Sue Carson, PhD
Director of TH!NK (Quality Enhancement Plan)
Interim Executive Director of Academic Enrichment Programs
Associate Professor of Plant and Microbial Biology
Sue Carson graduated from Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ) with a B.S. in Biotechnology, and from the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill, NC) with a Ph.D. in Microbiology. Her area of scientific expertise is in molecular mechanisms of bacterial pathogenesis. Prior to leading the QEP, Dr. Carson spent over ten years leading curriculum development for the NC State Biotechnology Program as its Academic Coordinator. Her scholarly work over the last ten years has focused on college-level biology education. She has received multiple awards for teaching excellence and innovation and is a member of the Howard Hughes Science Education Alliance, promoting and implementing inquiry-guided learning and authentic research in the undergraduate classroom laboratory. She co-authored two molecular biology lab manuals, and has published numerous peer-reviewed papers in the area of course and curriculum development. She has mentored over 100 undergraduate students in research projects and is the PI and Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded Integrative Molecular Plant Systems Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program. She serves on the Leadership Council of the National Science Foundation BIO REU, and has served on the Board of Directors of the Wake County Beekeeping Association.
Anne Auten graduated as a valedictorian and summa cum laude from North Carolina State University in 2006 with a B.A. in English Language and Literature and a minor in French. She continued her graduate studies at NC State and received her M.A. in 2009, with additional graduate work completed at UNC-Chapel Hill. Since 2010, she has taught a range of first-year writing and literature courses at both NC State and Elon University, in addition to teaching courses for the First Year Inquiry (FYI) and Summer START programs. She has served on the First-Year Writing Council, and has helped facilitate the North Carolina Symposium on Teaching Writing for the past three years. Her dedication to professional development is further manifested in the creation and implementation of workshops for both the First-Year Writing Program and the Office of Faculty Development. Her current research project is focused on NC State’s STEM and Writing Annual Partnership (SWAP), which supplements the goals of Writing in the Disciplines (WID) pedagogy. Most recently, she was selected as the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHASS) Outstanding Lecturer for 2014-15.
Sara Queen is an Assistant Professor at the School of Architecture and Coordinator of the First Year Experience Programs at the College of Design. She teaches a range of undergraduate and graduate studios as well as advanced graduate research seminars. Sara received her Bachelors of Environmental Design in Architecture from North Carolina State University and earned her Masters in Architecture, with distinction, from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. In addition to the scholarship of teaching, Sara’s ongoing research investigates infrastructural networks through mapping methodologies with the goal of facilitating deeper, more diverse understandings of urban systems and the processes which shape physical place, cultural space and social territory. Sara has presented at numerous national and international conferences including the Architectural Research Centers Consortium and European Association for Architectural Education International Conference, the National Conference on the Beginning Design Student, the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture National Conference, and the East Midlands History and Philosophy Research Network International Conference. Sara’s teaching excellence was recently recognized through the national ACSA / AIAS New Faculty Teaching Award in spring of 2014.
Russell Gorga is Associate Professor and former Program Director in Textile Engineering at NC State University and a member of the graduate faculty in the Fiber and Polymer Science program. He has affiliate appointments in both Materials Science and Engineering and Biomedical Engineering. Russell is currently involved in creating new processing modalities for nanofiber fabrication with applications ranging from tissue scaffolds (for regenerative medicine), antimicrobial fabrics, and strain sensing applications. His research interests include nanoparticle/polymer composites, melt spinning and extrusion, scale-up electrospinning, and interfacial properties between polymers and particles. Russell is also very active in problem and project based learning (PBL) initiatives and active learning pedagogies (including a flipped classroom approach). In 2010, Russell received the “Professional Progress in Engineering Award” from the College of Engineering at Iowa State University. Russell received the NC State University “Outstanding Teacher Award” (2007 and 2016), received the Alumni Association Outstanding Teaching Award (2016), and was inducted into the Academy of Outstanding Teachers (2007). Before coming to NC State, Russell was a post-doctoral associate at MIT where he worked on improving the strength of brittle polymers using carbon nanotubes. Earlier, Russell worked as a research engineer at Union Carbide Corporation (where he received the Special Recognition Award) from 1997 through 2000, where he focused on structure-property relationships of semi-crystalline polymers for high strength commodity applications. Russell received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Iowa State University (2002) where his doctoral work focused on developing relationships between molecular-micro-macro properties of polymer-polymer interfaces. He received a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering from Rutgers University (1997) and a Bachelor of Science in Materials Engineering from Drexel University (1994).
Deb has more than a dozen years of experience working in the field of assessment. She has published several scholarly articles, presented at numerous regional and national assessment conferences, and consulted with various colleges in the North, South, and Midwest. She is knowledgeable about a wide range of assessment practices and methods used at the institutional, program, and course level. She provides workshops and consults with groups implementing student learning outcome assessments, designing and validating assessment tools, preparing for program review and accreditation, and developing evaluation components for research grants. Deb completed her doctoral coursework and qualifying exams in Psychology/Assessment and Measurement at James Madison University, a program that specifically prepares professionals for outcome assessment careers in higher education. She also has a master’s degree in Educational Psychology from Purdue and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Richmond, VA.