Faculty/Staff Accomplishments and Departmental News 10/24/17

In this issue we celebrate accomplishments from faculty and staff in career planning, economics, English, social work, and Spanish. We also share news from General Education.

Joy Learman, assistant professor and social work program director, was a recent guest and presenter on a podcast series inSocialWork® produced by the School of Social Work – University at Buffalo. Learman spoke on “Gender-Based Violence and HIV Infection: Experiences of HIV-Positive African Immigrant Women.” In her episode she explained that domestic violence, power, and control are cross-cultural concepts, helping listeners understand the link between gender-based violence and HIV infection. The episode was downloaded more than 1,800 times in the first week, nearly doubling the average number of downloads.

Jane Matthews, assistant director, employer relations, in the Office of Career Planning, is serving as president of the North Carolina Career Development Association for 2017-18.

Katie Peterssen, assistant director, career development, Office of Career Planning, was awarded a grant from the North Carolina Career Development Association to fund the Angels Suited for Success professional development certificate program for the Office of Career Planning.

Dana Sumner, director, Office of Career Planning, was presented with the Roy N. Anderson award at the annual North Carolina Career Development Association conference on October 13. “The Roy” honors the spirit of excellence and an individual who has made contributions to career development at the state, regional, and national levels. Sumner received four distinct letters of nomination from colleagues representing three different institutions and years of professional support for career professionals at all stages of career and devotion to career education excellence.

Associate Professor of Spanish Jonathan Wade presented “The Margin beyond the Margin: Poetry, Spanish, and the Portuguese Diaspora,” on Wednesday, October 19, at the XIII Biennial Conference of the Society for Renaissance and Baroque Hispanic Poetry at the Universidad de Sevilla in Spain. Wade’s critical essay “Amélie as Re-accentuation of Cervantes” will be published in the volume Don Quixote: The Re-accentuation of the World’s Greatest Literary Hero by Bucknell University Press, due out on October 31.

Instructor of English Jessica Ward is presenting at the Triangle Medieval Studies Seminar at the National Humanities Center on October 28. Ward will present “The Social Critique of Avarice in Estates Satire and Statuses Summae,” which considers how Geoffrey Chaucer, John Gower, and William Langland were troubled by the issues undermining the principle of common profit and ultimately how their understanding of that idea shapes, or is shaped by, their conception of avarice.

Professor of Economics Anne York was interviewed by WUNC for a story about income inequality in the Triangle area.

Departmental News

General Education Committee Forums
Faculty and Associated Staff: Want to be informed about proposed revisions in the General Education Academic Program? Want your voice to be heard? Please attend one or more of the General Education Committee’s Forums on the proposal. Departmental Academic Council representatives are receiving the proposal this week and will be able to share it with their faculty colleagues. Staff who wish to see the proposal can contact the General Education Office at The following dates, times, and locations are reserved for the forums:

  • Thursday, October 26 from 2-3 p.m. in SMB 160
  • Tuesday, October 31, 8:30-9:20 a.m. in Lux 126
  • Wednesday, November 8, 10 -10:50 a.m. in Ledford 101
  • Friday, November 17, 2-3 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium

Members of the General Education Committee will be at each forum to give an overview, listen to concerns, and answer questions. – Submitted by Paul Winterhoff for the Gen Ed Committee

Friends of the Library Fall Dinner
The Fall Friends of the Library dinner will be held on Monday, Oct. 30, in Belk Dining Hall. Hors d’oeuvres service starts at 6:00 p.m. Dinner at 6:30 p.m.
Join the Friends of the Library for dinner and a behind-the scenes conversation about writing, publishing, and accessing history. Historians (and Friends members!) Joe Mobley and Associate Professor of History Dan Fountain will be joined by Layla Milholen of McFarland Publishers. Jeff Waller, Head of Research and Instruction, will moderate the panel.

Seating is limited and reservations will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis. Cost for Friends Members is $22, $7 for students, and $28 for non-members.

Make your reservations and payments: online at; by phone – 919/760-8739; or by mail – send your name/address/phone + number of reservations + check to: Friends of the Carlyle Campbell Library, Meredith College, 3800 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC 27607-5298.

Contact Laura Davidson about opportunities for students to attend the presentation at no cost.

Melyssa Allen

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