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July 2014 faculty milestones

See a list of faculty milestones in July 2014:

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Endowed Professors, Faculty Fellowships and promotions

ironwork.200x250Congratulations to the College’s newest endowed professors, this year’s Wake Forest Faculty Fellows and those faculty receiving promotions.

The Wake Forest Professorship award is an endowed chair position and is among the University’s highest honors. The selection criteria include exceptional skill and sustained dedication in the classroom; outstanding commitment to student learning and growth beyond the classroom; a wide-reaching and significant record in scholarly and creative work; a sustained exemplary service to the department, the discipline, the College, the University and the broader scholarly community.

Recipients of the Wake Forest Professorships are:

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Gillespie featured on CSPAN’s BookTV

gillespie.300x175Gillespie, author of “Katharine and R. J. Reynolds: Partners of Fortune in the Making of the New South,” was interviewed for CSPAN’s BookTV about her biography of R.J. Reynolds, founder of the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company and his wife, Katharine.

The program will air:

  • Saturday, April 26 at 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 27 at 10:30 a.m.

Gillespie talks about the couple’s influence on progressive movements in the South during the early 20th century and Katharine Reynold’s philanthropic pursuits following her husband’s death.

She is Presidential Endowed Professor of Southern History at Wake Forest. Her books include “Free Labor in an Unfree World” and “Southern Society and its Transformations.”

Click here to read more about the book.

Faculty publications: March updates



Blee, Lisa. (History). Framing Chief Leschi: Narratives and the Politics of Historical Justice. The University of North Carolina Press. March 2014.

Duke, Steven T. (Center for Global Programs and Studies). Forwards by Steven S. Reinemund (School of Business) & Ken Bouyer. Preparing to Study Abroad: Learning to Cross Cultures. Stylus Publishing. February 2014.



Escott, Paul D. (History). Uncommonly Savage: Civil War and Remembrance in Spain and the United States. University Press of Florida. March 2014.

Garrison, Ray H., Eric W. Noreen, & Peter C. Brewer. (School of Business). Managerial Accounting, 15th ed. McGraw-Hill. January 2014.



Johnston, Lucas F., & Whitney Bauman, Eds. (Religion). Science and Religion: One Planet, Many Possibilities. Routledge. February 2014.

Miller, Christian B. (Philosophy). Character and Moral Psychology. Oxford University Press. March 2014.

Newsome, Deborah W., & Samuel T. Gladding (Counseling). Clinical Mental Health Counseling in Community and Agency Settings, 4th ed. Pearson. July 2013.

Yamane, David. (Sociology). Becoming Catholic: Finding Rome in the American Religious Landscape. Oxford University Press. February 2014.

January 2014 comings and goings

See a list of employees joining and leaving the University in January 2014:

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Faculty named as resident professors

The following faculty members have been selected to serve as resident professors at the Wake Forest overseas houses in 2015-2016:

Worrell House (London)

  • Fall 2015: Page West (Business)
  • Spring 2016: Mary Wayne-Thomas (Theatre)

Flow House (Vienna)

  • Fall 2015: Robert Hellyer (History)
  • Spring 2016: Lisa Kiang (Psychology)

Casa Artom (Venice) 

  • Fall 2015: Jacqui Carrasco (Music)
  • Spring 2016: Wanda Balzano (Women’s and Gender Studies)

Former professor Covey passes away

Cyclone CoveyWe are saddened to inform you that Cyclone Covey, professor emeritus of history, died Nov. 22 in Winston-Salem. Covey was a member of the Wake Forest faculty from 1968 until his retirement in 1988.

A memorial service for Covey will be held Dec. 1 at 3 p.m. in Wait Chapel. A reception for the family will be held earlier in the afternoon, at 1:30 p.m., at Frank Vogler & Sons funeral home on Reynolda Road.

In lieu of flowers and gifts, the family requests that donations be made to the Z. Smith Reynolds Library at  P.O. Box 7777, Winston-Salem, NC 27109 or through the online giving form.

Read a story about Covey in the Winston-Salem Journal »

Read the obituary in the Winston-Salem Journal »

Elizabeth Stroupe passes away

Henry and Elizabeth Stroupe pose in front of their Faculty Drive home in 2006.

Henry and Elizabeth Stroupe pose in front of their Faculty Drive home in 2006. The Stroupes moved into the home in 1956.

Elizabeth Stroupe, wife of longtime faculty member Henry and mother of current faculty member David (’68), passed away on Nov. 4 a week after she had turned 100. Henry Stroupe began teaching history on the Old Campus, and he retired in 1984. The Stroupes were married for 67 years until Henry died in 2009.

Elizabeth Stroupe served as president of the University Club, and as wife of the chair of the history department and dean of the Graduate School, she was hostess for many faculty and student events both at home and on campus. Elizabeth and Henry were avid sports fans, attending all home football and basketball games until both were well into their 90s.

David Stroupe is a lecturer in Health and Exercise Science.

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‘Lay My Burden Down’ conference examines the meaning of freedom

Paul EscottTo commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem State University and Old Salem, in conjunction with the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, are hosting a conference called “Lay My Burden Down” on Oct. 17-18. At the conference, experts and non-experts alike will explore issues of freedom.

Wake Forest’s Reynolds Professor of History Paul D. Escott, who is a conference organizer and Civil War expert, said that the conference will bring together several of the most renowned historians who have written about slavery and emancipation. “We are extremely fortunate to have both celebrated senior scholars, such as Ira Berlin and Thavolia Glymph, and outstanding younger historians, such as Heather Williams, Susan O’Donovan and David Cecelski. They will share new information and perspectives to this critical period in our nation’s history.”

Among the many scheduled events, Maya Angelou — Reynolds Professor of American Studies, poet, author and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011 — will present a Poem for the Occasion and three Wake Forest senior history majors will give presentations. Tours of St. Philips Heritage Center, the oldest standing African-American church in North Carolina are also being offered.

A complete schedule of events is on the “Lay My Burden Down” website.

Gillespie named first Presidential Chair

Michele GillespieAs part of an ongoing commitment to recognize exceptional Wake Forest faculty and recruit talented new professors, Professor of History Michele Gillespie has been named the first Presidential Chair. President Nathan Hatch announced the Presidential Chair initiative in 2012, and Gillespie is the first honored with the endowed faculty position.

The Presidential Chairs recognize and support faculty who embody Wake Forest’s teacher-scholar ideal.

“At Wake Forest, retaining and rewarding exceptional faculty is central to making it an extraordinary place of learning,” said Jacque Fetrow, dean of the College. “We are pleased to recognize Michele with a Presidential Chair for her academic leadership, her outstanding scholarship, and her passionate integration of teaching with that scholarly work.”

Gillespie, who joined the Wake Forest faculty in 1999, is currently the Kahle Family Professor of History.  She also served as associate provost for academic initiatives from 2007 to 2010.

Gillespie teaches courses on the history of the American South, U.S. labor, women’s and gender history. Her research explores constructions of class, race, gender and region in the social and economic history of the American South. Her most recent book, “Katharine and R.J. Reynolds: Partners of Fortune in the Making of the New South,” received national attention. She is currently working on an interpretive biography of Mary Musgrove and racial identity in early Georgia, and co-editing the two-volume “North Carolina Women: Their Lives and Times.”

“Our signature Wake Forest tradition of prominent teaching and scholarship on southern U.S. history is carried on brilliantly by Michele,” said Provost Rogan Kersh. “Recognizing her exemplary work — and simultaneously honoring this central thread in the fabric of our institution — seems a perfect way to inaugurate this exciting program of presidential endowed chairs.”

Later this month, Wake Forest will announce the funding of two additional Presidential Chairs in the departments of history and economics. Recipients of these Chairs have not yet been named.