Staff & Scholars

The Institute for Community and Economic Engagement (ICEE), in the Office of Research and Engagement (ORE) at UNCG, is dedicated to nurturing this commitment through increasing opportunities for awareness, communication, and collaboration among individuals and offices university- and community-wide.

If you are interested in finding an individual, group, or resource within the university or community for a collaborative project, please contact us!


Staff


Emily M. Janke, PhD (she|her|hers)

Director

Emily M. Janke, PhD, has served as the director of the Institute for Community & Economic Engagement since 2010, where she has supported UNC Greensboro’s transformation as a community-engaged university. She is also an associate professor in the Peace and Conflict Studies department where she contributes to its community-engaged scholarship through teaching, research, and service. As a scholar-administrator, Emily has advanced practice and scholarship in the areas of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary scholarship with diverse and inclusive teams; the equitable treatment of community-engaged scholarship in workload, hiring, and promotion and tenure policy and practices; strategic efforts to track and monitor community engagement and public service within and across institutions; pluralistic and open scholarly communications; resident-level community boards to support respectful institutional engagement; and the use of restorative practices in interpersonal, intergroup, and organizational culture.

Emily was inducted into the Academy of Community Engagement Scholars in 2021 and served as a Senior Fellow for Duke University’s Office of Civic and Community Engagement in the Office of Durham and Community Affairs in 2022.  She has been honored to receive the Barbara A. Holland Scholar-Administrator Award given by the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities, the Civic Engagement Professional of the Year Award given by the North Carolina Campus Compact, the Early Career Researcher Award and the Dissertation Award given by the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement, and the John Saltmarsh Award for Emerging Leaders in Civic Engagement given by American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ American Democracy Project. She is a co-author of Collaboratory®, a publicly searchable, online database of community engagement activities within and across institutions of higher education. She has served on the Carnegie Foundation’s Community Engagement Elective Classification since 2014 and is on the editorial boards of the Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, the Metropolitan Universities Journal, and the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement. She enjoys collaborating with a variety of scholars (inclusively defined) to re-imagine the future of community engagement in higher education so that it is more inclusive, impactful, restorative, and just.

 

Contact Emily at (336) 256-2578 or emjanke@uncg.edu.


Sonalini Sapra, PhD (she|her|hers)

Assistant Director

Sonalini joined ICEE from Guilford College where she served as the Assistant Director for the Center for Principled Problem Solving and Excellence in Teaching (CPPSET). Her work at Guilford centered on supporting and promoting community-engaged teaching, research, and service opportunities for faculty, staff, and students. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Vanderbilt University and has previously taught at Kenyon College, Saint Mary’s College, Saint Martin’s University, and Guilford College. Before returning to graduate school, she worked at a non-governmental labor rights organization in New Delhi doing research and advocacy on the impact that trade liberalization was having on India’s informal workers. She has also worked with several community organizations in the United States and currently serves as an advisory board member and research fellow at the Center for New North Carolinians (CNNC). Her research and teaching interests are in Civic Participation, Transnational Feminisms, Environmental Justice, Forced Migration, Dalit Studies, Social Movements, and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. She is currently working on a collaborative research project on the liberatory potential of community-led ethical review boards in India. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring Greensboro, cooking, and being a parent to her wonderfully wild and stubborn 5-year old daughter.

Contact Sonalini at sksapra@uncg.edu.


Erica Wrencher  (she|her|hers)

Graduate Assistant, ICEE Student Scholar, APLU CECE Student Advisory Committee Member

Erica Wrencher is a public educator, speaker, vocalist, and activist working with young folx, churches, and neighborhoods to build beloved communities. Her teaching and faith-rooted community leadership spans urban and rural contexts in North Carolina and Chicago. Erica holds a Bachelor of Arts in History, a Master of Arts in Teaching, and she is currently pursuing a PhD in Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations. She is active as an organizer for racial equity and justice and considers herself a human connection educator. Erica is committed to speaking from her context as a Black woman who is rooted in history and truth. She enjoys singing, eating good food and drinking good wine with her community and family. Erica is married to her best friend Brandon and they are the parents of two sons.

Contact Erica at ejwrench@uncg.edu.


Teah Rawlings  (she|her|hers)

Graduate Assistant, ICEE Student Scholar

Teah Rawlings is an advocate and supporter of health, wellness, equity, and quality of life. Her professional work expands across multiple sectors as she has experience in Parks and Recreation, non-profits, and higher education. Teah earned a B.S. in Exercise Science, an M.S. in Recreation Administration, and is currently a doctoral student in the Department of Kinesiology. Additionally, she serves as an Adjunct Lecturer at North Carolina Central University in the Department of Kinesiology and Recreation Administration. Teah’s research interests are Kinesiology and Physical Education at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Racial Equity within Parks and Recreation departments, and physical activity promotion in post-secondary settings and the community.

Contact Teah at tcrawlings@uncg.edu.


Visiting Senior Scholars

ICEE collaborates with visiting scholars to enhance the resources for community engagement at UNCG. These scholars bring unique perspectives and expertise to support the growth and development of ICEE’s mission.


Kelly Hannum, PhD

Hannum_formalKelly M. Hannum serves as a Visiting Scholar in the Institute for Community & Economic Engagement at UNCG. In this role, Kelly advises on issues related to research and evaluation projects focused on community-engaged activities. She was most recently the Director, Global Research Insights at the Center for Creative Leadership where she worked for over two decades. In 2014, she founded Aligned Impact LLC which provides evaluation and research services, and is particularly focused on complex, collaborative projects. She is the author of numerous books including Leading Across Differences (2010) and The Handbook of Leadership Development Evaluation (2008) as well as scholarly and practitioner articles. She has taught courses around the world at institutions such as the IESEG School of Management in France and the University of Melbourne’s Center for Program Evaluation. Kelly holds a Ph.D. in Educational Research, Measurement, and Evaluation and has won numerous awards for her work, including the American Evaluation Association’s Marcia Guttentag Award.


Kristin Medlin, MPA, MS

Kristin Medlin is the Director of Research at HandsOn Connect Cloud Solutions, where she oversees research efforts to support, promote, and enhance the field of study related to community engagement and socially effective impact across all sectors. She is a co-designer of the Collaboratory (with Janke and Holland) and previously served as the ICEE Communications & Partnerships Manager. Kristin’s scholarly work explores technology-assisted engagement, cross-sector partnerships, and tracking and assessment of community engagement. As a visiting scholar, Kristin serves as a thought partner on the evaluation of the P2 grant program and works with ICEE staff on community engagement tracking and measurement efforts. Kristin holds masters degrees from UNCG in Public Affairs and Educational Research, Measurement, and Evaluation.


Visiting Senior Scholars

ICEE engages scholars to study community-engaged scholarship through a variety of research initiatives.