SLI Faculty Fellows

Meet our Faculty Fellows

Two faculty fellows have been chosen to assist with the work of the SLI for 2020-2021. They are as follows:

Dr. Kendall Deas

Dr. Jen Wright, Faculty Development Fellow

Dr. Jennifer Cole Wright is Professor of Psychology at the College of Charleston, as well as an Affiliate Member the Philosophy Department, Women’s and Gender Studies Department, and the Environmental and Sustainability Studies Program. She is also currently a Sustainability and Social Justice Faculty Fellow with the Honors College. Her area of research is moral development and moral psychology more generally. Specifically, she studies virtue (with a current focus on humility), meta-ethics, moral conviction, and tolerance, the influence of individual and social “liberal vs. conservative” mindsets on moral judgments, and young children’s early moral development. In addition to writing Understanding Virtue: Theory and Measurement (with Michael Warren and Nancy Snow), she has edited an interdisciplinary volume on Humility (both with Oxford Press). And she has co-edited, with Hagop Sarkissian, Advances in Experimental Moral Psychology,

When she’s not writing, she is usually busy warping young minds in the classroom or in the field, engaging in local social justice and climate activism, traveling with students to East Africa or South East Asia, or satisfying her lust for adventure by just trekking (with the help of a fuel-efficient car) across the US.     843.953.8196

Leslie Hart

Dr. Leslie Hart, Assessment Fellow

Dr. Leslie Hart is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health and Human Performance, teaching courses on epidemiology, biostatistics, and research methods to undergraduate students in the College’s Public Health Program.  Originally from southwestern Virginia and a graduate of the College of William and Mary, Leslie has lived in Charleston for 20 years where she earned a M.S. in Environmental Studies from the College of Charleston and a Ph.D. in Epidemiology from the Medical University of South Carolina.  Leslie’s research uses a OneHealth approach to study environmental health risks to wildlife and human populations, in which studies of wildlife and ecosystem health can inform risks to human health (and vice versa).  Dr. Hart is particularly interested in environmental exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals among two uniquely vulnerable study populations: bottlenose dolphins and college students.  This research has received media attention from the BBC (Blue Planet II series), National Geographic, and the United Nations Environmental Program, as well as a feature in the College of Charleston Magazine.  Dr. Hart is a faculty affiliate with the College’s Women’s Health Research Team and the Center for Coastal Environmental and Human Health, affording her the opportunity to engage numerous undergraduate and graduate students in this exciting research.  As Assessment Fellow for the Center for Sustainability Development, Dr. Hart is very excited to evaluate student comprehension of triple bottom line concepts and help chart the course for long-term monitoring of student success.  Learn more about her work here:      843.953.5191