Faculty Associates

The Center for Graduate Life is pleased to host several faculty members who share their expertise with graduate students. Currently, the CGL’s faculty develop and offer courses and workshops that support graduate teaching assistants and support the University’s responsible conduct of research training. These faculty members also share their expertise with graduate students seeking to enter academic professions.  Specifically, they support doctoral students and post-doctoral researchers with on-going professional development.

Dr. Judith Krauss

Dr. Judith Krauss

Dr. Krauss’ research interests include the use of active learning to promote critical thinking. To this end, she has researched pedagogy, developed classroom techniques, presented workshops, and published on effective methods of teaching. Dr Krauss has worked extensively with at-risk undergraduates, non-traditional learners, and students from diverse backgrounds. As a result, she believes that accessible classroom teaching is the underpinning for student enthusiasm, learning, and retention. Dr. Krauss received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from The George Washington University and a BA in Psychology from St. John’s University.

Dr. Krauss will serve as the Faculty Associate for Graduate Teaching in the Center for Graduate Life, and Adjunct Graduate Faculty. 


Dr. Jo Ann Lee, Graduate Research & Ethics faculty associate in the Center for Graduate Life

Dr. Jo Ann Lee

Dr. Lee serves as the Faculty Associate for Graduate Research and Ethics in the Center for Graduate Life. The course she teaches (GRAD 6002/8002), Responsible Conduct of Research, focuses on the nine areas of ethical behavior for which training is required by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF).  In her role, she also facilitates a variety of graduate student professional development workshops focusing on ethical behavior expected of scientists. 

Dr. Lee’s research on psychology and aging translates well to her work in the CGL. She serves as the Faculty Associate for Graduate Research and Ethics in the Center for Graduate Life. The course she teaches (GRAD 6002/8002), Responsible Conduct of Research, focuses on the nine areas of ethical behavior for which training is required by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). In her role, she also facilitates a variety of graduate student professional development workshops focusing on ethical behavior expected of scientists. Dr. Lee received her Ph.D. from the University of Georgia in Psychology, with specialty in industrial/organizational psychology. Her research interests include: personnel selection, testing and measurement, prevention of discrimination in the workplace, assessment techniques, performance appraisal procedures, older worker issues, work/family issues.


Dr. Lisa Russell – Pinson, Graduate Writing faculty associate in the Center for Gradaute Life

Dr. Lisa Russell-Pinson

Dr. Russell-Pinson has taught in the Department of English, ELTI and the College of Education at UNC Charlotte, where she also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Applied Linguistics Program. She has taught ESL/EFL in the U.S. and abroad and been involved in ESL/EFL professional development in the U.S., the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Her primary research interests include English for specific purposes (particularly curriculum and materials design), academic writing, medical discourse and corpus linguistics. Dr. Russell-Pinson’s courses address writing at the graduate level. She earned her Ph.D. in applied linguistics from Georgetown University.

Dr. Russell-Pinson serves as the Faculty Associate for Graduate Writing in the Center for Graduate Life.

The Center for Graduate Life (CGL) supports doctoral students who have completed all of their course work and are actively writing their dissertations. Dr. Lisa Russell-Pinson, CGL's Faculty Associate for Graduate Writing, is available to help these students improve their writing, understand the dissertation process, work more effectively with their chairs and committee members, manage their time and overcome issues related to procrastination and perfectionism.

Dr. Russell-Pinson is available by appointment only. Please email her directly atlpinson@uncc.edu to arrange a time.