UNC Charlotte Main Entrance


We are excited to announce and introduce our 2017 Fellows!

Dan Castilow is a PhD candidate in Anthropology at Tulane University. His work is focused on the African Diaspora and is grounded in decolonial and postcolonial theories, as well as critical race theory.

His dissertation project, On the Avenue: Racism and Mixed-Race Gendered Identity in Port of Spain, Trinidad is an ethnographic study of “liming” or social recreation in Trinidad. The project explores the mixed-race urban middle class in Port of Spain and the perceived ethnoracial tensions in the multiracial society, with an emphasis on nightlife and recreational activities like cricket. The dissertation explores how the privileging of ethnoracial identities in Trinidad is contingent upon social context and gender.

Dan was born and raised in Houston, TX and is a graduate of Morehouse College.







Shelcie Menard is a native of St. Martinville, Louisiana. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2010 from University of Louisiana at Lafayette before beginning graduate studies in Environmental and Evolutionary Biology at University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2011. As a doctoral candidate, Shelcie is currently working on the completion of her dissertation entitled, “Hair bundle recovery following trauma in the sea anemone, Nematostella vectensis”.

Shelcie’s research interests include cell biology, cell physiology, sensory biology, sea anemones, hearing, hair cell repair, and light microscopy techniques. In the future, Shelcie hopes to expand her hearing research, moving into transcriptomics and eventually vertebrate systems.

While pursuing her doctoral degree, Shelcie has been active both in her department and in her community taking advantage of various volunteer opportunities. She was the proud recipient of the BOR/SREB Doctoral Scholar Fellowship when she began her graduate studies. Shelcie has served on the Advisory Council to the Dean and was a member of the Graduate Student Symposium committee, which coordinates on-campus conferences where graduate students commiserate to share research. During each Spring semester of her doctoral program, she has received the Black Faculty and Staff Award for her demonstrative, concerted, and consistent academic performance. When Shelcie is not working on her dissertation, she enjoys volunteering in her community. Her volunteer efforts include community events, local science fairs, and STEM outreach to underprivileged children. Shelcie believes it is important to introduce children to science and science careers as early as possible with the goal of fostering curiosity and love for the world around them.


Nickolaus Alexander Ortiz is currently a doctoral student in mathematics education at Texas A&M University. His research focuses on the mathematics learning experiences of Black students and what impact teachers have on both the achievement and engagement of these students. Additionally, he is interested in making the alignment between mathematics and music more explicit in the curriculum and is seeking a variety of ways to make mathematics learning more representative of diverse student interests. His vita includes a growing list of publications (e.g., a co-authored book chapter, journal articles, and conference proceedings), as well as a plethora of presentations at regional and national conferences. Nickolaus is originally from Atlanta, Georgia, where he taught high school mathematics in an urban high school for three years and worked as a mathematics instructor for the Morehouse College Upward Bound Program since 2011. On a personal note, Nickolaus is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated and enjoys volunteering in his community and at his church and playing his saxophone.




In light of UNC Charlotte’s commitment to diversity, inclusion and building a strong intellectual community of scholars from different backgrounds, the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences is recruiting promising doctoral candidates for three (3) competitive Summer Pre-Doctoral Diversity Teaching Fellowships. The purpose of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences' Pre-Doctoral Diversity Fellowship is to support the early development of scholars who show promise of distinguished academic careers and who are from historically underrepresented groups.

Our information flyer is available, and you may review our College of Liberal Arts & Sciences departments to learn more about the opportunities available.

Applications should include a brief statement of the grounds of eligibility. Pre-doctoral teaching fellows will teach a single course during first Summer session.

There will be a significant department and faculty mentoring component involved with this fellowship. The department must outline a mentoring and professional/career development plan for the Summer and identify the available and potential resources in the unit to support the fellow during the Summer. The host department must identify a faculty member or research team responsible for mentoring the fellow.

UNC Charlotte will provide regular professional development opportunities (teaching, mentoring, job search, etc.) for the fellows throughout the course of their appointment.

CLAS LogoDistance Education Logo