Newswise — Charles Parrott, associate professor in the Department of Theater & Performance Studies at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, GA, has been selected as a 2020 Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)–Arts and Humanities Faculty Mentor Awardee. The award consists of a plaque and $1,000 for the recipient’s work with undergraduate researchers.

Dr. Parrott earned BA degrees in sociology and speech communications from Hastings College, an MA in communication studies from Ball State University, and a PhD in speech communication from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He is director of the KSU Tellers, a storytelling troupe that has appeared at nearly 100 public events and presented original solo and group performances that are rooted in research. One project involved the development of a storytelling curriculum at the Global Village Project, a school for refugee girls in Decatur, GA.

Said Lindsay Currie, CUR’s executive officer, “Dr. Parrott’s innovative work has involved undergraduate researchers in new interpretations of folktales, fairy tales, literary works, personal narratives, and other story forms, as well as empowered diverse students, faculty, and communities. His support of projects focusing on subjects such as LGBTQ representation and the situation of military veterans transitioning to civilian life shows a commitment to wide-ranging student research and better understanding of the experiences of these individuals.”

Said Ivan Pulinkala, dean of the KSU College of the Arts, "Congratulations to Dr. Charlie Parrott on receiving this meritorious national recognition for his work with the KSU Tellers. ArtsKSU is distinguished by our community-based practices that this award recognizes.” 

The CUR–Arts and Humanities Faculty Mentor Awards were established in 2018 through an endowment by 2012 CUR Fellow Joyce Kinkead (Utah State University) to nurture undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative inquiry in arts and humanities disciplines.


Council on Undergraduate Research: The Council on Undergraduate Research supports faculty development for high-quality undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship. More than 700 institutions and more than 13,000 individuals belong to CUR. CUR believes that the best way to capture student interest and create enthusiasm for a discipline is through research in close collaboration with faculty members.

Kennesaw State University: A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees to its approximately 38,000 students. With 13 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties, and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe.