North Carolina Conference of Graduate Schools

  1. Friday, November 5th, 20108:00am - 3:00pm

North Carolina Conference of Graduate Schools 2010 Meeting

 Hosted by Wake Forest University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences November 5th, 2010 Winston-Salem, NC 

 Thursday, Nov 4:

6:00-7:00 pm:   Wine Reception at Brookstown Inn for guests, (200 Brookstown Avenue, Winston-Salem, NC 27101) Directions:  

7:00 pm: Dinner (at individual's expense) for staff and deans at: Meridian Restaurant, next door to Brookstown Inn with fine, fresh cuisine –the best in town! 411 South Marshall Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101  


Friday, Nov 5: 

All activities to be held in the Benson University Center on WFU Reynolda Campus. Directions: Parking will be located in Davis Field (located adjacent to the Benson University Center and marked off for conference attendees)

7:15-8:10 am: Conference Check-in; Mingle and Breakfast/Refreshments (Room 401, Benson University Center)

Morning Session

8:15-8:30: Welcome (WFU President Nathan O. Hatch, introduction by Dean Lorna G. Moore) (Pugh Auditorium, Benson University Center)

8:30-10:00:  Plenary session (Deans and Staff): (Pugh Auditorium, Benson University Center)

“The Path Forward for Graduate Education” (Dean Steve Matson, moderator)

“An Overview and Anticipated Outcomes of the Path Forward Project”,

James Wimbush, Graduate School Dean at Indiana University and member of the Commission on the Future of Graduate Education

“The Changing Landscape of Careers for Graduate Students: A Duke Response”,

Alan Kendrick, Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Professional Development at Duke University, and Douglas James, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, at Duke University

“UNC-Chapel Hill’s Approach to Recruiting, Retaining, and Enabling Young Scientists from Under-Represented Groups”, Patrick Brandt, Director of Biomedical Graduate Training, UNC-CH            

10:00-10:30: Coffee break


Staff: (Room 401 D, Benson University Center) “Dealing with difficult people (students, faculty and yes, even deans!)” led by Laura Hamilton (Sarah Lafferty, introduction and Debbie Deheck, moderator)                                     

Deans and Associate/Assistant Deans: (Room 409, Benson) “From Innovation to Application” Les Boney, Associate VP for Economic Development Research, Policy and Planning, UNC system; Stephen J. Susalka, Assistant Director Office of Technology Asset Management Wake Forest University Health Sciences; (Dean Scott Higgins, moderator) 


12:00-1:30  Catered at meeting site, Room 401 A&B of Benson University Center

Afternoon Session

Staff:  (Room 401 D, Benson)

1:30-3:30:“Best Practices” session (Associate Dean Kathleen Brennan, moderator). Staff from each institution will provide an example of a practice that they found to be especially helpful for handling graduate-school matters and/or vexing problems for which a solution is still needed. 

Deans and Associate/Assistant Deans: (Room 409, Benson)    

1:30-2:00: Business meeting (Deans Larick and Moore)

2-3:30: NC Graduate Education Week and Brochure: updates & discussion (Deans Larick and Moore, moderators)                                                

3:30: adjourn  


Event Details

  • Location:
    Benson Center
  • Special Notes:
    Please note that the location for the NCCGS Meeting at Wake Forest University has changed. All programs will now take place in the Benson University Center. Please see the attached agenda at for more information. For questions, please contact Sarah Lafferty at (336) 758-5301 or via e-mail at

    Hotel: Brookstown Inn ( )

    Standard room (one or two queen sized beds), $90/night, to be paid to Brookstown Inn. Free breakfast, wine & cheese receptions and cookies/milk before bed! Call 336 725 1120 for reservations as rooms have been pulled from website. Room block is reserved until Oct 3, 2010 SO RESERVATIONS MUST BE MADE BY THIS DATE TO GET THIS RATE.

    *Conference Registration*

    The conference registration fee is $57. You may pay online during registration, or you may opt to pay by check. Please make checks payable to Wake Forest University and mail to:

    Wake Forest University
    Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
    P.O. Box 7487
    Winston Salem, NC 27109

    For questions, please contact Sarah Lafferty at (336) 758-5301 or via e-mail at
  • Sponsor:
  • Open To:
    Community, Faculty, Staff
  • Facilitated by:
    WFU Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
  • Questions? Please contact:

    • Sarah Lafferty: • 336.758.5301