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Dean of the College. Michele Gillespie Records

Finding Aid & Inventory

Michele Gillespie is a history professor, Dean of the College (2015-2022) and Provost (2022-) at Wake Forest University. She was the Dean of the College from 2015-2022. This collection contains election memorandums, faculty updates, email newsletters, remarks, event planning, committee recommendations, and faculty guidelines.

Biographical and Historical Note

Michele Gillespie joined the Wake Forest faculty in 1999 as a history professor. She received her B.A in English and History from Rice University in 1983 and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1990. Since arriving, Gillespie has been named the Kahle Associate Professor in 2004, Associate Provost in 2007, and Presidential Endowed Chair of Southern History in 2013. She became Dean of the College in 2015 and served in that role until 2022, when she moved up to Provost. As Dean of the College, Gillespie launched a five-year college-wide Diversity Action Plan, co-chaired the President's First Year Experience Commission, and implemented significant new academic programming, including the Wake Washington Program and Wake Downtown, and the Environment and Sustainability, African American Studies, Engineering, and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology majors. She has since published two books, Free Labor in an Unfree World: White Artisans in Slaveholding Georgia, 1789-1860 (2000) and  Katharine and R.J. Reynolds: Partners of Fortune in the Making of the New South (2012).

Collection Overview

This collection relates to Gillespie's role as Dean of the College. Materials include election memorandums, faculty updates, email newsletters, remarks, event planning, committee recomendations, and faculty guidelines.

Collection Inventory

  • "Thoughts on supporting students during the 2020 post-election moment" memorandum  (2020 October 30) box 1 folder 1
  • 21st Century Citizenship requirement letter to Dean Gillespie, Dean Still, and members of the Committee on Academic Planning  (2020 October 4) box 1 folder 2
  • College Curriculum Review Committee recommendations  (2018-2019) box 1 folder 3
  • "Dean's Office Digest" newsletters  (2017) box 1 folder 5
  • "Dean's Office Digest" newsletters  (2018) box 1 folder 6
  • "Dean's Office Digest" newsletters  (2019) box 1 folder 7
  • "Dean's Office Digest" newsletters  (2020) box 1 folder 8
  • "Dean's Office Digest" newsletters  (2021) box 1 folder 9
  • Faculty update emails  (2017-2020) box 1 folder 10
  • Dean's List Gala remarks script  (2016) box 1 folder 11
  • "Guidelines for chairs/directors talking with faculty about teaching" proposal  (2021 February) box 1 folder 12
  • January 6, 2021 reflection email at start of semester  (2021 January 12) box 1 folder 13
  • Plan for Academic Excellence guidance (undated) box 1 folder 14
  • Wake Forest history regarding World War 2 remarks outline, given in Normandy, France  (2019 June) box 1 folder 15

Summary Information

Repository
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives
Title
Dean of the College. Michele Gillespie Records
ID
RG4.1.13
Date [inclusive]
2016-2021
Quantity
1 document box
Extent
0.42  Linear Feet

Administrative Information

Publication Information
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives, 2024
Access Restrictions
This collection is open for use. 
Copyright Notices
The nature of the WFU Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The Archives and Special Collections of ZSR Library claims only physical ownership of most materials. The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to the U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source. 
Preferred Citation
Dean of the College. Michele Gillespie Records (RG 4.1.13), Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA. 

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