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Faculty Senate

"Everybody can be great because everybody can serve."
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Welcome from the Faculty Senate Chair

We have so much to brag about as faculty of WSSU!  We are recognized at the state level, as well as nationally, for many accomplishments.  WSSU has been named the #1 HBCU in the nation for economic mobility and is among the top 10 colleges in NC for best-value. We are also among the top 10 HBCUs changing the world! Many of our departments have also been recognized. Among a large variety of achievements, we have the #1 RN to BSN program in NC, the #1 HBCU in NC for Psychology, and the #3 HBCU in NC for Accounting. Check out the website for more information about our rankings!

As you know, there are a lot of exciting changes this year with new administration and new faculty/staff members.  We also have new banners around campus and new local billboard signs.  We are soon to see new building signs around campus as well.

As we begin the 2023-2024 academic year, it is my hope that we will each work toward safeguarding our own individual mental and physical health.  When we are each at our very best, we can better aim to help our students do the same and thereby prepare them for success.

I would also like to challenge faculty to take a few moments throughout the academic year to share personal success stories with students so that they understand how to overcome obstacles to reach their goals, just like each of us has. We do often become busy with curriculum, but these stories are vital to showing students that they, too, can overcome whatever challenges come their way. In addition, when we take an extra moment to listen as needed and offer guidance, we provide students with a caring atmosphere and sense of belonging.

Lastly, I want to encourage all faculty this year to step up to the plate in service and take a big swing.  The extent and quality of service across campus greatly adds up when each one of takes just a little extra time.  Our campus is only as great as the sum of our efforts.

Please be sure to communicate with the faculty senate delegate from your department to stay informed of any updates as well as attend all General Faculty meetings held the 4th Thursday of each month at 3:30 pm.

Thank you for all that you do!

Lisa R. Maness
Chair, Faculty Senate