October 16th, 2014 | University Announcement
Dan O. Via, who taught in the religion department from 1956 to 1968, died Oct. 12, 2014, in Charlottesville, Va. He was 85.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Oct. 18 at Saint Paul’s Memorial Church in Charlottesville.
A native of Charlottesville, Via graduated from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and received his Ph.D. from Duke University. In 1960, following the arrests of 10 Wake Forest students who participated in a sit-in at F.W. Woolworth in downtown Winston-Salem, Via helped pay the students’ bonds so they could be released from jail.
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August 18th, 2014 | Faculty News, Staff News
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July 23rd, 2014 | Faculty News
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May 16th, 2014 | University Announcement
Ted Gellar-Goad was one of five professors recognized for innovative teaching.
Congratulations to the recipients of the Teaching and Learning Center 2014 Teaching Innovation Awards.
- T.H.M. Gellar-Goad, teacher/scholar/post-doc fellow in classical languages
- Lynn S. Neal, associate professor of religion
- D. Stokes Piercy, assistant teaching professor in communication
- Jeremy Rouse, assistant professor of mathematics
- Ron Von Burg, assistant professor of communication
Jennifer Collins, associate provost for academic initiatives and law professor, presented the awards at an April 30 luncheon held in the recipients’ honor.
This award recognizes the effort put forth by faculty who have redesigned their courses or introduced new courses, using new methods or innovative approaches to applying the research on learning to the practice of teaching.
Read more about Teaching and Learning Center awards and funding here.
May 7th, 2014 | University Announcement
Congratulations 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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April 14th, 2014 | Faculty News
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.
February 10th, 2014 | Faculty News
Nelly Van Doorn-Harder, professor of Islamic studies, was featured in the American Academy of Religion (AAR)’s “Religious Studies News.”
Van Doorn-Harder served as the chair of the organization’s program committee for the past three years. The interview outlines the various new policies and initiatives that were put in place during her tenure.
Van Doorn-Harder is the author of several works on Coptic Christianity and Indonesian Islam, including “The Emergence of the Modern Coptic Papacy: The Egyptian Church and Its Leadership from the Ottoman Period to the Present” (AUC Press, 2011).
The AAR is a learned society and professional association of teachers and research scholars with about 9,000 members who teach in some 900 colleges, universities, seminaries and schools in North America and abroad.
Van Doorn-Harder has served in the leadership of a number of program units in the AAR. She served as chair of the Study of Islam Section from 2004–2008. She founded and has chaired the Middle Eastern Christianity Group since 2009, and she served on the AAR’s Governance Task Force, which revamped the AAR’s entire governance structure, from 2008–2010.
December 18th, 2013 | Staff News
Jones, Lockhart, Griffin and Reitz
Five staff members have completed the necessary requirements for the CORE certification offered through the Professional Development Center (PDC). Recipients are: Tammy Griffin, Dean’s Office; Marc Jones, Facilities and Campus Services; Sheila Lockhart, Department of Religion; Jennifer Price, Facilities and Campus Services; Stephanie Reitz, Center for Bioethics, Health, and Society
CORE, which stands for “Cultivating our Organization to Realize Excellence,” was launched in September of 2011 as an outcome of the climate survey to offer more sustained developmental options for faculty and staff on campus. CORE is built around five competencies that are meaningful and relevant to the campus: communication, community, leadership, organizational acumen and personal progression.
The CORE Program allows participants to recognize personal and professional strengths that can be applied to better themselves and the campus community.
Learn more about the CORE curriculum here.
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September 16th, 2013 | Events
Dear Wake Forest community:
As members of the Commencement Speaker Advisory Committee, we look forward to engaging our graduating students and other members of the university community in the selection process of our 2014 Commencement speaker. As we begin this exciting task, we look to you to provide us with speaker nominations for Commencement 2014.
Please submit your suggestions to CSAC@wfu.edu by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 25. Submissions must include:
- Name of nominee
- Two to three paragraphs answering the following question: “Why do you think this person would be an exceptional Commencement speaker at Wake Forest University?”
- Any contact name(s) for your nomination (if possible) and/or any connection to Wake Forest.
We are especially interested in hearing from graduating students. Suggestions are also gratefully welcomed from faculty and staff.
As you can imagine, persons of this caliber are in high demand. While we hope to host a speaker from suggestions we receive, we cannot guarantee that our invitations will be accepted. Your thoughts will be vital to informing our approach and to selecting a speaker.
This committee is dedicated to the transparency of this process, but please understand that the actual invitation process must remain confidential. Announcement of the Class of 2014’s commencement speaker will follow a similar timeline as in years past.
We look forward to reviewing your nominations.
The Commencement Speaker Advisory Committee
Rogan Kersh, Provost, Chair
Francie Fisher, Wake Forest Fellow, Provost’s Office
Mary Foskett, Professor, Religion
Jim O’Connell, Wake Forest Fellow, President’s Office
Samantha Perrotta, Event and Project Manager, Provost’s Office
Aubrey Peterson, President, Student Union
Mary Pugel, Chief of Staff, President’s Office
Jennifer Richwine, Assistant Vice President, University Events
Jay Sehgal, Student Trustee
Jacqueline Sutherland, Student Government President
Mark Welker, Professor, Chemistry
August 30th, 2013 | Faculty News
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