The Program Community

Park Faculty Scholar Bob Patterson converses with members of the Class of 2017The Park Scholarships program is very much a part of NC State, with all the benefits of a small community and the resources of a large, Research I university. Talented faculty and community leaders serve in various capacities to assist and guide the Park Scholars.

Park Faculty Scholars

The Park Faculty Scholars provide academic enrichment for class-related activities. They have four areas of responsibility in working with the Park Scholarships program:

  • To monitor and guide class enrichment activities, including the Learning Laboratories;
  • To provide the class with an overview of its group responsibilities;
  • To advise students individually and as a group on academic issues; and
  • To interact with Park Scholarships administrators, serving as communicators to and for both class activities and individual Park Scholars.

Class of 2017 Park Faculty Scholars:
Allison McCulloch, Associate Professor, Mathematics Education
Bob Patterson, Alumni Distinguished Professor, Crop Science

Class of 2016 Park Faculty Scholars:
Derek Aday, Associate Professor, Applied Ecology
James Kiwanuka-Tondo, Associate Professor, Communication

Class of 2015 Park Faculty Scholars:
Lianne Cartee, Teaching Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Barry Croom, Professor, Agricultural and Extension Education

Class of 2014 Park Faculty Scholars:
Jim Martin, Professor, Chemistry
Jocelyn Taliaferro, Associate Professor, Social Work

Park Advisory Committee

The Park Scholarships Advisory Committee provides important counsel to the director on the scholars’ academic enrichment activities. The committee comprises faculty, community leaders, and Park Scholar and NC State alumni.

  • Jocelyn Taliaferro, Chair
    Associate Professor, Social Work
  • Derek Aday
    Associate Professor, Applied Ecology
  • Lisa Bullard
    Director of Undergraduate Studies, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Keith Fishburne
    President and Chief Executive Officer, Special Olympics North Carolina
  • Abhinav Gupta
    Associate Professor, Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering
  • David Hinks
    Professor, Textile Engineering, Chemistry, and Science
  • Kristin Murphy
    Global Competitive Sales Intelligence Manager, SAS Institute
  • Sharene Pierce ’01
    Manager of Grid Management, Duke Energy Corporation
  • Neal Robbins ’01
    Director of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs, North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources
  • Kristen Schaffer
    Associate Professor, Architecture
  • Bill Swallow 
    Professor Emeritus, Statistics
  • Eva Maria Feucht (ex officio)
    Director, Park Scholarships

Service Advisory Committee

The Park Scholarships Service Advisory Committee provides guidance to the Park Scholarships staff in the planning and evaluation of the first-year service experience. The committee comprises Park Scholars, community leaders, and faculty.

  • Natalie Cooke ’10
    Doctoral Candidate, Nutrition Sciences, NC State University
  • Brad Davis
    Vice President of Development, Triangle YMCA
  • Julie Grossman
    Assistant Professor, Soil Science
  • Ian Hill ’13
    Graduate Student, Harvard University
  • Kristin Murphy
    Global Competitive Sales Intelligence Manager, SAS Institute
  • Sharene Pierce ’01
    Manager of Grid Management, Duke Energy Corporation
  • Krystal Smith ’14
    Graduate Student, NC State University
  • Greg Wilson ’10
    Academic Advisor, Environmental Sciences Program, NC State University
  • Joy Tongsri (ex officio)
    Associate Director, Park Scholarships

Park Enrichment Grant Committee

The Park Enrichment Grant Committee reviews proposals and awards funding for Park Enrichment Grants and Park Alumni Society Study Abroad Travel Stipends.

  • Gerald Elkan, Chair
    Professor Emeritus, Microbiology
  • Haydon Cherry
    Assistant Professor, History
  • Mari Chinn
    Associate Professor, Biological and Agricultural Engineering
  • Clifford Griffin
    Associate Professor, Public and International Affairs
  • Tiffany Kershner
    Coordinator, Distinguished Scholarships and Fellowships
  • Jessica Rotenberg ’07
    DNA Database Unit, NC State Bureau of Investigation; Owner, Jess Rotenberg Photography
  • Michelle Schroeder-Moreno
    Assistant Professor, Crop Science
  • Sarah Ho (ex officio)
    Assistant Director, Park Scholarships