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Executive Director of Teaching and Learning Collaborative appointed

Betsy Barre

On March 15, Kami Chavis, Associate Provost for Academic Initiatives, emailed this announcement to faculty and staff:

Dear Wake Forest faculty and staff,

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Betsy Barre has accepted the university’s offer to serve as our next Executive Director of the Teaching and Learning Collaborative. Betsy joins us from Rice University, where she is currently the Associate Director of their Center for Teaching Excellence.

Trained as a comparative ethicist, Betsy began her academic career as a faculty member in departments of religion and philosophy at two small liberal arts colleges: Marymount Manhattan in New York City and Lake Forest College in Chicago. She transitioned to a hybrid faculty-administrative role at Rice University in 2012, working in their newly developed Program in Writing and Communication. In this role, she taught a series of disciplinary-based first-year writing courses and led pedagogical programming for other faculty teaching within the program. Two years later, when Rice launched a formal teaching center, she was appointed as one of two founding Assistant Directors. And in 2016, she was promoted to Associate Director.

In these positions she developed and oversaw numerous instructional development initiatives, all with an eye toward reshaping the culture of an elite research university to further support, value, and ultimately reward excellent teaching on campus. With this came significant collaboration with key partners across campus to work toward significant organizational and institutional change.

Earlier this year, the Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education selected her as the winner of the 2017 Innovation Award for the development of a tool to help faculty, students, and administrators estimate the out-of-class workload assigned in their courses.

Betsy will officially join us on May 14. My sincere appreciation to the search committee for their extensive involvement in this process: Chris Copeland (Divinity), Adam Friedman (Education), Laura Giovanelli (English), Kenny Herbst (Business), Shayla Herndon-Edmunds (Diversity and Inclusion), Alyssa Howards (German and Russian), Tony Marsh (Health and Exercise Science), Ellen Murphy (Law), and Tim Pyatt (ZSR). Many thanks, as well, to Kristi Verbeke who has served as the Interim Executive Director since fall 2017.

Betsy may be reached at Please join me in welcoming Betsy to Wake Forest!

Kami Chavis
Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law

Keith Bonin appointed as associate provost, research and scholarly inquiry

This is a guest post from the Office of the Provost:

Keith Bonin

Wake Forest Provost Rogan Kersh announced ­­­March13 that he has appointed Professor Keith Bonin as Associate Provost for Research and Scholarly Inquiry. He will begin serving as Associate Provost on July 1. The position was previously held by Bruce King, professor of chemistry.

Bonin has exemplified extraordinary leadership in and out of the classroom, engaging faculty and students alike through his extensive support of faculty research, curriculum expansion, and cross-department/school initiatives.

“Wake Forest faculty, students, and staff are creative and productive researchers and scholars,” Bonin says. “I look forward to assisting them in their current research efforts and to helping them seek new opportunities to further their scholarly creativity and innovation across all disciplines.”

Bonin joined the Wake Forest Physics faculty in 1992 and during his time at Wake Forest has served the University as a dedicated faculty member, Physics Department Graduate Program Director, and Physics Department Chair from 2007-17. Additionally, Bonin was a vital force in the recent development of the Department of Engineering, helping develop the original ‘white paper’ laying out a plan for engineering instruction at Wake Forest.

Over the last decade, he helped secure over $3.5 million in external funding for numerous projects from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, and the Research Corporation.

His collaborative spirit is evidenced in his many connections with Wake Forest Health Sciences researchers and doctors. In his words, he views “faculty scholarship as the important foundation for the central focus of Wake Forest’s Pro Humanitate mission – to discover, transmit, and interpret new knowledge for the benefit of humanity. Investment in our faculty’s scholarship pays the best dividends toward achieving our purpose of having our faculty, staff, students, and alumni lead lives that matter.”

In April 2017, Bonin received the inaugural Academic Leadership award from the Wake Forest College Board of Visitors in recognition of his academic leadership and institutional vision as well as his abiding commitment to academic excellence, diversity and inclusion, classroom innovation, and commitment to students and the Wake Forest community.

“I look forward to working closely with Keith to enhance the visibility and impact of Reynolda Campus faculty’s research and creative work,” said Provost Kersh. “His blend of vision and collaborative style will be perfectly suited for this vital post.”

Bonin received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics at Loyola University—New Orleans and a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Maryland.

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Faculty, staff offered 'sneak peek' of Reynolds Gym Phase III renovation

New pool in Reynolds Gym

This is a guest post from Campus Recreation, the Student Health Service and the Office of Wellbeing:

Campus Recreation, the Student Health Service and the Office of Wellbeing are pleased to offer faculty and staff a “sneak peek” into the Reynolds Gym Phase III renovation on Friday, March 9, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Members of the campus community will have an opportunity to see:

  • The renovated and expanded Student Health Service
  • The Reynolds natatorium with a renovated and expanded pool, as well as a new whirlpool, locker rooms and showers
  • Four new group fitness studios including new exercise cycles
  • Three multipurpose rooms, two classrooms and a conference room, all reservable on Deacon Space

A separate Phase III grand opening celebration for the entire campus is scheduled for Wednesday, March 28, from 4 – 6 p.m.

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University telephone services to be disrupted on night of March 8

Information Systems emailed students, faculty and staff with this message on March 6:

On Thursday, March 8, between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m., Information Systems will perform emergency maintenance on the campus telephone system.

What you need to know

For approximately 15 minutes, starting at 8 p.m.:

  • All University telephone services will be unavailable.
  • No voicemail may be left or retrieved for campus phone extensions.
  • Voicemail will NOT queue for later delivery.
  • No existing voicemail messages will be lost.

After the 15-minute outage, there may be brief interruptions in telephone and voicemail services while maintenance continues until 11 p.m.

To contact the University Police Department during this maintenance timeframe, call 336-759-0443 from a cell phone or off-campus phone.

If you have questions concerning any of this information, please contact the Information Systems Service Desk at or by calling 336-758-4357 (HELP).

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Projects sought for second ACCelerate festival

This is a guest post from the organizers of the ACCelerate: ACC Smithsonian Creativity and Innovation Festival:

Wake Forest  is seeking projects for the second ACCelerate: ACC Smithsonian Creativity and Innovation Festival to be held in Washington, D.C. on  April 5-7, 2019 (dates still tentative).

We are seeking exciting transdisciplinary projects to represent the University at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.  Projects involving WFU/faculty/student/community teams are highly encouraged.  Projects can be submitted through an online survey. They will be evaluated based on completion/readiness and the potential to actively engage the festival audience.

The timeline is as follows:

  • May 11, 2018: Application deadline for project consideration for the upcoming festival.
  • August 2018:  Projects will be reviewed by an internal Smithsonian Committee who will select the top five projects.
  • September 2018:  The top five projects will be sent to the ACC Review Committee, comprised of leaders from each of the ACC schools, who will then select the top three projects from each ACC school.
  •  September 2018:  Notifications of final acceptance for the festival will be sent.

Support from the Office of Provost will be available to help with the creation and transportation of the exhibits and exhibitors.

The first ACCelerate festival on October 13-15, 2017 drew a crowd of 36,000 participants. We are anticipating and equally impressive turnout in 2019.  To learn more about the 2017 Festival, please visit

For more information, contact:

Tim Pyatt ( or at (336) 758-5090
Andrea Ellis ( or at (336) 758-4322

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