Interim Associate Dean and Director
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.
Director of Research Curricula
Anna Krome-Lukens is a Teaching Associate Professor in the Department of Public Policy in the College of Arts & Sciences, where she joined the faculty in 2014. Originally from Virginia, Dr. K-L received her BA in History and Anthropology from the University of Virginia and her PhD in History from UNC-Chapel Hill. Her research focuses on the the intersection of history and public policy. She is currently writing a book on the history of North Carolina’s eugenics and welfare programs during the early 20th century—a project that grew out of research she began as an undergraduate in a History course at UVA. As Director of Research Curricula, Dr. K-L is committed to integrating opportunities for research into the undergraduate experience so that all students can participate in the excitement of developing original knowledge.
Denise Carter is the Business Manager in the Office for Undergraduate Research. She has twenty years of expertise in Finance and Administration with Fortune 500 companies. Currently, she is accountable for the administrative, finance, and human resources with the Office for Undergraduate Research. Denise is a native of New York and has been in North Carolina for thirteen years.
In her spare time Denise can be found spending time with my family and friends. Denise also enjoys time at the beach, music, and sewing. These are the words that Denise lives by: “Speak with honesty, think with sincerity, and act with integrity.” “These words give you real freedom and you never have to look over your shoulder!”
With her “can do” attitude, Denise’s door is always open and she is available for a quick hello. Denise is happy to help wherever she can and will leave you with a smile on your face.
Evan Jones works as the graduate assistant at the Office for Undergraduate Research. When he’s not updating web pages, creating social media designs, or engaging with students online he studies abandoned buildings as communication spaces.
Evan holds a master’s degree from the University of Southern California in communication management. He has worked as an educational content developer, technologist, and media analyst for companies like Cisco and organizations like the Connected Learning Alliance, Common Sense Media, and the American Film Institute. If you speak Japanese or Arabic to him it will make his day.