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Faculty and staff books: September and October 2021

Congratulations to Wake Forest University faculty and staff from the Reynolda Campus who reported publishing books in September and October 2021:

Proposals funded: Brunsting, Benfer, Giles, Kim-Shapiro

Congratulations to Nelson Brunsting, director of global research and assessment for global affairs and programs, whose proposal entitled “Investigating Linkages between International Students’ English Language Proficiency, Social-Contextual Outcomes, and Well-Being at U.S. Universities” has been funded by the International English Language Testing System.

Congratulations to Emily Benfer, visiting professor of law, whose proposal entitled “Analysis of COVID-19 Eviction and Rental Housing Policy” has been funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Congratulations to Steven Giles, department chair and associate professor of communication, whose proposal entitled “A Coordinated Parent/Child Dyad Weight Loss Intervention: Dyad Plus” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and by (subaward/subcontract from) WFU Health Sciences.

Congratulations to Daniel Kim-Shapiro, department chair and professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “OMICS, Mice and Men. Development of Precision Transfusion Medicine” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and by (subaward/subcontract from) the University of Pittsburgh.

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Criminal justice reform expert promoted to Vice Provost

Provost Rogan Kersh announced this week that Kami Chavis has been appointed vice provost. Chavis, who currently serves as associate provost of academic affairs, has been appointed to a second three-year term in the provost’s office. Kami Chavis headshotChavis is also a professor of law, having joined the School of Law faculty in 2006, where she continues to direct the criminal justice program. Before joining the provost’s office in 2017, she served as associate dean of research and public engagement.

During Chavis’ time as associate provost, she led a group that reviewed and reorganized online education at Wake Forest University and chaired the Slavery, Race and Memory Project, through which she was instrumental in the University’s co-hosting of this year’s national Universities Studying Slavery conference. Chavis also helped sustain the Title IX Office during a leadership transition and led the successful search for a new director of the renamed and expanded Center for the Advancement of Teaching, which she supervises.

“Professor Chavis has been a dynamic and incisive partner on a wide range of academic initiatives,” said Kersh. “Her ability to encourage collaboration across several of our most complex University matters and achieve widely beneficial outcomes, to sustain essential learning and discovery programs even during a pandemic, and to do all this while serving as a leading national expert on a central policy issue of our time—race and policing—is a testament to her exemplary vision and commitment.”

Chavis remains a much-beloved law faculty member, teaching courses in criminal law and criminal procedure, as well as a signature seminar in policing and prosecution. She is also a frequent contributor to national and international media outlets and has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, CTV and NPR. She has written opinion pieces for the New York Times, the Nation, and the Huffington Post, and been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, BBC News, U.S. News, CBS News, International Business Times, Deutsche Welle, and other outlets regarding police accountability and the structural reform of law enforcement agencies.

Before arriving at Wake Forest, Chavis was an assistant U.S. attorney in Washington, D.C., and prior to that practiced law at two of Washington’s largest law firms. She received her BA from UNC-Chapel Hill and her J.D. from Harvard University. She is active in civic organizations in Winston-Salem, as well as serving on the Board of Visitors at UNC School of the Arts and Summit School. Chavis is a board member of the prestigious Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights.

David Shores, retired professor of law, passes away

David Francis Shores, a retired professor, advisor and mentor in the Wake Forest School of Law, passed away on Aug. 9.

Professor Shores joined Wake Forest’s faculty in 1972 as an assistant professor of law achieving the status of professor in 1977.  He published numerous articles in various journals and publications throughout his career at Wake Forest and chaired a myriad of committees for the School of Law, including the Admissions Committee. He retired in 2009 after 37 years at Wake Forest.

We grieve Professor Shores’s death and extend our condolences to his family, friends and those at Wake Forest who had the pleasure of working with him. An obituary honoring Professor Shores appears in the Winston-Salem Journal.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, a service is not planned at this time. Online condolences can be made at www.hayworth-miller.com.

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Faculty Books: February 2019

The following is the faculty books report for February 2019:

Arthur, Shawn. (Study of Religions). Contemporary Religions in China. Routledge. February 2019.

 Dahill-Brown, Sara E. (Politics & International Affairs). Education, Equity, and the States: How Variations in State Governance Make or Break Reform. Harvard Education Press. February 2019.

Newman, Joel S. (Law, Emeritus). A Short & Happy Guide to Federal Income Taxation, 2nd ed. West Academic Publishing. February 2019.

 Otteson, James R. (Economics). The Essential Adam Smith. The Fraser Institute. February 2019.

Otteson, James R. (Economics). Honorable Business: A Framework for Business in a Just and Humane Society. Oxford University Press. February 2019.

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