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Emerging Research Showcase: Talent & Workforce Development

May 4, 2023 | 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

NC State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences invites you to attend the next fully in-person Emerging Research Showcase: Talent and Workforce Development. Join us on Thursday, May 4, 2023 starting at 3:00pm EST as we turn the focus on the university’s role in talent and workforce development and academic research into workforce and leadership for a new generation.

In a departure from our usual Emerging Research Showcase series, we’ll meet some of the faculty who focus on developing agricultural, food system, and life sciences leaders, transformational leadership, pedagogy, and “showcase” professional development, certificate, and professional science masters programs. In addition to our guest and faculty presenters, we’ll hear from current and former students about their experience in these programs.


3:00 p.m. – Welcome and Setting the Stage

  • Welcome on behalf of the college and academic programs: John Dole, Interim Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • How to get involved: Dinah Schuster, Senior Director of Development, Advancement

The Role of Certifications in CALS

  • The importance of certifications/micro-credentialing in new hiring: Stuart Mease, ROCX Staffing
  • CALS Certification overview: Kim Allen, Interim Associate Dean and Director, Academic Programs for CALS
  • Regulatory Science certification: Danesha Seth Carley, Center of Excellence for Regulatory Science in Agriculture
  • Crowd-sourced certification needs discussion: Moderated by Stuart Mease

Professional Science Masters in CALS

  • Introduction: Meaghan Nappo, Associate Director of Master of Microbial Biotechnology Program

DEIA Programs

  • Setting the stage: Terri Long, N.C. PSI Platform Director, Education and Workforce Development
  • DEIA: Building a diverse workforce: Diana Urieta, Senior Director, Co-Developer and Extension Specialist for Juntos


  • Academic research to improve workforce development outcomes: Ben Chapman, Professor and Department Head, Agricultural and Human Sciences
  • Transformational leadership and organizational behavior: Jackie Bruce, Associate Professor, Agricultural and Human Sciences; Undergraduate Coordinator, Leadership in Ag and Life Sciences Minor; Katie McKee, Assistant Professor, Agricultural & Human Sciences; Joy Morgan, Assistant Professor, Agricultural & Human Sciences; Director of the North Carolina Agricultural Leadership Development Program

Panel discussion – Q&A for presenters: Moderated by Stuart Mease

5:00 p.m. – Formal Program Concludes / Networking Reception

NOTE: There is no virtual attendance component to this showcase. Free parking is available at The Stateview Hotel.

The #EmergingResearch Showcase series gives you the opportunity to hear new research partnership opportunities. Productive outcomes from the events include but are not limited to: philanthropic support, sponsored research, defining commercialization potential, or joining a research team as an external partner.

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