UNCG’s Keane and Wolf Named to All-SoCon Faculty and Staff Team

UNCG’s Keane and Wolf Named to All-SoCon Faculty and Staff Team

Complete All-Southern Conference Faculty and Staff Team

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Southern Conference (SoCon) named its All-Southern Conference Faculty and Staff Team on Wednesday, with two representatives from all 10 member schools being recognized by the league.

While the selections were up to each institution’s discretion, the recipients all shared the common characteristics of demonstrated service to the institution and contributions to campus life, and the local community. Faculty members selected have demonstrated strong contributions to teaching, research, and/or service, while staff members are being recognized for bringing out the best in others and creating conditions for success.

The faculty and staff recipients include: The Citadel’s Dr. Deirdre Ragan and Kester Melville; ETSU’s Dr. Don Good and Levi Smith; Furman’s Dr. John Harris and Hunter Reid; Mercer’s Dr. Caryn Seney and Katie Johnson; UNC Greensboro’s Dr. Susan Phillips Keane and Melinda Wolf; Samford’s Laura Promer and Doug Wilson; Chattanooga’s Dr. Michael D. Thompson and Will Watson; VMI’s Col. Tom Timmes and Sergeant Major Tom Sowers; Western Carolina’s Dr. Cyndy Caravelis and Brian Boyer; and Wofford’s Dr. Cecile Nowatka and Dr. James Stukes.

“The Southern Conference is proud to once again recognize outstanding faculty and staff members from each of our member institutions,” SoCon Commissioner Jim Schaus said. “They are all integral parts of each of their campuses and it’s our honor to commemorate their service. I look forward to meeting all of them at our recognition ceremonies throughout the next couple of months.”

The UNCG recipients will be recognized at the Spartan men’s basketball game versus The Citadel on Thursday, January 19. The game will begin at 7 p.m. at the Greensboro Coliseum.

Here is more about UNCG’s honorees:

Dr. Susan Phillips Keane, UNCG (faculty)
Dr. Susan Phillips Keane is a professor within the Department of Psychology at UNCG and has held major administrative roles within the department that directly impact student competency development for most of her career. Keane conducts research on mental health and health outcomes in children with early identified behavior problems and has served as principal investigator or co-investigator on federally and locally funded grants for 27 years. She also successfully secured federally funded clinical training grants continuously since 2002 which provide stipend support and community-based clinical training experiences for students. Keane was instrumental in establishing the UNCG Psychology Clinic as a resource for underserved populations and developed a summer camp program to foster social, communication and emotion regulation skills in children on the Autism Spectrum. She also instituted several initiatives to support graduate student retention and success including a pre-matriculation summer research initiative called Running Start and an Alumni Mentoring program for training grant recipients. To celebrate alumni success, she developed the Department’s Alumni Award program, which recognizes recent and distinguished alumni including those whose contributions directly impact North Carolina. Keane was recognized as UNCG’s Outstanding Faculty Mentor in 2019.

Melinda Wolf, UNCG (staff)
Melinda Wolf works as an administrative assistant in the UNCG Psychology Department and considers it an honor to work with the wonderful faculty, staff, and students on the beautiful UNCG campus. Wolf has been the Undergraduate and Graduate Administrative Assistant and is now the Business Services Coordinator. She worked previously in the EUC Reservations office and the HDFS Department at UNCG. She lives in Greensboro with her husband, Melvin, and their dog Ruby. She has three adult children and four wonderful grandchildren.

Courtesy of Denise Archetto
Assistant Athletic Director For Strategic Communications
UNC Greensboro