November 2019 Announcements

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  • The Provost is responsible for reviewing the administrative performance of vice provosts at least every five years. A review of Vice Provost Katharine Stewart and the Office of Faculty Affairs has been scheduled this semester. As part of the review, the campus community is invited to attend an overview presentation of the unit’s goals and accomplishments on Wednesday, December 4, from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in Talley Student Union, Mountains Ballroom. The review process also includes surveys of specific populations (e.g., senior leadership, advisory committee members, unit employees) who interact regularly with Dr. Stewart. If you are invited to participate in a survey for the review, your thoughtful and timely response helps to ensure that the leadership review is as accurate and comprehensive as possible. 
  • Provost Arden invites applications for the Provost’s Faculty Fellows Program for Fall 2020. The program is designed for current NC State faculty who are interested in learning more about academic affairs administration at the university, in developing their skills as faculty leaders, and in working closely with Provost’s Office staff on projects that are meaningful to them and to the university. Up to six (6) faculty fellows will be selected and their departments will be provided with 25% salary release funds to cover the time commitment required for participation. Fellowships may be for one or two semesters beginning in Fall 2020. Learn more about the program and the application process at go.ncsu.edu/faculty-fellows. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, November 15. 
  • NC State will hold a Fulbright Informational Session on Tuesday, November 19 from 2-3:15 p.m. in Witherspoon Student Center, Room 126. This panel discussion is geared towards faculty interested in applying for a range of Fulbright Fellowships, including Fulbright Specialist, Fulbright Chair and Fulbright Scholar. Past recipients will discuss the application process and tips for preparing a competitive application, as well as highlight the benefits of teaching and conducting research abroad. Please direct all questions to Maria Almanza, Director of External Faculty Awards and Recognition in the Office of Faculty Affairs at maria_almanza@ncsu.edu. Please RSVP using the event Google form by Thursday, November 14. Visit the Fulbright U.S. Scholars Program website for more information.
  • New department head: Paul Dayton has been named interim head of the Department of Biomedical Engineering in the College of Engineering.
  • Rupert Nacoste, Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor of Psychology, is a campus leader and a national voice in diversity awareness and understanding. In his recent article Five Tips: How to Interact Well in Neo-Diverse America, Nacoste shares insight on engaging with others in a diverse society.  
  • Improvements to I-440 – between just south of Walnut Street in Cary and north of Wade Avenue in Raleigh – are needed to improve traffic flow, access and efficiency along the roadway (referred to locally as the Raleigh Beltline). The first phase improvements have begun and include widening I-440 from four to six lanes. Learn more about the project and stay up to date on campus impacts by visiting https://transportation.ncsu.edu/i-440-ncsu-updates/
  • Art’s Work in the Age of Biotechnology: Shaping Our Genetic Futures is a visually stunning and thought-provoking exhibition aimed at raising awareness about genetic engineering, biotechnologies, and their consequences through the lens of art and design. The exhibition, running until March 2020, is organized by the NC State University Libraries and the Genetic Engineering and Society Center, and shown at the Gregg Museum of Art & Design, in the physical and digital display spaces of the Libraries, and on the grounds of the North Carolina Museum of Art. Author Margaret Atwood—whose classic novel The Handmaid’s Tale has garnered renewed interest through an acclaimed television series—will visit NC State as a part of Art’s Work on Friday, November 15 from 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. in the State Ballroom at the Talley Student Union. The event is sold out, but members of the NC State community may live-stream the event at go.ncsu.edu/atwood-live. Requires login with Unity ID.

From NC State DELTA:

  • Get started with Quality Matters by registering for the flagship workshop, Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR), to learn about the QM Rubric and course review process as well as how to apply the concept of alignment and draft helpful recommendations for course improvement. 
    • In-person APPQMR workshop will be held Wednesday, December 13 from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in D.H. Hill Library. 
    • Online APPQMR workshop begins Tuesday, December 3 and will run over the course of two weeks. Participants can expect to commit 7-8 hours per week. 

From the Office of Faculty Development:

  • The Office of Faculty Development invites NC State faculty and professional staff to submit session, roundtable, and poster proposals for the 2020 Teaching and Learning Symposium. The symposium will take place Friday, February 28, 2020, at the McKimmon Center. Proposals can deal with a wide variety of topics, including teaching with technology, innovative pedagogical techniques, creativity in teaching and learning, SoTL (Scholarship of Teaching and Learning), Scholarship of Community Engagement projects, inclusive teaching, sustainability in teaching and more. Proposals for symposium sessions and roundtables should be submitted no later than 5 p.m. on Wednesday, December 18. Poster proposals should be submitted no later than 5 p.m. on Wednesday, January 8, 2020. For more information, visit https://ofd.ncsu.edu/events-and-programs/teaching-learning-symposium/.
  • Does the thought of end-of-the semester grading make you cringe? A quiet space, group support, and refreshments may help with that. The Office of Faculty Development has partnered with NC State University Libraries to offer Grading Retreats at the end of fall and spring semesters for all NC State faculty: Monday, December 16, 2019 and Monday, May 4, 2020. Retreats will be held in the Faculty Research Commons in James B. Hunt Jr. Library (Centennial Campus). Join your peers and motivate each other to get the job done! OFD staff will be on hand for any consultation desired to help make the job less onerous. Coffee/tea/water and a light breakfast will be provided. Registration is for the full-day event (8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.), but please feel free to come and go as needed — join us all day, in the morning, in the afternoon, or even just for an hour or two! Space will be limited for each retreat, so please sign up early if interested at go.ncsu.edu/gradingretreat.

From the Office of Global Engagement:

  • The Global Training Initiative Thanksgiving Homestay applications now open! The program provides international visiting students at NC State an opportunity to experience this American tradition during the Thanksgiving holiday. Local families, faculty, staff, alumni, and students are encouraged to sign up as hosts. All applications are due by Monday, November 18th. Hosts will be notified of their matches and provided with guest information by Wednesday, November 20th and will be responsible for contacting the guest(s). For more information, visit https://gti.ncsu.edu/gti-thanksgiving-homestay-program/.
  • Faculty and staff who have made significant contributions to global engagement at NC State are eligible to be nominated for two different global award categories; the Jackson Rigney International Service Award and the Outstanding Global Engagement Award. The awards aim to laud individuals at NC State who are making a difference in internationalization. NC State Global coordinates the efforts with our advisory committees to select deserving awardees every spring semester. Nominees for the Outstanding Global Engagement Award and Jackson Rigney International Service Award will be recognized at the annual Global Engagement Exposition, featuring an awards ceremony, poster session, networking and lunch. 2020 nominations are due Friday, January 31, 2020.

From the Office of Research and Innovation:

  • The Office of Research and Innovation will host the Research Leadership Academy, with the theme of Communicating Your Research on Tuesday, December 10 from noon-1:30 p.m. at the James B. Hunt Library, Duke Energy Halls C&D. Registration is required. The Research Leadership Academy (RLA) is composed of the university’s most outstanding faculty researchers and mentors from diverse fields who promote a culture of research leadership at NC State. This event is focused on how faculty communicate their research, using traditional and non-traditional platforms. In this forum, faculty will have the opportunity to hear from, and question, a panel of the following experts engaged in communicating research at NC State:
    • Derek Ham, Assistant Professor, College of Design
    • Katie Mack, Assistant Professor, College of Sciences
    • Matt Shipman, Research Communications Lead, University Communications
    • Adrian Smith, Head, Evolutionary Biology & Behavior Research Lab
  • The Data Sciences Initiative coordinates the strong data science programs, initiatives and activities at NC State. Visit their new website here.
  • The IBM Q Hub at NC State is part of a worldwide community of leading Fortune 500 companies, startups, academic institutions, and national research labs working with IBM to advance quantum computing. Visit their new website here.

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