Emily Kamischke, Author at Office of the Provost

Announcing the Faculty Fellows

The Faculty Fellows initiative is set to be launched fall 2013.  In early January, the inaugural group of Faculty Fellows was announced.  Together, those selected will work to increase faculty-student engagement, integrate intellectual experiences with social experiences, and enhance the sense of community at Wake Forest.

Senior Faculty Fellows:

Katy Harriger, Professor and Department Chair, Department of Politics and International Affairs

Barbara Lentz, Associate Professor of Legal Analysis, School of Law

John Llewellyn, Associate Professor, Department of Communication

José Villalba, Associate Professor, Department of Counseling

Mary Dalton, Professor, Department of Communication

Cindy Gendrich, Professor, Department of Theatre and Dance

Associate Faculty Fellows:

Tanya Marsh, Assistant Professor, School of Law

Susan Rupp, Associate Professor, Department of History

Hu Womack, Associate Librarian, Instruction and Outreach

Susan Faust, Adjunct Instructor, Department of Communication

Evelyn Williams, Professor of Practice, Schools of Business, and Associate Vice President, Leadership Development

Holly Brower, Associate Professor, Schools of Business

Nina Lucas, Associate Professor, Department of Theatre and Dance

Steve Gunkel, Lecturer, Department of Sociology

Ana-María Wahl, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology

Swati Basu, Research Associate Professor, Department of Physics

Ananda Mitra, Professor, Department of Communication

Jacque Fetrow, Dean of the College and Reynolds Professor of Computational Biophysics

Sam Gladding, Professor and Department Chair, Department of Counseling

Undergraduate Research Day

Bruce King, Associate Provost for Research, offers his thoughts on the sixth annual Undergraduate Research Day which took place on September 28. The event is sponsored by The URECA Center – Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities. For more information on the event, please visit http://college.wfu.edu/ureca/researchday2012.

…One of my favorite days on campus is Undergraduate Research Day held in conjunction with Parent’s Weekend in the Fall. This event, sponsored by the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Center (URECA) showcases the incredible diversity of independent projects from many different disciplines completed by Wake Forest’s undergraduate students . Two things really stand out to me-1) how many Wake Forest undergraduate students participate (many supported by URECA’s WFU Summer Undergraduate Fellowships) and 2) how many different departments and schools are represented. This event really demonstrates the extent that research and the creative process plays in a Wake Forest education. The excitement generated by the students at this event is evident as soon as you walk in the room. A similarly exciting Research Day is held in the spring that highlights the accomplishments of our graduate students and post-doctoral researchers (March 21, 2013) at the Bridger Field house… – Bruce King, Associate Provost for Research

Semester Online Consortium

Last fall, Wake Forest joined peer institutions across the country in a ‘Semester Online’ consortium. Semester Online will allow students to work towards their degree while fulfilling other commitments but will not serve as a substitute for on-campus classroom education. In a letter to the Wake Forest community, below, Provost Rogan Kersh and Dean of the College Jacque Fetrow gave more insight into this opportunity:

Dear Reynolda Campus Faculty, Staff and Students,

Early this fall semester, Wake Forest had the opportunity to join a new ‘Semester Online’ consortium of top-tier colleges and universities, in collaboration with 2U (formerly 2Tor). We decided to join consortium schools – Brandeis University, Duke University, Emory University, Northwestern University, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Notre Dame, University of Rochester, Vanderbilt University, and Washington University in St. Louis – in helping to shape and develop Semester Online, which is intended to offer undergraduate students the opportunity to take rigorous, online courses for credit from some of the country’s top schools.

Today Semester Online was publicly announced, though many details of the program remain to be discussed among Wake Forest faculty, staff, and students as well as consortium schools.

It is important to note that Semester Online is not meant as a substitute for on-campus classroom education. Instead, the program will allow students to continue taking classes towards a degree while working, traveling or managing personal commitments – from studying abroad to fulfilling family obligations – that might otherwise mean putting their studies on hold.

Semester Online courses will feature the same faculty and curricula as their brick-and-mortar counterparts, and they are delivered live on an interactive, online platform. Through a virtual classroom, students will collaborate with peers and be guided by renowned professors at consortium schools.

We all embrace the face-to-face, residential college model as foundational to a Wake Forest education. At the heart of our liberal arts commitment is helping our students develop the abilities to write effectively, discuss rationally, create original work, solve problems imaginatively, and learn independently – in short, to live a fulfilling, reflective life. Technology can be a valuable supplement to this commitment; it is vital that we continue exploring how best to use its fruits as a tool in delivering a Wake Forest-style education.

We would be glad to hear your thoughts on how best to help shape Semester Online, or other online-learning activities, as we continue to discuss its evolution with other Consortium members and 2U. Please feel free to contact us with questions and suggestions.


Rogan Kersh,

Jacque Fetrow
Dean of the College