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NC A&T Announces Acting Appointments for Brown, Giddings and Smallwood

EAST GREENSBORO, NC (May 31, 2022) – North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University announced the appointment of Madeline Brown as interim associate director of the Center for Academic Excellence, Valerie Giddings, Ph. .D., as acting senior vice provost and Arwin Smallwood, Ph.D., as acting vice provost for undergraduate teaching.

“Each of these roles plays an important role in the institutional effectiveness of North Carolina A&T,” said Tonya Smith-Jackson, Ph.D. “Ms. Brown and Drs. Giddings and Smallwood are dedicated to continuing the momentum that our university has experienced in terms of increased enrollment and graduate numbers, as well as other measures of student success, as well as program growth and development.They each bring talent, insight and educational expertise to these interim appointments to advance our values, our aspirations for research and scholarship, and our commitment as a grant of public lands to the local and state community and beyond.

Brown, who joined NC A&T in August 2019, served as an academic advisor and lecturer at the Center for Academic Excellence, where she guided undeclared or undecided freshmen, as well as transfer students, on college planning. education and used early intervention strategies. , among other tasks aligned with the university’s strategic plan.

“As the university continues to grow in various capacities, the Center for Academic Excellence has excelled in supporting our undeclared and transfer student populations through academic resources, course offerings, mentorship programs , summer transition programs, and active cross-departmental collaboration,” Brown said. “My goal is to support the Center for Academic Excellence as it continues to provide students with various academic resources and services designed to lay the foundation for a successful transition to college, as well as the development of navigation capital and essential to their perseverance and diploma.

Since 2016, Brown has also served as a dual academic adviser in the Academic Advising Department at Berkeley College, with which she has been affiliated for nearly a decade. She holds a BA in Spanish Studies from Andrews University and an MA in Human Behavior and Organizational Psychology from Kean University.

“Serving in this new role will give me the opportunity to continue the legacy of excellence that characterizes our individual and collective efforts as a department and an institution,” she said. “In line with A&T’s mission, this foundation will enable students not only to thrive within their campus community, but also to become ardent contributors to the growth and success of their respective communities and society. in general. “

Valerie GiddingsGiddings, who joined A&T in 2008, has twice served as associate professor and chair of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, most recently beginning in 2018. She also spent three years as the college’s acting associate dean. for research and has received over $4 million in research funding for numerous projects with A&T colleagues.

“I have held a variety of teaching and administrative positions at the departmental, college and university levels in private, state and land-grant institutions as well as state and national organizations,” Giddings said. “These experiences have given me valuable insight into how higher education works and the importance of our relationships with internal and external constituents.”

Giddings’ experience includes serving as Associate Professor of Art, Acting Director of Diggs Gallery, and Associate Vice Chancellor for Lifelong Learning at Winston-Salem State University; Associate Dean for Outreach and External Relations, Associate Professor of Apparel and Textiles and Adjunct Professor, Lecturer and Extension Specialist/Continuing Education Program Coordinator at Virginia Tech; and professor of clothing and textiles at Central North Carolina University and Hampton University. A 2018 graduate of the NCAT Executive Leadership Development Program, she holds a BS in Home Economics from Bennett College and an MS and PhD, both in Apparel and Textiles from Virginia Tech.

“The university has a tripartite mission and it is important that we advance that mission as holistically as possible,” she said. “In this new role, I will ensure that every component of the mission is taken into account in the various initiatives in which I will be involved.”

Arwin SmallwoodA professor of history, Smallwood served as chair of the Department of History and Political Science and is Carter G. Woodson Emeritus Lecturer at A&T, which he joined in 2018. In February, he became the first member of the body A&T professor to receive Governor James. Price E. Holshouser Jr. for Excellence in Public Service, one of the top two annual faculty awards given by the UNC system.

“My previous role as Chair of the Department of History and Political Science allowed me to work closely with many of our students and faculty. This has allowed me to provide strategic leadership to enhance their educational, professional and overall experiences on campus,” said Smallwood. “Through this new role, I will support A&T’s aspirations for our students and faculty, including the growth of collaborative research, greater community engagement, and new standards of public service.”

After serving as a visiting professor of history at A&T from 1993 to 1994, Smallwood taught at Ohio State University, Bradley University, and the University of Memphis. He has held graduate adjunct professor status at the University of Memphis since 2013 and has been a North Carolina Humanities Council Roads Fellow since 2017. He graduated from North Carolina Central with a BA in Political Science and cum laude with a Masters in History, and from The Ohio State University with a Ph.D. in history.

“Throughout my career here at A&T, I have seen students and faculty together and individually, from all walks of life, literally changing the world,” he said. “As Acting Vice-Rector for Undergraduate Education, I will have the opportunity to serve all students and faculty at this outstanding institution and make lasting contributions to our future growth and development. “