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April 2022 Announcements

  • The UNC System Employee Engagement Survey deadline has been extended to Monday, April 18. This year’s survey is particularly important as the university resets priorities in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. If you haven’t done so, please complete the survey. Check your email for a personalized link. 
  • Five faculty members received the Alexander Quarles Holladay Medal for Excellence, the highest honor bestowed by NC State and the university’s Board of Trustees. Chancellor Randy Woodson will recognize the awardees during an in-person Celebration of Faculty Excellence on May 4. The 2022 honorees are:
    • Audrey Jaeger, W. Dallas Herring Distinguished Professor, Department of Educational Leadership, Policy and Human Development
    • James Kiwanuka-Tondo, Professor, Department of Communication
    • James Lester III, Distinguished University Professor, Department of Computer Science
    • Veena Misra, Distinguished Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
    • Richard Spontak, Distinguished Professor, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • The Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost recognized five outstanding staff members at the 2022 Provost’s Unit Awards for Excellence on March 24. The University Awards for Excellence represent the NC State’s highest honor for non-faculty members. Each nominee demonstrated excellence in one of the following areas: customer service, efficiency and innovation, human relations, outstanding state government service, public service, safety and heroism, and the spirit of North Carolina.
  • 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.
  • April is Earth Month at NC State. This month-long emphasis on the planet features 31+ sustainability-related events. From fairs and service opportunities to outdoor events and workshops, there’s something for everyone. Learn more at

Administrator Updates

  • Kate Meurs has been named dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine after a nationwide search. Her appointment became effective April 1.
  • Paola Sztajn has been named dean of the College of Education following a nationwide search. Her appointment became effective April 1.
  • Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences search: The position is posted and the nomination committee will meet on April 18 to further discuss recruitment as well as recommendations provided at the listening sessions to ensure a robust applicant pool. 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: Campus interviews for finalists wrapped at the end of March and the new senior vice provost will be announced soon.  Stay up to date on the search by visiting the search page on the Provost’s Office website or
  • Senior Vice Provost for University Interdisciplinary Programs search: The nomination committee met on March 28 and identified a competitive group of candidates for first-round interviews, which are taking place this week and next. The committee will make a recommendation to the provost following those interviews on two to four candidates for in-person finalist interviews during the weeks of May 2 and May 9. 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

  • DASA Assessment and the Office of Assessment and Accreditation are accepting proposals for a one-time funding opportunity to support student learning in the following General Education Competency areas: quantitative literacy, written communication, and oral communication.  For more information and to submit a proposal, use this link. Contact Samantha Rich ( or Kaitlyn Mittan ( for questions. Proposals are due April 22.


From the Office for Faculty Excellence:

  • The Office for Faculty Excellence is seeking a faculty fellow to join us for 2022-2023. Learn more about this opportunities, including how to apply, at our website.
    • Faculty Learning Communities (FLC) Faculty Fellow: The Faculty Learning Communities (FLC) Faculty Fellow will participate in the planning, implementation, operation, and assessment of a comprehensive program to create Faculty Learning Communities for NC State faculty, in conjunction with the Executive Director and other Office for Faculty Excellence (OFE) staff. The position is a .50 FTE buyout of a current NC State faculty member’s time. Will consider faculty with either 9 or 12 month appointments. There is potential for additional compensation for the summer effort of a 9-month faculty.

From the Office of Global Engagement:

  • The Office of Global Engagement has announced the recipients of the 2022-2023 Internationalization Seed Grants. These grants  — up to $5,000 per grant — help promote international partnerships and foster global scholarship and engagement. Seed grant recipients further strategic and deliberate collaborations that lead to the development of joint research proposals, student mobility programs, courses involving COIL, adjunct appointments and other scholarly activities. 
  • As a land-grant university, NC State has as its mission the essential function of improving life for all North Carolinians. The Intensive English Program (IEP), a subunit of the Office of Global Engagement created in 2011, does just that by helping to internationalize undergraduate departments on campus. Learn more about how the IEP helps local employees improve their English skills in and outside of the classroom.
  • NC State has expanded its relationship with King Abdulaziz University (KAU) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The KAU administrators met with their counterparts in NC State’s Division of Academic and Student Affairs and Office of Finance and Administration to learn about some of their best practices. Learn more.
  • The fifth annual International Festival highlights NC State’s diversity and multiculturalism. The International Festival is a partnership event supported by the Office of International Services, the Office of Global Engagement, Student Government, Student Leadership and Engagement, and Multicultural Student Affairs. This year, the International Festival brought together over 350 students, staff, faculty and community members who were encouraged to interact with over 15 cultural booths hosted by students and campus departments/organizations. Participants received “boarding passes” to collect stamps from different booths to be exchanged for t-shirts or snack boxes containing snack food from around the globe.
  • From March 14-24, over 400 faculty, staff and students from the universities of the University of Surrey (U.K.), University of Wollongong (Australia), the Universidade de São Paulo (Brazil) and NC State participated in this year’s virtual 2022 University Global Partnership Network (UGPN) conference. Senior Vice Provost, Dr. Bailian Li, was the chair of this year’s conference which discussed the big picture of how UGPN partnerships can make a difference to sustainability in research and education. Learn more.

From Institutional Strategy and Analysis:

  • The AY20-21 reports and dashboards for the NC State Graduate Future Plans Survey are now available on the ISA website. The Graduate Future Plans Survey (administered every December and May) and the follow-up Graduate Survey of Recent Graduates (administered every September) collect information on master’s and doctoral degree recipients’ plans following graduation, including detailed information on employment characteristics and salary, the job search, graduate/professional school attendance, and participation in career-related activities while at NC State. The “Fast Facts” reports highlight key results from the survey, while the Introduction and Methodology Report provides an overview of the survey administration. The AY20-21 GFPS Overview Dashboard contains interactive graphs and tables on employment, the job search, compensation, graduate/professional school attendance, career preparation activities, and overall satisfaction with the graduate experience. NC State unity users with applicable permissions also have access to a version of the Overview Dashboard and a College Comparisons Dashboard that contains filters for breakouts by degree, college, department, and academic plan of study.

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