April 2020 Announcements

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Coronavirus Updates:

  • Survey of Spring 2020 Instructors of Record: Instructors of record who were scheduled to teach at least one face-to-face course in Spring 2020 should have received an invitation today from the provost to participate in a brief survey. The survey, which takes about 10 minutes to complete, asks how prepared you felt to make the necessary transitions in your course(s) due to COVID-19. Your responses will improve NC State’s ability to help instructors respond to future disruptions.
  • NC State is moving all courses online for summer sessions 1 and 2 in 2020. Courses already scheduled as face-to-face for summer 2020 sessions will be automatically adjusted to reflect online delivery. Tuition and fees charged to students will be assessed at the online rate. Faculty and other instructors are also being encouraged to offer additional online summer classes to provide more opportunities for students. Please regularly check the summer sessions website for updated information and new summer online course options. Students with questions should contact the Student Services Center.
  • Many NC State students are facing new and overwhelming challenges, and alumni and friends have asked how they can help. The Student Emergency Fund was established to help ensure that NC State students have access to the support and resources they need to successfully recover from unexpected financial crises and remain on track academically. Gifts to the Student Emergency Fund will quickly and directly help those dealing with unexpected financial crises such as loss of income, reliable technology, childcare, housing and medical expenses. Please consider making a gift today.
  • In response to the spread of COVID-19, and to help ensure the health and safety of the campus and broader community, NC State is canceling all university-related in-person academic, athletic and 4-H summer 2020 camps for K-12 students. This includes camps on NC State’s campus in Raleigh and at other locations. Attendees who have already registered and paid for camps will be contacted by the host regarding refund options. Several academic-focused camps are working to move their programs online; please check with the hosting college or unit for details. Existing online summer camps and activities will continue as previously planned.

Administrator Search Updates:

  • Myron Floyd has been named dean of the College of Natural Resources at NC State after a nationwide search. His appointment became effective April 1, pending Board of Trustees approval. Most recently, Floyd served as the interim dean of the College of Natural Resources. He first joined the college in 2005 as a professor in the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management. In 2010, he was appointed to serve as director of graduate programs for the department, and in 2014 he became department head.

From the Office of Faculty Affairs:

  • Interested in teaching or conducting research abroad? Consider a Fulbright Fellowship.  Fulbright funds over 2,000 awards annually in more than 140 countries. As a Fulbright Scholar you can expand your network, foster lasting relationships, serve as an ambassador for international exchange, and gain valuable experience working and teaching abroad. Fulbright is family-friendly and flexible; Fellowships range anywhere from two weeks, in the case of Fulbright Specialists, to a year for Fulbright scholars. Join us on May 14 from 1-2 p.m. for our Spring Fulbright Informational Session. Fulbright Outreach and Recruitment Specialist Michelle Bolourchi will provide an overview of current Fulbright programming, answer your questions, and offer suggestions for applicants. This event will be recorded for those unable to attend. Please RSVP for this virtual event via the Google form. The Zoom link for this event will be shared with those who RSVP in advance of the session. For more information, please contact Director of External Faculty Awards and Recognition Maria Almanza at maria_almanza@ncsu.edu.
  • Dr. Almanza will also be hosting Fulbright Fridays every Friday from May 1 to Sep. 4 to provide the opportunity for faculty and staff to get one-on-one advice on Fulbright programming and support for developing your application materials. Fulbright Fridays are aimed at applicants at all stages of the process, whether you are just contemplating applying or are working on materials. Dr. Almanza will be available for individual appointments, for up to an hour, based on the needs of applicants. To reach more faculty, available time slots will alternate each week between 9-12 and 12-3. Interested faculty and staff can sign up by searching the Google calendar available here. To sign up: 1) Click on an available calendar slot. 2) At the bottom of the “Book Appointment” screen, click save. This will automatically send an invite to Dr. Almanza and place a hold on the time slot. 3) She will email you shortly after to gather more information about your needs and to share a zoom invite to the meeting. For more information or if you have difficulties in booking an appointment, please contact Dr. Almanza.

From the Office of Faculty Development:

  • In an effort to keep conversation going during these challenging times, the Office of Faculty Development has launched Faculty Forum, our new blog. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, we’ll post advice, tips, and tricks on a wide range of issues related to continuing your faculty work. If there are topics you wish to see covered (or topics you wish to write about), let us know.
  • We would like to remind you of NC State’s partnership with the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD): www.facultydiversity.org. If you haven’t already activated your free membership through our partnership with NCFDD, you can join online here: www.facultydiversity.org/join. As a member of NCFDD, you have access to these resources: www.facultydiversity.org/membership. Additionally, NCFDD has developed a list of support resources specific to COVID-19: https://www.facultydiversity.org/covid19. NCFDD offers an entirely virtual space where you can learn, connect with other NCFDD members, and access a variety of trainings based on your specific needs. Their online library offers 150+ webinars related to strategic planning, writing & research productivity, work-life balance, and more: https://www.facultydiversity.org/library?page=1.
  • Do you need help thinking through some aspect of your course now that it has moved online? OFD can help! Fill out our consultation request form here: https://forms.gle/9h5AGJHJ861iD1kj9

From the Office of Global Engagement:

  • Heidi Hobbs is the 2020 recipient of the Office of Global Engagement’s Jackson Rigney International Service Award, the highest honor for global engagement at NC State. Hobbs is the director of the master of international studies program in the School of Public and International Affairs, and associate professor of political science in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
  • The Outstanding Global Engagement Award encourages and recognizes outstanding accomplishment in globally engaged teaching, student support, research, extension, and/or engagement and economic development by faculty and non-faculty professionals of NC State. Nominees for this award should have made important international contributions in one or more of the following aspects of the university’s mission: Research and Discovery, Teaching and Learning, or Engagement, Extension and Economic Development with documented impacts and accomplishments. This year’s winners are: 
    • Michael Daniele, assistant professor, electrical and computer engineering, biomedical engineering
    • Paula Cray, department head and professor, population health and pathobiology
    • Yingjiao Xu, professor, textile and apparel, technology and management; director, Wilson College of Textiles doctoral programs
    • Jill Blitstein, international employment manager, Human Resources

From the NC State University Libraries:

  • Join the Libraries for a casual Open Café via Zoom and enjoy a relaxed, coffeeshop-style chat about Open Educational topics. Beginning April 22nd, and running every Wednesday at 10 a.m. for the foreseeable future, we’ll talk about a different topic. Drop in for ten minutes or stay for the whole hour!
  • The NC State University Libraries Special Collections Research Center, in consultation with the Culture & Animals Foundation, is postponing the Tom Regan Visiting Research Fellowship until summer 2021.
  • All NC State University Libraries facilities, including the Hunt and Hill Libraries, are now closed. However, the Libraries’ expanded online collections and services remain available. Further updates will be posted on social media and on the Libraries’ Coronavirus Response page. Follow @ncsulibraries on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

From NC State DELTA:

  • The DELTA Grants submission system is open now! View the Request for Proposals document for requirements for your proposals as well as specific information about each grant type. DELTA Grants is a competitive awards program for NC State faculty and staff. We are seeking collaborative partners from diverse disciplines across campus for the 2020-2021 DELTA Grants cycle. Partners will work with staff to provide innovative solutions for educational challenges. Award recipients whose projects are accepted for funding receive DELTA personnel support for the planning, design and development of online and distance education courses, blended learning, traditional courses, projects and faculty peer outreach assistance.
  • DELTA-Con will take place online Friday, April 24. Our annual unconference is an opportunity for faculty, staff and graduate students from across local higher education institutions to discover the latest in academic and technology innovation and share insights with peers. Register today!
  • DELTA has provided faculty with a variety of resources related to exam monitoring and online testing. Learn more about how DELTA can help ensure the integrity of your academic environment, with a focus on student assessment.
  • Are you using Zoom for virtual learning and have questions about privacy and security? DELTA is here to help. Learn more about how to keep your online learning environment safe.
  • The NC State Instructional Design Interest Group (IDIG) will meet virtually April 21 from 3–4 p.m. to discuss “Introducing the new Quick Start Course Shell Available in Wolfware copier”. DELTA’s Course Quality Team has created a template for Moodle that faculty can use to create a course with a consistent approach to information sharing and faculty expectations. The template has the most commonly needed elements and suggestions for structure in what is considered to be a sound instructional design framework. Join us for an overview and look at the template that is now available to all faculty and instructional support staff at NC State. 
    • Options to join: Join Zoom Meeting
    • ID: 205371496
    • ‪(US) +1 929-205-6099‬
    • 205371496@zoomcrc.com

From the Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity:

  • Looking for ways to make the best use of your time these days? Consider taking advantage of a variety of virtual learning opportunities from OIED. This includes DiversityEdu online cultural competence training, online workshops and more.

From the Office of Research and Innovation:

  • The Office of Research and Innovation has launched a COVID-19 research continuity web portal at https://research.ncsu.edu/coronavirus/. This portal provides information on critical research exception requests, contingency plan development, research compliance and more.
  • The Provost’s Office, along with the Office of Research and Innovation, has issued guidelines for purchasing exemptions during the COVID-19 pandemic. This information can be found here.
  • NC State inventors have developed preformed fibrin that mimics the body’s natural clotting process, which could enhance treatment outcomes in chronic wounds. Inventors in the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering, with support from the Office of Research Commercialization, are patenting this technology that could help heal chronic wounds faster and more effectively.
  • NC State’s Nonwovens Institute is using its two research and training pilot production lines to produce face mask materials that will be used to protect medical workers on the front lines of fighting the effects of COVID-19. Additionally, NC State’s Center for Additive Manufacturing and Logistics is putting 3D printers to work to create face shields for health care professionals.

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