270 The History of Wake Forest
Academics
Wake Forest hired fifty-four new faculty members for the 1998–1999 academic year:
thirty-eight to teach in the College of Arts and Sciences, eight in the Babcock Gradu-
ate School of Management, four in the Calloway School of Business and Accoun-
tancy, three in the School of Law, and one in the School of Divinity, which would
open in fall 1999. Most replaced retiring faculty or were adjuncts.
Led by the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), faculty con-
tinued to ask why their salaries were comparatively low, while the President’s salary
in particular was high at $424,000. An Old Gold and Black editorial on November 19
took up the controversy, stressing the need for better compensation, and questioning
whether the plan to hire forty more permanent faculty, as outlined in the Plan for the
Class of 2000, could be achieved.
The Academic and Community Engagement (ACE) Fellowship program was
initiated with support from the Fund for Leadership and Ethics. It assisted select fac-
ulty in introducing service-learning techniques into their classes to concretely attack
social problems in Winston-Salem. Paige Wilbanks, Director of Volunteer Services,
and Katy Harriger, Associate Professor of Political Science, conceived the idea.
The curriculum review committee, chaired by Associate Dean Claudia Thomas,
made eighteen recommendations, which were considered individually at faculty
meetings beginning on November 9. The first noted that most Wake Forest courses
were worth four credits, but only three at most other universities; the faculty voted to
change four-credit classes to three credits, and five-credit classes to four. On Novem-
ber 30, they voted to reduce the number of credits needed to graduate to 112, begin-
ning with the entering class in 2000. Departmental requirements for majors were
limited to thirty-eight credits, and students were allowed to take no more than forty-
two credits in a single department. Later meetings approved, in principle, recommen-
dations for students to take courses in the areas of multiculturalism and quantitative
reasoning, and at the March 1 meeting the faculty recommended the establishment
of a math center to assist students.
The Divinity School hired a varied founding faculty. Frank Tupper (Theol-
ogy) had been a Visiting Professor of Religion at Wake Forest since 1997; Sam
Weber (Early Church History and Spiritual Formation) was the first Catholic
monk of the Order of Saint Benedict to teach at Wake Forest; and Phyllis Trible
(Old Testament and Associate Dean) had been a Professor at Union Theologi-
cal Seminary in New York before joining Wake Forest University in July 1998.
Meanwhile, Dean Bill Leonard explored religious practices ranging from snake
handling to Catholicism in editing a new essay collection, Christianity in Appala-
chia: Profiles in Regional Pluralism.
The Department of Counseling was named the 1999 Robert Frank Outstanding
Program by the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES). It was
selected from among hundreds across the country, including much larger programs
offering doctoral degrees.
Allen Mandelbaum, Kenan Professor of Humanities, was awarded the Gold
Medal of the City of Florence on June 3 as part of a ceremony honoring the 735th anni-
versary of Dante’s birth. It was the first time a translator of Dante had been so honored.
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