Meet the Staff

Pereira, Ph.D.
Malin Pereira, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Honors College

Chief administrator of the Crown Scholars Program and Professor of English, Dr. Pereira joined the Honors College as Executive Director in 2012 after chairing the Department of English. Professor Pereira’s area of scholarly expertise is contemporary African American poetics. Her vision for the Honors College is to make honors opportunities available to all high achieving students; to that end, she provides support to all honors students on campus. Her favorite honors course to teach is called “Reading in Slow Motion.” She is excited about the recent opening of Levine Hall, which includes both a residence hall for all honors students and merit scholars as well as an administrative wing with offices for the Honors College faculty, staff, and students. 

Jennifer Warner, Ph.D.
Jennifer Warner, Ph.D.
Director, University Honors Program in the Honors College

Dr. Warner was Vice Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences before joining the Honors College in 2014 to direct the University Honors Program. She enjoys teaching a variety of courses for the Honors College and the Department of Biological Sciences. She looks forward to working with new Crown Scholars as members of the University Honors Program.

Karen James, J.D., M.A.T.
Karen James, J.D., M.A.T.
Associate Director for Scholars Advising, Honors College

Ms. James came to UNC Charlotte and the Honors College in 2013 from the Morehead-Cain Foundation in Chapel Hill. Ms. James advises Crown Scholars, as well as students in UHP, those preparing to apply for prestigious awards and fellowships such as the Truman or the Goldwater, and students interested in pre-health professions. Ms. James earned three degrees from UNC-Chapel Hill, and she practiced law for ten years before returning to Chapel Hill to work with students. She becomes a full-time student two days every year to keep her law license active.

Reuben Howden
Reuben Howden, Ph.D
Crown Scholars Program Faculty Fellow
Faculty Fellow for new Crown Scholar students, Dr. Howden is an Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology, where he has been a faculty member since 2008.  He is Director of the Laboratory of Systems Physiology and Group Leader of a busy research team investigating cardiovascular health.  Dr. Howden serves on the Kinesiology Honors program committee and the Honors Council, as well as supervising research projects of Honors and Scholar students.

Shannon Zurell-Carey
Shannon Zurell-Carey
Administrative Associate

Mrs. Zurell-Carey has worked at UNC Charlotte for over 13 years, joining the Honors College in August, 2013. She provides administrative support for all Honors College programs, courses, and events, including the Crown Scholars Program. She enjoys attending her kids' extracurricular activities, bowling, reading, and cooking.

Gretchen Bagley, NCCP
Administrative Assistant

Gretchen Bagley joined the Honors College in early 2015 from the legal industry. She provides administrative support for the University Honors Program and Crown Scholars Program, as well as other Honors College programs and events. Mrs. Bagley is a North Carolina Bar Certified Paralegal and a North Carolina Notary Public.