Faculty Scholarship Celebration features creative work, includes award announcements

Faculty Scholarship Celebration_Erin-Tapley

The Faculty Scholarship Celebration will include works by Erin Tapley, professor of art education, who had three solo national exhibitions in 2016 that features her work done with the process of paper marbling on fiber.

Western Carolina University’s 28th annual Faculty Scholarship Celebration will be held Wednesday, Feb. 15, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Blue Ridge Conference Room with recognition of creative and academic works by faculty and staff.

The event also will include announcement of the provost’s internal grant recipients, faculty research and creative activities awards, the “Million Dollar Circle” awards for grant writers who have attained $1 million or more during their time at WCU, and the Hunter Scholar Award, which provides $400 in funding, a graduate assistant and other support to promote research that extensively uses library resources.


Tapley is currently researching the use of dyes from native North Carolina plants to use in place of synthetic paint.

“The Faculty Scholarship Celebration is a wonderful event to recognize the exceptional research and creative activities by many of our faculty and staff,” said Brian Kloeppel, dean of the WCU Graduate School and Research. “Engaged teacher-scholars create high educational impacts for our undergraduate and graduate students. In addition, these research and creative activities impact our region and beyond through artistic, educational, social, scientific, economic and health care advances.”

This year’s exhibit features works created by 335 scholars created over the past year. These works include art and literature, musical performances, posters and installations, among other items. “Scholarship” as showcased in the celebration is defined as inquiry, investigation or personal work conducted or developed and designed to make an original, intellectual or creative contribution to a discipline. It must have been subject to professional peer review and produced with an expectation of dissemination.

Farzaneh Razzaghi

Farzaneh Razzaghi

Select works will be on display at Hunter Library following the event. “Many of our faculty across the entire campus work hard on their research, performance and artistic works,” said Farzaneh Razzaghi, dean of library services and coordinator of the Hunter Scholar Award. “This is one way for the university to show and acknowledge their hard work, and to publicize their scholarly efforts to our students and community members that WCU faculty and staff always strive for high quality education and performance.

The exhibit will be on display in the library until Wednesday, March 15, she said. In addition to the exhibit, a bibliography of all works and a slide show will be on the library’s website.

The event is a partnership between Hunter Library, the Office for Undergraduate Studies, the Honors College, and Graduate School and Research, with support from the Office of the Chancellor. Light refreshments will be served during an opening reception. For more information, contact Kloeppel at  bkloeppel@wcu.edu.