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Dr. Pleasants has been working closely with students at Carolina for more than 12 years through teaching, coaching, and various forms of outreach and engagement. He received his BA in English, Masters in Teaching English, and PhD in Education from UNC-Chapel Hill and counts himself lucky to work at his alma mater. His past work and research has been about men and masculinity, violence prevention, student success, and teaching and learning. He has an adjunct appointment in Health Behavior at the Gillings School for Global Public Health, where he teaches “Critical Approaches to Service Learning.” He is always happy to meet with one-on-one with undergraduates to talk about their research interests and especially enjoys answering questions from first-generation students.

Dr. Pleasants is serving as the fall 2022 Associate Dean and Director of the Office for Undergraduate Research while Dr. Troy Blackburn is on research leave.