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Fellows of the IRC

The Fellows mission is to enhance and advance the academic experience and careers of the IRC students.  The Fellows are grouped in three categories: Morea, Professorial, and Community fellow.

Morea Fellows

Internationally recognized administrators and leaders who support the IRC and are willing to interact with residents.

  • Dr. Rosa Atkins, Superintendent Charlottesville City Schools
  • Ian Baucom, UVA Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences
  • Rita Dove, Commonwealth Professor, Creative Writing Program
  • Patricia Lampkin, UVA Vice President & Chief Student Affairs Officer
  • Stephen Mull, Vice Provost for Global Affairs
  • Larry Sabato, Director of the UVA Center of Politics
  • Ian Solomon, Dean of the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy
  • Brantly Womack, Professor of Politics
  • Carl Zeithaml, Dean of McIntire School of Commerce

Professorial Fellows

Honored UVA Professors willing to mentor a small set of IRC students (2nd or 3rd years, as coordinated by the Director of Studies) with informal meetings each semester.

  • Dorothe Bach, Associate Director & Professor, General Faculty, Center for Teaching Excellence
  • Silvia Blemker, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering
  • Brad Brown, Associate Professor of Commerce and Founding Fellow
  • Jack Chen, Associate Professor of Chinese Literature
  • Jenny Chiu, Associate Professor, Curry School of Education
  • David Edmunds, Track Director, Global Development Studies
  • Carmenita Higginbotham, Associate Professor American Art and Culture
  • Tom Horton, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science
  • Manuel Lerdau, Professor of Environmental Sciences
  • Eric Loth, Rolls Royce Professor of Engineering
  • Garrick Louis, Associate Professor, Department of Systems and Information Engineering
  • Jonah Schulhofer-Wohl, Department of Politics
  • Sandy Seidel,  Association Dean in the Undergraduate Advising Office in the College of Arts and Sciences
  • Sheetal Sekhri, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics
  • Mark Thomas, Professor of History and Economics

Community Fellows

Distinguished Leaders of the university and local area who create and design academic events for IRC students each year.

  • Michelle Ball, Assistant Director, University of Virginia Career Services
  • Christina Ball, Founder/Director Speak! Language Center
  • Cecil Banks, Associate Director of Major Events
  • Chris Elliot, Assistant Dean, Global Affirs; Director Center for Global Commerce
  • Melissa Goldman, Fabrication Facilities Manager, School of Architecture
  • Dreama Montrief Johnson, Associate Director, University of Virginia Career Center
  • Harriet Kuhr, Executive Director, International Rescue Committee
  • Emily Morrison, Executive Director, The Front Porch
  • Marga Odahowski, Speaker, Author, Lifestyle Strategist and former IRC Director of Studies
  • Sherry Olander, LMT, Licensed DEI Trainer & Consultant
  • Maureen Oswald - Volunteer Coordinator - UVa Hospital
  • Karen Painter, CAPS Care Manager
  • Jannatul Pramanik, MPH, Program Coordinator, Multicultural Student Services
  • Margo Smith, Director & Curator of the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum
  • Kala Sommerville, Executive Director, Computers4kids
  • Cherry Stewart- Charlottesville Schools
  • Yuri Urbanovich, Lecturer in BIS Program, School of Continuing and Professional Studies

Interested in Becomming a Fellow?

All of our fellows share one thing in common: they love engaging with students (frequently over a food!).  An ideal fellow enjoys forming reciprocal connections with students, where both fellows and students share their knowledge, experiences, and perspectives with each other.  Interested in becoming a fellow? Contact Jill Jones (jjn@virginia.edu).