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Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Dr. Hossfeld named faculty fellow of the Institute for Emerging Issues

UNC Pembroke sociologist Dr. Leslie Hossfeld was awarded the 2004-2005 GlaxoSmithKline fellowship in Public Policy and Public Engagement with the Institute for Emerging Issues.

Leslie HossfeldLocated at North Carolina State University and chaired by former Gov. James B. Hunt, the Institute for Emerging Issues is a public policy think tank, committed to helping government, business and nonprofits. The institute identifies emerging trends in North Carolina, sharpens public debate on their impact, proposes strategic responses, and stimulates action by the public and private sectors.

One of three scholars from the UNC system selected this year for the fellowship, Dr. Hossfeld will conduct research and report her findings through a variety of media outlets. Her research will concern job loss in rural Southeastern North Carolina.

“This is a prestigious fellowship and an important recognition for our University,” Dr. Hossfeld said. “It is appropriate that UNCP take the lead in research on job loss in North Carolina.”

In early 2004, Dr. Hossfeld organized a trip to Washington, D.C., and Raleigh, N.C., to meet with key lawmakers to discuss job loss issues and solutions. UNCP, students, faculty and staff traveled with other concerned citizens and displaced workers to make their case and provide testimony before the Congressional Rural Caucus in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Hossfeld is also organizing a national conference on rural job loss and recovery October 1-2 at the Southeastern Farmers Market, located near Lumberton. The conference is part of the Fellowship and is co-sponsored by the Institute for Emerging Issues.

“This is an important conference which brings together practitioners, policy makers, academics, students, displaced workers and community organizers,” Dr. Hossfeld said. The Center for Community Action in Lumberton is instrumental in creating a participatory venue where real solutions to job loss can be fleshed out by all the key actors facing job loss in rural America.”

On February 9-10, Dr. Hossfeld will take part in the Institute’s 2004 Emerging Issues Forum at NCSU’s McKimmon Center in Raleigh. The title of the conference is “Creative Responses to Global Economic Change New Partners, Renewed Communities, and Rediscovered Strengths.”

The fellowship allows Dr. Hossfeld release time from some of her regular classroom duties to develop ‘think pieces’ on economic restructuring and to expand the research and policy initiatives on job loss in rural America.

For more information about the Institute for Emerging Issues, please see http://www.ncsu.edu/iei/.

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