The Research Leadership Academy (RLA), established in FY2016, is the faculty-driven epicenter of research leadership and faculty mentoring enhancing NC State’s research culture. The RLA is composed of the University’s most outstanding researchers and mentors from diverse fields; members are selected on their records of and active engagement in research and mentoring of faculty. The RLA is charged with the development and advocacy of best research and administrative practices for the development of the diverse research faculty at NC State. Membership in the Academy is lifetime as long as the member is associated with NC State with a commitment of active service to the Academy for a minimum of three years. Members are expected to take an active role in promoting the research enterprise across campus by leading activities such as seminars, research and leadership education programs, and mentoring programs for faculty. The goals of the RLA are to encourage a culture of mentoring across campus, empower faculty for success, and advance an intellectual, multidisciplinary research community and the best administrative practices.

RLA Forum: Communicating Your Research

This event was focused on how faculty communicate their research, using traditional and non-traditional platforms. In this forum participants had the opportunity to question a panel of faculty and university communicators and learn how to push through the barriers to telling their research story.

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  • Greg Parsons, Alcoa Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (Chair, 2019-2020)
  • Erin Sills, Professor, Forestry & Environmental Resources (Chair-Elect, 2019-2020)
  • Robert C Smart, PhD, Goodnight Distinguished Chair in Molecular Toxicology; Professor, Department of Biological Sciences and Toxicology Program; Director, Center for Human Health and the Environment, (Past Chair, 2018-2019)
  • Gail Jones, Distinguished Graduate Professor, STEM Education (Past Chair, 2016-2018)

Improve Your Social Interactions

Lauren Kirkpatrick reviews Rupert W. Nacoste’s five tips on how to interact well in neo-diverse America. These tips can be used by students and faculty alike to improve their social interactions.

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Current Members

  • Harald Ade, Distinguished Professor, Physics
  • Marie Davidian, William Neal Reynolds Professor, Statistics
  • Fred Gould, William Neal Reynolds Professor of Agriculture, Entomology
  • Gail Jones, Distinguished Graduate Professor, STEM Education
  • Y. Richard Kim, Jimmy D. Clark Distinguished University Professor, Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering
  • Trudy Mackay, William Neal Reynolds Distinguished University Professor, Biological Sciences
  • Chris McGahan, Professor, Molecular Biomedical Sciences
  • Greg Parsons, Alcoa Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Ronald Sederoff, Professor, Forestry & Environmental Resources
  • Laurie Williams, Professor, Computer Science
  • Walt Wolfram, William C. Friday Distinguished Professor, English

Research Events

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  • Jan

    Time: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
    Location: Dorothy and Roy Park Alumni Center, Great Reception Room, 2450 Alumni Dr, Raleigh, NC 27606

  • Feb

    Time: 8:30 am - 11:00 am
    Location: Mountains Ballroom, Talley Student Union, 2610 Cates Ave, Raleigh, NC 27606, USA