The Center for Inclusive Excellence

The Center for Inclusive Excellence

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The Edwards College Center for Inclusive Excellence is an interdisciplinary and dynamic hub for faculty and student fellows in collaboration with the regional community to engage in exceptional and socially responsible research and teaching. Each academic year the Center's work will be organized around a topic that will generate creative production, critical research, and socially engaged projects among three elected faculty members, student research fellows, and a graduate fellow. The collaborative creative and critical work generated around the elected topic will emerge in conversation with stakeholders in the larger community.

Click here to apply to become an academic year fellow. 

Faculty and student fellows demonstrate a strong and sustainable commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

CIE Faculty Fellows 

Announcing our new theme for 2023-2024:

Representation Matters

Student fellowship applications are due October 31. Apply here. Contact Dr. Eric Schultz for details.  

2023 – 2024 Faculty Fellows 

Project: Exploring Ways to Diversify Legacy Newspaper Newsrooms
Adam Pitluk, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Communication, Media, & Culture

Project: Permanent Lenses of Diversity: Reading Minority Gazes in Photography
Edurne Beltrán de Heredia, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Spanish
Dept. of Languages and Intercultural Studies

Project: Black American Music in the Classroom
David W. Carter, Jr., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Music Education
Department of Music


Benjamin Sota | Bridget Nolan | Sarah Lozier-Laiola


Eric Schultz | Wendy Weinhold | Elizabeth Baltes

Patrick Fowler, Graduate Teaching Assistant

Faculty Fellow Commitments

Year One:

  • Development of projects with significant involvement of student Research Fellows throughout the AY.
  • Installations and performances in Fall and Spring semesters, with community involvement.

Year Two:

  • Participation on selection committee (fellows; and theme).
  • Feedback on student Research Fellows.
  • Report on project outcomes.


Eric Schultz 2022 760 (Added 1/25/23) MCDDirector
Eric Schultz
Edwards Center for Inclusive Excellence & Assistant Professor of Music
Sands 122  |  843-349-6431  | 



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