Wake Tech Faculty Member Appointed to Institute for Emerging Issues

Benita Budd

January 19th, 2010


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English Instructor Brings Expertise in Critical Thinking, Problem-Solving

RALEIGH, N.C. (January 19, 2010) - For the second consecutive year, an instructor at Wake Technical Community College has been appointed to the Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) at NC State University. English and humanities instructor Benita Budd was selected to share her expertise in critical thinking and creative problem-solving as a 2010 GlaxoSmithKline Faculty Fellow at the IEI. The fellowship supports faculty at North Carolina's colleges and universities in working on public policy issues that affect the state. Last year, Wake Tech automotive instructor and alternative fuels expert Rich Cregar served on the panel.

Budd is one of six faculty fellows named for 2010 and was chosen because of her interest and expertise in thinking about the type of educational system North Carolina needs to meet current and future challenges. "I believe it takes all levels of critical thinking to solve problems," says Budd. "As a GlaxoSmithKline Faculty Fellow, I hope to encourage others to think more creatively about how to bridge gaps and create partnerships, even when similarities are not apparent."

As a faculty fellow, Budd will write opinions, research new approaches, and offer her expertise as part of the IEI effort to connect academia and public policy-making. She will be charged with implementing ideas from this year's Emerging Issues Forum, to be held February 8-9 at the Raleigh Convention Center, and will help determine the Institute's focus for 2011.

Budd began teaching at Wake Tech in 2005. She is an accomplished writer and editor and has been published on topics ranging from science and pharmaceuticals to drama and the arts. Her public policy credentials include strategic planning and conflict resolution initiatives as well as participation in New Mexico First (similar in purpose to IEI). Budd currently serves as Vice President of the North Carolina Community College Faculty Association. She holds an M.A. in English from the University of Illinois and a B.A. in English/Theatre Arts from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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