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Listening sessions to be held Jan. 27 as part of search for new Title IX director

Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend the first listening sessions that are part of a University search for a new director of the Title IX Office.

The sessions are as follows:

Jan. 27, 9-9:45 a.m., Benson University Center, Room 410
Jan. 27, 4:15-5 p.m., Reynolda Hall, Room 301

More listening sessions will be scheduled at a later time.

A University committee is leading the search for the director.  Additional information about the position and the search is available in an announcement made earlier this week by the committee chair Kami Chavis, who is associate vice provost for academic initiatives, associate vice president and professor of law.

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Update on Title IX Office

The following announcement was e-mailed to faculty and staff from the Office of the Provost on Jan. 22 on behalf of Kami Chavis, associate provost for academic initiatives, associate vice president and professor of law:

Good morning, Wake Forest faculty and staff,

Late in 2019, Wake Forest announced that Tanya Jachimiak, Director of the Title IX Office/Title IX Coordinator and Section 504 Coordinator, had agreed to become Associate Vice President for Civil Rights and Title IX Education and Compliance at Michigan State University. Tanya has been a respected and cherished member of our campus community for over six years; her professionalism, integrity, and commitment to fairness are the hallmarks of her legacy.  She has played a central role in the university’s efforts to prevent and respond to sexual assault, and it is vital that we hire a knowledgeable and equity-minded leader to assume these responsibilities. The university has engaged Isaacson, Miller to assist with this important search.

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Provost announces Campus Connections to be held Jan. 10

Provost Rogan Kersh emailed the following announcement to faculty and staff on Jan. 10:

Dear Wake Forest faculty and staff,

On Thursday, January 16, Hof Milam, Executive Vice President, and I will be hosting the second Campus Connections of the academic year. We look forward to seeing you in Benson 401 from 8:45-10 a.m. for a light breakfast and presentations by members of our Wake Forest community.

  • “Online Update,” Kami Chavis, Associate Provost for Academic Initiatives, Professor of Law, and Associate Vice President
  • “Plan for Academic Excellence Update,” Andrea Ellis, Assistant Vice President of Innovation, and Ellen Murphy, Associate Dean of Strategic Initiatives and Professor of Practice in the School of Law
  • “Wake Will Lead | Campaign Update,” Mark Petersen, Vice President of University Advancement

Campus Connections will be available via Webex; instructions will be sent out next week.

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A message from Provost Kersh and Executive Vice President Milam

This message was emailed to staff and faculty on April 26 by Wake Forest Communications and External Relations on behalf of Provost Rogan Kersh and Executive Vice President Hof Milam:

Dear Colleagues,

In keeping with a broader Wake Forest security initiative, the Physical Security Technology and Deacon OneCard (PST/DOC) office, a division of Residence Life and Housing, has been charged with oversight responsibility for the selection, purchase, installation, maintenance and operation of card readers, cameras, and alarm devices.

Offices with upcoming physical security technology projects or needs should contact James Byrd in the PST/DOC office.  James will also be contacting appropriate offices directly to discuss steps that would better integrate those offices’ existing physical security technology with more extensive technology systems on campus.

PST/DOC will be advised by a team that includes Steve Adams – Athletics, Mike Draughn – Facilities, Rob Smith and Rick Tomlinson – Information Services, August Vernon – University Police, Donna McGalliard – Residence Life and Housing, Wendy Logan – Campus Life, Dina Marty – Legal, Ken Overholt – Properties, and Kami Chavis – Academics.  James Byrd will serve as team leader.

We are confident that this central oversight approach will improve the functionality and compatibility of the Reynolda campus physical security technology and best safeguard the people, assets, and information at Wake Forest.  Your cooperation and assistance are greatly appreciated.

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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 barreea@nullwfu.edu. Please join me in welcoming Betsy to Wake Forest!

Kami Chavis
Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law

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