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August 2022 Announcements

COVID-19 Updates:

  • The Campus Health Center (formerly Student Health Services) will continue to serve our campus community by providing free COVID-19 testing and administering vaccinations and boosters.
    • COVID-19 voluntary testing will remain available for students, faculty and staff. Click here for testing locations and times.
    • Vaccines remain the best way to protect yourself and our community against COVID-19 and its most severe symptoms. If you haven’t yet done so, please consider making an appointment to get your vaccine on campus or, if you’re eligible, to get your booster shot.

Administrator Updates

  • College of Engineering Dean Louis Martin-Vega will be stepping down from his position at the end of the 2022-23 academic year, and returning to the faculty in the Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. Dean Martin-Vega joined NC State as dean of the College of Engineering in 2006. A national search for the next dean will begin this fall.
  • College of Sciences Dean Chris McGahan will retire effective January 1, 2023, after dedicating 40 years of service to NC State. She has served as dean of the College of Sciences since 2017. John Blondin, senior associate dean for administration in the college, will serve as interim dean. A national search for the next dean will begin this fall.
  • Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences search: Through extensive conversations with the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences nomination committee, as well as internal and external stakeholders, it has been determined that the search for the college’s next dean will be relaunched this fall. John Dole has agreed to continue serving as interim dean.
  • An open search for the director of the Institute for Emerging Issues is underway. The nomination committee is chaired by Senior Vice Provost and Director of Libraries Greg Raschke. As previously announced, former IEI Director and Vice Provost for Outreach and Engagement Leslie Boney retired from his position at NC State effective May 1. IEI’s Senior Manager for Policy and Programs, Sarah Langer Hall, currently serves as interim director. Stay up to date on the search by visiting the search page on the Provost’s Office website or
  • Kwesi Brookins has been named permanent Vice Provost for Outreach and Engagement, effective July 1. Brookins, previously interim Vice Provost for Outreach and Engagement, will work with Outreach and Engagement staff, the Engagement Operations Council and other key community partners, faculty and staff to support the unit’s mission and vision and to help achieve strategic goals.
  • Several new department heads have been named. They are:
    • Yarneccia Dyson, School of Social Work, College of Humanities and Social Sciences 
    • Bob Franks (interim), Department of Applied Ecology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
    • Jacqueline MacDonald Gibson, Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering
    • Julia Rudolph (interim), Department of History, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
    • Carolyn Young, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

From the Coastal Resilience and Sustainability Initiative:

  • Erin Seekamp started as director of the Coastal Resilience and Sustainability Initiative on August 16. Dr. Seekamp looks forward to working with everyone on future Initiative endeavors. As we make this transition, we thank Dr. Mary Watzin for all her hard work as the Initiative’s founding director.
  • The Initiative is partnering with the Kenan Institute for Engineering, Technology & Science (KIETS) Climate Leaders Program to present their inaugural fall symposium, “Think and Do: Climate Challenges and Solutions” October 10-11, 2022 at Hunt Library. There are many ways for students, faculty and the public to be involved. Event details, opportunities and registration information is available at the event website. Registration and attendance is free thanks to financial support from the NC State Sustainability Fund and Eastman Chemical University Engagement Fund.


  • Whether you are a  new Moodle user or an experienced pro, DELTA has you covered with many workshop options designed to help you organize your course content for the fall semester. Learn more.
  • Janine Kossen has been named director of the Women’s Center at NC State after serving as Interim Director of the Center since August 2021. She began work with the Women’s Center in 2018 and has played a crucial role in elevating survivor support services and prevention education offerings, deeping partnerships across campus and developing fundraising strategies for the center. She brings with her more than twenty years of experience in macro-level policy analysis around gender equity and social justice, interpersonal violence (IPV) prevention and response, survivor support and advocacy, and diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • DELTA is pleased to announce nearly $242,062 in 14 new and eight continuing DELTA Grants to 32 recipients across the university. Recipients represent nine academic colleges and the Institute of Advanced Analytics. DELTA is providing continuing support to three   Critical Path grant recipients and four Faculty Fellows from the 2021-2022 grant cycle, whose cohort will also welcome four new additions.

From the Office for Faculty Excellence:

  • The dates and process of nominating faculty to be honored for the 2022-23 academic year is now available. Specific timelines, criteria, forms, selection processes and recognition for awards managed by the Office for Faculty Excellence are available via The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in each college will be the contact for this process unless otherwise indicated. Judy Austin, awards and events coordinator in the Office for Faculty Excellence, is your contact for any questions or concerns. You may reach her at 919-513-3636 or
  • The Office for Faculty Excellence has several upcoming professional development opportunities.  
    • Back to Basics: Many faculty members have never had any formal training in education. For this reason, OFE is offering some simple introductory offerings to get faculty on track with their teaching. In this three-part workshop series held via Zoom during the fall semester, faculty will have the opportunity to listen to the workshop presenters and other participants, share their experiences, receive insights and feedback from peers, engage in important, timely and relevant conversations with other faculty who are interested in these topics. Faculty will build professional and social connections with other faculty. To learn more about these sessions and to register, please click here.
    • Faculty Conversation Series: This series is designed to engage faculty in conversation around relevant topics that will be helpful as they teach. For each session, faculty will read a relevant article/paper about the topic (optional), receive question prompts, engage in conversation around the topic with other faculty members, and reflect on how the conversation may have changed thinking on the topic. To learn more about this opportunity and to register, please click here.
    • Career Mapping: A Tool to Help You Set Goals and Design a Development Plan: Dr. Katharine Stewart, Senior Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs, will offer two sessions about Career Mapping – one for early-career faculty and one for mid-career faculty. Both workshops will be on Friday, Sep. 23.  In her workshop, Dr. Stewart will help you get started in building your own career map and identifying the components of a professional development and mentorship network that will be most helpful to you in the next few years. Both sessions will be on Zoom. To learn more about these sessions and to register, please click here.

From From NC State University Libraries:

  • The Libraries is making technology and textbook lending more convenient for students, faculty, and staff with a new text message notification service. Sign up now to receive “due soon” and overdue notifications via text. Since items such as laptops, power cords, and cameras have limited borrowing times, the service helps you easily keep track of what you have checked out and when it’s due back. To sign up, visit your library account and click the “Edit SMS Reminder Settings” button. You can also ask a staff member in person at the Ask Us desk.

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