Established in honor of Jonathan M. Hess, former director of the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies and chair of the department of Germanic and Slavic languages and literatures, this professorship is given to the pre-tenured assistant professor in the fine arts and humanities who most fully honors the commitments that animated Hess’s professional life: producing outstanding scholarship, demonstrating excellence in teaching, and supporting the development of gender equality, diversity and inclusiveness within the fine arts and humanities professions.
Epps–Robertson is the associate director of The Writing Program and director of the Writing in the Disciplines Program. She researches, writes, and teaches about rhetoric, literacy and composition studies. Her primary research investigates the ways in which communities teach, practice and understand what it means to be a citizen.
By Hannah Montgomery, graduate student writer, department of English and comparative literature