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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Winston-State Salem University News: WSSU to Attend AAC&U Summer Institute for Women of Color to Enhance Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

May 19, 2011

A team of Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) faculty and administrators will attend a summer institute designed to provide professional leadership development for women of color in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math and to explore ways to enhance undergraduate education and research in those areas.

The team will attend the Association of American Colleges and Universities’ (AAC&U) Engaging Departments Institute at the Hotel at Turf Valley in Ellicott City, Maryland from July 13-17. The WSSU faculty members are: Dr. Jill Harp, associate professor of Biochemistry; Dr. Tennille Presley, assistant professor of physics; Dr. Lenora Campbell, Bertha M. Shelton Endowed Chair of Nursing; Dr. Denise Pearson, assistant provost for faculty affairs; and Dr. Brenda Allen, Provost.

In its third year, AAC&U holds Engaging Departments Institutes designed for teams of faculty, department chairs, and other administrative leaders. The purpose of the institute is to advance integrated and engaged learning in and across disciplines, to help institutions integrate major programs with general education, and to assess broad student learning outcomes within individual departments and majors.

This year’s project focuses on systemic reform in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines and provides leadership development for women of color STEM faculty at historically black colleges and universities. The project is funded by the National Science Foundation's Historically Black Colleges and Universities-Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP). The Engaging Departments Institute is part of ongoing work in Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP), and is supported by the Teagle Foundation.

About AAC&U
AAC&U is the leading national association concerned with the quality, vitality, and public standing of undergraduate liberal education. Its members are committed to extending the advantages of a liberal education to all students, regardless of academic specialization or
intended career. Founded in 1915, AAC&U now comprises more than 1,200 member-institutions including accredited public and private colleges and universities of every type and size.

AAC&U functions as a catalyst and facilitator, forging links among presidents, administrators and faculty members who are engaged in institutional and curricular planning. Its mission is to reinforce the collective commitment to liberal education at both the national and local levels and to help individual institutions keep the quality of student learning at the core of their work as they evolve to meet new economic and social challenges.

About Winston-Salem State University
Winston-Salem State University (WSSU), a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina, is a public university that traces its roots back to Slater Industrial Academy which was founded in 1892 in Winston-Salem, N.C. WSSU is a historically black university that today is a recognized regional institution offering baccalaureate and graduate programs to a diverse student population. U.S. News and World Report has ranked the university among Top Public Comprehensive Colleges in the South -- Bachelor’s Category for the last ten years (2001-2010). WSSU currently offers more than 40 baccalaureate and 10 master’s degree programs to a student population of more than 6,400. For more information, visit

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