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Wellbeing Office to recognize staff and faculty champions

This is a guest post from the Office of Wellbeing:

Dimension Champions (2)As part of the THRIVE initiative, the Office of Wellbeing is seeking to recognize individual faculty and staff who excel as champions in one of the eight dimensions of wellbeing: emotional, environmental, financial, intellectual, occupational, physical, social and spiritual.

The Dimension Champion award was developed to recognize and highlight the work of faculty and staff that promotes and develops a culture of wellbeing within the Wake Forest community.  Dimension Champions were first recognized in 2015.

Nominate yourself, friend or colleague.  Nominations are open until March 22.

HES Department settles into new home at Worrell Center

A Wake Forest student walks past the new Health and Exercise Science addition to Worrell Professional Center on Tuesday, February 23, 2016. The addition has research labs and classrooms.

The Health and Exercise Science (HES) Department has more room to stretch and grow, thanks to a new addition to the Worrell Professional Center.

The 29,000-square-foot addition, which opened this semester, houses state-of-the-art research space, classrooms, and academic and administrative offices. The facility includes a two-story entry into the HES suite at the ground floor alongside Carroll Weathers Drive, making it easily accessible for students, faculty, staff and visitors.

HES department chair Michael Berry said faculty input into the building’s design was integral in developing the collaborative space.

“Functionality was the key,” Berry said. “We didn’t gain that much square footage, but the layout and design is making all the difference which is fantastic for our department in all respects.”

The functional aspects include four dedicated classrooms and modern lab spaces for the 150 HES majors and 18 graduate students. Students also now have a lounge and comfortable living room-style spaces perfect for studying or socializing. The faculty who lead research teams – many of which are nationally renowned – also have dedicated lab space whereas before labs were shared between teaching and scholarship. Though the flow of the building is separate from the law school, the HES wing is connected to the existing Worrell building through an interior hallway. Continue reading »

Allison McWilliams: Why feedback matters

Allison McWilliams, director of mentoring and alumni personal and career development in the Office of Personal and Career Development, writes occasional articles for Inside WFU.  This is her third for the spring semester.  In each, she shares observations and suggestions with faculty and staff drawn from her professional experience with students.

20111010mcwilliams4344While there are many strategies and tools that mentors use as part of any effective mentoring relationship, all great mentoring conversations are built around two core practices: asking great questions and giving great feedback. These are two sides of the same developmental coin that help students grow into mature, thoughtful, reflective adults who can process and synthesize information, seek out differing viewpoints, and make effective choices and decisions.

Giving effective feedback can be a particularly challenging part of the mentoring conversation. All of us, at some point, have been on the receiving end of poorly-worded or poorly-delivered feedback, and it does not feel good. Those experiences make most of us hesitant to offer advice and guidance to others. But this is exactly what effective mentors can and should do. It is a gift of the mentoring relationship to help someone learn from her successes and her failures, so that she can build on those lessons for the future.

Why is GOOD feedback important?

  • It prevents small issues from becoming unmanageable problems
  • It builds trust in relationships
  • It promotes personal and professional growth
  • It clears up misunderstandings
  • It is a way to acknowledge and recognize skills, contributions, and accomplishments

The best feedback is:

  • Don’t wait two weeks to tell someone where they have fallen down, or where they have excelled. The best feedback is delivered in or as close to the moment as possible.
  • Objective and behavior-based. Effective feedback provides concrete behaviors as examples. Telling someone “You’re awesome!” does not help that person, nor does “You’re not meeting my expectations.” Provide concrete behaviors as examples of the actions you would like to see repeated or changed in the future.
  • Focused on the other person’s development. Effective feedback always has the other person’s best interests at heart. Check yourself first: is this about a personal grudge or because you really want to help the other person improve?

 In addition to hearing great feedback from their mentors, learning how to ask for and effectively respond to feedback are skills that all of our students should develop. Encourage your students to seek out feedback on a regular basis and help them to reflect on the lessons they are learning along the way..


February 2016 faculty and staff milestones

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Concert Choir’s Home Concert will be a fundraiser

The Home Concert performed by the University’s Concert Choir on March 1 will be a fundraiser for the group’s upcoming Italy Tour.  The concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Brendle Recital Hall in the Scales Fine Arts Center.

Wake Forest students will be admitted free with Wake Forest ID cards.  Tickets will be on sale at the door for $10 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets may be reserved by calling the Department of Music at 336-758-5026.  To raise additional funds for the trip, donations will be accepted after the performance.

At the concert, the choir will sing their European repertoire and announce the tour’s itinerary and concert locations. The program will be comprised of Italian and American music.

January 2016 comings and goings

See a list of employees joining and leaving the University in January 2016: Continue reading »

Provost: Forum set for update on Innovation Quarter

The Office of the Provost distributed this message to faculty and staff, inviting all to a forum on Innovation Quarter:

Greetings Wake Forest faculty/staff colleagues: thanks, first of all, to the many of you who have been involved in developing academic proposals and service opportunities for our efforts in Wake Forest Innovation Quarter.  On Monday, February 29, the Office of the Provost and the Committee on Academic Planning jointly invite you to a forum to discuss plans for academic programs, logistics from transportation to security, and timelines. This forum is open to all faculty and staff; a separate forum for students will be held in March.

We look forward to seeing you on Monday, February 29 from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Z. Smith Reynolds Library Auditorium (room 404).

University dedicates new McCreary Field House

Wake Forest formally opened McCreary Field House, the University’s new indoor practice field for Demon Deacon athletics on Feb. 24.

McCreary Field House, an 80,000-square foot structure, features a 120-yard football field and weightlifting facilities for the Deacon football team.

It is the first phase of a planned $58 million project that will include the Sports Performance Center.  Read more here.

School of Business faculty receive awards, recognition

The following School of Business faculty have been recognized recently for their achievements:

Assistant Professor of Accounting Andrea Kelton received the Best Paper Award at the 2016 Accounting Information Systems Midyear Meeting held January 22-23. The award was for a paper she co-authored with Robin Pennington at N.C. State entitled “If you tweet, they will follow: CEO tweets, social capital and investor say-on-pay judgements.”

Assistant Professor of Accounting Norma Montague received the 2016 Innovation in Auditing and Assurance Award from the American Accounting Association. Montague and her co-author Rebecca Fay of East Carolina University received the award January 15 for a case they developed entitled “Witnessing Your Own Cognitive Bias: A Compendium of Classroom Exercises.”

Providing a rundown of the “who’s who” of the tax world, the International Tax Review’s Global Tax 50 recognizes individuals and organizations that have had a significant impact on taxation. The group named Coca-Cola Fellow and Associate Professor of Accounting Ya-wen Yang for her research. The recognition mentions her research with Assistant Professor of Accounting Andrea Kelton on the relationships between gender diversity in the boardroom and c-suite, and levels of abusive tax behavior.

Stay informed Wednesday about weather conditions

The following message was emailed by Communications and External Relations on Feb. 24 to students, faculty and staff:

Due to forecasts for unsettled weather today (Feb. 24) in North Carolina, it is recommended that Wake Forest students, faculty and staff stay informed about the the weather through local news media–TV, radio, print and online.

In addition to substantial rain, the forecast Wednesday for the Winston-Salem area is for potentially strong, damaging winds.  Detailed forecasts are available from numerous local news outlets.