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Staff and faculty milestones, March 2018

See a list of staff and faculty milestones for March 2018:

1 Year

Benjamin Curtis Baker; Operations Asst & Video Coord; Athletics: Football
Blair Bocook; Assistant Director; Int’l Students & Scholars
Melvyn H Brown; Online Programs Coordinator; Teaching & Learning Collaborative
Anna Marie Carr; HR Coordinator; Human Resources
Jamie M Costello; Manager, Accounting; Financial Services
Candra Howell; Recruiting Asst – Fellowship; Athletics: Football
Stephen Brooks Irvin; Advanced Practice Provider; Student Health Service
Maxwell Cain Messinger; Chief Scientist; Biology
Julie N Pechanek; Administrative Assistant; Classical Languages
Robert McCurdy Smith; Director, IT Infrastructure; IS: Administration
Ethan Walgran; Help Desk Service Consultant; Law: Information Technology

5 Years

Tanya Zanish-Belcher; Director; Library-ZSR
John Corbet Bowers; Director; IS: Administration
Jason P. Bunthoff; Multimedia Manager; WFUSB-Information Services
Sharon Kathleen Elam; Turndown Attendant; Graylyn: Rooms
Amy C. Fleet; Dir, Hospitality & Spec Events; Athletics: Special Events
Kathleen Ingram Garber; Alumni Comm Specialist; Advancement: Alumni Services
Karleigh Joy King; Project Coordinator; Advancement: Law School Development
Ellen Elisabeth Meachum; Reporting Analyst; Registrar’s Office
Patrick John Sweeney; Director; WFUSB-Faculty Resource Dept

10 Years

Anne E. Davenport; Director, Tax; Financial Services
Jeffrey K. Gaither; Preventative Maintenance Coord; FACS: Support Services

20 Years

Theodore H. Johnson; Analyst & Programmer IV; IS: Administration
Wendy W. Logan; Associate Director; Campus Life Finance & Operations
Charles Daniel Wright; User Tech Support Analyst IV; IS: Administration

25 Years

Joseph L. Bolt; General Superintendent; FACS: Construction
Scott A. Frazier; Assistant Director; FACS: Maintenance & Utilities Oper.
Benny R. O’Neal; Foreman; FACS: Construction

Faculty, staff books

Furr, R. Michael. (Psychology). Psychometrics: An Introduction, 3rd ed. December 2017.

 Goldschmidt, Tyron, & Kenneth L. Pearce, Eds. (Philosophy). Idealism: New Essays in Metaphysics. Oxford. February 2018.

Pasquarelli, Susan Lee; Robert A. Cole; & Michael J. Tyson, Eds. (Center for Global Programs and Studies). Passport to Change: Designing Academically Sound, Culturally Relevant, Short-Term, Faculty-Led Study Abroad Programs. Stylus Publishing. December 2017.

Trachtenberg, Barry. (History). The United States and the Nazi Holocaust: Race, Refuge, and Remembrance (Perspectives on the Holocaust series). Bloomsbury Academic. February 2018.

Lemke, Christiane, & Helga A. Welsh. (Politics & International Affairs). Germany Today: Politics and Policies in a Changing World (Europe Today series). Rowman & Littlefield. December 2017.

Branford Marsalis to perform March 22 at Secrest event

Branford Marsalis Quartet. Photo, Roger Thomas.

This is a guest post from the Secrest Artists Series:

On March 22, Branford Marsalis, saxaphone player extraordinaire, will cap the 2017-18 season of the Secrest Artists Series with an evening of improvised music by his internationally recognized jazz quartet.  The performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Wait Chapel.

One of the world’s foremost musicians in both jazz and classical music, Marsalis has been honored with three Grammy Awards, and cited as a Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Enrich your concert-going experience by joining a pre-performance talk at 6:30 p.m. in Wait Chapel. The talk will be led by Ali Sakkal, who teaches in the University’s Department of Education.  It will feature a discussion with Marsalis. Arrive early to get best seats. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m.

Please click here to pre-register for your free tickets.  Pre-registering lets us know how many seats will be available for purchase by the Winston-Salem community. Wake Forest University and Medical School faculty, staff and retirees receive free admission for themselves and one guest to each Secrest Artists Series performance. WFU Students receive free admission for themselves. Simply show your WFU I.D. or Medical School I.D. at the door. If you need additional tickets you may purchase them through this website.

Tickets for the community are $5-$24, festival seating. Details here.

 Contact Hayden Barnes with questions: or 336-758-5757.

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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

Jesse Haddock

Jesse Haddock

This announcement was emailed to faculty and staff on March 14 by Wake Forest Communications and External Relations:

We are saddened to announce that Jesse Haddock, retired coach of the men’s golf team, died today, March 14.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. March 19 in Wait Chapel.  The service will be open to the public.

Coach Haddock spent his career at Wake Forest, joining the staff after graduating in 1952.  He served as coach of the men’s golf team from 1960 until his retirement in 1992.

The Athletics Department announced Coach Haddock’s death on its website today.  The Winston-Salem Journal also published a story online today.

We grieve Coach Haddock’s death and extend our condolences to his family and friends, as well as those at Wake Forest who had the opportunity to know him.

Wake Forest offers support and counseling services for all students, faculty and staff.  The Counseling Center may be reached at 336-758-5273, the Chaplain’s Office at 336-758-5210.  For faculty and staff, there is also the Employee Assistance Program at 336-716-5493.