Dr. Tiffany Kershner
Director, Fellowship Advising Office
Adjunct Teaching Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Hailing from a small coal-mining town in northeastern Pennsylvania, Dr. Tiffany Kershner began her training in anthropology at the University of Iowa where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and with Distinction and Honors. After Iowa, she received a Master’s Degree in Anthropology from SUNY-Albany. Her training continued at Indiana University where she focused on linguistics and African languages, completing another MA and then her doctorate in Linguistics. After several years teaching at Kansas State University, Dr. Kershner joined NC State in Fall 2011 as their new Coordinator for Distinguished Scholarships and Fellowships.
Dr. Kershner has an extensive background in linguistic and cultural anthropology, descriptive linguistics, and African languages. She has done intensive fieldwork amongst the Sukwa culture of Malawi, through which she received funding through a Fulbright Student Grant and a National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement Grant. She also served for two years as a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Linguistics at Carleton College. Some of her current research interests in language and culture include African oral literature, cultural semantics and pragmatics, and tense, aspect, and verb classification systems. She began a new linguistic documentation project in Comoros in summer 2009.
Advisor and Recruiter for Distinguished Scholarships and Fellowships
Alsace Gallop is a North Carolina native with interests in science, public health, writing, music, and education. She attended high school at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. Ms. Gallop received a full ride to the University of Maryland in College Park, MD as a Banneker/Key Scholar, where she was inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa and earned a B.S. in biological sciences. Afterwards, she earned an MHA in health policy and administration with a focus in marketing from the School of Public Health (now the Gillings School of Global Public Health) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she researched health services utilization during an exchange at the Polytechnic University of Valencia in Spain.
Prior to joining the Fellowship Advising Office in 2016, Ms. Gallop applied her marketing and communications skills to healthcare before working for nearly four years in higher education as a webmaster, press liaison, and a departmental fellowships assistant at UNC-Chapel Hill. In that role she also served as the program assistant for nationally competitive and prestigious awards and recruited and advised hundreds of students and alumni, including UNC-Chapel Hill’s first Udall Scholar of Native American descent, first Mount Vernon Leadership Fellow, first Churchill Scholar in five years, and first Marshall Scholar in nine years.