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Special Panel Presentation

Tuesday, March 16, 2021 | 3:30 to 5:00 PM | Zoom

TEAM ADVANCE hosted a special panel presentation and discussion about supporting mid-career faculty.

Institutional data, findings from TEAM ADVANCE’s Mentoring Climate Survey, and feedback from department chairs all confirm that support for mid-career faculty is a critical need at UNC-Chapel Hill. Panelists shared brief presentations about the challenges facing mid-career faculty, especially women and BIPOC faculty, and covered best practices for mid-career mentoring and support. Q&A with the panelists followed the presentations.

The event was open to department chairs and faculty development specialists.


Dr. Kia Caldwell
Special Assistant to the Provost for TEAM ADVANCE
Co-Principal Investigator, TEAM ADVANCE

Professor, African, African American, and Diaspora Studies
College of Arts and Sciences
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Featured Panelists

Dr. Kathleen Caron
Department Chair and Professor, Cell Biology and Physiology
School of Medicine
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dr. Yvette Huet
Director, UNC-Charlotte ADVANCE Faculty Affairs and Diversity Office
Professor, Kinesiology
College of Health and Human Services
University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Dr. LeRhonda Manigault-Bryant
Professor, Africana Studies
Faculty Affiliate, Religion
Williams College


Panelist Biographies

Dr. Kathleen Caron is a Professor and Chair in the Department of Cell Biology & Physiology in the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill—one of the nation’s largest, interdisciplinary physiology departments, consistently ranked in the Top 10 in NIH funding. Prior to her role as Department Chair, Dr. Caron served as Assistant Dean for Research in the School of Medicine. Dr. Caron graduated from Emory University with a BS in Biology and a BA in Philosophy. For her graduate work, she trained with Dr. Keith L. Parker in the Department of Cell Biology at Duke University where she elucidated the role of steroidogenesis in regulating sexual determination and adrenal and gonadal development using genetic mouse models. To gain more experience in gene targeting approaches, Dr. Caron pursued her postdoctoral training in the laboratory of Nobel Laureate Dr. Oliver Smithies at UNC-CH, where she was the first to discover the essential role of adrenomedullin peptide for embryonic survival. Her laboratory currently uses sophisticated gene targeting approaches to model human disease in mice. With a special emphasis on vascular biology, the Caron laboratory has gained valuable insights into the genetic basis and pathophysiology of lymphatic vascular disease, preeclampsia and sex-dependent cardiovascular disease. Dr. Caron has received numerous awards including a Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award in the Biomedical Sciences, an Established Investigator Award and an Innovator Award from the American Heart Association, a Jefferson Pilot Award in Biomedical Sciences and a UNC-CH Mentoring Award. . She currently serves as Associate Editor for ACS-Pharmacology and Translational Science and holds multiple scientific advisory roles in academia, industry and the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Caron is an accomplished teacher and mentor, having served as an advisor to over 50 graduate, post-graduate and clinical trainees. She is highly regarded for her impassioned drive for excellence and approach to individualized mentoring and career advising, as recognized by her participation in numerous symposia and articles related to professional development. Dr. Caron is married to Michael Datto, MD/PhD, Director of Clinical Laboratories for Duke Health Care System. They enjoy spending quality family time with their two children, Nicholas and Sophia.

Dr. Yvette Huet is the Director for the UNC Charlotte ADVANCE Faculty Affairs and Diversity Office and a Professor of Kinesiology. Her research interests include women and faculty of color in the academy; the role of estrogen in immune function and liver disease; the effects of neonatal exposure to environmental estrogens on adult disease; and the roles of nitric oxide in early pregnancy.  Dr. Huet earned her B.S. in Human Biology: Microbiology from the University of Kansas; her Ph.D. (with Honors) in physiology from the University of Kansas Medical Center; and had a Postdoctoral Fellowship with Monsanto Company in Missouri. Her honors include a National Science Foundation Minority Graduate Fellowship and a Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship for Minorities. She has served in many other leadership roles at UNC Charlotte, including as Coordinator of faculty development, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and Interim Chair, Kinesiology.

Dr. LeRhonda S. Manigault-Bryant is Professor of Africana Studies at Williams College, where she formerly served as Associate Dean of the Faculty, and founder of ConjureGirlBlue Productions. A proud native of Moncks Corner, South Carolina, Rhon navigates the academy as a scholar-artist, where she merges her life as a thinker, musician and filmmaker. She is the author of multiple academic books, public-facing writing, and films including Talking to the Dead: Religion, Music, and Lived Memory among Gullah/Geechee Women (2014) and the award-winning documentary short “death. everything. nothing” (2020).