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WFU School of Business recognized for innovation

c0c6ec20e92534614263c82b2596e6542079095eWake Forest University School of Business has been recognized for its innovation in business education by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the global accrediting body and membership association for business schools.

The School is being recognized for its individualized faculty evaluation approach that incorporates a six-path model. This approach energizes and rewards excellence, increases instructional quality and research productivity, and celebrates the strengths of our faculty members.

A field of 299 submissions from 196 universities in 35 countries was narrowed
down to just 30 innovations from 11 countries. Charles Iacovou, Sisel Distinguished
Dean of the School, will represent Wake Forest at the 2016 Deans Conference in
Miami, at the ceremony on February 1.

“We are deeply honored to be recognized by the AACSB for our dedication to global
ingenuity, innovation and creativity,” Iacovou said. “As business schools face greater resource constraints and compete for the best talent, it has become increasingly important to reconceive of how best to design and promote teaching and scholarship excellence. By pursuing a novel faculty path model, our goal was to recognize and value a diversity of passions and skill sets among faculty. This is one of several innovations we are pursuing at Wake to continue to distinguish our

Learn more about this honor at

Faculty publications: January updates

Brewer, Peter, Ray Garrison, & Eric Noreen. (Business). Introduction to Managerial Accounting, 7th ed. McGraw-Hill Education. January 2016.

Ford, James L. (Religion). The Divine Quest, East and West: A Comparative Study of Ultimate Realities. SUNY Press. January 2016.

Shi, Yaohua, Translator. (East Asian Language & Cultures). After Baptism. Renmin Wenxue (People’s Literature Press). July 2015.

Whitley, M. Stanley, & Luis González. (Romance Languages). Gramática para la composición, 3rd ed. Georgetown University Press. December 2015.

Barbara Ransby to present Anna Julia Cooper Lecture

Historian, writer and political activist Barbara Ransby will deliver the 2016 Anna Julia Cooper Lecture Feb. 23 at 5:30 p.m. at the Porter Byrum Welcome Center’s Kulynych Auditorium.

The Anna Julia Cooper Center at Wake Forest is presenting the lecture.  The center is an interdisciplinary research center that advances justice through intersectional scholarship.

The event is free and open to the public.

She is a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago in the departments of African American studies, gender and women’s studies and history. She also directs the campus-wide social justice initiative at the university.

More information about the event is available here.

Global Wake Week ahead in March

The Office of the Provost sent this message, recently, to faculty and staff:

Save the Date – Global Wake Week

March 14-18

Mark your calendar for what promises to be a week-long celebration of our Global Campus as we focus onTranscending Boundaries: Building a Global Campus Community. Enjoy a week filled with activities, films, food trucks, games and more as we prepare for the SACSCOC on-site visit. This educative week for faculty, staff, and students will celebrate our past global successes and will launch the University’s 10-year Quality Enhancement Plan for strengthening Global Wake Forest.

Faculty and Staff, please mark your calendars for Tuesday, March 15th for a special Hygge (cozy, Danish flare) dinner in the new Sutton Center in Reynolds Gym (invitations coming soon).

Be on the lookout for more information about Global Wake Week and make sure to like Global Wake Forest on Facebook or follow on Twitter!


Senior Colloquium to be held Feb. 14

This is a guest post from Offices of the Provost and the Dean of the College:

The Offices of the Provost and the Dean of the College invite the Wake Forest Community to attend this year’s Senior Colloquium, which will be held on Sunday, February 14 at 4 p.m., at the Porter B. Byrum Welcome Center. During this event, the top 10 orators will share their profound and diverse reflections about their Wake Forest experience. Three orations will be chosen to be presented at Founders’ Day Convocation on February 18. Of those three, one orator will be selected to present at the Honors and Awards Service for graduating seniors, their families and friends on May 15.

Senior Colloquium is a long-standing Wake Forest tradition, dating back to the earliest years of the College, when debate and oratory were promoted at all special occasions. Each year since the re-opening of the College in 1868, following the Civil War, many of our finest seniors have prepared essays, some of which have been presented at special gatherings of the University and the broader community.

Chinese Lunar New Year to be celebrated on campus Feb. 13

36bfceadf40c74aeac04b8039b4b83cd5c790fb4The Chinese Lunar New Year Festival will be held at The Barn from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 13.  The event is free and open to the public.

Organizers extended an invitation with the following message:

Come and celebrate Chinese New Year’s here at Wake Forest.  Have a taste of traditional home-cooked food that represents the holiday, witness and be entertained by a variety of live performances provided by our (Wake Forest) students and the community as well as have fun with all the activities and games.

ASIA (Asian Student Interest Group) has organized the event with support from several University departments, including East Asian Languages and Cultures, as well as Multicultural Affairs.

Provost Kersh: Invitation to Founders’ Day Convocation

The following message was sent to students, faculty and staff, recently, by Provost Rogan Kersh:

Each year, the Wake Forest family gathers for the Founders’ Day Convocation to observe the University’s founding in February of 1834. Wake Forest will hold Founders’ Day Convocation on Thursday, February 18, at 4 p.m. in Wait Chapel.

We will award the Medallion of Merit, the highest honor bestowed by the University, to Jenny Robinson Puckett (’71, P ’00) and James T. Williams, Jr. (’62, JD ’66, P ’89, P ’92, P ’96), and faculty awards will be presented in the areas of advising, teaching and service. As is Wake Forest tradition, we will also have the opportunity to hear outstanding seniors read this year’s winning Senior Orations and the Class of 2016 will be honored with a reflective “senior video” featuring student testimonials.

Information for faculty, including processing information and regalia inquiries, can be found at

The Office of the Provost will be hosting a reception immediately following the convocation in the Scales Lower Lobby. We look forward to seeing you there!


North Carolina Cognition Conference to be held at WFU

The annual North Carolina Cognition Conference will be held at Wake Forest on Feb. 13 in Benson University Center. The keynote speaker will be Gordon Logan, Centennial Professor of Psychology at Vanderbilt University.

Additional information is available here.

‘Truth, Lies, and Politics’ panel discussion to be held Feb. 16


A panel discussion called “Truth, Lies, and Politics” will be  held at 7 p.m. Feb. 16 in Wait Chapel.

The panel’s moderator will be Melissa Harris-Perry, Presidential Endowed Professor in Politics and International Affairs.

Panelists will include:

  • Naomi Oreskes – Professor of the History of Science and Affiliated Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard University
  • Anthony Appiah – Professor of Philosophy and Law at New York University
  • Dan Kahan – Professor of Law and Psychology at Yale Law School

The panel discussion will focus on various topics, including the impact of media in our democracy and citizens’ obligations to be informed about issues such as the human impact on climate change or the causes of economic inequality.

This event is free and open to the public and is co-sponsored by the Office of Sustainability; the Center for Energy, Environment & Sustainability; Department of Philosophy and the Thomas Jack Lynch Philosophy Fund; Department of Psychology; School of Law; Department of Politics and International Affairs; Department of Communication; Wake the Vote; College Democrats; The Arch Society; and The Euzelian Society.

For more detailed information, please visit the event page.

Wake Forest’s TEDx event planned for Feb. 20

Eight speakers are scheduled to participate in Wake Forest’s 5th annual TEDxWakeForestU event on Feb. 20 from 12 to 4 p.m. in Wait Chapel.


Mark Hurd

Topics will include cyber security,human trafficking, food safety and more.  Among the speakers will be Mark Hurd, chief executive officer of Oracle Corporation. The theme for the event is Haven: Fearlessness Reimagined.

Tickets are free for Wake Forest University students, faculty and staff. General public tickets are $15. All attendees must have a ticket to attend.

More details about the event are available here.