Annual Faculty Scholarship Celebration will include award announcements

Western Carolina University’s 31st annual Faculty Scholarship Celebration will be held Thursday, Feb. 20, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Conference Room of Blue Ridge Residence Hall to recognize creative and academic work by faculty and staff.

The event is organized through a partnership between Hunter Library, the Honors College, Office of the Provost and Graduate School and Research, with support from the Office of the Chancellor. It coincides with the opening of an exhibit of creative works at Hunter Library.

Brian Kloeppel

“The research and creative activities of WCU faculty are things that engage and benefit our campus, our community and beyond,” said Brian Kloeppel, dean of Graduate School and Research. “The Faculty Scholarship Celebration is an opportunity for us to recognize the artistic, educational, social, scientific, economic and health care advancement they are accomplishing. We encourage faculty and staff to attend the Faculty Scholarship Celebration as the university recognizes their exceptional work and talent.”

The event will include announcement of the Hunter Scholar Award, which provides funding, a graduate assistant, a course release and other support to promote research that utilizes library resources; the Provost’s Scholarship Development Award recipients with funding for the pursuit of external funding or to expand the scope of a currently funded project. Also, the Million Dollar Circle Award for grant writers who have attained $1 million or more in grants during their time at WCU, will be announced.

The exhibit runs through Friday, March 6, and includes art, literature, musical performances, posters, installations and more, offers an opportunity for the campus community and the public to learn more about the contributions that faculty members make beyond the classroom. For consideration, the selected works must have been subject to professional peer review and produced with an expectation of dissemination.

For more information, contact Kloeppel at bkloeppel@wcu.edu.