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About Our Faculty

Many Tar Heel Travel trips feature lectures by our award-winning faculty. Read more below about faculty members who have traveled with us recently or who are scheduled to travel.

Please note, faculty participation is based upon achieving a required minimum number of travelers per tour.

Peter Coclanis

Peter A. Coclanis is Albert R. Newsome Distinguished Professor of History and Director of the Global Research Institute at UNC-Chapel Hill.   He is a native of Chicago and took his Ph.D. at Columbia University in 1984, joining the History Department at UNC that same year.  He is a specialist in the field of economic history and has published extensively in that area.  He was formerly Chair of the History Department at UNC and from 2003 through 2009 Associate Provost for International Affairs.  In addition to teaching at UNC, he has held visiting appointments at Columbia, Harvard, and the National University of Singapore.  Over the years he has lectured on a number of GAA tours, including trips to Spain, Russia, the Baltic, Southeast Asia, and China.    He is the proud father of two UNC grads.

Peter will serve as enrichment lecturer on Romance of the Douro, September 12 – 23, 2022, with a minimum of 10 UNC travelers.

Ritchie Kendall

Ritchie Kendall retired as an Emeritus Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literatures in 2018 after 39 years at Carolina.  He taught a wide range of courses to both undergraduates and graduates in Shakespeare and Renaissance drama, early modern English literature and culture, economics and literature, and the history of London. The winner of a Tanner Award for excellence in undergraduate teaching, in the fall of 1989, Dr. Kendall led the first-ever Honors Carolina semester abroad in London and returned in 2013, 2015, and 2017 to again lead the program.  In the last fifteen years of his career, he served as Assistant Dean for Honors Carolina overseeing the admissions process and the academic curriculum.  Previously, he served as Director of Undergraduate Studies, Director of Graduate Studies, and Assistant Chair in the English Department. Dr. Kendall is the author of The Drama of Dissent: The Radical Poetics of English Nonconformity and is finishing work on Funny Business: Telling Stories of Economic Innovation and Change.  This latter study looks at how literature imagines and tries to accommodate key shifts in how wealth is produced and consumed, from early English drama to Restoration and Victorian novels to modern-day cinema, detailing the emergence of retail and commodity trading to foreign investment and speculation to junk bonds and mergers and acquisitions. Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, Defoe’s Roxana, Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and Oliver Stone’s Wall Street are among the works he explores.

Ritchie will serve as enrichment lecturer on the Coastal Gems of the Emerald Isle, May 29 – June 10, 2022, with a minimum of 10 UNC travelers.

Don Raleigh

Donald J. Raleigh is the Jay Richard Judson Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  He has authored, translated, and edited numerous books on modern Russian history including Revolution on the Volga (1986), Experiencing Russia’s Civil War (2002), Russia’s Sputnik Generation (2006), and Soviet Baby Boomers (2012), a Russian-language edition of which was published in 2015.

The book was short listed for the Pushkin House Prize in Great Britain and won the Southern Conference on Slavic Studies Book Prize.  His current research project, a biography of Soviet leader Leonid Ilich Brezhnev, has taken him to archives in Ukraine, Moldova, Kazakhstan, and Russia.  Raleigh joined the faculty at UNC in 1988.  Since then, he has supervised 33 MA theses and 26 PhD dissertations, and has served on dozens of other thesis and dissertation committees.  In 2002 he received the Distinguished Teaching Award for Post-Baccalaureate Instruction; in 2016 the Faculty Award for Excellence in Doctoral Mentoring; and in 2020 the UNC Women’s Leadership Council Graduate Mentoring Award.  In the fall of 2021, the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies awarded him its  Distinguished Contributions to Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Award.

Don will serve as enrichment lecturer on the Discovering Eastern Europe tour Sept. 10 – 25, 2022, with a minimum of 15 UNC travelers.

Terry Rhodes

Terry Rhodes has been dean of the College of Arts & Sciences since March 2020, previously serving as interim dean for a year. On June 30, 2022 she will retire from UNC after 35 years on the faculty.

Rhodes has long championed the value of the arts and humanities to a well-rounded education throughout her more than three decades at Carolina. She was senior associate dean for fine arts and humanities from 2012 to 2019. She is the first faculty member from the fine arts to be named dean of the College since it took its modern-day name in 1935.

As dean, Rhodes oversees the largest academic unit at Carolina, with over 17,000 undergraduate students and 2,300 graduate students, and more than 70 academic departments, curricula, programs, centers and institutes. Under her leadership, the College is preparing to launch a new general education curriculum, IDEAs in Action, in fall 2022. This new curriculum represents the core requirements that every Carolina student will take regardless of major. It will emphasize experiential learning and essential capacities such as global understanding, quantitative reasoning and creative expression.

Rhodes, a native of Raleigh, graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Carolina in 1978 (Bachelor of Music) and is a proud Carolina parent. She joined the faculty in 1987 and has since served the University in a variety of roles, including director of UNC Opera, chair of the department of music and faculty marshal.

She earned both her Master of Music and her Doctor of Musical Arts from the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester in New York. As a Fulbright artist-in-residence at the Conservatory of Music in Macedonia, Rhodes taught voice and performed throughout the Balkans and Eastern Europe. She also has performed extensively throughout western Europe, especially in Italy, and in Central and South America. She continues to teach and give concerts.

Terry will serve as enrichment lecturer on the Provincial French Countryside Sept. 30 – Oct. 14, 2022, with a minimum of 15 UNC Travelers.

Kevin Stewart

Kevin Stewart is an Associate Professor in the Department of Earth, Marine and Environemntal Sciences at UNC- Chapel Hill. He received his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley and his research is focused on the evolution of mountain belts, including the Rocky Mountains of Montana and Wyoming, the Apennines of Italy, and the Appalachians. Stewart’s research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Petroleum Research Fund of the American Chemical Society, and the U.S. Geological Survey. He has won the James M. Johnston Teaching Excellence Award, the Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, a Chapman Fellowship for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, the UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the Walter H. Wheeler Award for Excellence in Teaching.  He is also the co-author of Exploring the Geology of the Carolinas from UNC Press. He has served as UNC enrichment lecturer on previous alumni tours to Alaska, Iceland, Norway, the Galapagos, and national parks of the western United States.

Kevin will serve as enrichment lecturer on the Majestic Switzerland tour August 10 – 19, 2022, with a minimum of 10 UNC travelers.

Steve Walsh

Professor Walsh is the founder of the UNC Galapagos Initiative – an interdisciplinary program of study on population, health, and environment, a Center on the UNC Campus (Center for Galapagos Studies), and a Center on San Cristobal Island in the Galapagos Archipelago of Ecuador (Galapagos Science Center). The Galapagos Science Center, dedicated in 2011 through a strategic partnership with the Universidad San Francisco de Quito, was designed to support research, education, and community outreach in the Galapagos Islands through four labs, Microbiology & Genetics, Marine Ecology, Terrestrial Ecology, and Spatial Analysis & Modeling, a UNC Study Abroad Program, a professional staff of 14, and a 20,000 square foot building constructed on San Cristobal Island. The Center will celebrate its 10-year anniversary in 2022 through a crowning event, a World Congress on Island Sustainability, scheduled for June 26-30, 2022.

Motivated by the many challenges to islands imposed by climate change, increasingly mobile human populations, and the global economy, the relationship between humans and their environment is being modified in ways that will have long-term impacts on ecological health, biodiversity, and system sustainability. The Galapagos Initiative, therefore, seeks to understand the complex interrelationships among the social, terrestrial, and marine subsystems in the Galapagos and on other similarly challenge island ecosystems around the globe. Professor Walsh studies land use/land cover change on islands, the interactions of people and environment, invasive species, and habitat recovery and restoration. Professor Walsh is also the recipient of several research and teaching awards including the “Distinguished Scholarship Honors” from the Association of American Geographers and the “Distinguished Teaching Award for Post-Baccalaureate Instruction” from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Steve will serve as enrichment lecturer on the Galapagos Islands tour, July 5 – 12, 2022, with a minimum of 15 UNC travelers.