Faculty being part of the solution

According to researchers at George Madison, about a third of attrition in college is related to alcohol misuse, which also costs universities hundreds of thousands of dollars. Alcohol has a negative impact on GPA, school attendance, and student-faculty interactions. Students who engage in enriching faculty interactions are more likely to have a higher GPA and report higher grade satisfaction. Therefore, faculty members are a pivotal component and enormous resource for Wake Forest University. They are integrally involved in the shaping of young minds, bodies, and spirits. Faculty members are an essential element of University substance abuse prevention efforts.

Three Active Ways faculty can get involved:

  • Be informed of changing Wake Forest substance abuse and related incident statistics as well as new initiatives that are being disseminated across the campus to students, faculty, and staff.
  • Talk to students you see in your classes and advise about substance abuse issues. We can assess your personal boundaries for exploring these topics, arm you with motivational questions to ask, and provide you with referrals resources.
    • How do you define the drinking culture at Wake Forest?Wake Forest English professor Sharon Raynor and students in her writing class, When Writing Goes to War, look over letters and journals from soldiers in the Special Collections room of the Z. Smith Reynolds Library on Wednesday, October 30, 2013.  The students are looking through a journal and photographs that Raynor's father made during his service in Vietnam.
    • How can students be involved in changing the drinking culture at Wake Forest?
    • How would Wake Forest be different if all students who drink chose 3 drinks or less on any given night?
    • Most students know how to define low-risk drinking limits. On any given night, what contributes to a student going well beyond these limits?
    • What prevents students from intervening when it is clear that another student has had too much to drink?
    • If you were a parent with a son or daughter in college, what advice would you give them about the use of alcohol? Do you find that you are following the advice that you would give someone you care about?
    • How do you know when to refer a student for help? Do you know where to refer them?
  • Become a Curriculum Infusion Fellow:
    • Teach a module relating your field to an alcohol related issue. For example, a statistics class that looks at social norms or costs of DUI’s, a communications class looking at social norm campaigns, or a women’s gender class looking at victimization of women in alcohol advertisements.
    • Be involved in reducing binge drinking on campus.
    • Contact us at thrive@nullwfu.edu.

We offer presentations to individuals and departments to explore ways that faculty can get involved as well as individual meetings to discuss relevant issues. Please contact us for upcoming presentations.