This Week in LACS 4/1/2024

In this Edition: **Research Day moved from Monday to Friday,  Monday Faculty Achievement Recognition Celebration, Monday Inaugural Study Abroad Awards, Election Week: CAPC, CHESS position announcements, Witness in Residence, **

April is Earth Month: Celebrate at Charlotte 

Dates and Events this Week

Monday, April 1

  • Annual Evaluation Letters will go out via DocuSign for your signature
  • Environmental Health and Safety Compliance Training was due yesterday
  • 11:30 – 1:00 pm, Faculty Achievement Recognition Celebration, Cone – Lucas Room
  • 1 pm, Inaugural Study Abroad Awards, our own Jane Houston is a recipient, Halton Reading Room 
  • Nomination Form for CAPC is sent

Tuesday, April 2

  • 4:30-5:30 pm, Anabel Aliaga-Buchenau Witness in Residence, “If Only You Knew: The Experience of Being an Immigrant Teacher,” Fretwell 113.

Wednesday, April 3

Thursday, April 4

Friday, April 5

  • Election Results for CAPC announced 

Looking Ahead

Dates and Events

April 9

  • Application deadline for Executive Director of IDST
  • Niner Nation Gives, April 9-11 campaign!

April 11

  • Braver Angels Debate

April 12

  • Department Meeting 2:30-4:00 pm, LRC 

April 15

April 16

  • Application deadline for Assistant Dean for Curriculum Integration and Experiential Learning 
  • CHESS Dean’s Commencement Celebration, 12:00-2:00, Prospector Faculty/Staff Dining Room

April 19

April 30

  • Department Meeting 10:30 am-12:00 pm, Party 12:00-2:00 pm 

May 1

  • Deadline to submit Book Orders for Fall 2024 here

May 4, 

  • CATI Conference, 8:00 am-5:00 pm, Cone Center, Sign up here

May 11,

RSVP for the Commencement Ceremony you plan to attend

  • CHESS Commencement, 10:00 am, Halton Arena
  • Graduate School Commencement, 3:00 pm, Halton Arena 

May 13-17

May 15


Congratulations to Chris Melinger for publishing two book chapters: “Institutional Data in Language Industry Studies: Questions of Access, Confidentiality, and Epistemology.” In Critical Approaches to Institutional Translation and Interpreting: Challenging Epistemologies, ed. by Esther Monzó-Nebot and María Lomeña-Galiano. New York: Routledge. 8,651 words and “Translation and Interpreting Process Research.” in The Routledge Handbook of the History of Translation Studies, ed. by Anne Lange, Christopher Rundle and Daniele Monticelli, 450-465. New York: Routledge. 8,300 words. Congratulations also to Chris for publishing the preface to Translation and Repetition: Rewriting (Un)original Literature by Ma.Carmen África Vidal Claramonte, viii-xii. New York: Routledge.

Congratulations to Chris Mellinger also for being the keynote speaker at the Shaping the Future of Translation and Interpreting Studies in a Context of Technological, Cultural and Social Changes.  

Congratulations to Allison Stedman, who met up with former student Gabi Swic. Swic graduated with a French major in 2022 and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Renaissance French Literature at the University of Virginia. Swic attended Stedman’s paper and back-to-back panels on “Mind-Body Connections” at the Renaissance Society of America convention in Chicago on March 24, and then joined Stedman and the panelists for lunch.

Congratulations to Javier García León who was a panelist at the RACE AND SOCIAL EQUITY (RASE) SPRING FORUM 2024: Advancing Inclusive Policy and Advocacy Practices for Racialized LGBTQIA+ Populations Across the Lifespan. Wednesday, March 27, 12:00pm – 1:30 pm. The Halton Room in J. Murrey Atkins Library and online (

Congratulations to Sandra Watts who attended the Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA) in Seattle, Washington. She also presented “Supporting the Magnificent Seven (Learning Conditions): The Student Experience Project” at the UPCEA annual conference. 

Congratulations to Yongling Gorke for running a successful Spring Break Program to Malaysia and Singapore. Students came together last week to share their experiences virtually. The Zoom meeting was the final presentation of the study abroad program “Innovation and Cultural Dynamics” in Malaysia and Singapore. This is a joint study abroad program attended by 9 UNC Charlotte and 12 Tohoku University students. 

Congratulations to David Boyd and Yukiko Yokono for being recognized by Hiroshima Jogakuin University for bringing their UNC Charlotte students to visit and collaborate.  Please see the article in Japanese here. Here are excerpts of the article in English (translated by Google) and some of the photos included: 


University: Professional Advisors
Beginning with the 2024-2025 academic year, UNC Charlotte will move to a professional advisor model for all undergraduate students. Made possible through the recently approved tuition and fee schedule, recruitment for the positions will begin this spring in preparation for the 2024-25 academic school year.  Additional details about position allotments by college will be shared with deans, faculty, and staff over the next few weeks. CHESS received 6 new Professional Advisor positions for a total of 15 in the college. The new professional advisors will be hired in the summer, receive training in the Fall and should begin in our department in January 2025. 


Executive Director of IDST Search

The College is launching recruitment for the newly created position of Executive Director of the Office of Interdisciplinary Studies.  

  • Position details 
  • To apply submit a letter and CV to Beth Whitaker
  • The search committee will begin reviewing applications on 9 April.  

Assistant Dean for Curriculum Integration and Experiential Learning Search
The College is launching recruitment for the newly created position of Assistant Dean for Curriculum Integration and Experiential Learning which is a faculty part-time administrative position with a stipend and course release. In this position the faculty member will serve as liaison with LEADS and expand experiential learning.

  • Submit applications by email to Dr. Janaka Lewis.
  • The search committee will begin to review applications April 16th.  

Dean Search

Three candidates for the Founding Dean of the College of Humanities & Earth and Social have given presentations to the campus community. Please, provide your feedback here: Candidate Evaluation Form (Due by 8am on April 4)

Project Based Learning Institute
Call for interested faculty members to participate in the Project Based Learning Institute at the Worcester Polytechnic in June 2024. WPI is a long-standing national leader in Project Based Learning and their PBL Institute is a well established opportunity for institutions to explore this space. 

  • The institute is 20-22 June (traveling up to WPI on the 19th).  Participants must attend the full workshop
  • CHESS will cover the full cost

Please send an email of interest to by April 3, 2024.

CHESS Dean’s Celebration of Commencement

Join the CHESS Dean and graduating students to celebrate their upcoming commencement on April 16, 12:00-2:00 pm,  in the Prospector Faculty/Staff Dining Room.

Honors College
The Honors College is seeking a full-time faculty Associate Director, who will have primary responsibility for programming and support structures related to leadership, undergraduate research, post-graduate preparedness and professional development. For more information and details of application see here: Levine Scholars Program Associate Director

Syllabi for Fall 2024

Please be aware of the following class schedule change for Fall 2024; syllabi should be adjusted accordingly: The football team will play one weekday game at home – Thursday, October 31 – with a potential second home game on Friday, November 29 (final date decision is pending). When the University hosts weekday football games, classes are not canceled. Faculty and students will be responsible for all required hours and faculty should make alternative arrangements for classes and labs scheduled to take place on the main campus after 2:30 p.m. in accordance with the UNC Charlotte Academic Procedure: Schedule Interruption Guidelines. If faculty members wish to reschedule an in-class meeting day, Tuesday, October 15, 2024, has been designated as a makeup date.

Spring Aliaga-Buchenau Witness in Residence
Faculty for the General Education-themed courses: Please consider sending your students to the Spring Anabel Aliaga-Buchenau Witness in Residence Initiative on April 2 at 4:30 p.m. “If Only You Knew: The Experience of Being an Immigrant Teacher” Please register here.

Thank You

Thank you so much to Jeff Killman and Yukiko Yokono for representing the Department at the Open House on Saturday 3/23.

Thank you for all you do. 

All the best,