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 for APC Meetings

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

Spring 2016 Meetings

  • *Thursday, January 14, 2016, 12:25-1:15,  405 Clark Hall: Talking with the media about faculty work

In our 24/7 streaming news culture, how should faculty talk with the media about their work? What should I know about reporters (deadlines; format of radio, tv, or print)? Are there ground rules, benefits or strategies to be effective? Join this discussion and bring your own questions.

Andy Taylor, Political Science
Alper Bozkurt, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Afsaneh Rabiei, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Jennifer Kuzma, Genetic Engineering and Society

* Indicates that this is a joint meeting of all the faculty communities (Assistant, Associate, and Full Professors).

  • Wednesday, March 2, 2016, 12:25-1:15, 405 Clark Hall (Office of Faculty Development Conference Room): Responding to reviews of journal or grant submissions.

You worked hard on your journal or grant submission and the feedback just arrived. Join this discussion about how to craft a response to reviewers and communicate with the editor or program officer.   Discuss tips for responding to comments by peer reviewers such as taking time to compose yourself and your reasoning, point-by-point responses, details, and tone.

Yaraslava Yingling, Materials Science and Engineering
Adriana de Souza e Silva, Communication


  • Friday, February 19, 2016, 12:25-1:15, 463 Monteith Research Center (MRC): The grant application review process: An insider’s perspective. 

Come gain insights about the grant proposal review process from NC State faculty who have served on key program review committees (NIH, NSF). Bring your questions for discussion.

Jay Levine,  Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health
Marie Davidian, William Neal Reynolds Professor of Statistics
Thomas Birkland, Associate Dean for Research and Engagement, CH&SS


  • Thursday, March 17, 2016, 12:25-1:15, Clark Hall 405: Staying on top of it all: Tracking activities for reappointment, promotion and tenure. 

What information is required for the RPT process? How can I best track and report all my teaching, research and service activities? Bring your questions, and come hear Dr. Stewart share tips and strategies for your success.

Presenter: Katharine Stewart, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs


Past Workshops


  • Thursday, September 17, 2015: What does this job entail?

    – Min Liu. Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering – Marce Lorenzen, Entomology – Louie Rivers, Forestry and Environmental Resources – Celilia Mouat, Art + Design

  • *Tuesday, October 13, 2015: Creating and Sustaining Effective Mentoring Relationships with Graduate StudentsIntroduction by Maureen Grasso, Dean of the Graduate School,
  • Friday, October 23, Webinar 10:30-12:00, 2015 (45 min presentation, 45 min Q&A): Writing a Research Grant Application: Tips for Success

Featuring Marie Davidian, William Neal Reynolds Professor, Department of Statistics

The slides and the recording of the presentation are available at You can access the site using your unity ID and password.  They are under the “Webinars” heading at the bottom of the webpage.

  • *Wednesday, November 11, 2015: Entrepreneurship, Commercialization of Research

    – Kelly Sexton, Director, Office of Technology Transfer – Christian Melander, Howard Schaeffer Distinguished Professor, Bio-organic        Chemistry

    – Rosanna Garcia, Associate Professor of Marketing and Innovation, Department of    Business Management

    * Indicates that this is a joint meeting of all the faculty communities (Assistant, Associate, and Full Professors).

  • Wednesday, November 18, 2015: Importance of Having Your Own Mentors; Establishing Efficient Mentoring Relationships

Presenter: Christine Grant, Associate Dean for Faculty Advancement, College of Engineering, and Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering


  • Thursday, September 18, 2014: 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)
  • Tuesday, October 14, 2014: 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
    • 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?
    • 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
    • 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


  • 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



  • Monday, October 3, 2011: Managing Research
  • Tuesday, October 18, 2011, Networking for Peer Review
  • Friday, November 11, 2011, Obtaining Research Funding
  • Thursday, January 26, 2012, Tips and Tricks from Recently Tenured Faculty
  • Tuesday, March 13, 2012, Best Practices for Professional Success
  • Tuesday, April 3, 2012, Planning Your Focus



  • 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

  • Kimberly Allen, Youth, Family and Community Sciences
  • Veronica Augustyn, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Alper Bozkurt, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Willa Casstevens, Social Work
  • Sudipta Dasmohapatra, Institute for Advanced Analytics and Dept of Forest Biomaterials
  • Stacy De Coster, Sociology and Anthropology
  • Sarah Desmarais, Psychology
  • Julie Earp, Business Management
  • Beth Fath, Health and Exercise Studies
  • Jing Feng, Psychology
  • Joy Gayles, Leadership, Policy, Adult and Higher Education
  • Pierre Gremaud, Mathematics
  • Steffen Heber, Bioinformatics
  • Elan Hope, Psychology
  • Jay Levine, Population Health and Pathobiology
  • Terri Long, Plant Biology
  • Marce Lorenzen, Entomology
  • Jim Martin, Chemistry
  • Cecilia Mouat, Art + Design
  • Nancy Moore, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Melissa Pasquinelli, Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science
  • Emil Polyak, Art + Design
  • Pradip Pramanik, Proposal Development Unit
  • Roderick Rejesus, Agriculture and Resource Economics
  • Louie Rivers, Forestry and Environmental Resources
  • Katharine Stewart, Office of Faculty Affairs
  • Paola Sztajn, Teacher Education and Learning Sciences
  • Jocelyn Taliaferro, Social Work

Previous Advisory Board members

  • Betsy Brown, Office of Faculty Development
  • Michael Dickey, Chemical Engineering
  • Nancy Fire, Office of Faculty Development
  • Christine Grant, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • 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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