Associate Professor Marc Grimmett is the recipient of the North Carolina State University College of Education Outstanding Extension Service Award (OESA) for the 2017-18 academic year. Awarded annually, the OESA acknowledges outstanding extension, engagement, and economic development activities by faculty members of NC State. As a result of this award, Grimmett will be inducted into the university’s Academy of Outstanding Faculty Engaged in Extension.
With a unique and fundamental role at a land-grant university, faculty members assess needs, create appropriate programs to address those needs and work outside the classroom in addition to their teaching responsibilities. Because of this, recipients of this award are known to demonstrate expertise in their discipline and use both traditional and non-traditional methods to use that knowledge to enable learning beyond campus walls.
Through the Community Counseling, Education, and Research Center, Grimmett and his team created a training ground for future counselors and a means of promoting wellness in the community. The center provides short-term, affordable counseling services for the community while giving graduate students a voice in how the center operates.
Grimmett joined the NC State College of Education in 2004. His research focuses on gender-based violence prevention and access to high-quality community counseling services. He also studies the promotion of the healthy development of African American people and the development of social justice counselor education teaching and research methods.
He teaches master-level courses in clinical mental health counseling and doctoral level counseling and counselor education within the College of Education.
Grimmett will be recognized at the University Outreach and Engagement Awards ceremony and reception on April 11 at the McKimmon Center.