- Fulbright Award (1996)
Kathryn Firmin-Sellers served on the faculty at Indiana University Bloomington from 1993 to 2000. She first joined IU as a lecturer of political science in 1993 and was promoted to assistant professor in 1994 and associate professor in 1999. During her time at IU, she received a Fulbright award to research in Ghana, Africa in 1996. Firmin-Sellers left academia and served in roles with the Lake Norman Community Development Council and the Davidson Partnership for Children and Families prior to being appointed the senior relationship manager at United Way of Central Carolinas where she served from 2005 to 2007. Following her role with United Way, Firmin-Sellers served for 11 years with Safe Alliance, a place of crisis services for those impacted by domestic violence and sexual assault. She served as director of process improvement, chief strategy officer, and most recently as chief operating officer. In 2018, Firmin-Sellers returned to United Way where she currently holds the title of chief impact officer of United Way of Central Carolinas.
She is a member of the board of directors for the Institute for Social Capital. Firmin-Sellers received a B.A. in Political Science and French from Carleton College in 1987, a master's degree in political science from Duke University, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Duke in 1993.