Grogan College Faculty & Staff

John Sopper

Program Chair, Grogan College

John Sopper is Program Chair of Grogan Residential College. He completed an undergraduate degree in the Humanities at Brown University before getting a Masters’ in Religious Studies from Princeton. His abiding intellectual passion is to understand how religious ideas influence modern social life and how modern social developments influence religious thought and ethics. Since coming to UNCG, John has taught a variety of courses intended to help students think critically about important ethical issues and to develop deeper understanding and appreciation of religious and ethical ideas. On a more personal note, John lives in an old house in downtown Greensboro with his partner of 25 years and their 2 cats— Zia and Sojo. He enjoys gardening, hiking, good architecture, and drinking strong coffee.

Dr. Sarah Colonna

With degrees in nursing, women’s and gender studies, and educational leadership, Sarah Colonna joined Grogan College in August 2015. She has worked in hospitals and outpatient clinics and taught at the community college and university levels. Working with Grogan College is a unique way to combine her nursing and educational experience. Her research interests include feminist thought and pedagogy, equity and diversity, leadership, and young adult literature. Sarah is a voracious basketball fan, goes to the beach whenever possible, has two spoiled mini dachshunds, and reads as much as she can.

Dr. Love Crossling Jones

Director of Human Relations, City of Greensboro

I’m a SPARTAN and a GROGANITE! Since 1997, I have worn the badge as a proud member of the UNCG Community. Not only have I been a student at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, but I have served UNCG in professional roles that include Instructor, Coordinator for Residential Learning, Academic Director, and Research Associate. It’s Spartan Pride all the way!

I have dedicated my entire professional/academic journey to understanding the needs of people. I earned a BA as a double major in Psychology and Communication Studies. I earned my MS from East Carolina in Marriage and Family Therapy out of the School of Human Ecology. Finally, I returned to UNCG to earn a Doctorate in Cultural Studies with a concentration in Communication Studies out of the School of Education. I am genuinely interested in the way in which people establish identity and build community!

Currently I serve in the role of executive with the City of Greensboro, as the Director of the Human Relations Department, which is the human rights arm of local government. I also continue my work as an educator teaching both Interpersonal and Organizational communication to both traditional and non-traditional college populations. My personal interests include Slam poetry, mixed media art, all things live music, and spending time with friends and family!

Dr. Larry Lavender

Professor of Dance and Faculty Fellow in the Lloyd International Honors College at UNC Greensboro. He holds an MFA in Dance from UC Irvine and a Ph.D. in Dance Education from New York University. Larry’s primary areas of research and teaching are choreography, improvisation, and performance art, critical animal studies in the arts, and creativity theories and practices. Larry has lectured and taught all over the United States and in many parts of the world, including Canada, Mexico, and New Zealand.

Dr. Sheryl Lieb

Dr. Lieb holds a Ph.D. in Educational Studies/Cultural Studies and a Master’s degree in Library Science & Information Studies, both from UNCG. Her primary areas of research and teaching are philosophy/philosophy of education, ethics, cultural studies, critical pedagogy, and narrative forms of research and writing. Dr. Lieb is especially passionate about existential philosophy and its implications for humanizing pedagogical policies and practices. As an advocate of seminar-style pedagogy at Grogan, Dr. Lieb aims to provide a democratic, communal space in which students can speak to their individual points of view, reflect on their learning processes, and creatively communicate them through interactive dialogue, writing, and special projects. In terms of her personal interests, Dr. Lieb enjoys the outdoors, dancing, music, and meeting with friends in favorite coffee shops. She is also the proud mom of adult twin daughters.

Meg Horton
Senior Lecturer, Biology

I received my Master’s Degree in Biology from UNCG in 1990. While a graduate student, I realized that in the University, you don’t have to choose between science and teaching—you can pursue both simultaneously. I have never seriously considered other employment since. I first taught in Ashby Residential College in spring 2008 and in Grogan Residential College in fall 2009. Teaching in the Residential Colleges has been a rewarding and productive experience. In class, expect a mix of individual and group activities, projects, case studies, traditional lecture, and real-world problems; but be prepared for individual study because there is no other way to master scientific concepts.

Dr. Dale Schunk

Dr. Schunk’s research examines the effects of social and instructional factors on learning, motivation, and self-regulation. He teaches graduate courses in learning and motivation and undergraduate courses in learning and educational psychology. Author of textbooks on learning and motivation, he has published over 120 articles and chapters and has edited nine books. For 10 years he was Dean of the UNCG School of Education. His awards include the Senior Distinguished Research Scholar Award (UNCG School of Education), the Award for Outstanding Contributions (American Educational Research Association Studying and Self-Regulated Learning Special Interest Group), and inclusion in Who’s Who in America.