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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. 

Jazhar Fields

Sep 25, 2023

N&O: An Evening with Students of Today Offers Hope for the Teaching Profession of Tomorrow

Last Monday, the day after U.S. Constitution Day, N.C. State University College of Education students taught us about time. How it’s time we listen. How it’s not time to give up. How it’s time we learn — and believe in — the newest generation of adults. 

Alcedos Vanterpool

Sep 21, 2023

Say Hello to Our 2023 Incoming Class

Alcedos Vanterpool is one of the 2,767 new graduate students at NC State. Inspired by his own journey in higher education — and in tribute to his mother — Vanterpool is pursuing his Ph.D. in educational leadership, policy and human development, with a concentration in higher education opportunity, equity and justice. 

Sep 19, 2023

‘Teaching is the Backbone of Humanity:’ Gen Z on the Teaching Profession

On Monday, Sept. 18, NC State's College of Education and The News & Observer hosted a panel discussion called Gen Z on the Teaching Profession in the Talley Student Union on NC State's campus.