Introducing (or re-introducing) WFU’s Professional Development Center

A message from Wake Forest’s Professional Development Center team

“I am so glad we still have it.” “Where have you all been?” “We have a what?”

These are the responses our team is likely to hear when we talk with faculty and staff about the Professional Development Center (PDC). 

Over the years, many members of our University community have participated in PDC programs, attended classes or joined workshops aimed at personal, career, and leadership development. You might have wondered if the University’s PDC still exists. Rest assured, we never left; we might have just been a bit harder to find. 

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Near-Term Central Space Planning virtual feedback opportunity

On May 1, the Near-Term Central Space Planning Committee and Ayers Saint Gross held an Open House to hear Wake Forest faculty, staff and students’ thoughts on priorities for outdoor spaces, study spaces, learning spaces, collaborative spaces, desired look and feel, and amenities.

More than 100 members of the Wake Forest community took advantage of the opportunity, and the committee and ASG were able to gather valuable thoughts and feedback. To broaden this effort, the Near-Term Space Planning Committee has launched a virtual feedback opportunity that mirrors the experience of the in-person open house. Faculty, staff and students are invited to participate through Friday, June 14.

Like the open house, this exercise is designed to help the committee identify:

  • What kind of academic space supports your students’ learning?
  • What kind of space supports research and creative work?
  • How can our spaces – especially our student support, common, dining and gathering spaces – facilitate community?
  • What is important about our outdoor spaces?
  • What else do we need to think about?

Please be aware that decisions have not yet been made about who is moving, when and where. Instead, this exercise is an opportunity for our community to provide general input that will be taken into consideration during the design phase.

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WFU selects experiential learning as next Quality Enhancement Plan topic

WFU arch at entrance to Hearn Plaza and spring treesThe Office of the Provost is pleased to announce that Wake Forest University has chosen “experiential learning” as the topic for its next Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), based on the proposal titled “Engaged Learning, Empowered Futures.” This decision aligns well with Wake Forest’s strategic priorities and the structure of a QEP as specified by SACSCOC.

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Tenure and promotion announcements

WFCongratulations to the following Wake Forest faculty who recently received promotions. 👏

Promotion to Full Professor
Lisa Blee, History
Hana Brown, Sociology
Justin Esarey, Politics and International Affairs
Sarah Esstman, Biology
THM Gellar-Goad, Classics
Nathaniel Ivers, Counseling
Nathaniel Moore, Mathematics
Joel Tauber, Art
Saami Yazdani, Engineering

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Indoor Emergency Alert Systems Testing May 28, 29 & 31

For those who will be on campus next week, please note that tests of Wake Forest Indoor Emergency Alert Systems will be conducted May 28, 29 and 31. All testing will be conducted between the hours of 9 a.m. and 1 p.m according to the following schedule. The tests are being conducted to ensure that the University’s indoor emergency notification systems are operating properly.

If an actual emergency were to occur on the testing dates, the University would use numerous alert methods to inform the campus.

During the testing, the emergency alarm system will test alerts for: Shelter in Place, Tornado Alert, General Weather Alert, Evacuate Building, Active Shooter, Armed Intruder and All Clear.

Testing will be carried out by Facilities and Campus Services. No action is required in response to alert messages during these tests.     

Emergency preparedness for members of the Wake Forest community requires each of us to review the University’s Emergency response, evacuation procedures and notification of immediate threat as posted on Inside WFU.

Please visit Wake Alert to review emergency procedures.

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Chaplain's Emergency Fund
As you consider opportunities to give, the Chaplain’s Emergency Fund supports Wake Forest community members experiencing financial hardship.



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