October 2023 Announcements
- Strategic plan feedback opportunity. Institutional Strategy and Analysis is seeking faculty, staff and student input to help shape the directions and emphases of the university’s next implementation plan. The university uses implementation plans to identify, communicate, and pursue high-level priority initiatives towards meeting our Wolfpack 2030 strategic goals; view the current FY22-24 implementation plan here. Visit go.ncsu.edu/strategic-plan-feedback to share your input by Friday, Nov. 3.
- A new study funded by the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost explores faculty perspectives on returning to in-person teaching during the pandemic and offers key insights into facilitating a successful transition back to on-campus instruction. During the COVID-19 pandemic, there were lots of questions about how students and parents felt about returning to in-person learning. But faculty across the country also had questions. A team of researchers at Poole College of Management and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences set out to find answers to these questions. Learn more.
- The Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost is responsible for reviewing the administrative performance of deans and vice provosts at least every five years. Two reviews have been scheduled for this semester. As part of each review, the campus community is invited to attend an overview presentation of the unit’s goals and accomplishments.
- Senior Vice Provost and Director Greg Raschke and the NC State University Libraries, Wednesday, Nov. 1, 9 – 10 a.m. There will be both in-person and virtual options available for this presentation. In-person participants may join the provost and Senior Vice Provost and Director Raschke in Talley Student Union’s Currituck-Hatteras Ballroom. Virtual participants may join via Zoom, which will be accessible Nov. 1 at 9 a.m.
- Stephen P. Zelnak Jr. Dean Frank Buckless and the Poole College of Management, Thursday, Nov. 9, 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. There will be both in-person and virtual options available for this presentation. In-person participants may join the provost and Dean Buckless in Talley Student Union’s Currituck-Hatteras Ballroom. Virtual participants may join via Zoom, which will be accessible Nov. 9 at 8:30 a.m.
The review process also includes surveys of specific populations (e.g., senior leadership, advisory committee members, unit employees) who interact regularly with Senior Vice Provost and Director Raschke and Dean Buckless. If you are invited to participate in a survey for one or both reviews, your thoughtful and timely response helps to ensure that the leadership review is as accurate and comprehensive as possible.
From the Data Science Academy:
- Please join the Data Science Academy for the AI @ NC State Hot Topic series, an opportunity for people curious about artificial intelligence to network with experts, scholars and practitioners. At each forum, a small group from industry and academia will explore a new topic in AI research, ethics and practice. Through these conversations, we will envision new opportunities to build industry-academia-government partnerships, collaborations and communities. In October, we will discuss “When Do We Stop? AI and Ethics.” The talk will take place Thursday, October 12 from 8:45-9:45 a.m.
- The Data Science Career Expo is open to all undergraduate and graduate students, and Alumni on Monday, Oct. 16, from 1-4 p.m. in Talley Student Union. Over 25 employers will be hiring for data science related careers. Can’t make the Data Science Career Expo? Stop by the Career Graph Dinner! Panelists will discuss data science careers, the skills needed to boost a resume, and how to interview for those opportunities. Dinner will be provided to the first 75 registered students. Career Graph will be hosted in the Duke Energy Hall, Hunt Library, Tuesday, Oct. 17 starting at 6 p.m.
- The Data Science Academy in collaboration with The Science House, Friday Institute, College of Education, HI-RiSE, InStep, NC School of Science and Math, and Data Science 4 Everyone with support from NC Department of Public Instruction and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, hosted the first NC Data Science Education Summit on Thursday, Sept. 28. The Summit focused on the first steps of bringing Data Science into K-12 curriculum across all disciplines. Representatives from government, industry, local K-12 schools and NC State faculty workshopped the idea and how this would be a positive impact on K-12 education in North Carolina. Additional Summits around this topic will be held in the upcoming months with hopes to continue to take steps toward implementing data science into K-12 curriculum. Read more about the academy’s work here.
- DELTA continues making progress toward our strategic goals, which are aligned closely with the university’s Wolfpack 2030: Powering the Extraordinary strategic plan. We value people, transparency, partnerships, data-informed decisions and innovation. Our annual report reflects our group’s work over the past year. It includes a letter from the DELTA Vice Provost, progress toward strategic goals, staff accolades and a breakdown of DELTA accomplishments by the numbers.
- As the saying goes — It takes a village! Did you know that there are faculty mentors available to guide you through the Course Quality program? You don’t have to do it alone! Mentors bring real-world experiences and unique examples to their relationships and group meetings. All DELTA Course Quality (CQ) Faculty Mentors have successfully completed the Course Improvement Grant (formerly OCIP). So, they understand how to meet you where you are in the process while guiding you to where you want to be with your content.
- DELTA has awarded a total of 16 Express Grants stretching across seven colleges. There were six Virtual Tours, four Course Mapping, three Course Accessibility and three Instructional Tools Grants accepted for the fall. DELTA Express Grants differ from DELTA Grants in that they are shorter and more directed toward course improvement which will last a semester as opposed to the traditional year. Faculty recipients will work with the Digital Learning team to enhance their courses through the Express Grants.
From the Office for Faculty Excellence:
- This year, NC State has reinvigorated the Campus Writing and Speaking Program (CWSP) for all departments. CWSP now operates from the Office for Faculty Excellence within the Provost’s Office. As we re-energize CWSP, we would appreciate an update from you regarding the status of writing and speaking curricula in your department. We are also eager to learn about how you think CWSP can best collaborate with your department in your efforts to assure your students are competent written, oral, and digital communicators within their field of study. (We work with faculty and administrators; students can get direct support from the Undergraduate Writing Center.) We would appreciate your responses to this survey that should take 10 minutes or less to complete. We look forward to working with you as we team together to enable our students to communicate effectively in their discipline.
- Mentor the Pack virtual information sessions are now available. Learn more about NC State’s Mentoring Network and create your profile to begin your mentoring partnership! Sign up to attend a virtual information session on either Wednesday, Oct.18 at 3 p.m. or Thursday, Nov.2 at noon.
- Faculty Conversation Series: Advanced SoTL: How to Go Beyond your First SoTL Project will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 1 from 11:30-12:30 p.m. via Zoom. This session will be led by Maria Gallardo-Williams, OFE Associate Director of Faculty Development. Come learn about new ways in which you can engage deeper with the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and become part of our SoTL Learning Community. Suggested Reading: Chasing Impact: The Tale of Three SoTL Studies (Pechenkina, 2023).
From the Office of Global Engagement:
- Amy Conger, NC State’s new vice provost for Global Engagement, will begin her appointment Oct. 31. Conger will help continue shaping the Office of Global Engagement as a leader among higher education institutions by embracing international scholarship, research and partnerships. Prior to Conger’s appointment, Heidi Hobbs served as interim vice provost since August 2022.
From Innovation and Entrepreneurship:
- The NC State Entrepreneurship Garage has been renamed as the NC State Albright Entrepreneurship Garage, in honor of Andy and Jane Albright’s commitment to the NC State Innovation and Entrepreneurship programming and initiatives in the space. This startup space has it all — a physical space for entrepreneurs to develop, create and invent as well as programmatic resources like community meet-ups and skills workshops. It serves as a hub for students across campus to come together and explore their entrepreneurial ideas and interests. Members have access to hundreds of entrepreneurial-minded peers, which makes networking and relationship-building easy. Visit the Albright Entrepreneurship Garage soon to get connected to the innovation and entrepreneurship community at NC State!
From the Institute for Emerging Issues:
- To honor Digital Inclusion Week, IEI has released a special three-episode mini series of The Connector Podcast highlighting efforts to close the digital divide in North Carolina from a national, state and local perspective. The podcast explores connections being made across sectors, regions and perspectives resulting in a more vibrant and prosperous North Carolina.
From the Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity:
- The Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity is proud to announce NC State’s community-driven land acknowledgment, bolstering our recognition of Indigenous peoples. Developed in partnership between the NC State American Indian Advisory Council and the NC State Native American Student Association, and first introduced by the NC State Student Government, the acknowledgment honors North Carolina’s eight federally and state-recognized tribes and the origins of the lands on which we live, learn and work.