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CHASS Women Lauded for Equity Efforts

Posted on March 17, 2014 7:12 am by Lauren Kirkpatrick

Four NC State women were recently honored with Equity for Women Awards at NC State’s Council on the Status of Women 2014 Sisterhood Dinner. Three of the four represent CHASS.

Deborah Hooker

Deborah Hooker

Deborah Hooker was surprised with a lifetime achievement award. Hooker, a teaching associate professor of English and director of the interdisciplinary CHASS women’s and gender studies program, was lauded for her contributions to equity on campus, to the Women’s and Gender Studies program, to the students in WGS, as well as her support of the Women of Welch Village. “The Council was so overwhelmed by nominations that celebrated Deborah that they created an entire new category for her,” says Hooker’s proud colleague, Cat Warren, associate professor of English. “She was given a well-deserved standing ovation from the more than 400 faculty, staff, and students present.” Read the complete nomination profile online.

Mary Wyer

Mary Wyer

The faculty award was presented to Mary Wyer, associate professor of psychology. Her nominators say that for the past 20 years, Wyer’s work “has illuminated the challenges to diversity in the STEM disciplines (and beyond) for both students and faculty. Her approach has been two-pronged: get gender studies research into scientific curriculaand explore biases among faculty and students who are currently in or contemplating those fields.” They credit Wyer with providing the insights and rationale for building much of NC State’s current diversity infrastructure with regard to women in STEM, saying that with three NSF-funded grants from 1996 to 2005, she built a coalition of science and engineering faculty committed to gender equity. Read the complete nomination profile online.

Suzanne Martin

Suzanne Martin

The student award was presented to Suzanne Martin, a graduate student who is president of the social work honor society Phi Alpha and a member of the social work department’s advisory board and committee on diversity, recruitment and retention. Read the complete nomination profile online.

Hats off to each of these women, and to  Shaefny Grays, assistant director of the College of Natural Resources's community for diversity. Grays received the staff award for leading community service initiatives focused on issues related to women such as domestic violence, breast cancer and ovarian cancer.

See the photo and video gallery of the Sisterhood Dinner online.


Maymester: One Course, Three Weeks, Three Credits

Posted on February 26, 2014 2:17 pm by Lauren Kirkpatrick

classroom outsideAt NC State, where innovation is key and experiential education takes precedence, you don't have to look hard to find new and challenging opportunities.

Last May, CHASS piloted Maymester, a three-week academic session that combines an intensive schedule with small class sizes to create an enriching and in-depth educational experience for professors and students alike.

Victoria Gallagher, associate dean of academic affairs for NC State’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences, along with former director of summer sessions Cindy DeLuca, were the enterprising duo that brought Maymester to the university. After teaching a communication ethics course during a five-week summer session, Gallagher was struck by the way the students responded to the intensity of the compressed course – they found the shorter schedule stimulating and exhilarating.

Professor of History Craig Friend led a Maymester 2013 course on history and memory in Washington, DC.

Professor of History Craig Friend led a Maymester 2013 course on history and memory in Washington, DC.

Among the students who praised the design of the course was graduate student Nathan Johnson. Johnson traveled to Washington, D.C., to take a graduate course called “History and Memory,” and embraced the challenges of the course. Although the accelerated nature of Maymester courses seems daunting, Johnson assures prospective students that it was his “perfect vacation.”

History major Sonya Laney found the curriculum worked in harmony with the professor-led tours around the capital. “Our classroom was wherever we happened to be that day: the steps of the Jefferson Monument, the Capitol building, the Vietnam Memorial. It made learning really interesting and hands-on,” she says.

Gallagher, DeLuca and other organizers, including CHASS Dean Jeff Braden, considered research related to intensive learning experiences and explored how other schools developed shorter terms. They found that condensed terms, such as Wintermester, existed primarily at small, private liberal arts colleges, and facilitated unique and meaningful academic experiences.

“I was very excited about bringing a condensed term to CHASS,” says Gallagher. “In our college, we do a lot of pedagogical exploration and innovation and I felt our students and faculty could benefit from a program such as Maymester.”

As organizers outlined the pilot, they refined their intentions for Maymester. Attracting new populations of students and faculty was central.

“We wanted to attract faculty and students who would not normally participate in summer sessions because of other interests or obligations,” says Gallagher. “Many faculty utilize the summer for scholarship or research, and students often forgo summer sessions in order to study abroad, work, or travel. We also hoped that the compact schedule would interest non-degree or life-long students, many of whom are professionals who would benefit from courses but may not have time for a standard semester.”

Based on positive feedback from faculty and students who participated in the first Maymester pilot during May 2013, the college has been asked to organize Maymester 2014. “Ultimately, the university would like to make Maymester courses available through colleges across NC State,” says Gallagher. “We are proud to run the pilot program to help the university determine the best course going forward.

This year, CHASS is eager to introduce several new Maymester courses that were not offered last session. When selecting courses, some students might choose to concentrate on their career goals, while others might elect to explore an equally enriching experience in an unrelated field. For example, a student pursuing her master’s degree in public administration could take the intensive ‘Preparing for a Field Experience’ course, while another student enrolls in the more general but equally challenging ‘Topics in the Culture of Latin America and the Caribbean.’

See the full list of Maymester 2014 courses. Maymester 2014 will run from May 12 - May 30. More details are available on NC State's Enrollment Management and Services site.



Dr. Silvia Cu Visits, Discusses "Hambre Cero" Program in Guatemala

Posted on February 17, 2014 5:23 pm by hralliso

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Last Month, the Global Health Initiative, Study Abroad and the Department of Social Work co-hosted a presentation by Dr. Silvia Cu. Cu, a public health doctor from near Lake Atitlan in the mountains of Guatemala, spoke about her work with the "Hambre Cero" Program.  "Hambre Cero" aims to reduce acute and chronic malnutrition in children under the age of five.

As a part of The Department of Social Work's Guatemala Program, some students and faculty have worked with Dr. Cu in Guatemala.  The Guatemala program is a unique study abroad opportunity for students interested international service-learning and Social Work.

To read more about Dr. Cu's visit, please visit:


Student Advisers Honored

Posted on February 17, 2014 1:47 pm by Lauren Kirkpatrick

Linda Williams and Roy Stamper (third and fourth from the left) were honored by the universitiy for their undergraduate advising.

Linda Williams and Roy Stamper (third and fourth from left) were honored by the university for their undergraduate advising.

When NC State recognized its outstanding undergraduate academic advisers recently, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences was well represented. Two of the five university employees who received awards for their efforts to support and encourage students were from CHASS. They will move forward for consideration of recognition by the National Academic Advising Association.

Roy Stamper, a senior lecturer in the Department of English, received the New Adviser Award. Last year, this award also went to a CHASS adviser, Christina Hobbs (Psychology).

Linda Williams, director of the Bachelor of Social Work program, received the Faculty Adviser Award. Williams is the fourth CHASS nominee in as many years to earn this university distinction, along with Seth Murray (Interdisciplinary Studies), John Morillo (English) and Jim Alchediak (Communication). Her predecessors all went on to receive national recognition.

Other CHASS advisers who have received university and/or national recognition over the past several years are Joseph Palis, 2013 New Faculty Adviser Award (Interdisciplinary Studies); Meredith Fosque, 2012 Advising Administrator Award (English); and Sandra Stallings, 2011 Barbara Solomon Advising Award (Communication).

"Given the amount of choice CHASS majors have in fulfilling their graduation requirements, advising our students is a complex task,” says Karen Young, assistant dean for academic affairs and chair of the college advising awards committee. “We are extremely fortunate to have such a large number of talented and devoted advisers to support our students in pursuit of their academic and professional goals. We are very proud of our advisers for the consistent and well-deserved recognition they have received at the university and national levels."

The awards are sponsored by the Division of Academic and Student Affairs and Academic Advising Services.

Read more at The Bulletin.  

Social Work Professor Linda Williams Honored for Undergraduate Advising

Posted on February 12, 2014 11:08 am by hralliso



Last Month, Professor Linda Williams, Director of the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program,  received the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty Adviser Award for her outstanding undergraduate advising. Professor Williams is active in a variety of departmental programs to encourage community and academic engagement among undergraduate students. She is the administrator for the Child Welfare Collaborative program. She also works with undergraduate students interested in School Social Work licensure. Professor Williams co-leads the Guatemala Program, a unique opportunity for students to engage in international Social Work practice over the summer.

To read more about Professor Williams' award, see the NCSU Bulletin article.