Assistant Professors’ Community (APC)


The Assistant Professors’ Community is an informal discussion group open to all faculty, with a special emphasis on issues of importance to assistant professors. The learning community meets approximately three times each semester to discuss topics related to teaching, research, and faculty life. It provides an informal setting to meet other faculty and discuss issues of common interest to those who are teaching, conducting research, and working toward tenure. The intent is to enhance faculty experience and provide an ongoing discussion group for faculty working toward promotion or tenure. Each meeting will focus on a different aspect of faculty experience and help make connections with people in many different spheres of the university.


To Register

Please register on the Office of Faculty Development (OFD) Event Registration Form for upcoming APC meetings! Snacks and water will be provided.


Thursday, September 18, 2014. Writing and Accountability Groups


Thursday, September 18, 2014, 12:25-1:15 pm, 1911 Building Room 129: Writing and Accountability Groups


    • Joy Gaston Gayles, Associate Professor, Leadership, Policy and Adult and Higher Education
    • Kate Annett-Hitchcock, Assistant Professor, Textile and Apparel, Technology and Management

Friday, October 10, 2014. Webinar: Writing a Successful Proposal to NSF's Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER)

Friday, October 10th, 2014, 10:00 am -12:30 pm EST (2 hour presentation, 30 min Q&A): CAREER Webinar

Registration Link:                                 

The CAREER webinar, presented by Ms. Lucy Deckard of Academic Research Funding Strategies, LLC, will cover topics including:

  • How to decide when/if to apply for a CAREER grant
  • How to position yourself and your research to be competitive for a CAREER
  • How to structure your proposal
  • How to develop an education plan
  • Addressing diversity
  • Keys to success and common mistakes to avoid
  • A step-by-step discussion of each section of the proposal and what it needs to tell reviewers
  • How to analyze reviews and decide whether to revise and resubmit
  • Q&A

A package will be provided including annotated excerpts from successful proposals and helpful resources. To register for the webinar, click on the Registration Link provided above, then click the Register button next to the Event Status heading (registration is required). This webinar is hosted by NC State University’s Proposal Development Unit and cosponsored by the Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity. If you have questions, please contact Patrick Crowley in the Proposal Development Unit at (919) 515-7585 or by e-mail at

Tuesday, October 14, 2014. How to Attract Very Good Graduate Students

Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 12:25-1:15,  208 Peele Hall: How to attract very good graduate students


  • Harald Ade, Distinguished Professor, Department of Physics
  • Sam Jones, Herbert Benjamin Distinguished Professor, College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Alyssa Rockenbach, Associate Professor, Department of Leadership, Policy, Adult and Higher Education  

Monday, November 10, 2014. Ten Habits of Star Professors for Mentoring Graduate Students

Monday, November 10, 2014, 12:25-1:15, 211D Park Shops: Ten Habits of Star Professors for Mentoring Graduate Students


  • Elizabeth Dickey, Professor and Director of Graduate Programs, Department of Materials Science and Engineering
  • Chris Moorman, Professor, Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources
  • Jocelyn Taliaferro, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Program, Department of Social Work 

Friday, January 16, 2015. What is Your Job as an Assistant Professor?

Friday, January 16, 2015, 12:25-1:15, 405 Clark Hall: What is Your Job as an Assistant Professor?


  • Marianne Bradford, Associate Professor, Accounting
  • Sudipta Dasmohapatra, Associate Professor, Forest Biomaterials and Institute for Advanced Analytics
  • Sharon Joines, Associate Professor, Graphic and Industrial Design
  • Matt Koci, Associate Professor, Poultry Science

Wednesday, February 18, 2015. Managing a Lab or Group

Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 12:25-1:15, 246 Monteith Research Center, Centennial Campus


  • Christian Melander, Howard Schaeffer Distinguished Professor of Chemistry
  • Melissa Pasquinelli, Associate Professor, Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science
  • Joe Tracy,  Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Past Workshops


  • Tuesday, September 24, 2013. What is your job as an assistant professor? What are all the elements you need to learn?
    • Joy Gaston Gayles, Associate Professor, Leadership, Policy and Adult and Higher Education
    • Wesley Henderson, Associate Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
    • Brad Kirkman, Professor and Head, Management, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
    • Walter Robinson, Professor and Head, Marine Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Tuesday, October 22, 2013. External mentors: The benefits and practicalities
    • Rich Spontak, Professor, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
    • Mary Ann Danowitz, Professor and Head, Department of Leadership, Policy and Adult and Higher Education
    • Eric Laber, Assistant Professor, Department of Statistics
  • Friday, November 22, 2013. Making effective use of your start-up package and internal grant funds
    • Willa Casstevens, Associate Professor, Department of Social Work
    • Kenan Gundogdu, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics
    • Christine McGahan, Professor and Head, Department of Molecular Biomedical Sciences
    • Xiangwu Zhang, Associate Professor, Department of Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science
  • Friday, January 24, 2014. Panel of Recently Promoted Associate Professors
    • Michael Dickey, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
    • Melissa Pasquinelli, Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science
    • Anne McLoughlin, Psychology
  • Tuesday, February 25, 2014. Dealing with Perfectionism
    • Presenter: Angel Bowers, NCSU Counseling Center





  • August 2009: Panel of Outstanding Teachers: What Do You Do to Start the Semester Off Right?
  • October 2009: Tactics for Getting Grants Funded Beyond the Technical Content
  • November 2009: Preparing a Dossier
  • January 2010: Panel of Representatives of College RPT Committees
  • February 2010: Balancing Research and Writing Time with Other Responsibilities
  • April 2010: Effective Networking – Strategies for Approaching People and Selling your Capabilities/Ideas


  • September 2008: Getting Started on a Research Project
  • October 7, 2008: Where to Find Help, Answers to Questions
  • October 31, 2008: Writing “Broader Impact” Sections of Grant Proposals
  • February 6, 2009: Meet with Representatives of College RPT Committees
  • March 12, 2009: How to Review a Paper
  • April 7, 2009: Annual Reports and Dossiers


  • September 2007: Working together: collaboration in academia
  • October 2007: Grantsmanship
  • November 2007: Directing graduate student research
  • January 2008:The Promotion and Tenure Process: A Discussion with Chairs of College Reappointment, Promotion, and Tenure Committees
  • February 2008: When to Say Yes, How to Say No
  • March 2008: Managing Classes, Proposals, Graduate Students


  • September 2006: Pacing a Presentation for High Impact
  • November 2006: Focusing Your Research – Getting a Research Program Going
  • February 2007: What Can the Library Do for You?
  • March 2007: The Art of Oral Scientific Presentation
  • April 2007: Developing graduate research problems

The Advisory Board

  • Alper Bozkurt, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Betsy Brown, Office of Faculty Development
  • Sudipta Dasmohapatra, Institute for Advanced Analytics and Dept of Forest Biomaterials
  • Michael Dickey, Chemical Engineering
  • Julie Earp, Business Management
  • Jing Feng, Psychology
  • Joy Gayles, Leadership, Policy, Adult and Higher Education
  • Christine Grant, College of Engineering
  • Pierre Gremaud, Mathematics
  • Steffen Heber, Bioinformatics
  • Jay Levine, Population Health and Pathobiology
  • Terri Long, Plant Biology
  • Marce Lorenzen, Entomology
  • Jim Martin, Chemistry
  • Cecilia Mouat, Art+Design
  • Melissa Pasquinelli, Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science
  • Pradip Pramanik, Proposal Development Unit
  • Roderick Rejesus, Agriculture and Resource Economics
  • Louie Rivers, Forestry and Environmental Resources
  • Katharine Stewart, Office of Faculty Affairs

Previous Advisory Board members

  • Nancy Fire, Office of Faculty Development
  • Hoon Joo Lee, Textile and Apparel, Technology and Management
  • Janice Wells, Social Work
  • Colleen Wiessner, Adult Education
  • Tao Xie, Computer Science


If you would like to serve on the Advisory Board, please contact Marcia Gumpertz.

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