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December 2019 Announcements

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  • An open search for the vice chancellor and dean of the Division of Academic and Student Affairs (DASA) is underway. The nomination committee is chaired by Louis Hunt, senior vice provost for Enrollment Management and Services. Stay up to date on the search by visiting the search page on the Provost’s Office website or
  • The nomination committee for the search for the dean of the College of Natural Resources met recently for a mid-search review to ensure NC State is receiving the caliber of candidates expected for this position. The position posted in October and the nomination committee will meet again in January to identify a small handful of candidates for first round interviews, with the goal of bringing in two to four finalist candidates for on-campus interviews to tentatively be conducted in late February or early March. Stay up to date on the search by visiting the search page on the Provost’s Office website or at
  • The recent talk by author and journalist David Wallace-Wells “The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming” is now available online. A video of the event taken by DELTA is on NC State’s Speakers and Lectures Committee website and will be available until April 15, 2020. Viewing this video requires Unity ID to access.
  • It’s time to begin preparations for the annual Holiday Energy Savings Initiative. Since 2005 the Holiday Energy Savings Initiative has avoided over $4 million in utility costs. The initiative begins Thursday, December 19, and concludes Sunday, January 5, 2020. Throughout this period, varying levels of energy-saving activity will be in effect based upon building types and occupancy. Most campus buildings will be affected with the exception of research labs, animal facilities and designated facilities that are critical to the university’s mission. See the Holiday Energy Savings Initiative website for more information.
  • Two faculty members have been elected as fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. They are: Carol K. Hall, Camille Dreyfus Distinguished University Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; and Jacqueline Krim, Distinguished University Professor of Physics. They are among 443 scientists to be honored this year by AAAS, the world’s largest scientific society and publisher of the journal Science.
  • Three faculty members have been named fellows of the National Academy of Inventors. They are: Rodolphe Barrangou, Todd R. Klaenhammer Distinguished Professor in Probiotics Research; Kenneth R. Swartzel, William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences; and Carlos Pignataro, an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
  • NC State’s Make-A-Thon is coming up January 24-26, 2020. In this three-day event, NC State student teams research, design, prototype and build a new solution that addresses a sustainability challenge. On the last day, community and industry sustainability experts evaluate solutions and award nearly $5,000 in prizes to the top teams in each category, as well as a grand prize to the overall winner. Please email with any questions.

From NC State DELTA:

  • Drop into one of DELTA’s Open Labs on Dec. 13 and Dec. 17 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for individualized help with all your academic technology needs including Moodle, My Mediasite, Zoom, Top Hat and more. We’re here to answer your questions and offer tips for getting the most out of WolfWare tools.
  • DELTA’s last day of help desk operation before the university’s winter break and the grade submission deadline is Friday, December 20. Let us know if you need help.
  • New to NC State’s learning technologies available in WolfWare? Check out the online workshop for new faculty held January 2 for a primer on each tool. 
  • Kick off the spring 2020 semester with a Moodle Boot Camp held January 3. Whether you’re seeking to become familiar with Moodle or a seasoned instructor looking to refine your skills, this event is for you! Registration for all sessions is encouraged, not required. 
  • Are you interested in project management and Agile philosophy? Check out the Project Management and Agile Community meeting January 8 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. at CTI. All are welcome! 

From the Office of Assessment:

  • Annual academic program assessment reports are due to be submitted and routed to department heads by February 28, 2020 in APA. The Office of Assessment has resources available on our website and is offering drop-in sessions for faculty to bring report drafts for review. The Office of Assessment also offers individual consultations. Please email Dr. Stephany Dunstan ( for assistance or additional information.

From the Office of Faculty Development:

  • Registration is now open for the Teaching and Learning Symposium, which will be held on Friday, February 28, 2020 (9:30 a.m.–3:15 p.m.) at the McKimmon Center. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in interactive sessions led by NC State faculty, attend a keynote lecture, and meet and talk with NC State peers who are interested in teaching and learning. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Thomas J. Tobin, co-author of Reach Everyone, Teach Everyone: Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education, our Fall 2019 Reading Circle selection. Please register to attend the Teaching and Learning Symposium at: The Symposium (including lunch) is free of charge. Registration is for the full day, but attendees may come and go as needed. If you are interested in submitting a session, roundtable, or poster proposal, please see the Call for Proposals.
  • 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). 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. Space will be limited for each retreat, so please sign up early if interested at
  • Applications for the Spring 2020 cohort for the Core Teaching Certification |CTC| are now being accepted. Faculty participants complete one learning module and reflective activities in five core competencies: reflective teaching, instructional design, assessment of student learning, student-centered teaching and assessment of teaching. There are a variety of modules from which to choose, offered both face-to-face and online. For more information, please visit

From the Office of Global Engagement:

  • 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. Nominees 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. 
  • The Global Engagement Institute has thirteen new participants for the 2019-20 academic year. These faculty and staff interested in broadening their international work experience will now have the support of a professional development program with expert consultants, workshops tailored to their research, and a funded conference to collaborate with NC State’s strategic partners in Australia. Learn more about the faculty and staff involved in the 2019-20 Global Engagement Institute.
  • NC State faculty are eligible to apply for $10,000 per project to stimulate collaboration among the members of AC21, an international network comprised of educational, research and industrial organizations throughout the world. The AC21 Special Project Fund was created in order to bring together members of AC21 Universities, encouraging and introducing new research opportunities, exchange, and networking for academics.Applications will be accepted through January 31, 2020. Learn more about applying for funding.
  • The Internationalization Seed Grant program is now accepting applications through 5:00 p.m. on January 9, 2020. The aim of the Internationalization Seed Grant program is to provide grants that improve the range of international partnerships at NC State and foster meaningful, collaborative, global scholarship and engagement. Strategic and deliberate collaborations that lead to the development of joint research proposals, student mobility programs, adjunct appointments and scholarly activities are encouraged. The maximum award, not including cost sharing funds from domestic and international partners, is $5,000. Apply today!

From the Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity:

  • Registration is now open for the 2020 Sisterhood Dinner, which will take place Monday, February 24 in Talley Student Union, State Ballroom. This annual event, open to all members of the campus community, celebrates the contributions and accomplishments of NC State women. This year’s theme is “Writing the Next Chapter” in recognition of the 35th anniversary of this event. Event registration information can be found on the Council for the Status of Women website: Table registration is $350 for 8 seats.  Individual registration is $45 per seat. Registration deadline is Friday, January 24 unless tables are sold out prior to that date.
  • Nominate someone today for the Equity for Women Awards. The NC State Council on the Status of Women invites you to nominate NC State faculty, staff and students for the Equity for Women Award. This award is made annually to recognize faculty, staff and students for their outstanding dedication to establishing equity for women at NC State. This year, we will be giving up to four awards. Faculty, staff and Students and be nominated here. Further information can be found on the Council on the Status of Women website. Nominations will close at Noon on Friday, January 17. If you have any questions, please email or call 919-515-2012 and ask for Lisa LaBarbera-Mascote.
  • NC State’s 2020 Martin Luther King, Jr. Campus Commemoration will bring National Book Award Winner Ibram X. Kendi to Stewart Theatre 1:3 –3 p.m., Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. The talk is open to students, faculty and staff. Kendi is professor and founding director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University and a 2016 National Book Award Winner for Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
  • The Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity is offering the new Foundations of Cultural Competence and inclusivity Certificate Program for faculty. This program provides multiple levels of engagement in the areas of cultural competence and cultural intelligence and builds awareness, knowledge, and skills in cultural competence. It is highly recommended that all faculty take the online training and, if desired, continue with the next two components to complete their certification. Enrollment for this opportunity is ongoing. To learn more, visit Increasing Cultural Competency and Inclusivity at NC State.

From the Office of Research and Innovation:

  • College of Veterinary Medicine professor Matthew Breen has developed an innovative way to detect bladder cancer in dogs. The test, called CADET® BRAF, is the only non-invasive approach and can detect bladder cancer in the early stages of the disease, potentially leading to improved outcomes. Learn more about Breen and CADET® BRAF.
  • Ultra-fast speed meets unparalleled responsiveness. That’s the promise of fifth generation (5G) wireless networks. And now, NC State is the newest hub for driving 5G innovation. Earlier this year, the Research Triangle region was selected to host the country’s third advanced wireless research facility. It’s part of a nationwide effort to explore avenues for improving wireless communication, led by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and jointly coordinated by U.S. Ignite and Northeastern University. Learn more.
  • Wade Fulghum has been selected for the position of Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research Commercialization. Wade has served as Interim Executive Director for Research Commercialization since early 2018. He has been with NC State for over twelve years and has been with Research Commercialization since 2011.

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