Dean’s Office Digest

Dean Michele in lab gear making a christmas ornament

Following years of largely ominous forecasts about higher ed’s future, and 22 months into a pandemic that has profoundly accelerated digital learning transformations, I’m eager for substantive conversations with my colleagues about what these pending changes may mean for Wake Forest. Critical thinking, problem solving, and pro humanitate, along with a commitment to inclusion and belonging, are key tenets of our 187-year-old residential undergraduate education. How will we deliver these core values by 2034, Wake Forest’s 200th anniversary, amid the global, digital, knowledge-based economy that may very well have swept away the last vestiges of the industrial revolution? If you want to think about those big questions, too, join me on Friday, Jan. 14, at 2 p.m. to discuss Arthur Levine and Scott Van Pelt’s provocative new book, The Great Upheaval: Higher Education’s Past, Present and Future (2001). And if you sign up here, we’ll provide you with a copy of the book in time for winter break.

Meanwhile, Happy Hanukkah. This is the last Digest of the semester, so have a great end of classes, smooth grading, and the most restful of winter holidays. Congratulations on bringing so much meaning and joy to so many students this fall with your brilliant in-person courses and generous mentoring, and thank you, too, for supporting each other through so many pandemic-created challenges. May 2022 bring everyone in our wonderful College community abundant health and happiness!

– Michele Gillespie, Dean of the College

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