Full Professors’ Community


The Full Professors’ Community is an informal discussion group open to all faculty, with a special emphasis on issues of importance to full professors. The learning community meets once or twice per semester, with additional joint meetings with the Assistant and Associate Professors’ Communities 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. The intent is to enhance faculty experience and provide an ongoing discussion group for faculty. 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.


To Register

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


Spring 2017 Meetings – All Meetings are from 11:45-12:35


Friday, January 13, 2017. How do People Make the Decision to Retire?

405 Clark Hall

Several faculty who have recently retired will discuss questions about their decision to retire. How do you gauge when the time is right? What considerations helped you make the decision to retire? How do people find fulfillment after retirement?


  • Sara Spayd, Horticultural Science
  • Carol Kasworm, Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development
  • David Dickey, Statistics


Friday, February 10, 2016. Finding New Research Directions with Others

Creativity Studio, 4403 Hunt Library, Centennial Campus


  • Ross Meentemeyer, Forestry and Environmental Resources, Center for Geospatial Analytics
  • Francis De Los Reyes, Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering
  • Greg Parsons, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering


Related Readings and Resources

  • Idea Lab examines how colleges are offering retirement incentives to their faculty members. When I started reporting, I thought the story would be largely about buyouts and such. I soon realized, however, that psychological barriers to retirement are as important as financial ones.

Past Topics

Fall 2016

Friday, September 16, 2016. What’s Next? Rethinking your Priorities after Achieving Full Professorship

  • Roger Mayer, Management, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Barry Goldfarb, Forestry and Environmental Resources
  • Yousry Azmy, Nuclear Engineering



  • Wednesday, September 9, 2015: Mentoring Junior Faculty
    • Katharine Stewart, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs.
  • *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, 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
  • *Thursday, January 14, 2016: Talking with the media about faculty work
    • Andy Taylor, Political Science
    • Alper Bozkurt, Electrical and Computer Engineering
    • Afsaneh Rabiei, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
    • Jennifer Kuzma, Genetic Engineering and Society
  • Friday, February 12, 2016: How do I know when I’m ready to retire?
    • Martha Scotford, Graphic Design
    • Hugh Devine, Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management
    • Sarah Berenson, Mathematics Education
    • Winser Alexander, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Interesting Reading: Knowing When to Walk Away

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

The Advisory Board

  • Christine Grant, College of Engineering
  • Pierre Gremaud, Mathematics
  • Jay Levine, Population Health and Pathobiology
  • Jim Martin, Chemistry
  • Pradip Pramanik, Proposal Development Unit
  • Katharine Stewart, Office of Faculty Affairs
  • Paola Sztajn, Teacher Education and Learning Sciences

Previous Advisory Board Members

  • Betsy Brown, Office of Faculty Development
  • Michael Dickey, Chemical Engineering

Contact Marcia Gumpertz (gumpertz@ncsu.edu) if you are interested in serving on the Advisory Board. 

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