Associate Professors’ Community

The Associate Professors’ Community is an informal discussion group open to all faculty, with a special emphasis on issues of importance to associate professors. The learning community will meet approximately three times each semester to discuss topics related to setting direction, taking on new roles, teaching, research, and faculty life. It provides an informal setting to meet other faculty and discuss issues of common interest. The intent is to enhance faculty experience and provide an ongoing discussion group for associate professors. The meeting topics are suggested by participants and members of the Advisory Board. Each meeting will focus on a different aspect of faculty experience and help make connections with people in many different spheres of the university.

Video clips (from webinar on the Associate Professors’ Community created in June 2014 for the Association of Women in Science)

 Maria Mayorga, Industrial and Systems  Engineering, on the transition to associate professor in a new institution

Shevaun Neupert, Psychology, on how she uses the Associate Professors’ Community

Susan Faircloth, Leadership, Policy, Adult and Higher Education, on community for underrepresented minority faculty

Shannon Pratt Phillips, Animal Science, final thoughts on the Associate Professors’ Community


 To Register

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

Readings and Resources

Mid-Career Faculty Planning Process. Worksheet on articulating career goals, writing a mid-career plan and implementing the plan.

Overcoming Post-Tenure Paralysis Kerry Ann Rockquemore, March 21, 2014. from the Chronicle of Higher Education. It’s not uncommon for midcareer faculty to feel stuck. But you’ve got so many options! The trick is just tacking to the path that’s right for you.

2014-15 Schedule of Meetings

Monday, Sept 22, 2014, Finding New Research Directions - When? How?

Monday, Sept 22, 2014, 12:25-1:15. 211D Park Shops: Finding New Research Directions – When? How?


    • Rebecca Boston, William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor, Assistant Director NC Agricultural Research Service
    • Carol Hall, Camille Dreyfus Distinguished University Professor, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
    • George Kennedy, William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor, Department of Entomology  

Monday, October 20, 2014. Developing an International Reputation

 Monday, October 20, 2014, 12:25-1:15, 405 Clark Hall: Developing an International Reputation


  • Bailian Li, Vice Provost for International Affairs
  • Ruie Pritchard, Professor, Department of Curriculum, Instruction, Adult and Higher Education

Thursday, November 20, 2014. Taking on Leadership Roles - When? How?

November 20, 2014. 12:25-1:15 1911 Bldg room 129, Taking on Leadership Roles – When? How?


  • Morton Barlaz, Professor and Head, Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering
  • Myron Floyd, Professor and Head, Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management
  • Karen Leonas, Professor and Head, Department of Textile and Apparel, Technology and Management
  • Alison Motsinger, Associate Professor and Assistant Department Head, Department of Statistics 

Past Topics


Wednesday, Sept 18, 2013, What next? Strategic planning for your next career step

  • Barry Goldfarb, Professor and Head, Forestry and Environmental Resources
  • Monica Leach, Associate Professor, Social Work
  • Trudy MacKay, Professor, Biological Sciences
  • Laura Severin, Professor of English and Special Assistant to the Provost for Academic Planning

Resource: Mid-Career Faculty Planning Process from UNC Charlotte ADVANCE Program Workshop

Monday, October 14, 2013. How to manage all the opportunities that come your way?

  • Anthony Blikslager, Professor, Department of Clinical Sciences
  • Nancy Cassill, Professor and Director, Global Luxury Management
  • Mary Schweitzer, Professor, Department of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Wednesday, October 30, 2013. Job satisfaction among NC State associate professors: Findings from the national COACHE survey

  • Nancy Whelchel, University Planning and Analysis
  • Betsy Brown, Office of Faculty Affairs

COACHE 2011-12 Faculty Survey Results

Thursday, November 14, 2013. Fostering an international reputation

  • Bailian Li, Vice Provost for International Affairs
  • Orlando Rojas, Associate Professor, Department of Forest Biomaterials
  • Ruie Pritchard, Director of Graduate Programs, Curriculum and Instruction

Tuesday, February 11, 2014. Professional Development Opportunities for Mid-Career Faculty”]

  • Betsy Brown, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs
  • Susan Faircloth, Associate Professor, Leadership, Policy and Adult and Higher Education

Friday, February 21, 2014. Setting New Priorities

  • Nancy Allbritton, Professor and Chair, Biomedical Engineering
  • John Blondin, Professor and Head, Physics
  • Edward Kick, Professor, Agricultural and Resource Economics

The Advisory Board

  • Alper Bozkurt, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Betsy Brown, Office of Faculty Development
  • Michael Dickey, Chemical Engineering
  • Joy Gayles, Leadership, Policy, Adult and Higher Education
  • Christine Grant, College of Engineering
  • Pierre Gremaud, Mathematics
  • Steffen Heber, Bioinformatics
  • Terri Long, Plant Biology
  • Marce Lorenzen, Entomology
  • Jim Martin, Chemistry
  • Melissa Pasquinelli, Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science
  • Pradip Pramanik, Proposal Development Unit
  • Roderick Rejesus, Agriculture and Resource Economics

Contact Marcia Gumpertz ( if you are interested in serving on the Advisory Board. 

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