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The Institute's leadership, staff, faculty, and advisory boards are dedicated to the IAH mission to support and develop Carolina faculty. Below is a listing of these teams as well as our current Faculty Fellows and Academic Leadership Program Fellows.


Patricia Parker

Patricia Parker

Director, Ruel Tyson Distinguished Professor of Communication
919-962-6831
psparker@email.unc.edu

Patricia Parker is the Ruel W. Tyson Distinguished Professor of Communication and has been a member of the Carolina faculty since 1998.


Tommie Watson

Tommie Watson

Executive Director
919-843-2657
tommie@unc.edu

Tommie Watson is the Executive Director for the Institute for the Arts and Humanities. He provides leadership and strategy for the Institute while managing the day-to-day operations.


Angela O'Neill, Director of Development

Angela O’Neill

Director of Development
919-962-2528
angela.oneill@unc.edu

Angela leads the IAH’s efforts to secure external funding from individual donors and foundations for its programs in support of faculty.


Philip Hollingsworth

Philip Hollingsworth

Program Administrator
919-843-5464
pholling@email.unc.edu

Philip serves as the Program Administrator for the Institute’s faculty programs, where he coordinates and supports all faculty programs offered through the Institute.


Rebecca Williams

Rebecca Williams

Business Manager
919-843-5108
rcwilliams@unc.edu

Rebecca Williams manages the administration and finances of the Institute’s programs and initiatives, including events and grants support.


Ebony Johnson photo

Ebony Johnson

Event Planner
919-962-0918
erj@email.unc.edu

Ebony R. Johnson serves as the Institute’s Event Planner. She believes that “vision matters” and dedicates her time to making creative visions a reality at the Institute.


Ava Lane

Ava Lane

Administrative Assistant
919-962-0249
aglane@email.unc.edu

Ava serves as the Institute’s Administrative Assistant and as Executive Assistant to the IAH Director.


Kristen Chavez

Kristen Chavez

Communications Specialist
919-962-7161
kmchavez@email.unc.edu

Kristen manages the internal and external communications for the Institute. Her duties include overseeing the website, monthly newsletter and promoting public events.


Andy Perrin

Andrew Perrin

Director Emeritus (2019-2020)

Andrew Perrin is a professor of sociology and director emeritus of the Institute for the Arts and Humanities.


Mark Katz

Mark Katz

Director Emeritus (Director 2014-2019), Distinguished Professor of Music
919-962-6831
mkatz@email.unc.edu

Mark Katz is the Ruel W. Tyson, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Humanities and former Director of the Institute for the Arts and Humanities.


James Moeser

James Moeser

Chancellor Emeritus (2000-2008), Director Emeritus (Interim Director 2016-2017)

James Moeser is Chancellor Emeritus and served as interim director for the Institute for the Arts in Humanities from 2016-2017, and has an office located in Hyde Hall.


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John McGowan

Director Emeritus (Director 2006-2014), Professor Emeritus of English and Comparative Literature
919-962-4022
jpm@email.unc.edu

John McGowan served for eight years as the Director of UNC’s Institute for the Arts and Humanities.


Ruel Tyson 2016 photo

Ruel Tyson

IAH Founder and Director Emeritus (Director 1987-2006)

Ruel Tyson founded the Institute for the Arts and Humanities and guided its development as director for 20 years. He remained dedicated to scholarship and service until his passing in 2019.