Robert Bruce named
Friday Center director
Center for Faculty Excellence seeks tenured faculty member
Robert Bruce named
Friday Center director
Robert Gray Bruce Jr., associate dean for continuing and
innovative education at the University of Texas at Austin, was selected as the
new director of the Friday Center, effective Aug. 1.
Bruce assumed the post one month after Norman H. Loewenthal,
the Friday Center’s director for the past 12 years, retired.
“The Friday Center’s work is integral to the public service
and outreach mission of the University, and Rob Bruce has the right combination
of experience and skills to advance the University’s commitment to serving
nontraditional learners,” said Carol Tresolini, associate provost for academic
Bruce has more than a decade of experience in continuing
higher education and distance learning. He has held several different positions
at the University of Texas at Austin and worked for two years in the private
sector at Powered.com as senior manager of instruction and design.
“Rob particularly impressed us with his leadership
experience in continuing higher education, his knowledge of instructional
technology and his focus on strategic planning,” said Bruce Carney, executive
vice chancellor and provost.
Bruce earned a doctorate in English from Texas A&M
University and holds a master’s degree from Texas A&M and a bachelor’s
degree from the University of Texas at Austin. He has taught English courses at
Jan Yopp, dean of the Summer School, chaired the search
committee for a new director. “The Friday Center and the University will
benefit greatly from Rob Bruce’s experience, expertise and energy,” she said.
An internal search is under way for the director of the
Center for Faculty Excellence. The center supports programs that advance
faculty through the various stages of their careers in their roles as teachers,
researchers and leaders, and connects faculty to resources across
The half-time position is open to current tenured faculty
“I would encourage all tenured faculty members to review the
description of the director position now under recruitment,” said Steve Matson,
dean of the Graduate School and chair of the search committee.
“Carolina is a campus known for its collaborative
environment, and the director of the Center for Faculty Excellence will serve a
vital role in developing collaborative professional development for our faculty
and graduate students.”
The director provides leadership in planning, assessing and
developing the center’s programs in response to University and faculty needs,
and in promoting collaboration that effectively uses University programs and
“The center is a remarkable University resource for faculty
and graduate students,” Matson said. “The programming is flexible and
responsive to the latest developments in classroom education. Faculty and
graduate student instructors can also gain valuable information on how to
advance their own promising academic careers.
“Our University depends on the expertise and engagement of
the faculty. They lead classroom education, they conduct research that benefits
human life and the economy, and they mentor students and graduate student
“These are just a few of the important roles faculty members
serve within our University. It’s important to strongly support their efforts,
their energy and their demonstrated commitment to the mission of Carolina.”
In addition to Matson, members of the search committee are
Bobby Allen, Claudia Gollop, Bob Lowman, John McGowan, Marilyn Oermann, Adam
Persky and Debbie Stevenson.
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In only her second appearance in a world championship
tournament, Shernetta Edwards, who works in Housekeeping Services, was named
Women’s Class C Champion in the 2011 World Horseshoe Tournament on July 30. The
tournament drew more than 900 competitors from every state in the nation and
countries from around the globe for the two-week competition. Edwards was
awarded a trophy and cash prize.
Clifton Jones, a Facilities Services mason who has served as
Edwards’ mentor, also competed and finished sixth in his class, earning a cut of the prize money as well.
Worth Bolton, clinical assistant professor with the School
of Social Work’s Behavioral Healthcare Resource Program, has been selected to
receive the 2011 Jody Kellerman Award, given by the Anuvia Prevention and
Recovery Center, of Charlotte. He will be honored at an awards ceremony and
luncheon on Sept. 27.
The University and UNC Hospitals took home top honors in
July for the SmartCommute Challenge in the category of organizations with
15,000 or more employees. The challenge is an annual spring campaign
coordinated by GoTriangle and SmartCommute@rtp to encourage Triangle commuters
to try an alternative commute to work or campus.
Along with the University’s award, individual awards and
prizes were presented to the following faculty and staff: Starr Church, Sharon
Edmiston, Whitney Fairbanks, Bonnie Hayes, Katherine O’Brien, Sandra Murray, Amy
Preble, Elizabeth Shay, Sara Stahlman and Noreen Yazejian. http://bit.ly/l5RYy
Joanne Jordan, Herman and Louise Smith Professor of Medicine
and director of the Thurston Arthritis Research Center, has received the 2011
Distinguished Service to Rural Life Award from the Rural Sociological Society.
Jordan has been dedicated to improving the health of rural North Carolinians
for more than 20 years through the Johnston County Osteoarthritis Project.
Robert Adams, clinical assistant professor of radiation
oncology, and Bahjat Qaqish, associate professor of biostatistics, are winners of the 2010-11 Jean I. Widger Distinguished
Author Award from the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT). The
award recognizes the best peer-reviewed article published in the ASRT journals.
Also honored with the award was Jessica Church, social/clinical research
assistant in the Department of Radiation Oncology and a graduate student, and
Kimberly L. Metcalf from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health
Karl Smith, assistant professor of public economics and
governments in the School of Government – and an economics blogger
– served as one of eight regional curators nationwide on July 6 when
President Barack Obama held his first Twitter Town Hall. Carolina was
especially well represented during the forum. Steven Norton, the 2011–12
editor-in-chief of The Daily Tar Heel, also served as a regional curator.
Channing Der, Kenan Professor of Pharmacology, and Yue
Xiong, Kenan Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics, have been awarded the
fourth annual Hyman L. Battle Distinguished Cancer Research Award in
recognition of their accomplishments in cancer research. Both are members of
UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Sriram “Sri” Kalyanaraman, associate professor of
journalism, has been selected to receive the 2011 Krieghbaum Under-40 Award by
the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. It will be
presented at the group’s annual conference in St. Louis.