Faculty Fellows in Science Communication

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UK Center for Appalachian Research in Environmental Sciences (UK-CARES) plans to hold a call for nominations for the fourth cohort of Faculty Fellows in Science Communication in the Spring of 2022.


  • 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.


This year-long 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 high schools with interest in environmental health science and education in Appalachia are eligible to apply.

Selected fellows will be provided with a year-long training program and follow-up, beginning with attendance at an on-campus or virtual workshop by nationally known trainers in science communication. Additional skills training will be provided throughout the year, including a total of six(6) in-person or online webinar workshops conducted in real time by Beverly Delidow, Ph.D., Marshall University.

Faculty 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 also offered.

Each Fellows cohort is limited to ~10 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 & Sciences, University of Kentucky
  • Karen Roper, PhD, College of Medicine, University of Kentucky
  • Alice Turkington, PhD, College of Arts & 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 & Environmental Geochemistry, University of Kentucky, Kentucky Geological Survey


We invite nominations from an interested faculty member from any UK unit or any other educational institution (university, community and technical college, or public school) serving the Big Sandy, Cumberland Valley, and Kentucky River area of southeastern Kentucky. Applicants with an interest in environmental health science are preferred. Interested applicants are also encouraged to self-nominate or to ask a mentor or administrator to make the nomination.

Nominations will be reviewed and selected nominees are then invited to complete a full application. Applicants are asked to upload a 3-5 minute video describing their research or scientific interest. If you would like to be notified when future calls for nominations are released, click here to join our mailing list.


For questions, please contact Kelly Kennoy via email kelly.kennoy@uky.edu or 859-323-4587.