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NORFOLK STATE UNIVERSITY ® WAVES A Newsletter for Faculty, Staff, Alumni and Friends of Norfolk State University Achieving Excellence. Success Beyond Measure. Faculty Development Office Expands Professional Development Programming F aculty have a new high-tech resource to help them grow, excel and succeed in all realms of their responsibilities. Using a number of online tools, the NSU Office of Faculty Development aims to connect faculty members to information and resources while providing them with knowledge and skills. By the number of participants who have already taken a portion of the training, it seems that this new initiative is well liked. According to Dr. Dorothy L. R. Jones, director of the Office of Faculty Development, even though many of the activities are attended or accessed by many of the same faculty and staff, their records show that more than 1,500 participants have taken advantage of the various professional development activities since she assumed the position in January. Funded by a Title III grant, the office is an initiative that supports one of the goals of the University’s current strategic plan, which calls for Dr. Larry Ferguson promoting excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. Just last month, faculty had the chance to take part in 12 different professional development workshops. Using Adobe Connect, participants can log into the virtual faculty development room. However, if you prefer a more low-tech mode of delivery, the office also offers face-to-face training as well as blended. Besides the faculty workshops, the Faculty Development office also provides faculty with funding for conference and workshop attendance, new faculty release time support, doctoral tuition assistance and summer research support. The office is located in Bowser, Suite 118, and includes a faculty resource room and a conference room. Dr. Yvonne Thompson Maddox to Deliver Commencement Address Dr. Yvonne Thompson Maddox, deputy director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), will deliver the keynote address at Norfolk State University’s commencement ceremony, scheduled for 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 14, at Joseph G. Echols Hall. The institute supports research on child development, developmental and reproductive biology, nutrition, AIDS, mental retardation, population issues, contraception, pregnancy and medical rehabilitation. Dr. Maddox, who has served in her present role since 1995, advises the director on matters regarding the affairs of the institute and its $1.3 billion budget. In addition, she guides the organizations and programs of the NICHD, which include leading two teams of international scientists as part of a joint India-U.S. partnership to improve reproductive health and maternal and child health in both countries. She also is co-chair of NIH’s working group to develop the strategic plan to eliminate health disparities During her career, Dr. Maddox has served as the NIH acting director, executive director of the Department of Health and Human Services’ (DHHS) Cancer Health Disparities Progress Review Group and co-chair of the DHHS Initiative to Reduce Infant Mortality. In addition, Dr. Maddox has directed the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research and the Prevention Research and International Programs, both at the NICHD. She is the recipient of numerous honors and awards including two of the most prestigious in Federal career civil Continued on page 4

Norfolk State University Making Waves-Dec. 2013

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