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Smith Receives Award for Community Engagement
Heather Smith, professor of geography in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, is the 2014 recipient of the Provost’s Faculty Award for Community Engagement. Established in 2012, the award honors a tenured faculty member whose teaching, research and service embodies the University’s commitment to civic involvement and whose work strengthens the relationship between UNC Charlotte and the larger community.
In the 15 years since she joined UNC Charlotte, Smith has built an integrated teaching, research and service profile that places community engagement at its core. Her research explores how immigrants navigate new lives in new gateway locations, and how receiving communities respond to the needs, expectations and cultural diversity foreign-born migrants bring. Her engaged work in the Charlotte community focuses on the rapidly growing Latino immigrant population and challenges of inclusivity and access. For Smith, the research partnerships she establishes embrace trans-disciplinary and cross-institutional learning in a way that fosters sustained commitment to growth, innovation and the public good.
Campus Conversation on Ebola Scheduled for Oct. 28
Provost Joan Lorden will host the campus conversation "Ebola: Understanding Facts and Confronting Fears" at 2:00 PM, Tuesday, Oct. 28, in Cone University Center, McKnight Hall.
Akin Ogundiran, Africana studies; Diana Rowan, social work; Shannon Sullivan, philosophy; and Beth Whitaker, political science and public administration; are panelists for this discussion on the epidemiology of Ebola, the reasons for its rapid spread in West Africa, the United States response and the current climate of fear.