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January 2022 Announcements

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COVID-19 Updates:

  • NC State is following updated Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance for COVID-19 isolation and quarantine, issued on Dec. 27, 2021. Please click here to review the most up-to-date isolation and quarantine guidance from the university.
  • To be exempt from required weekly testing, students, faculty and staff must provide proof of vaccination to NC State. In addition to primary vaccinations, NC State is asking all students, faculty and staff to provide booster records to the university. Boosters are not required for weekly testing exemptions; however, booster shots can affect quarantine decisions made in accordance with guidelines from the CDC and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. For more information on uploading your records, please click here. To schedule a vaccine or booster appointment on campus, please click here.
  • All students, faculty, staff and visitors are required to wear face coverings while indoors on campus, as well as in any off-campus building or facility owned, controlled, managed or leased by NC State for the university’s use; and when riding on the Wolfline bus system, other forms of public transportation serving the NC State campus, or university passenger vans or buses. For more information about the face covering policy and exemptions to the requirement, please click here.
  • The university will continue closely monitoring COVID-19 conditions and following the guidance of health care officials, and we will update the campus community about any changes to our safety measures. Check for updates and information on the Protect the Pack website, and email with any COVID-related questions.
  • Earlier this month, Provost Arden provided guidance for spring 2022 instructors which included information on face-to-face classes and managing potential disruptions related to the pandemic. An instructor FAQ has also been updated for the spring semester.
  • NC State seeks volunteer assistance with COVID-19 campus support. Tasks include well check calls to students, running errands, staffing meals pick up locations, prepping rooms, and transporting students going to/from isolation/quarantine. Needs will likely vary day to day and this is expected to be a need for three to four weeks. Some of the tasks may not require someone to physically be on campus, so those doing telework could help as well. If you are an employee, before indicating you are interested we ask that you have a discussion with your supervisor. It is important to know if you have a critical role within your unit that would prevent you from being able to serve. If you have any questions please contact Justine Hollingshead at As we determine needs, we will be in touch. Fill out the volunteer form here

Administrator Updates

  • Interim Vice Provost for Digital Education and Learning Technology Applications (DELTA) Donna Petherbridge has been named permanent vice provost for DELTA, effective January 1. 
  • Associate dean and director for academic programs John Dole has been appointed interim dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, effective February 16, after Richard Linton’s departure from the position to become president of Kansas State University. A national search for the next dean will begin later this month, rather than in the fall as originally planned. The Provost’s Office will also hold a series of listening sessions with internal and external stakeholders on the dean search in coordination with the college’s strategic planning listening sessions.
  • 5-year Leadership Review for Global Engagement: A comprehensive leadership and program review of Senior Vice Provost Bailian Li and the Office of Global Engagement will be held this semester. An overview presentation of the goals and accomplishments of the office will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 9-10 a.m. via Zoom webinar at
  • Senior Vice Provost for University Interdisciplinary Programs search: The nomination committee held its first meeting on Dec. 1. The position and the job prospectus have been posted. Stay up to date on the search by visiting the search page on the Provost’s Office website or
  • Senior Vice Provost for Instructional Programs search: The position and the job prospectus have been posted. The nomination committee will hold its mid-search review meeting on Jan. 26. Stay up to date on the search by visiting the search page on the Provost’s Office website or
  • Dean of the College of Education search: The nomination committee will meet on Jan. 20 to identify a small handful of candidates for first round interviews which will take place in early February. Stay up to date on the search by visiting the search page on the Provost’s Office website or
  • Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine search: The nomination committee met on Jan. 11 to identify a small handful of candidates for first round interviews which will take place later this month. Stay up to date on the search by visiting the search page on the Provost’s Office website or

From the Office of Assessment and Accreditation:

  • The 2024 SACSCOC Reaffirmation Steering Committee invites the NC State community to participate in the development of pre-proposals for the university’s 2024-2029 Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). The overall QEP proposal process will be conducted in two phases: the pre-proposal phase, which officially kicked off on October 27, followed by a full proposal development phase in spring 2022. To learn more about the pre-proposal process, visit the QEP website for background information for preparing a pre-proposal, components of a pre-proposal and the selection process timeline. The deadline for pre-proposal submissions has been extended to midnight on Friday, January 28. Learn more.

From the Coastal Resilience and Sustainability Initiative:

  • NC State’s Coastal Resilience and Sustainability Initiative and Center for Marine Science and Technology (CMAST) are co-hosting a spring seminar series that will answer the question, “What is the Future of Research, Communications and Applications in Coastal Resilience and Sustainability?” Virtual weekly seminars will be streamed from 11 a.m. – noon (EST) each Friday throughout the spring semester. Join us as NC State faculty and staff and outside experts address the Initiative’s six themes. Seminar topics and streaming information are available on the Initiative’s events page


From the Office of Global Engagement:

  • NC State Global is accepting nominations for our Distinguished Global Alumni Award. This award honors former international students who have used their education to distinguish themselves through outstanding achievements. The nomination deadline is March 1, and nominees will be honored at our annual Global Engagement Expo on April 20, at Hunt Library. Learn more and apply here. Alumni who are current NC State staff/faculty are not eligible for this award. 
  • Two of NC State Global’s sub-units, the Study Abroad Office and the Global Training Initiative (GTI), have recently hired new staff members
  • NC State Global recently launched its 2021-22 Global Engagement Institute (GEI). The GEI is an annual program offered by the the office to provide professional development for faculty interested in developing international collaborations. This year’s GEI cohort is coordinated by NC State Global staff, David Dixon, director of global partnerships and Heidi Hobbs, director of faculty engagement.

From the Office of Information Technology:

  • The Office of Information Technology (OIT) will perform extended IT maintenance from 6 a.m. Saturday, February 5 to 6 p.m. Sunday, February 6 that will involve the shutdown and movement of equipment, hardware replacement and infrastructure configuration.
  • NC State faculty and staff are invited to participate in Accessibility in the Classroom from February 7 to March 21. This six-week self-paced online course provides an introduction to digital accessibility and offers multiple practical methods to incorporate accessibility into face-to-face, hybrid online and online classrooms. It is available to all UNC System faculty and staff for free. Participants who complete the course successfully will receive a joint certificate from NC State University and the UNC System office. To register, visit REPORTER. If you have any questions, contact Rebecca Sitton, NC State IT Accessibility Coordinator, at or 919.513.4087.
  • OIT reminds campus purchasers to submit IT Purchase Compliance requests as soon as possible. OIT’s IT Purchase Compliance applies to all IT purchases that: involve highly sensitive data (purple data), HIPAA and the Payment Card Industry; are subject to Export Control Regulations; and have a cost of $5,000 or more. Reviews typically take anywhere from two to 12 weeks, depending on the complexity of the review and the supplier responsiveness.

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