Faculty Senate Welfare Committee Lends a Hand

When she learned a fellow faculty member’s top-floor apartment was ruined by leaking rainwater caused by Hurricane Florence, sociology and criminology professor Kimberly Cook and other members of the Department of Sociology and Criminology jumped to help her salvage what belongings she could and move to a new place.

But Cook, who serves on the Faculty Senate’s Faculty Welfare Committee, wanted to do more. She enlisted her fellow committee members, including chair Daniel Johnson of the Department of Music, to collect food, water, cleaning supplies and other basic necessities to help UNCW faculty members who suffered storm-related losses.

“At a time like this, the collegiality among UNCW’s faculty is a strong asset,” said Johnson. “People realize they have a community of support."

Cook is working to get the word out to faculty who may need assistance. “We would like for more people to know about it,” she said. “Just come in and get it.” 

The welfare committee works closely with college administrators and the Office of Human Resources to enhance the experience of UNCW faculty. In addition to Cook and Johnson, the committee’s current membership also includes Adam Jones, regional economist for the Cameron School of Business, associate professor Hengameh Kermani from the Watson College of Education, and associate professor Katie Peel from the English department.

Cook also serves on the committee that is helping to allocate UNCW hurricane relief fund money to employees who were affected by Hurricane Florence.

-- Tricia Vance