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Our Team

Dr. Megan Lupek
Director of the Environmental First Year Program
Instructor of ENV 101: Exploring the Environment
Office Location: Jordan Hall 3115
mlupek@ncsu.edu

My interest in the environment grew out of a love for animals, which was evident at a young age growing up in Michigan. We had many pets in my family including dogs, cats, hamsters, guinea pigs, fish and a bird. Eventually, I became interested in conservation efforts and pursued a bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences from Albion College. As an undergraduate student, I gained hands-on experiences including conducting two research projects, one on green frogs in Michigan and the other on wood turtles in Nova Scotia. I also became interested in the social science aspect of environmental issues, which led me to pursue my Ph.D. in the human dimensions of natural resources from Auburn University. During my graduate studies, I researched the motivations behind landowner participation in conservation incentive programs. I spent a couple years working in central Pennsylvania before coming to the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources at NC State in 2018. I love working with students to help them find opportunities that align with their passions and goals, designing meaningful classroom activities, and conducting research on the scholarship of teaching and learning. When I am not on campus, I enjoy spending time with my family, hiking, cooking, traveling and reading. 

Jordan McMican, M.S.
Assistant Director of the Environmental First Year Program
Instructor of ENV 100: Student Success in the Environmental First Year
Office Location: Jordan Hall 3136A   
jordan_mcmican@ncsu.edu

I’m originally from Tampa, Florida, but I now call North Carolina home. After earning both of my degrees from NC State, I began a career in higher education. I love working with students in their first year. It is very rewarding to help them acclimate to campus life and find their place at NC State. I’ve been advising for over 10 years and look forward to the next 10 years. When I’m not working, I can be found in a local science museum. I also love to dance, travel and spend time with my partner and three kids.

Kaly Wall, M.S.
Academic Advisor and Coordinator of Student Success Initiatives
Instructor of ENV 100: Student Success in the Environmental First Year
Office Location: Jordan Hall 3136J
kaly_wall@ncsu.edu

I grew up and spent my childhood in Lexington, North Carolina before arriving in Raleigh in 2011 to attend NC State, where I earned a Bachelor of Science in zoology. Following graduation, I served a 10-month term in AmeriCorps before returning to NC State to earn my Master of Science in fisheries, wildlife and conservation biology. After graduate school, I taught high school-level earth and environmental science in the Wake County Public School System before returning to NC State to serve as an academic advisor. I have been serving in my current role since April 2020. I also recently began my Ph.D. in educational leadership, policy and human development. My favorite thing about my job is that I get to support students during their transition from high school to college. I am particularly passionate about supporting under-resourced students, as I was a low-income, first-generation college student myself. Outside of work, I enjoy baking, watching movies, reading (especially Harry Potter), traveling when I can, and spending time with my husband Blane, our dog Axel and our cat Enzo.