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Joanna Foland

Joanna Foland

Research Project Manager for TEAM ADVANCE
PHONE: 919-962-9975




Joanna Foland is the Research Project Manager for Targeting Equity in Access to Mentoring (TEAM) ADVANCE. The NSF-funded project promotes a culture of active, equitable, and effective faculty mentoring at Carolina. Joanna provides project management, data management, research administration, and graduate student supervision for the project. In addition, Joanna contributes to the project’s programmatic offerings, including the TEAM ADVANCE Faculty Mentor Training. She is a trained facilitator for CIMER’s Entering Mentoring curriculum, as well as a certified coach through Coach Training Alliance.

Joanna holds dual Bachelors of Arts in English and Communication from University of Kentucky, and a Master of Arts in Communication Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Academically, Joanna developed a deep understanding of rhetorical, cultural, and feminist theories. They have a particular interest in intersectionality, gender performativity, and trans and queer studies. They presented academic papers at national and regional conferences, including National Communication Association, Southern States Communication Association, and Southeastern Women’s Studies Association. Joanna’s teaching history includes introductory public speaking, rhetoric, and interpersonal communication, as well as specialized courses in gender, culture, and communication, and rhetoric of social movements. Joanna was awarded a 2016 Tanner Graduate Teaching Assistants Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

Currently, Joanna is working on projects to promote awareness and inclusion of trans and non-binary identities and experiences in professional settings. She has facilitated discussions about LGBTQ+ equity and inclusion, including a virtual presentation and in-person discussion group for the National Council of University Research Administrators’ Annual Meeting (August 2021). Joanna hopes to extend this work by building collaborative, generative relationships.

Joanna uses feminine (she/her) and neutral (they/them) pronouns interchangeably.