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.

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).


Thursday, January 28, 2016, 12:25-1:15, 405 Clark Hall: Fostering an International Reputation

Faculty members should be intentional to develop their international reputations. Join this discussion to learn strategies to foster effective international collaborations, partnerships, or experiences.  


  • Bailian Li, Office for International Affairs
  • Sujit Ghosh, Statistics
  • Robin Abrams, Architecture
  • Harold Freeman, Textiles


Tuesday, February 23, 2016, 12:25-1:15, 405 Clark Hall: When, if and how to move from associate to full professor

Not all associate professors move to full professor rank. Given this, can a terminal associate professor be considered a successful member of the university? If  moving toward full professor, when and how do you take that step? Join our panel to discuss these and related issues.


  • Margaret Daub, Plant and Microbial Biology
  • Hector Jaimes, Foreign Languages and Literatures


CANCELLED. Will be rescheduled for fall 2016 (was originally scheduled for Wednesday, March 23, 2016, 12:25-1:15) : Leadership – The many ways to lead as a faculty member

Associate professors can take on various leadership roles such as heading a department, directing a center, leading national organizations, or engaging with faculty governance. Join this discussion to help you reflect on your own career goals.

  • Myron Floyd, Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management; Department Head
  • Alyson  Wilson, Statistics; Principal Investigator, Laboratory for Analytic Sciences
  • Jeannette Moore, Animal Science; Chair of the Faculty
  • Marshall Purnell, Architecture; former President of the American Institute of Architects

Past Topics

Fall 2015 Meetings

Tuesday, September 22, 2015: Being an Associate Professor. New Priorities

  • Jacqueline Hughes-Oliver, Statistics
  • Richard Warr, Business Management
  • Timothy Hinton, Philosophy and Religious Studies

*Tuesday, October 13, 2015: Creating and Sustaining Effective Mentoring Relationships with Graduate Students

Introduction by Maureen Grasso, Dean of the Graduate School

*Wednesday, November 11, 12:25-1:15, 463 Monteith Research Center: 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

Tuesday, November 17: 12:25-1:15, 463 Monteith Research Center. Scholarly Reassignment

  • Shannon Pratt-Phillips, Associate Professor of Animal Science
  • Russell Gorga, Associate Professor of Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science

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


Monday, Sept 22, 2014, 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, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • George Kennedy, William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor, Entomology

October 20, 2014, Developing an International Reputation

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

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

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

Thursday, January 22, 2015. How Do You Know When It’s Time?

  • Alina Chertock, Professor of Mathematics
  • Joel Ducoste, Professor of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering
  • Jason Swarts, Professor of English

Monday, March 30, 2015, Data on Time to Promotion from Associate to Full Professor at NC State


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

  • Kimberly Allen, Youth, Family and Community Sciences
  • Alper Bozkurt, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Willa Casstevens, Social Work
  • Sudipta Dasmohapatra, Institute for Advanced Analytics and Dept of Forest Biomaterials
  • Stacey De Coster, Sociology and Anthropology
  • Sarah Desmairais, Psychology
  • Julie Earp, Business Management
  • 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
  • Melissa Pasquinelli, Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science
  • Pradip Pramanik, Proposal Development Unit
  • Roderick Rejesus, Agriculture and Resource Economics
  • 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


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

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