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Sixteen(!) Tenure-Track Faculty Join Humanities and Social Sciences in Fall 2015

Posted on August 6, 2015 3:13 pm by Lauren Kirkpatrick

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences welcomes 16 new tenure-track faculty to its ranks this fall. Their research interests range from public budgeting and finance to adolescent mental health, creative writing, and strategic management. Meet these stellar scholars, researchers and teachers.

Belle Boggs

Belle Boggs

Belle Boggs joins the Department of English as an assistant professor in the area of creative writing.

  • M.F.A., Irvine, 2002
  • B.A., Virginia Commonwealth University, 1998

Belle Boggs is the author of Mattaponi Queen, a collection of linked stories set along Virginia’s Mattaponi River. Mattaponi Queen won the Bakeless Prize and the Library of Virginia Literary Award, and was a finalist for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. Boggs has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the North Carolina Arts Council, and the Bread Loaf and Sewanee writers’ conferences. Her collection of essays, The Art of Waiting, will be published next year by Graywolf Press. Her first novel, The Ugly Bear List, is also forthcoming from Graywolf.

Franklin Cason

Franklin Cason

Franklin Cason, Jr., joins the Department of English as an assistant professor in the area of film studies.

  • Ph.D., English, University of Florida, 2010
  • M.F.A., School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 1998
  • B.F.A., School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 1991

Franklin Cason, Jr., is a filmmaker and film scholar who has taught courses in film theory, history, aesthetics, criticism, and analysis. His research interests have been primarily concerned with film, modern visual culture, and media studies. As such, his writing and artistic practice reaches across the disciplines of art history, film studies, digital multimedia, graphic novels, philosophy, sociology, literature, musicology, aesthetic theory, visual studies, and historical poetics. Currently, he is working on an intellectual biographical documentary on African American Philosopher Alain Locke, and completing a book on the institutional context of the politics and aesthetics of African American films.

Jason Coupet

Jason Coupet

Jason Coupet joins the School of Public and International Affairs’ Department of Public Administration as assistant professor in the areas of strategic management and economics.

  • Ph.D., Strategic Management, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2014
  • M.A., Teaching, Dominican University, 2008
  • B.A. Economics, University of Michigan, 2005

Jason Coupet’s research and teaching interests include strategic management, data envelopment analysis, efficiency theory and organizational economics. His primary area includes quantitative modeling of organizational efficiency, and explores the different impact of being public -- that is,  on efficiency across public and private organizations in the same sector. Secondary interests explore the theoretical impetus of contracts between nonprofits and universities. He is also a National Science Foundation Mentoring Fellow in Economics at Duke University.

Qiana Cryer-Coupet

Qiana Cryer-Coupet

Qiana Cryer-Coupet joins the Department of Social Work as an assistant professor of social work.

  • Ph.D., Social Work, Jane Addams College of Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • M.S.W., Clinical Social Work, University of Maryland at Baltimore; certificate, Child Adolescent and Family Health
  • B.A., Psychology, Illinois Wesleyan University

Qiana R. Cryer-Coupet’s program of research focuses on the intersections of child and adolescent health/mental health and paternal involvement within informal kinship care. She has published on the topics of peer influence, the role of fathers in reducing dating victimization and parenting practices. While at UIC, Cryer-Coupet worked on several projects related to kinship care and co-parenting. Her social work practice experience includes psychosocial parenting groups for grandparents raising grandchildren.

Tammy Gordon

Tammy Gordon

Tammy Gordon joins the History Department as an associate professor in the areas of Public History and American Cultural History.

  • Ph.D., American Studies, Michigan State, 1998
  • M.A., American Studies, Michigan State, 1993
  • B.A., English, Northern Michigan, 1990

Tammy Gordon is a scholar of American social and public history. She has written two books: Private History in Public: Exhibition and the Settings of Everyday Life (Alta Mira Press, 2010) and The Spirit of 1976: Commerce, Community, and the Politics of Commemoration (University of Massachusetts Press, 2013). Prior to coming to NC State, she was an associate professor and director of the public history program at UNC-Wilmington. Gordon is currently researching the development of popular photography and American tourism at home and abroad at the turn of the 20th century.

Elan Hope

Elan Hope

Elan Hope joins the Psychology Department as an assistant professor in the area of psychology in the public interest.

  • Ph.D., Psychology and Education, The University of Michigan, 2013
  • M.S., Psychology, The University of Michigan, 2010
  • B.A., Psychology, Smith College, 2008

Elan Hope takes an assets-based approach to explore factors that promote academic, civic, and psychological well-being for racially marginalized adolescents and emerging adults. She has two primary lines of research: examining the psychological and contextual factors related to education, schooling, and academic well-being for underrepresented racial minority students; and investigating how sociopolitical attitudes, beliefs, and experiences (e.g., justice, discrimination, efficacy) relate to civic engagement from early adolescence into emerging adulthood. She uses quantitative and qualitative methods to garner a more nuanced understanding of academic, civic, and psychological well-being. She believes that whereas racially marginalized youth share common developmental experiences, individual differences and contextual variation require a deep exploration of diverse pathways to success and well-being.

Chris Ingraham

Chris Ingraham

Chris Ingraham joins the Department of Communication as an assistant professor in the area of rhetorical theory and criticism.

  • Ph.D., Communication, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2015
  • M.A., Humanities, University of Chicago, 2002
  • B.A., English, Amherst College, 1999

Chris Ingraham's scholarly and teaching emphases include examining digital media and other powerful forms of public engagement and communication technologies. He is especially interested in how scientific and technological innovations are communicated to, and understood by, different public audiences. He is the author of “Rhetorical Theory in a Transdisciplinary Mode: the Rhetoric of Inquiry and Digital Humanities,” forthcoming in the journal POROI, "Talking (About) the Elite and Mass: Vernacular Rhetoric and Discursive Status,” in the journal Philosophy and Rhetoric, and "The Archivist and Autobiographer: Performing Wayne Booth’s Legacy,” in the journal Text and Performance Quarterly.

Wenjie Liao

Wenjie Liao

Wenjie Liao joins the Department of Sociology and Anthropology as an assistant professor in the sociology of law. She will teach such courses as the Sociology of Law, Institutions of Control, and Criminology.

  • Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 2015
  • M.S., Biostatistics, University of Minnesota, 2012
  • Bachelor of Law (with Honors), China Foreign Affairs University, 2007

Wenjie Liao is an expert in the complex and nuanced relationships between the cultural and social backdrop of law and law itself. She has written her dissertation on such relationships in the context of China. She has published or presented papers on cultural belief and the legitimacy of law, sentencing disparities, collective memory, court affiliated mediation and liberalization of abortion law in China. She is also skilled in statistical techniques, such as left censored mixed effects models

Bruce McDonald

Bruce McDonald

Bruce D. McDonald, III, joins the School of Public and International Affairs’ Department of Public Administration as assistant professor in the area of public budgeting and finance.

  • Ph.D., Florida State University, 2011
  • M.Sc., Economic History (Research), 2006
  • M.A., American Military University, 2005
  • B.A., Mercer University, 2003

Bruce McDonald is an assistant professor of public budgeting and finance, as well as the associate editor of the Journal of Public and Nonprofit Affairs. His primary research interest is on the fiscal health of local governments and has appeared in Public Administration Review and the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory. His secondary interests include the forecasting methodologies used by local governments in the budgetary process and the financing of national defense programs. Prior to his academic career, he was a congressional aide specializing in defense and agricultural appropriations.

Kate Norwalk

Kate Norwalk

Kate Norwalk joins the Psychology Department as an assistant professor in the area of school psychology.

  • Ph.D., School Psychology, The Pennsylvania State University, 2013
  • M.Ed., School Psychology, The Pennsylvania State University, 2009
  • B.A., Psychology, State University of New York at Buffalo, 2007

Broadly, Kate Norwalk’s research interests center on ways to leverage naturally occurring developmental processes and contexts in children’s lives. Her research has focused on early intervention for academic and behavioral difficulties, as well as identifying classroom peer dynamics using a social network framework and examining their effects on student outcomes and intervention effectiveness. More specifically, Norwalk is interested in classroom norms as they relate to the individual characteristics of socially prominent versus socially isolated children, and how they can serve to hinder or enhance school functioning and intervention efforts targeting behavioral and social development.

Lynda Nyota

Lynda Nyota

Lynda Nyota joins the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures as an ssistant professor in German Studies.

  • Ph.D., Duke University, 2013
  • M.A., University of Nairobi (Kenya), 1999
  • B.A., University of Nairobi, 1994

Lynda Nyota’s research focuses on trauma and memory in literature and film, with a special emphasis on fictional trauma narratives of women authors from East and Central European countries writing in German. Of particular interest is the upsurge in this genre of trauma writing in the 21st century and the ways in which historical and political traumas not directly experienced by the authors shape their approach to narrative. Nyota’s areas of interest include studies into trauma, Holocaust studies and narrative theory in 20th and 21st century literature and film.

Stacey Pigg

Stacey Pigg

Stacey Pigg joins the Department of English as an assistant professor in the area of Scientific and Technical Communication.

  • Ph.D., Rhetoric and Writing, Michigan State University, 2011
  • M.A., English, University of Tennessee, 2006
  • B.A./B.S., English and Spanish, Lipscomb University, 2003

Stacey Pigg researches how mobile and networked writing technologies shape learning, work, and engagement. Her scholarship has appeared in journals such as College Composition and Communication, Rhetoric Society Quarterly, Technical Communication Quarterly, and Written Communication. Recently, her article entitled "Coordinating Constant Invention: Social Media's Role in Distributed Work" received the 2015 Nell Ann Pickett Award for best article in Technical Communication Quarterly. Her current book project, which received a National Endowment for the Humanities summer stipend, explores how and why students and professionals write with mobile technologies in public places. She will work closely with NC State's Professional Writing Program while teaching courses in professional communication, rhetorical theory, and digital writing.

Kim Stansbury

Kim Stansbury

Kim Stansbury joins the Department of Social Work as a tenured associate professor and as director of the graduate social work program.

  • Ph.D., Gerontology, University of Kentucky
  • M.S.W., Social Work, Southern Illinois University
  • B.S., Criminal Justice, Psychology, Southern Illinois University

Kim Stansbury is a Hartford Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholar and holds memberships in the American Society on Aging, Gerontological Society of America, and NASW. She has published in the areas of African American clergy and mental health literacy; gambling disorders among older adults; and research perspectives on LGBT issues. Stansbury serves on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Social Science Studies and Journal of Aging Research.

Amanda Stewart

Amanda Stewart

Amanda J. Stewart joins the School of Public and International Affairs’ Department of Public Administration as an assistant professor in the area of nonprofit management.

  • Ph.D., Public Administration, American University, 2015
  • M.S.W., Boston College, 2005
  • B.S., Business Administration, Birmingham-Southern College, 2001

Amanda J. Stewart’s research intersects the public and nonprofit sector, specifically how professionalization, executive turnover, and other factors impact leadership and performance in the nonprofit sector. Her research interests include nonprofit executive leadership, organizational capacity, and foundation behaviors, and her dissertation explored the performance implications of nonprofit executive turnover. Stewart has professional experience ranging from small, local efforts to large, international organizations with diverse missions including disaster relief, international development, public benefit programs, and homelessness. To inform her research agenda, Stewart draws from her nonprofit experience and academic studies related to public administration and social work.

Laura Widman

Laura Widman

Laura Widman joins the Psychology Department as an assistant professor in the area of psychology in the public interest.

  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Tennessee, 2010
  • M.A., Psychology, University of Tennessee, 2006
  • B.A., Psychology, Seattle Pacific University, 2003

Laura Widman is committed to a research career working at the intersection of psychology and public health. Her goals are to contribute to basic social science and prevention programs that improve adolescent sexual health and reduce the incidence of sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV. Her recent research focuses on understanding how adolescents communicate about sexual health topics with their parents, friends, and romantic partners, as well as investigating the links between sexual communication and safer sex practices. Dr. Widman has a grant from National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to develop a web-based sexual health program for adolescent girls. She will be examining the effectiveness of this intervention among North Carolina teens this fall.

Emily Winderman

Emily Winderman

Emily Winderman joins the Department of Communication as an assistant professor in the area of rhetorical theory and criticism.

  • Ph.D., Rhetorical Studies, University of Georgia, 2015
  • M.A., Communication, Eastern Michigan University,2009

Emily Winderman's scholarly and teaching emphases include a focus on feminist science studies, women's reproductive health, the function of public emotions in crafting collective identity, and the ways in which medical and technological practices relate to gender equality and women’s access to reproductive care. She has co-authored "The trajectory of Rhetorical Studies of Abortion and the Politics of Health" for a special issue forum on the Intersection of rhetoric and health/medical communication in the journal Communication Quarterly, as well as “S(anger) Goes Postal in The Woman Rebel: Angry Rhetoric as a Collectivizing Moral Emotion,” in the journal Rhetoric & Public Affairs, and “Recent Rhetorical Studies in Public Understanding of Science: Multiple Purposes and Strengths,” in the journal Public Understanding of Science.

Congratulations to 2015 - 2016 Merit Scholarship Winners!

Posted on June 5, 2015 3:43 pm by Paige Moore

The Department of Social Work would like to congratulate Social Work Students Glennetta Burrell (Junior) and Dana Saad (Junior) for being selected for 2015 - 2016 College Merit Scholarships!  We thank Social Work Faculty members who took the time to write letters of recommendation - they were greatly appreciated, as the competition for a limited number of awards was particularly intense. The scholarships were based on merit only (not considering financial need), and considered academics, leadership, and campus/community involvement.


Department of Social Work at NC State: New Student Successes

Posted on May 19, 2015 9:40 am by Paige Moore


New Student Successes!

Sierra Stanford is a junior in the BSW program. A video she made for an assignment in her human behavior class was selected by The New Social Worker magazine’s Social Work Month Series and Talent Show. For her video, Sierra interviewed her grandmother and aunt to highlight the developmental stage of older adulthood. The video can be seen on The New Social Worker website:


Student members of the department’s Student Affairs Committee developed and pretested a PowerPoint presentation aimed at students in the Community Social Services (SW 201). The presentation provides basic ethics education to students before they begin doing 40 hours of volunteer work in the community. Megan Peedin (BSW, May 2015) presented and evaluated the presentation for her Honors Program capstone project. She used the data she collected to write a report suggesting improvements. The revised presentation is now incorporated into the SW 201 syllabus and will be delivered at the beginning of each semester. Jason Tuell (MSW, May 2015) was instrumental in initiating, organizing, and developing the presentation. Other key players were: Erica Smith (MSW, May 2014), Amanda Miller (BSW, December 2014), Lacey Shankle (BSW, May 2015), Tahiri Tanyi (BSW, December 2014), and Ashley Shaw (BSW, May 2014; MSW, May 2015).

2014 - 2015 Department of Social Work Newsletter Staff and Letter From the Editor

Posted on May 15, 2015 5:00 pm by Paige Moore

Newsletter Readers,

We are pleased to provide you all with our annual 2014 - 2015 Newsletter from the Department of Social Work at NC State University. We thank you for reading and taking interest in NC State and for your continued commitment to achieving social justice. We hope that our newsletter has sparked your interest in this field and our university and we welcome any and all questions.


- Paige L. Moore

CaptureStaff Writer - Glenetta Burrell: Glenn Burrell is a rising senior studying social work at NC State. Born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina, Glenn studied music performance at the SC Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, where, apart from rigorous training, she was taught to restructure the way she sees the world with a critical eye for social analysis. Her college career began with a major in biology, but soon after, a sociology course (Current Social Problems) in her first semester inspired her to quickly change her interests and course of study. This transition to social work has intensified her passion for the humanities and expanded her knowledge of the world around her. It is to her studies, faculty and student interactions, and community experiences that she owes her passion for social justice.

Since the transition, Glenn has seized every opportunity to get involved and stay engaged in justice-focused organizations both within and outside of the Department of Social Work. Just a few of her activities have involved working in case management with Lutheran Family Services—Refugee Resettlement; membership in the Epsilon Kappa Phi Alpha Honor Society; protesting sexual assault through annual volunteer work with Take Back the Night; and advocacy work on the Diversity Retention and Recruitment Committee. Additionally, she studied abroad in the summer of 2014 in Guatemala where she taught English in local schools. At the broader University level, Glenn plans to use her leadership in Student Senate, the Student Centers Board of Directors, and the Housing Conduct Judicial Board as outlets for applying the social work skills that she has acquired to creating campus-wide change.

unnamed (1)Staff Writer - Teyara Hudson: Teyara Hudson is a Senior in Social Work with a minor in Spanish. She was raised in from Winston-Salem, North Carolina but, upon graduating hope to move to Raleigh to continue her education and obtain her MSW. Hudson plans to become a School Social Worker and work for Wake County Public Schools.





Staff Writer - Nicole Kilpatrick: Nicole Kilpatrick is an upcoming 2015 graduate of NCSU’s Master of Social Work program. She earned a BA in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. As an intern at SouthLight Healthcare, she co-facilitated groups and conducted individual sessions with clients seeking substance abuse and mental health treatment. She was also the first Social Work intern for the Wake County Public Defender’s Office, where she developed their social work department. Her tasks included cultivating partnerships with local community
agencies, coordinating informal jail diversions and providing case management for clients involved in the criminal justice system.

Kilpatrick is an active in the dance and prison ministries in her church. She serves as an inspirational speaker for youth group and women’s ministry engagements in Wake County and across North Carolina. Nicole enjoys traveling, visiting local street fairs and festivals, reading suspense novels, baking, trying new restaurants, and making natural soaps and body scrubs.

Staff Writer - Casey Mackey: Casey Mackey is a senior with in the Department of Social Work here at NC State. Hailing from Reidsville, North Carolina, his passion for helping youth has driven him to pursue a career in social work with a focus on child welfare. Upon graduating this summer, he plans to work with young adults with in the foster care system and be an advocate for positive change before applying to graduate school.
Mackey is also very active on campus. As well as working in the Department of Social Work’s front office, Casey also works at Case Athletic Center as an academic monitor. Alongside of his responsibilities on campus Mackey partakes in a lot of social organizations as well. Some of these organizations include African American Male Mentor groups such as Pack’s P.A.C.T. and Collegiate 100 to various service organizations including Reach Out and Touch and Habitat for Humanity. Mackey has also filled many leadership rolls including being co-founder and president of the Men in Social Work organization as well as treasurer for the Baccalaureate Students of Social Work Organization. He currently serves as the Keeper of Finance for the Kappa Lambda Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated in which he was initiated in the spring of 2014.
Macley has enjoyed his time here at NC State as a member of the Wolfpack. Moving forward he said he will always remember the times he has shared with his friends and fellow classmates. “You never know where this crazy thing called life will take you. Your presence in a space may be temporary but the memories you make with the one you love last forever.”


Editor, Staff Writer - Paige Moore: Paige Moore is a May 2014 NC State alumna with her B.A. in Political Science. She is currently serving the Department of Social Work as the University Program Assistant to Department Head Dr. Karen Bullock, Editor of the Department of Social Work's 2014 - 2015 newsletter and serving as Transitional Academic Advising Coordinator. Moore joined the department in November of 2014 and has enjoyed working there since.




unnamed (3)Staff Writer - Adriana Ognibene: Adriana Ognibene is an undergraduate in the social work department. She is a lover of coffee, cats, and fighting for social justice wherever and whenever necessary.




Staff Writer - Jason Tuell: Jason Tuell is a staff writer for the Social Work Department newsletter.  His most important work has been counseling adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities with co-occurring mental illness, a career which began in 2009.  Before that time, he worked with children with dual diagnosis. Tuell graduated from NC State with his MSW in May 2015.

SW 560 Students Speak with Legislators Regarding Population's Concerns

Posted on May 15, 2015 4:26 pm by Paige Moore

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As part of their class assignment, Master's of Social Work students enrolled in the Department of Social Work's SW 560 class attended the National Association of Social Workers  - North Carolina (NASW - NC) Advocacy Day on March 25, 2015. SW 560 (Advanced Policy Practice with Organizations and Communities) examines how social workers collaborate with organizations and communities to intervene in social policy. As part of this class, students are required to learn who their home NC district's representatives are and reach out to them while visiting the NC General Assembly during Advocacy Day. The goal of this assignment  is to acquaint students with the NC General Assembly and their own legislators.

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students gathering for Advocacy Day


NASW - NC Advocacy Day began with a small seminar led by NASW members regarding why social workers should be involved in policy and advocacy. NASW members like Kay Castillo, detailed what to expect from representatives and different ways to approach them. She also used her own success in advocacy to demonstrate the various types of jobs available to social workers ad that they should never limit themselves. Speakers discussed how taxpayer dollars pay the salaries of the representatives and how attendees had a right to be there because in a way, political representatives are the people's employees.

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outside and inside the NASW - NC seminar

While visiting, each student attended committee meetings and witnessed law-making in action; adding to the discussion by presenting questions for legislators from the public and expressing the concerns of underrepresented populations or future client populations. By providing students with the opportunity to voice their opinions/views as both citizens and social workers, they were able to advocate for certain bills or they did or did not support. Many attendees, including the Department of Social Work at NC State's SW 560 students, had already scheduled meetings with their representatives and had researched certain bills prior to Advocacy Day that they supported.

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Groups of students were divided based on their representative and meeting time. While waiting for meetings with representatives, one group met with Staff Attorney Wendy Graf Ray to discuss the policy-writing process.

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The attending students really took a lot away from this experience. Many had not thought of careers in policy/advocacy prior to attending nor had they considered that they were the political representatives of their client populations. By breaking down the wall between social worker and politician, students saw that representatives were not individuals to be intimidated by, but individuals who have a responsibility to social workers and individuals to do everything within their power to improve the lives of North Carolinians.