Faculty Achievements & Milestones


Thank you for your many years of service to Wake Forest!  
Gerald Esch
Professor of Biology
Cecelia Solano
Associate Professor
of Psychology
Richard Williams
Professor of Physics


Honored by the College Board of Visitors  

Congratulations to Keith Bonin, Chair of the Department of Physics, on being named by the College Board of Visitors as the first recipient of this new award. The CBOV award recognizes Keith for embracing a philosophy of academic leadership and community-building. It celebrates Keith’s proven track record of engaging his academic department and academic colleagues in achieving a vision that includes but extends well beyond the Physics Department by pursuing opportunities for collaboration and innovation. His efforts have significantly advanced the goals of Wake Forest College as embodied in our liberal arts tradition.

The award recognizes academic leadership as a valued practice and confirms that departmental and other academic leaders can be effective agents of change on behalf of the institution, students, and colleagues. This award recognizes Keith as a leader who embodies the best qualities of academic leadership, not only of managerial skills, but of institutional vision and an abiding commitment to academic excellence, diversity and inclusion, classroom innovation, and commitment to students and the Wake Forest community.  Read Keith’s remarks here.




Engaged humanities are endeavors within or extending from humanities disciplines and discourses which open fields of study to questions, problems, and projects focused on pressing needs. The primary goal of the Engaged Humanities (EH) Course Planning and Implementation Grants is to provide new opportunities for cross-disciplinary faculty to team-teach engaged humanities courses in the curriculum, particularly those that facilitate course-based research addressing problems or challenges facing the Winston-Salem community or our region, and which have the potential to be offered more than once.  The Dean’s Office is excited about the collaborations funded in this first round of proposals. Please keep an eye out for the second call for proposals due out in Fall 2017.

Mellon Funded Grants

Two course planning and implementation grants were awarded in this cycle of funding. Congratulations to both teams of faculty.

Judith Madera, Associate Professor of English, and David Phillips, Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Humanities, will co-teach a course entitled Liquid Landscapes: Design, Networks, and Stories in Spring 2018.

Lisa Blee, Associate Professor of History and Program Coordinator for Cultural Heritage & Preservation Studies, and Penny Sinanoglou, Assistant Professor of History, will co-teach sequential courses entitled Migrants and Refugees in Modern History (Fall 2017) and Issues in Public History (Spring 2018).

Dean’s Office Funded Grants

Two additional proposals were awarded partial funding from the Dean’s Office for further development of their courses.

Mollie Canzona, Assistant Professor of Communication, and William Blackstock, Chair and Professor of Radiation Oncology at the Wake Forest School of Medicine – Proposal: Classroom to Community: Enhancing Patient Care with Take the Fight to Cancer.

Phoebe Zerwick, Associate Professor of the Practice of English and Director of the Journalism Program, and Mark Rabil, Associate Clinical Professor in the Wake Forest School of Law – Proposal: Niche Journalism, Practice in Writing and Rhetoric, Innocence and Justice Clinic II (or Criminal Procedure, Selected Topics).