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Friday Institute 20 years celebration

Apr 10, 2024

Friday Institute for Educational Innovation Celebrates 20 Years on NC State’s Centennial Campus

When the NC State College of Education was raising funds to support a new institute for research-to-practice innovation, Ann and Jim Goodnight came forward and said they wanted to name the building after Bill Friday, the former president of the University of North Carolina System and an education adviser to Presidents Johnson and Carter. The College of Education approached Friday with the idea, and he said he would only agree if Ida, his wife’s name, was on it too. This was the start of the William and Ida Friday Institute for Educational Innovation. 

track student athlete

Apr 4, 2024

Diverse Issues in Higher Education: Report: Black Female Student-Athletes Face Lack of Diverse Support

Alumni Association Distinguished Graduate Professor Joy Gaston Gayles, who researches intercollegiate athletics, talks with Diverse Issues in Higher Education about a new report released by researchers at the University of Southern California's Race and Equity Center. 

NC Central University

Mar 18, 2024

The N&O: More students are applying to NC’s HBCUs. What’s driving the trend?

Alumni Association Distinguished Graduate Professor Joy Gaston Gayles talks with The News & Observer about the increase in applications from prospective students that several of North Carolina’s historically Black universities are seeing. 

Joy Gaston Gayles

Oct 20, 2023

Auburn Magazine: The Teacher’s Coach

Sometimes even college professors have questions. As the new head of the Department of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development at North Carolina State University, Joy Gaston Gayles ’98 leads the faculty and staff to create an impactful education program for the department’s students. A career educator, as well as a researcher on intercollegiate athletics in higher education and women and people of color in STEM, Gayles is focused on making positive changes for both faculty and students. 

Paola Sztajn

Oct 18, 2023

The News-Gazette: Short on Teachers, Not on Long-term Solutions

To solve a teacher shortage crisis that has affected public schools at all levels, in all states, it will take much more than a paycheck, experts say. For potential solutions, The (Illinois) News-Gazette Editor Jeff D'Alessio convened a panel of 21 deans of highly ranked schools of education across the nation, including NC State College of Education Dean Paola Sztjan. 

a teacher in North Carolina

Oct 16, 2023

Dean Sztajn in The N&O: The Value of Teachers

The verb “to value” is often defined in two ways: to estimate the monetary worth, or to consider someone or something to be important or beneficial. Recent discussions about teacher pay, and the recent release of the North Carolina state budget, have focused our attention on the first definition of value when talking about teachers. But there is the second definition of value, and we need to give it more attention when considering the worth and importance of teachers. 

Bill Cowher

Oct 5, 2023

Bill Cowher ’79 Comes Home for Ring of Honor Induction 

Bill Cowher ’79, Super Bowl-winning coach and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, became the 12th member of NC State’s Ring of Honor last weekend. Completing a degree in education was just as important to his post-playing career as his time on the NC State football field. “Coaching is teaching,” he said. “I learned so much from . . . my time in the College of Education. The 4 1/2 years I spent here shaped everything that followed.” 

Bill Cowher at NC State football game

Oct 2, 2023

N&O: NC State Football Inducts ‘Very Humbled’ Bill Cowher ’79 into Wolfpack Ring of Honor

Pro Football Hall of Famer Bill Cower '79 credited the the NC State College of Education for much of his on-field success as a coach. “I always said before, coaching is teaching,” Cowher said. “I learned so much being here through that. My time here — the four and a half years I spent here — were very, very instrumental in my upbringing.” 


Sep 29, 2023

The Hechinger Report: How One State is Incorporating Data Science in Every Subject – Even Art

Jobs in data science are booming. NC State teaches the topic across disciplines — now the university is working with K-12 schools too 

Bill Cowher

Sep 28, 2023

NC State Athletics to Honor Former Pittsburgh Steelers Coach Bill Cowher ’79 during Educator Appreciation Football Game

Bill Cowher '79, the only former Wolfpack football player inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, will have his name added to the Carter-Finley Stadium Ring of Honor, which recognizes accomplished players from the football program, during Friday night’s home game against Louisville.