Meet the Staff

Carolyn Dunn.pngDirector, Carolyn Dunn, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President, Office for Institutional Diversity
Phone: (989) 774-3700

Carolyn Dunn, PhD., is an American Indian artist of Cherokee, Muskogee Creek, and Seminole descent on her father's side, and is Cajun, French Creole, and Tunica-Biloxi on her mother's. Her work has been recognized by the Wordcraft Circle of Storytellers and Writers as Book of the Year for poetry (Outfoxing Coyote, 2002) as well as the Year's Best in 1999 for her short story "Salmon Creek Road Kill", Native American Music Awards (for the Mankillers cd Comin to Getcha) and the Humboldt Area Foundation. In addition to Outfoxing Coyote, her books include Through the Eye of the Deer (Aunt Lute Books, 1999), Hozho: Walking in Beauty (McGraw Hill, 2002), Coyote Speaks (H.N. Abrams, 2008), Echolocation: Poems, Stories and Songs from Indian Country: L.A. (Fezziweg Press, 2013), and the forthcoming The Stains of Burden and Dumb Luck (Mongrel Empire Press, 2015).

Currently, Dr. Dunn is an Assistant Professor of Literature and Language and Creative Writing and is the Associate Vice President for Institutional Diversity at Central Michigan University.

Associate Director, Lynn Curry
Phone: (989) 774-1138

Coming from an interdisciplinary background and having worked in higher education, I am very excited to receive the opportunity to work with the McNair Scholars Program at CMU. Besides the continuous challenge of working to enhance the program, my favorite part of the job is working closely with our scholars! I enjoy seeing them grow, encouraging them to think about things in a new light and helping them to set and achieve goals for themselves that perhaps they might not have considered otherwise. This personal interaction is hugely satisfying and I look forward to working with and inspiring future scholars!
Kim WhitneyProgram Assistant, Kim Whitney
Phone: (989) 774-1364

I am thrilled to be working with the McNair Scholars as the Program Assistant and a CMU employee.  I have always loved working with kids.  I served as a daycare provider and an Administrative Assistant at a local middle-high school before coming to join McNair.  I love watching the students grow and succeed, not only in academia, but in life.
  I hope to be able to encourage them, keep them motivated and on track so they can fulfill their dreams and move toward a rewarding future.