Congratulations to the 2023-24 All-Southern Conference Faculty and Staff Team from UNC Greensboro:
Dr. Stuart Marcovitch, Department of Psychology
Ms. Trina Porcher, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Dr. Stuart Marcovitch joined UNCG in 2004 as an Assistant Professor, was promoted to an Associate Professor with tenure in 2010, and to the rank of Professor in 2016. Dr. Marcovitch is an expert in the topic of cognitive development, interested in how the emergence of cognitive skills affect everyday behavior. He has amassed over three million dollars in federal grant funding for his research and has over 65 peer reviewed publications. His expertise landed him the position of Editor-in-Chief for one of the discipline’s leading journals, Cognitive Development. In addition, he is currently serving as the President of the Jean Piaget Society.
He has mentored over 120 undergraduate students, many of whom are in professional and academic positions today and has proudly presided over four successful dissertation committees.
Dr. Marcovitch is currently in his ninth year as the Department Head for Psychology. As in his previous roles as faculty senator and graduate program director, he is intimately involved in working directly with university administration to ensure the best learning environments for students and faculty alike.
Along with his research partner and wife, Dr. Janet Bosevoski, Dr. Marcovitch is involved in a number of community outreach projects, most notably every other Saturday in LeBauer park providing free crafts for children and child development information for their parents. Most importantly, Dr. Marcovitch has been a proud season ticket holder for Spartans basketball since 2012!
Trina Porcher came to UNC Greensboro as a United States Air Force veteran in 2007 to pursue a degree in Biology. While in the USAF, she served as Operations Resource Manager at McGuire, AFB, 305 Operations Group with the 6th Airlift Squadron and earned achievement medals and an accommodation medal during her enlistment. She worked at UNC Greensboro for 16 years and is currently a Business Officer in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department.
Ms. Porcher has made a lasting impact across the University through her extensive service at all levels. She is a regular supporter of the Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creativity Office, assisting with the annual Thomas Undergraduate Expo. She was involved for many years with the Research Administrators’ Network (RAN), an inter-university network to promote best practices to support the academic community at research universities.
She took part in the Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Fundamentals (EEODF) training in 2019 and adult Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training in 2021. Finally, she has been active at the University level in the Staff Senate, serving as a senator at least four times. During this time, she participated in Greensboro Children’s Museum – garden clean up, coat, food and teaching supply drives, Angel Tree and numerous Habitat for Humanity builds where she learned roofing, hardwood floor installation and painting.
Ms. Porcher is also a devoted alumna of UNCG, where she earned a BS degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. She regularly organizes group attendance at home UNCG basketball games by purchasing tickets for the Department, including reserving the “Spartan Spot” for Department outings. The games are a popular social activity attended by students, faculty, staff, and their families. When Ms. Porcher is not busy at work she enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time with family and friends.