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Suzanne Leland


Suzanne Leland received her Ph.D. in public administration, American politics, and public policy from the University of Kansas in 1999. She directed the Gerald G. Fox Masters of Public Administration Program from 2012- 2016. Her research interests center on state and local government service delivery.

Taryne M. Mingo

Assistant Professor

Taryne Mingo, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of school counseling in the Department of Counseling at UNC Charlotte. Dr. Mingo has a professional background in elementary school counseling, racial identity development, and advocating for social justice across P-16 settings.

Tianca Crocker

Assistant Professor

Tianca Crocker is a social worker and applied researcher whose work focuses on increasing economic and social inclusion in an increasingly digital world. An assistant professor, Crocker also is a Fellow with the National Digital Inclusion Alliance and formerly served as a NTEN|Google Fiber Digital Inclusion Fellow at Austin Free-Net.

Tina L. Heafner

Professor, Director of the Ph.D. In Curriculum and Instruction, and 2019-2020 President of the National Council for the Social Studies

Tina L. Heafner, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Middle, Secondary, and K-12 Education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her administrative responsibilities include Directing the M.Ed. in Secondary Education and the Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction.

Tisha Greene

Assistant Dean for School and Community Partnerships

Tisha Greene, Ed.D., is the assistant dean for School and Community Partnerships in the Cato College of Education. She spent more than 17 years in the public school setting including nine years as a Title I elementary school principal, high school English teacher, secondary English resource teacher and district office school administrator. Greene '01. '04 M.A.

Vaughn Schmutz

Associate Professor

Vaughn Schmutz is an associate professor of sociology at UNC Charlotte. Among other things, he studies processes of classification, evaluation, and consecration, most often in the fields of music and world heritage. He is currently a co-editor-in-chief of Poetics: Journal of Empirical Research on Culture, Media, and the Arts.

Victoria E. Rankin


Victoria E. Rankin, Ph.D., is a sociology lecturer at UNC Charlotte. Dr. Rankin earned her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Virginia and specializes in equity in education, social inequality, parent engagement, and the sociology of education. Prior to joining UNC Charlotte in 2017, Dr.