Faculty News Archive

Dadlani chosen for 2017 SAH/Mellon Author Award

Chanchal Dadlani, assistant professor of art, was chosen, recently, as a recipient of the 2017 SAH/Mellon Author Award.

The Society of Architectural Historians announced it had chosen Dadlani and seven other writers for the award, which is designed to provide financial relief to scholars who are publishing their first monograph on the history of the built environment.  Such authors are responsible for paying for rights and permissions for images or for commissioning maps, charts or line drawings in their publications.

Dadlani is the author of “From Stone to Paper: Architecture as History in Eighteenth-Century Mughal India” (Yale University Press, 2018).

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Much preparation leads to Wake Forest participation in ACCelerate

After a year of much planning, Tim Pyatt and Andrea Ellis are looking forward to a special Atlantic Coast Conference event in mid-October that showcases Wake Forest in a setting other than on a playing field or a court.

Pyatt, dean of Z. Smith Reynolds Library, and Ellis, assistant vice president of innovation, served on the ACC steering committee that helped organize the first “ACCelerate: ACC Smithsonian Creativity and Innovation Festival.”  Presented by Virginia Tech and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, the ACCelerate Festival is a three-day celebration of creative exploration and research at the nexus of science, engineering and design.

It will be held at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 13-15 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 pm. each day.

The event is free and showcases the 15 universities of the ACC.  It gives all of the universities an opportunity to display their work to each other and to the public.  In addition to the 47 featured interactive installations, the festival will include panel discussions and performances through the three days.

Representing Wake Forest, Pyatt and Ellis began last October serving on the steering committee comprised of members from all ACC universities.  By November, they had proposed the Wake Forest projects for the festival.  And, after considerable deliberation, the final decisions were made later on which projects would be selected for showcasing at the festival.  Throughout the summer, they have worked to settle the numerous details and logistics required to make it a successful event.

Asked how the public will respond to the Wake Forest exhibits and presentations, Pyatt replied, “All are amazing in their own way.”

The Wake Forest exhibits and presentations include:

  • IMPROVment: Improvisational Movement for Brain and Body Health
  • Wake the Vote
  • The Story of My Life
  • What is Language? Challenging our Intuitions and Assumptions

“Wake the Vote is so relevant and timely while IMPROVment epitomizes the Wake Forest ethos — bringing liberal arts and medicine together for the good of society. The Story of My Life celebrates six disabled adults and their personal stories. And What is Language combines humanistic research with data analysis. I think the public will be impressed by the impact of research at Wake Forest on society,” Pyatt said.

For more about ACCelerate, read here.

School of Divinity administrator named assistant teaching professor

Shonda R. Jones

This is a guest post from the School of Divinity:

Shonda R. Jones has been named assistant teaching professor in intercultural theological education at the School of Divinity. Jones will continue serving in her role as associate dean of admissions and student services. As assistant teaching professor, she will link the intercultural competency work she has long been doing with students, faculty and staff as associate dean with classroom teaching.

“The realities of contemporary life and ministry demand that religious leaders develop intercultural competency and cultivate a wide range of cross-cultural skills, “ said Jill Y. Crainshaw, acting dean and Blackburn Professor of worship and liturgical theology at the School of Divinity. “Shonda has provided vital leadership in recent years as the school has expanded our co-curricular offerings in these areas.”

Jones will guide the school’s work to integrate theory and practice in this important dimension of ministry by providing related course offerings. She is uniquely equipped to teach courses in intercultural theological education not only because of her doctoral studies emphasis but also because of her ongoing training in and experience in intercultural competency. Read more

University photography contest is open for entries

The third annual Wake Forest Photography Contest is open for submissions from faculty, staff and students at Wake Forest and at UNC School of the Arts­­.  The contest began as a celebration of the beauty of Wake’s campus in the fall and has evolved into a general photography contest that allows any subject.

The contest, which had more than 300 submissions last year, is run by The Media, a student-led organization.

Entrants should email their photos to them@nullwfu.edu or upload photos to the official website by the submission deadline of Oct. 31.

In early November, a panel of judges will select the top photos that demonstrate exceptional skill, creativity and artistic ability.

The first-place winner will receive a prize worth $200 with a signed thank-you card from Provost Rogan Kersh.  The winning entry will be printed on a vinyl banner which will hang on Reynolda Hall overlooking Hearn Plaza. The second-place winner will receive a prize worth $150, the third-place winner will receive a prize worth $75, and all other finalists will receive prizes worth $15.

Artisans' Fair looking for vendors from faculty, staff

This is a guest post from organizers of the annual Artisans’ Fair on campus:

It’s that time! Our call for vendors for the annual Artisans’ Fair, which will be on Friday, Dec. 1!

Are you gifted in woodworking, arts, crafts, etc. and want to share your hand-made products with other Wake Foresters?
If you are a WFU employee (staff or faculty), spouse of a WFU employee, retiree or student, you are eligible to participate.

Restrictions are as follows:

1. Vendors must be WFU employees (faculty, staff or their spouses), retirees, or students who wish to sell or display their work. Outside vendors will not be permitted. Must be a US citizen or eligible to sell within the U.S.

2. All items to be sold must be handmade by the representative.

3. Vendors must arrange to staff their booth. Tables cannot be left unattended.

4. All vendors must pay a $10 table registration fee (you will get one 6-foot table and one accessory table). This fee will be used to cover event expenses. No refunds available.

5. The Planning Committee reserves the right to refuse any exhibit not appropriate for this event.

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