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.

Mark Katz

Mark Katz


Mark Katz is the Ruel W. Tyson, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Humanities and Director of the Institute for the Arts and Humanities. Professor Katz’s teaching and scholarship focus on music and techno … Continued

Jennifer Ho

Jennifer Ho

Associate Director

Jennifer Ho has participated as a Faculty Fellow (2008, 2012) and Academic Leadership Program Fellow (2016). She first came to UNC Chapel Hill as a postdoctoral fellow for faculty diversity (2003-2005 … Continued

Tommie Watson, I.A.H. Director of Operations

Tommie Watson

Director of Operations

Tommie Watson is the Director of Operations for the Institute for the Arts and Humanities. He provides leadership and strategy for the Institute while managing the day-to-day operations. Tommie suppor … Continued

Allison Burnett Smith

Allison Burnett Smith

Director of Development

Allison Burnett Smith is director of development for the Institute for the Arts and Humanities. In this role, she oversees major gifts, planned gifts and annual fund gifts for the IAH and enjoys conne … Continued

Melissa Clay

M. Clay

Communications Specialist

Clay joined the Institute for the Arts and Humanities after working as a reporter, copy editor, designer, manager in journalism. Most recently she worked as Deputy Digital Editor at the Chicago Tribun … Continued

Philip Hollingsworth

Philip Hollingsworth

Coordinator for Faculty Programs

Philip Hollingsworth joined the Institute for the Arts and Humanities in 2015 as Coordinator for Faculty Programs. In this role, he coordinates and supports all faculty programs offered through the In … Continued

Rebecca Williams

Business Manager

Rebecca Williams manages the budget of the programs and initiatives sponsored by the IAH.  Prior to joining the Institute, Rebecca worked as a coordinator for some of UNC’s China-based international s … Continued

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Ebony Johnson

Events Coordinator

Ebony R. Johnson currently serves as the Event Coordinator for the Institute for the Arts and Humanities. For more than 10 years, she has been responsible for pre-event planning, on-site execution, an … Continued

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Hannah Perez

Development Coordinator

Hannah Perez joined the Institute for the Arts and Humanities as the development coordinator in September 2016. Hannah primarily supports Allison Burnett Smith in gift processing, event management, an … Continued

William Kumpf

William Kumpf

Operations Coordinator

William Kumpf is the chief point of contact for all visitors to Hyde Hall, and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Institute. William works to increase the efficiency of the entire off … Continued

Desirae Fewell

Desirae Fewell

Student Assistant, Special Projects

Desirae joined the Institute for the Arts and Humanities in September 2017. She is currently a senior majoring in Political Science with double minors in Social and Economic Justice and Urban and Regi … Continued

Adrianna Vu

Adrianna Vu

Student Assistant, Database and Website

Adrianna Vu joined the Institute for Arts and Humanities in August 2017. She is currently a sophomore double majoring in information science and computer science. Following graduation, Adrianna wants … Continued

Savannah Roach

Student Assistant, Events Services

Savannah joined the Institute for the Arts and Humanities in the fall of 2017 as the Events Services Assistant. She is currently a first-year student majoring in Economics. Savannah has strong interes … Continued

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Ruel Tyson

IAH Founder and Director Emeritus (Director 1987-2006)

Ruel Willoughby Tyson Jr. founded the Institute for the Arts and Humanities and guided its development as director for 20 years, until 2006. Tyson was born in Winterville Township in Pitt County, N.C. … Continued

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John McGowan

John McGowan, Director Emeritus (Director 2006-2014), Professor of English and Comparative Literature

John McGowan served for eight years as the Director of UNC’s Institute for the Arts and Humanities. His work sits at the intersection of philosophy, political theory, and literary studies.  He is inte … Continued