in external funding through her work with the N.C. Division of Social Services.

David Carlone, CST
David Carlone is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies. His research and teaching interests include organizational studies, management discourse, identity and subjectivity, communication theory, and social and cultural theory. David has been involved in the UNCG New Faculty Mentoring Program since its inception, both as a mentor and group facilitator.

James Benshoff, CED
Dr. James Benshoff is a professor in the Department of Counseling and Educational Development. His research interests include teaching and online teaching, group process and facilitation, and clinical supervision. He teaches leadership, group counseling and multicultural courses. He enjoys music and musical performance, yoga, cooking, hiking, photography and travel.

Susan Dennison, SWK
Susan Dennison has a MSW degree and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Social Work at UNCG where she has been on faculty for 20 years. She has an active teaching and research program at UNCG with external funding at both the state and foundation levels. Susan’s expertise, teaching, and research have focused on group work for the past 30 years resulting in nine books along with numerous articles. She ran a national group consulting company and presented at both national and international conferences on group work. Susan was an ongoing consultant and trainer for the UNCG Faculty Mentoring Program. Susan has come to believe that faculty mentoring programs can not only effectively retain minority faculty but change the entire culture of a university.