Faculty & Staff Highlight – Spring 2019

Our faculty and staff work endlessly to ensure our students are provided with high quality and enriching educational experiences. Despite the immense amount of work they accomplish on a daily basis, much of it happens behind the scenes and is left unseen by most people. Today, we would like to reflect on the highlights of their incredible work.

Barbara Zelter, BSW Field Coordinator and Senior Lecturer, speaking at the GLBT Center Lunch and Learn event.

On April 17, the GLBT Center held a Lunch and Learn event for faculty, staff, and students. Barbara Zelter, the BSW Field Coordinator and Senior Lecturer, was a featured speaker at this event. The subject of her talk was TOUCHY TOPICS: Having Those Fearful Conversations in Class. The purpose of this talk was to help faculty members feel comfortable discussing “traditionally difficult” topics in a classroom environment.

At the suggestion of Sheri Schwab, Vice Provost for the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity, the ideas Barbara Zelter discussed will be shared in an upcoming edition of Pack Hacks for Faculty, a monthly segment in the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost News.

Meanwhile, Dr. Qiana Cryer-Coupet, Assistant Professor, has made significant strides in her research this year. Dr. Cryer-Coupet has partnered with the NC Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Child Support Services and the NC Fatherhood Development Advisory Council to review state-level policies and practices for engaging fathers in social service settings.

Dr. Qiana Cryer-Coupet, Assistant Professor, and student researchers from the 2018-2019 Fatherhood Research Lab.

The group has been awarded a grant by the Fatherhood Research and Practice Network to support their efforts. The funding will allow them to serve as co-sponsors of the 2019 NC Fatherhood Conference, to host two multi-agency father development-planning sessions, and to develop a statewide database of father-friendly services. According to Dr. Cryer-Coupet, “By improving the capacity of agencies to meaningfully engage fathers, we are improving agency capacity to impact the wellbeing of the entire family system.” To learn more about their research, click here.

On April 25, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences held the staff Awards Luncheon. Mr. Anthony Bennett, Program Manager, and Mr. Daniel Corn, Academic Services Coordinator, were honored at this event.

Mr. Bennett received awards for his long-term service to NC State University and professional excellence in the workplace. He has been nominated at the university level, where he will compete for higher recognition and awards. An employee of the state since August 2008, Mr. Anthony Bennett has accomplished extraordinary feats of customer service for the sake of our students. One of our students would go so far as to say, “I would not be here [at NC State] if it was not for Mr. Bennett.”

Anthony Bennett (left), Karen Bullock (center), and Daniel Corn (right) present their awards at the Staff Awards Lunch.

Mr. Corn received an award for his long-term commitment of 10 years to NC State University. An employee of the university since November 2008, Mr. Daniel Corn has gathered a plethora of academic services knowledge from his various positions at NC State. According to Dr. Karen Bullock, Department Head, “Daniel’s years of experience in Registration & Records have been invaluable in our academic unit.” Daniel is the Scheduler and Graduate Services Coordinator and has been with us for the past three years.

In addition to these wonderful accomplishments, we would like to share some of our colleague’s recently published research. Our faculty work hard to contribute high quality and meaningful research to the world of academia. Please take a moment to observe these recent publications.

Dr. Terrance Ruth, Full-time Professor at the NC State University Department of Social Work.

Ruth, T., & Matusitz, J. (2010). Governance Tools Addressing the Welfare Issue in the U.S. Journal of Policy Practice, 10(4), 288-306 DOI: 10.1080/15588742.2011.605827

Ruth, T., & Matusitz, J. (2013). Comparative Standards of Evidence in Social Work. Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work, 10(4), 285-98. doi: 10.1080/15433714.2012.663660

Ruth, T., Matusitz, J., & Wan, T.H. (2015). Understanding predatory organized crime through network governance theory. Social Change, 45(4), 587-604. DOI: 10.1177/0049085715602790

Ruth, T., Matusitz, J., & Simi, D. (2016). Ethics of Disenfranchisement and Voting Rights in the U.S.: Convicted Felons, the Homeless, and Immigrants. American Journal of Criminal Justice, 42(1), 56-68.

2 responses on “Faculty & Staff Highlight – Spring 2019

  1. Dean Wilma Peebles-Wilkins says:

    It is exciting to see how the Department of Social Work has grown? Congratulations to all faculty for their accomplishments.

  2. Keturah Beckham says:

    Such exciting times for the social work department! Congratulations to everyone!! It is such an honor to be a part of this team!

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