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Dr. Shelly Brown-Jeffy receives the Gladys Strawn Bullard Award

Associate Professor Dr. Shelly Brown-Jeffy has been named the 2022 faculty recipient of the Gladys Strawn Bullard Award for exceptional service to UNCG. Dr. Brown-Jeffy is widely known around the University as a mover, shaker, collaborator, tireless volunteer, and committed contributor to many facets of university work and school life for students, staff, faculty, and the community. Her service extends from the department all the way up to University and community levels. “Dr. Shelly” is often the first person to volunteer to do any task for the benefit of students. She chairs the UNCG Sociology department’s annual student awards committee, runs the Alpha Kappa Delta inductions (the International Sociology Honors organization), chairs and co-chairs personnel and search committees, leads ad hoc committees, and serves as a mentor to many faculty members as she is also a star teacher. She goes out of her way to counsel students not only in their coursework but in life, taking time with students to hear their stories and concerns as well as to point them in the right direction.

On the College level, Dr. Brown-Jeffy has advised new students for many years through SOAR (Summer Orientation and Registration) over the summers, served in the College Curriculum and Teaching Committee, the BLS Social Science Committee, acted as the moderator for the Conference on African American & African Diasporic Cultures & Experience, was a critical member of the successful ADVANCE grant planning group, and contributed as a member of the Harriet Elliot Lecture Series Steering Committee.

On the University level Dr. Brown-Jeffy advises Neo-Black Society students, serves on the Advisory Council for the Office of Intercultural Engagement, chairs the Faculty Senate P&T and EDI Steering Committee, participated in the UNCG Leadership Development Program for Scholars of Color, has been a search committee member for several units such as the Library, acted as moderator for the UTLC VOISES panel for African American / Black Students, and served on the Research Excellence Awards Committee.

In the greater Greensboro community, Associate Professor Brown-Jeffy has served as a panelist for Career Day at Caldwell Academy, a local event titled “Can We Talk: A Conversation about Race and Where We Go From Here,” an event at the International Civil Rights Center and Museum on Human and Civil Rights, and the featured speaker on Straight Talk with Amos Quick, “Brown v. Board of Education: Fifty years later.

UNCG Sociology is delighted to celebrate this honor with Dr. Brown-Jeffy.