I N S I D E T H I S
I S S U E : :

Center for Interna-
tional Studies
becomes Center for
Global Programs and
Studies

2

Nathan
and
Julie
Hatch
Prize
for
Academic
Excellence

4

CCS
Fellows
announced

6

Provost’s Newsletter

J A N U A R Y 2 4 , 2 0 1 4

V O L U M E 2 , I S S U E 3

S P E C I A L D A T E S O F
I N T E R E S T :

January 29th: Men’s bas-
ketball vs. Syracuse, 9:00
PM | LJVM Coliseum

February 14th: Campus
Connections, 8:45 –10:00
AM | Benson 401

February 20th: Founders’
Day Convocation, 4:00
PM | Wait Chapel

February 22nd: Ted
x
,
12:00—5:00 PM| Wait
Chapel

February 26th: Secrest
Artists Series, Orpheus
Chamber Orchestra, 7:30
PM | Wait Chapel

Message from the Provost...

REMAINING
2013-14

NEWSLETTER DATES

March
11

May 6

New year’s—and new semester’s—greetings to faculty and staff colleagues! Wishing you each a fulfilling and
rewarding 2014…and looking forward to continuing our working together on all matters academic at ‘dear old
Wake
Forest.’

On that theme, an update from the first half of the current (2013-14) academic year, reporting on two of the
primary objectives
articulated
in my last newsletter.

Enhancing
academic programs/faculty excellence
A
grateful
salute
to
Chemistry professor Rebecca Alexander, Foundation/Corporate
Relations
director Linda
Luvaas,
and
a group
of faculty/staff
colleagues
on
winning
a coveted
2014 Beckman
Scholars
Award
for Under-
graduate
Science
Research
(sponsored
by the
Beckman
Foundation). WFU is
one
of 12 schools
nationwide
to
win
the
Award; this
a first for us, joining
past winners
like
Stanford,
Yale,
Brown,
Vanderbilt, Duke...a tremen-
dous
testament to
our STEM faculty and
URECA
program specifically.

Hearty thanks also to two of our trustees—Bobby Burchfield and Debbie Rubin—for their generous commit-
ment to our Presidential Chairs program, dedicated to attracting and retaining WFU’s outstanding teacher-
scholars. Debbie and Mike Rubin have designated Jewish Studies as their field for a Chair; the holder will have
a primary appointment in History and likely also connect with Religion and the Divinity School, among other
disciplines. Bobby’s gift will support a Chair in Political Economy, to be housed in our Economics department
with expected interdisciplinary engagement with Politics/International Affairs, Philosophy, and Business School
faculty and
students.

Searches for distinguished holders of these Chairs will be launched in coming months. The new arrivals will
join our initial Presidential Chair designate, Michele Gillespie. As our Reynolda Campus endowed chairs heard
a few weeks back, Michele’s current research project, on the fascinating colonial Georgian Mary Musgrove,
promises
to
be
another landmark
work.

Along
with
these
enduring
testaments
to
the
teacher-scholar ideal, we
continue
to
make
strong
strides
on
the
sponsored-research front.
Last academic year,
our Reynolda campus
grants
total
was
nearly $10 million,
our
second-highest total
ever;
the
first half of this
academic year
(July-December 2013)
marked
our best-ever six-
month
period,
at $6.7 million.
Working
with
Bruce
King,
associate
provost for research, our Office
of Research
& Sponsored
Programs,
as well
as
Deans’
offices
across
campus,
we
will
continue
to
encourage
and incentivize
grant proposals: recent totals
are
all
the
more
impressive
given
this
past year’s significant sequester-induced
reduction
in NSF,
NIH,
and
other sources
of federal grant support.

Build
and
sustain
an
engaged,
high-functioning provost’s-office
team.

As I’ve noted many times since arriving last year, I’m immensely fortunate to inherit such a remarkable group
of co-conspirators in this office. And I’m not the only one to notice their excellence: Jennifer Collins, our be-
loved
vice provost, has been
snapped
up
by SMU
as their new
Dean
of the
Law
School.
Rick Matthews,
our CIO
and associate provost for technology/computing, isn’t moving as far away; he will join Dean Fetrow’s office to
promote more technology-enhanced teaching efforts in our College classrooms. These two lamented depar-
tures will require considered thought about how best to organize my team to provide maximally beneficial
service
to
the
University.
I welcome
conversation
with
you
all
to
that end.

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