Music Instructor Scott Laird spent part of the summer in Michigan as guest conductor for Interlochen Arts Camp.


Faculty and staff embrace professional development opportunities over summer

This summer, many NCSSM faculty and staff took the opportunity to engage in a wide-range of professional development opportunities across the state and the country, with some even travelling internationally to participate in workshops, give conference presentations, and interact with others in their fields. Here are just a few of the ways in which NCSSM employees spent part of their summers:

Carrie Alter, Instructor of Studio Art,  took a course in ceramics at the Durham Art Guild and has also been hard at work in her own studio.

Rob Andrews, Admissions Counselor, attended the ACT professional conference in Chicago, where the focus was on updates to ACT and enhancing student performance outcomes.

Michael Brandon joined the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program’s (University of Florida) Mississippi Freedom Project. The MFP has been collecting oral histories, performing service work, organizing academic conferences, and facilitating educational presentations for more than ten years in the Mississippi Delta and Lower River Valley..

Michelle Brenner, Instructor of Humanities spent a week at Columbia University to participate in the Gilder Lehrman summer seminar, “Empire City: New York from 1877-2001,” in which participants explored the growth and development of New York City as a cultural and economic hub as well as a planned urban space.  

Daniel Brown, Biology Instructor, attended an AP Environmental Science workshop

Michael Bruno, Instructor of Chemistry and Chemistry Coordinator, led a teacher workshop at the POGIL (Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning) National Meeting.

Kat Cooper, Instructor of Chemistry, defended her Ph.D. theses.

Jianbei Deng, Instructor of Chemistry and Biology, travelled to Singapore with three students for a weeklong international teacher conference and competition.

Mark Dubois, Instructor of Humanities, spent ten days out west, attending the summer institute “Critical Issues in Contemporary China” sponsored by the Program for Teaching East Asia (TEA) at UC Boulder.

Nai-I Finney, Instructor of Chinese, visited Taipei Municipal Jingmei Girls’ High School in Taipei, Taiwan. Finney’s Introductory and Advanced Chinese students and Ms. Ku’s students had an online cultural exchange group last school year. During the visit, Finney gave a presentation to introduce NCSSM and also received feedback to improve the online exchange in future years.  Finney also attended the International Forum on Language Teaching annual conference as well as the workshop “The Rise of Asian Civilizations,” at UNC

Guido Gabrielli, Instructor of Chemistry, travelled to Singapore with three students for a weeklong international teacher conference and competition.

Mattie Gaddie, Admissions Counselor, attended UNC-GA professional development on updates to the residency vetting and approval process.

Karen Glumm, Instructor of Social Science, completed a book chapter to be published in Write Where it Hurts, forthcoming from Taylor and Francis.

Kyle Hudson, Instructor of Humanities, attended a workshop, “The Rise of Asian Civilizations,” at UNC.

Andrew Huggins, Admissions Counselor, attended Prepa’rate, SAT’s professional conference which focuses on supporting, preparing, and motivating academically accelerated Latino students. The conference was held in Times Square, NYC.

Scott Laird, Instructor of Music, had another successful summer season teaching and conducting the Intermediate Concert Orchestra at Interlochen Arts Camp. The ensemble presented four concerts.

Jamie Lathan, Dean of Distance Education, was selected as a member of the National Humanities Council Teacher Advisory Council. He also served as an AP US History Reader in Tampa, Florida, worked as a teacher assistant for the John Hope Franklin Young Scholars program in Durham, served as a Thought Leader and Reader for the Whiting Public Engagement Fellowship, is serving as a member of the Digital Public Library of America Education Advisory Committee , and in August attended the Justice Teaching Institute, sponsored by the North Carolina Bar Association.

Hong Li, Instructor of Chinese, attended a workshop, “The Rise of Asian Civilizations,” at UNC.  

Letita Mason, Director of Admissions  participated in professional development as a member of the application review process for the Jack Kent Cooke Young Scholars scholarship program at their headquarters in Lansdowne, Virginia.  Mason also attended the College Board Native American Student Advocacy Institute in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico which is a professional conference that focuses on recruitment, retention and support of Native American students.

Ormand Moore, Humanities Instructor, attended the week-long National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshop, “The Long Road from Brown: School Desegregation in Virginia,” hosted by Virginia Commonwealth University and Old Dominion University. To read more about the workshop, click here.

Katie Moulder, Humanities Instructor, joined 35 other educators from 24 states in a seven-day NEH sponsored Landmarks in American History workshop entitled, “The American Skyscraper: Transforming Chicago and the Nation.” To read more about the workshop, click here. Moulder also participated in the American Bar Association/ Federal Judiciary Center Summer Institute for Teachers: Federal Trials and Great Debates in United States History. The weeklong institute included opportunities such as seeing the Supreme Court in action and having a discussion with Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

Sandi Payne, Research Technician,  attended a NAOSMM (National Association of Scientific Materials Managers) conference.

Phillip Riggs, Instructor of Music,  presented a conference session about the importance of Attending Music Performance Adjudication at the Eastern Region American School Band Directors Association Conference in Winston-Salem. He also presented a session for the Building Better Bands Conference. Additionally,  Riggs was one of several guest conductor/clinicians for the Mid-Europe Music Festival in Schladming, Austria.

Adam Sampieri, Instructor of Drama, took an online course, “Film and Food” from UNC-Greensboro.

Dan Teague,  Instructor of Mathematics, was elected to serve on the National Mathematics Board,  where he will serve from 2017-2020.

Cecile Tougas, Instructor of Latin, completed a book chapter to be published in Philosophizing Jung, forthcoming from Routledge.

Lee Welper, Database Manager for Admissions, participated in the new CFNC platform professional development training at Guilford Technical Community College in Jamestown, NC.

John Woodmansee, Humanities Instructor, and thirty-three other teachers from around the country participated in the week-long National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshop, “Manifest Destiny Reconsidered: The Utah Experience.” To read more about the workshop, click here. Woodmansee also met with NCSSM alumnus Aaron Kaplan, Assistant Professor of Linguistics at the University of Utah, with whom he is collaborating on a linguistics research paper.