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.

Fall 2015 Meetings

  • Thursday, September 17, 12:25-1:15, 1911 Bldg Room 129: What does this job entail?

Join a discussion to clarify the work of an assistant professor. What are all the parts of the job and how much time to spend on them: writing, grantsmanship, teaching, mentoring students?


Min Liu. Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering

Marce Lorenzen, Entomology

Louie Rivers, Forestry and Environmental Resources

Celilia Mouat, Art + Design

  • *Tuesday, October 13, 12:00-1:00, Witherspoon Student Center room 201 (changed from 4280 Talley): Creating and Sustaining Effective Mentoring Relationships with Graduate Students

All graduate students and their faculty mentors/advisers are invited to this interactive workshop and discussion. Following an introduction by Maureen Grasso, Dean of the Graduate School, you will hear from a panel of faculty and graduate student pairs who have developed successful mentoring relationships. Then faculty and graduate students will engage in discussion to identify key strategies and areas for improvement.

  • Friday, October 23, Webinar 10:30-12:00 (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

Writing grant applications for external funding is a key expectation for faculty at all levels. Success in securing grant awards provides critical resources to support one’s research and is a form of peer recognition. This webinar will review general strategies for writing a high-quality, successful grant application.

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, 12:25-1:15, 463 Monteith Research Center (MRC): Entrepreneurship, Commercialization of Research

NC State has more than 100 startups and 400 commercialized products designed to bring real-world solutions to the marketplace. Join this conversation with faculty and staff from the Office of Technology Transfer ( to hear about the resources, opportunities, and challenges of entrepreneurship and 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


  • Wednesday, November 18, 12:25-1:15, 3122 Engineering Building 3 (EB3): 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

A critically important issue for you as a junior faculty member is to establish effective mentoring relationships with senior faculty. Your senior faculty mentors can advise you in the development of collaborative partnerships, advise you in research and teaching, and support you as you navigate the process toward tenure. Join this discussion to identify strategies to ensure your success.

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

Past Workshops


  • 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





  • 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
  • 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

  • Betsy Brown, Office of Faculty Development
  • 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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