Dr. Leak joined the Honors College as the Martin Scholars Program Faculty Fellow in 2017. A Professor of English and African American Literature, he joined the faculty in 1998. He is the former director of the Center for the Study of the New South in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and, most recently, served as UNC Charlotte's Faculty President (2015-2016). He values the opportunity to engage with a range of students and looks forward to working with them as they enter the Martin Scholars Program.