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Joseph Soares

Joseph Soares

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Expertise
  • Standardized tests
  • Test-optional admissions policies
  • Alternative tests to SAT/ACT
  • National educational policies
  • Social discrimination
  • Privilege in society
  • Societal trends
Teaching
  • Principles of Sociology
  • Sociological Theory
  • Sociology of Education
  • Sociology of Culture
Selected Publications
  • SAT Wars: The Case for Test-Optional College Admissions (Columbia Teachers College Press: 2011)
  • The Power of Privilege: Yale and America’s Elite Colleges (Stanford: 2007)
  • The Decline of Privilege: the Modernization of Oxford University (Stanford: 1999), which won a national “outstanding book of 2000” award from the American Sociological Association.
Education
  • B.A., Rutgers University
  • M.A., Ph.D., Harvard University
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Joseph Soares is a driving force behind the national movement to rethink college admissions and adopt test-optional admissions policies. His research has shown that high school rank is actually the best predictor of college success, while performance on the standardized tests such as the SAT and ACT are closely linked to race, family income and parental educational level. Continue reading »

Martha Allman

Martha Allman

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Expertise
  • Test-optional admissions policies
  • Admissions process, including interviews
Education
  • MBA, 1992, Wake Forest University
  • B.A., 1982, Wake Forest University
Media

Allman led Wake Forest through the process of making college entrance exams, such as the SAT and ACT, optional for admission in 2008. Wake Forest was the first top 30 national university to adopt such a policy. Allman has become an expert on research regarding standardized testing and its impact on the admissions process. She can speak on the reasons behind Wake Forest’s decision and the ensuing results, as well as on admissions interviews (an emphasis at Wake Forest) and other admissions trends. Continue reading »

Justin Catanoso

Justin Catanoso

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Expertise
  • Journalism
  • Writing, Reporting and Editing
  • 24-Hour News Cycle
  • Evolving Media Landscape
  • Investigative Reporting
  • NC Business and Economic Issues
  • Catholic Saints and Saint-Making
  • Travel Writing
Teaching
  • Editing
  • Investigative reporting
  • Magazine writing
  • Composition
Education
  • BA, Penn State University
  • MA, Wake Forest University

As a career journalist for 30 years, Justin Catanoso combines his professional experience and his personal passion to inspire and prepare the next generation of aspiring writers, reporters, producers and editors in the continually evolving media landscape. Continue reading »

Mercy Eyadiel

Mercy Eyadiel

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Expertise
  • Talent Recruitment
  • Internships
  • Interview Prep
  • Staff Retention
  • Networking
  • Career and Executive Coaching
  • Strategic Marketing and Communications
  • Program Design
  • Partnerships and Alliances
  • Volunteer Recruitment
  • Community and Team Building
  • Leadership Development
  • Strategic Planning and Execution
Education
  • BA, Southern Nazarene University
  • MAEd, Oklahoma City University

Mercy Eyadiel believes that key to helping students secure not just any job, but the right job, is a strong network of people who teach, guide and support them both personally and professionally. With more than 15 years of experience in career development, Eyadiel’s mission and passion are to help students discover their values and provide ways for them to translate their interests into a rewarding career. As such, she has been quoted in national media outlets ranging from the Wall Street Journal to Parents magazine. Continue reading »

John Llewellyn

John Llewellyn

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Expertise
  • Rhetorical Criticism
  • Public Relations
  • Organizational Legitimacy
  • Political Communication
  • Urban Legends
  • Freedom of Speech
  • Op-Ed Writing
  • Speechwriting
  • Persuasive Writing
Teaching
  • Rhetorical Criticism
  • Organizational Communication
  • Great American Speeches of the 20th Century
  • Sport Communication and Society
  • Organizational Rhetoric
  • Writing for PR and Advertising
Selected Publications
  • “Reward, Identity and Autonomy: Ethical Issues in College Athletics.” In Cases in Organizational Communication: Ethical Perspective and Practices, 2nd ed. (ed. Steven K. May) Sage Publications: Thousand Oaks, CA. (in press).
  • Articles in SAGE Encyclopedia of Sports Management and Marketing. “Carolina Hurricanes,” “Carolina Panthers,” “Chicago Bears,” “Conferences,” “Corporate PR, Marketing PR,” “Final Four,” “Murphy’s Law,” “Over Deliver, Under Promise.” (in press).
  • “Paws, Pathos and Presidential Persuasion: Franklin Roosevelt’s ‘Fala Speech’ as Precursor and Model for Richard Nixon’s ‘Checkers Speech.’” Communication and Theater Association of Minnesota Journal, 2010, vol. 37, pp. 64-75.
  • “Regulation: Government, Business and the Self in the United States.” In The Debate Over Corporate Social Responsibility (ed. George Cheney, Juliet Roper & Steven May) Oxford University Press: March, 2007.
  • “Public Attention and Political Reputation.” Society, Nov.-Dec., 2004.
  • “Rudy and Gary Get Makeovers: Public Attention and Political Reputation Post 9/11.” In Language, Symbols, and the Media: Communication in the Aftermath of the World Trade Center Attack (ed. Robert E. Denton, Jr.) Transaction Publishers: New Brunswick, 2004.
Education
  • BA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • MA, University of Arkansas
  • PhD, University of Texas

Actions may speak louder than words, but John Llewellyn knows the right words have the power to prompt people to action. Llewellyn is a scholar of rhetoric whose work includes analyzing persuasive language from the nation’s most prominent politicians, coaches and civil rights leaders. A former speechwriter and public information officer, Llewellyn also specializes in crisis communication, having studied the intersection of politics and public relations for nearly 30 years. Continue reading »

Eric G. Wilson

Eric G. Wilson

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Expertise
  • American Culture and Mental Health
  • Literature and Psychology
  • Film and Religion
  • Western Esoteric Traditions
  • Humanism and Technology
  • Transatlantic Romanticism
  • The Gothic
Teaching
  • Creative Nonfiction
  • Literature and Film
  • The Gothic
  • British Romantic Poets
  • American Romanticism
  • Studies in American Romanticism
Selected Publications
  • Everyone Loves a Good Train Wreck (New York: Sarah Crichton/ Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2012).
  • My Business Is To Create: Blake’s Infinite Writing (Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2011).
  • The Mercy of Eternity: A Memoir of Depression and Grace (Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 2010).
  • Against Happiness: In Praise of Melancholy (New York: Sarah Crichton/ Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2008).
Education
  • BA, Appalachian State University
  • MA, Wake Forest University
  • PhD, Graduate Center, City University of New York
Media

As a leading expert in the relationships between literature and psychology, Eric G. Wilson embraces what many fear: melancholy, mental illness, and controversy. A distinguished Romantic scholar and best-selling author, Wilson chronicles his struggle and ultimate embrace of bipolar disorder in the wake of his daughter’s birth, challenges America’s obsessions with superficial happiness, and explores William Blake’s vision of creativity and the practices it implies. Continue reading »

Robert Whaples

Robert Whaples

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Expertise
  • Economic history of the U.S.
  • Employment and unemployment
  • Consensus among economists on current policy issues
  • History of labor markets
  • Minimum wage
  • Elimination of the penny
  • Walmart and big box retailers
Current research
  • Entrepreneurship in American history
Teaching
  • Role of Government in the Economy
  • American Economic Development
  • Economics of Entrepreneurship
  • His course, Modern Economic Issues, is available on DVD and CD from The Teaching Company.
Education
  • BA, University of Maryland
  • PhD, University of Pennsylvania

With double-digit unemployment rates in many states and the recession still casting a shadow on the nation’s economic outlook, Robert Whaples can analyze issues ranging from employment trends and labor wages to worker productivity and the impact of Walmart on the U.S. economy. Continue reading »

Deborah Best

Deborah Best

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Expertise
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Cognitive Development
  • Memory Development
  • Stereotypes and Attitudes
  • Cross-Cultural Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Gender Roles Development
Current Research
  • Cross-cultural gender stereotypes among young children
  • Cognitive and social development during the preschool and school-age years
Teaching
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Cross-Cultural Psychology
  • Graduate Seminar in Developmental Psychology
  • Honors Seminar
Selected Publications
  • Best, D.L. (2010). The contributions of the Whitings to the study of the socialization of gender. In C.P. Edwards & T.S. Weisner (Eds.), “The contributions of Beatrice and John Whiting to the cross-cultural study of children and adolescents.” Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology.
  • Best, D.L. (2010). Gender. In Bornstein, M. H. (Ed.). Handbook of cultural developmental science. New York: Taylor & Francis (pp. 209-222).
  • Smith, P.B., & Best, D.L. (Eds.). (2009). Cross-cultural psychology. Four volume set, Sage benchmarks in psychology series. London: Sage Publications, ltd.
  • Howse, R.B., Best, D.L., & Stone, E.R. (2003). Children’s decision making: The effects of training, reinforcement, and memory aids. Cognitive Development, 18, 247-268.
  • Guajardo, N.R., & Best, D.L. (2000). Do preschoolers remember what to do? Incentive and external cues in prospective memory. Cognitive Development.
Education
  • BA, MA, Wake Forest University
  • PhD, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Having studied developmental psychology for more than 40 years, Deborah Best is an expert in human development and early childhood. As an authority in some of the most controversial topics in parenting, psychology and education today, Best can discuss gender roles in childhood and adolescence, cross-cultural views on co-sleeping, age-related changes in memory, the development of sex stereotypes and cognitive and social development. Continue reading »

V. Paúl Pauca

Paul Pauca

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Expertise
  • Biometric image recognition
  • Digital image processing
  • Scientific software design
  • Human computer interfaces for elderly and disabled children
  • App development
  • Pitt Hopkins Syndrome
  • Parenting a child with special needs
Teaching
  • Object-Oriented Software Engineering
  • Image Processing
  • Computer Vision
  • Theory of Computation
  • Introduction to Computer Science: Mobile Computing and Entrepreneurship
  • Introduction to Numerical Methods
Selected Publications
  • V. P. Pauca, M. Forkin, X. Xu, R. Plemmons, and A. Ross. “Challenging Ocular Image Recognition,” in Biometric Technology for Human Identification VIII, Proc. of SPIE, Vol. 8029 80291V-1 – 80291V-13, Orlando, FL, April 2011.
  • V.P. Pauca, K. Smith, A. Ross, J. van der Gracht, and T.C. Torgersen. “Wavefront Coded Iris Biometric Systems,” Encyclopedia of Biometrics, Springer, 2009.
  • M.W. Berry, M. Browne, A.N. Langville, V.P. Pauca, and R.J. Plemmons. “Algorithms and Applications for Approximate Nonnegative Matrix Factorization,” Computational Statistics and Data Analysis, Vol. 52, pp. 155-173, 2007. (Most Cited Article Award, Computational Statistics and Data Analysis, 2006-2010)
Education
  • MS, BS, Wake Forest University
  • PhD, Duke University
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An expert in computational imaging, data mining, application development and numerical software design, Paúl Pauca has combined his professional research and personal passion to improve the lives of people all over the world. Continue reading »

Dedee DeLongpré Johnston

Dedee DeLongpré Johnston

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Expertise
  • Sustainability in Higher Education
  • Sustainable Management
  • Green Business
  • Recycling
  • Carbon Footprint Reduction
  • Energy Conservation
  • Renewable Energy
  • Environmental Issues
  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Ecosystem Management
Education
  • BS, University of Southern California
  • MBA, Presidio School of Management
Media

Dedee DeLongpré Johnston has nearly 20 years of expertise in education, sustainability and environmental issues – the culmination of longtime personal and professional passions. As Wake Forest’s first Director of Sustainability, DeLongpré Johnston works with student, faculty and community leaders to develop strategic initiatives for integrating sustainability into university programs, from teaching and research to public service and campus operations. Continue reading »