UK Center for Appalachian Research in Environmental Sciences (UK-CARES) is holding a call for nominations for the fourth cohort of Faculty Fellows in Science Communication in the spring of 2023.

Benefits of Participating in the Program

  • Improve your ability to communicate your science to a variety of audiences including colleagues from different fields, lay audiences, and the media.

  • Enhance your research, instruction, and/or service opportunities for promotion and tenure and/or career advancement or professional development by gaining access to and networking with community partners in the Appalachian region and UK-CARES faculty.

  • Connect with UK-CARES faculty and community partners, leading to potential opportunities for funding through the UK-CARES Pilot Program.

Program Details

This free, seven-session and coaching program is designed to provide faculty with skills training for communicating science to a broader audience, leading to an enhanced capability for outreach and success in research, teaching, and service. Faculty at both UK and at other Kentucky colleges, universities, vocational/trade schools, or middle or high schools with interest in environmental health science and education in Appalachia are eligible to apply. Faculty from private and public schools are welcome to apply.

Beginning in September 2023, selected Fellows will be provided with a total of seven, free workshops (90 minutes each) held on-campus and virtually by nationally known trainers in science communication. These will include a total of two in-person and five virtual webinar skills training workshops (no more than one per month) conducted in real time by Beverly Delidow, PhD, Marshall University, over an eight-month period. 

Participants will develop their own goals for the training and will be expected to attend all meetings and complete assignments for individual feedback. Individual coaching sessions are optional.

Each fellows cohort is limited to ~ten faculty members or educators per year.


COHORT I (2018-2019)

  • Dawn Brewer, PhD, College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, University of Kentucky
  • Jean Edward, PhD, RN, College of Nursing, University of Kentucky
  • Mina Hanna, MD, College of Medicine, University of Kentucky
  • Kevin Pearson, PhD, College of Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences, University of Kentucky
  • Jamie Sturgill, PhD, College of Medicine, University of Kentucky
  • Jeannette Sutton, PhD, College of Communication and Information, University of Kentucky
  • Vincent Venditto, PhD, College of Pharmacy, University of Kentucky
  • Lovoria Williams, PhD, College of Nursing, University of Kentucky
  • Craig Wilmhoff, MBio, Perry County School District
  • Kameyo Johnson, MS, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Pikeville

COHORT II (2019-2020)

COHORT III (2020-2021)

  • Makenzie Barr, PhD, College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment, University of Kentucky
  • Diana Byrne, PhD, College of Engineering, University of Kentucky
  • Jody Clasey, PhD, College of Education, University of Kentucky
  • Clint Pinion, PhD, College of Health Sciences, Eastern Kentucky University (Previous Appointment)
  • Chad Risko, PhD, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Kentucky
  • Karen Roper, PhD, College of Medicine, University of Kentucky
  • Alice Turkington, PhD, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Kentucky
  • Lisa Turner, PhD, RN, PHCN-BC, Nursing Department, Berea College
  • Tom Vierheller, PhD, Biology Department, Kentucky Community and Technical College System
  • Amy Wolfe, PhD, Geohealth and Environmental Geochemistry, University of Kentucky, Kentucky Geological Survey

Nominations and Applications

We invite you to nominate an interested faculty member from any UK unit or any other educational institution (university, community and technical college, or high school, public or private) serving the Big Sandy, Kentucky River, or Cumberland Valley area of southeastern Kentucky. Applicants with interest in environmental health science are preferred. Interested applicants may self-nominate or to ask a mentor or administrator to make the nomination. First round nominations are due no later than June 2, 2023.

Nominations will be reviewed and selected nominees will be notified by June 16, 2023. Selected nominees will then be invited to complete a full application due on or before July 14, 2023.  Applicants will be asked to upload a three to five minute video describing their research, experience, or interest in science. Fellows selected for the fourth cohort will be notified on or before July 21, 2023.

Click here to submit a nominee for the program.

Program Flyer

Click here to download a copy of the Faculty Fellows program flyer.


For questions, please contact Kelly Kennoy via email or 859-323-4587.