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2022-23 Provost’s Faculty Fellows Announced

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The Office for Faculty Excellence and the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost have announced the 2022-23 class of Provost’s Faculty Fellows.

The Provost’s Faculty Fellows Program supports talented faculty in the exploration of academic leadership roles at the university’s highest levels. Current NC State faculty interested in learning more about academic affairs administration can hone their skills as faculty leaders through working closely with Provost’s Office staff on projects that are meaningful to them and the university.

“Our Faculty Fellows already lead in the lab and classroom, and we want to give them the opportunity to grow both personally and professionally through exposure to various facets of academic administration,” said Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Warwick Arden. “Each Fellow will utilize their projects that advance the university’s strategic mission and vision to better serve fellow faculty, as well as staff and students.”

Fellows have the opportunity to shadow the provost in meetings or other activities that are relevant to their areas of interest or to their project area, and may participate in individual leadership coaching conversations with senior vice provosts or vice provosts. Fellowships typically last for one or two semesters.

Learn more about the five 2022-23 fellows, their mentors and their projects below. We’ve also included information about Provost Fellow James Mulholland, who is completing his fellowship in 2021-22.

Huiling Ding

Huiling Ding

Professor, Department of English; Director of Master of Science in Technical Communication Program

Mentors: Bailian Li, Vice Provost for Global Engagement and Peter Harries, Dean of the Graduate School

Project: Analytics-Driven Academic Pathways To High-Impact Education (ADAPT): Preparing Students (and Faculty) for Future of Work with Real-time Labor Market Analytics

This project aims to help cultivate real-time labor market information (RT LMI) literacy among academic administrators, program directors and faculty to help them make data-informed decisions at programmatic levels with high-quality labor market analytics. To assist with curricular updates as well as program development, marketing and assessment, I will develop educational modules, implement pilot tests and propose recommendations to empower administrators, faculty and students with the latest and comprehensive analytics about labor market trends, program outcomes, and competencies and skills. 

Deliverables include a landscape survey to examine what peer institutions have accomplished through the implementation of RT LMI tools. Then a pilot study will be developed and a recruitment effort undertaken to identify colleges and academic programs interested in taking part. Workshops and training materials will be developed to help program directors and interested faculty apply RT LMI analytics to enhance student success, with particular attention paid to marketable skills and core competencies, as well as global experiences and perspectives. The ultimate goal of ADAPT is to help deliver high-impact education by supporting analytics-informed academic and programmatic decisions.

Maria Mayorga

Maria Mayorga

Professor of Personalized Medicine, Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

Mentors: Peter Harries, Dean of the Graduate School and Sheri Schwab, Vice Provost for Institutional Equity and Diversity

Project: Emergent Strategies for the Recruitment and Retention of Underrepresented Minority Scholars

Emergent strategies are a way to facilitate social change and disrupt systems through complex organizing based on principles from the natural world, such as scalability through reproducibility, interdependence, and strength through community and relationship building. This project will propose a framework for design and evaluation of graduate recruitment practices based on these principles, as well as activities that put this framework into action. We plan to pilot one activity in the spring of 2023 that recruits underrepresented graduate students to several engineering departments. Based on assessment of this activity and feedback from end-users, a final framework and set of proposed future activities will be recommended.

Balaji (Bala) Rao

Balaji Rao

Professor, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Director of Academic Programs, Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center

Mentors: Mark Bernhard, Vice Provost for Continuing Education and Don Hunt, Senior Vice Provost for Enrollment Management and Services

Project: Re-imagining Academic Credit

Developing innovative university programs and enabling access to continuing education for a diverse community outside the university requires rethinking the traditional concept of academic credit. This project seeks to establish and implement a framework for “milliCredit” courses — short courses that accrue academic credit less than one credit hour, and are compatible with continuing education offerings. Such a framework will enable academic departments to develop flexible and innovative programs and seamlessly enable continuing education programs for lifelong learning opportunities.

Michelle Bartlett

Michelle Bartlett

Associate Teaching Professor, Department of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development; Faculty Scholar, Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research

Mentor: Katharine Stewart, Senior Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs 

Project: Creating Stronger and Clearer Pathways for Professional Track Faculty

The plan of this project is to renew the departments’ focus on creating strong promotion standards for their full-time professional track faculty. The professional faculty regulation at NC State was revised in 2020 to require that departments establish these standards in any track in which they have appointed full-time faculty, and then the pandemic hit. As we emerge, it is vital to help departments re-engage in this meaningful work. 

Through meeting regularly with Dr. Katharine Stewart, collecting data at NC State and other institutions, and meetings with departments, it is the hope that this project will help departments to move forward with this work, revising their RPT rules or creating new rules that specifically address the promotion standards for relevant professional tracks. During this project, I hope to create examples of what is working well for other departments as a way of speeding the pace of change on this important outcome and establishing some best practices in the support of professional faculty career success and well-being.

Beth Wright Fath

Beth Fath

Teaching Professor; Head, Department of Health and Exercise Studies

Mentors: Donna Petherbridge, Vice Provost for DELTA and Greg Raschke, Senior Vice Provost and Director of Libraries

Project: Decolonizing and Degendering Courses and Curriculum

The overall framework of academic program requirements and the course content within reveals our values to our students and the state. I have and continue to work on degendering and colonizing courses in my own discipline. However, I am curious about a broader lens. My goal with this project is to find some inter- and trans-disciplinary tools for faculty, as well as approaches and resources that support individual faculty and departments in conveying their values as we reenvision our R1, land-grant university for all of the constituents of North Carolina.

James Mulholland

James Mulholland

Professor and Director of Graduate Programs, Department of English

Mentor: Peter Harries, Dean, The Graduate School

Project: Higher Up: Mentoring and Pathways for Student Diversity Recruitment

My project will focus on how faculty-student and student-student conversations about an inclusive and diverse campus can be integrated into NC State recruiting initiatives for underrepresented populations. While such efforts are well developed across higher education and at NC State, I will explore how faculty mentoring and the inclusion of current students in diversity recruiting efforts would attract more students of color and improve campus climate for underrepresented populations. The goal would be to explore links among units for a holistic pathway that would empower students by entrusting them to be a larger part of the effort toward creating an inclusive future for NC State’s campus.

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