CIC Co-Sponsors Conference: Transitioning to Faculty Life: A Conference for PostDocs Underrepresented in STEM

Mar 01, 2012

CIC member campuses are committed to recruiting and retaining diverse faculty. The goal of the Transitioning to Faculty Life conference is to provide Postdoctoral Scholars from groups historically underrepresented in Engineering and Natural Sciences the opportunity to network and access information and materials necessary for a successful transition to a faculty position at CIC universities or similar research intensive institutions.

The conference is also designed to provide recruitment opportunities for CIC departments and programs anticipating faculty hires in STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). The intent is to match potential faculty recruits with open searches at CIC universities.  

The conference will take place May 31-June 2, 2012 at the Hyatt Place Columbus/OSU hotel and is sponsored by The Ohio State University, the Graduate and Liberal Arts and Sciences Deans of the CIC, and the Project Comprehensive Equity at Ohio State (CEOS).

Who Should Attend

This conference is for Postdoctoral Scholars in the STEM disciplines of Engineering and the Natural Sciences

  • from historically underrepresented groups
  • in industry or at a university
  • with a strong desire to work at a research university

Program Highlights

  • Preparing for the Job Market
  • Preparing for the Interview and Job Talk
  • Interviews: the two-way street
  • Negotiations of the Offer: Who makes what decisions?
  • Your First Years as a Faculty Member

Please visit the conference's program page for full details.

Organizing Committee

Leigh Anderson, Doctoral Student, John Glen School of Public Policy and Management, The Ohio State University, Graduate Research Assistant on Ohio State's ADVANCE grant
Deborah Ballam, Ph.D., Program Director for Ohio State’s ADVANCE Grant, The Ohio State University; and Professor Emerita of Business.
James Beatty, Ph.D., Professor and Department Chair, Physics, The Ohio State University; co-PI for Ohio State's ADVANCE grant
Patrice Dickerson, Diversity Director for the College of Arts and Sciences, The Ohio State University; Principal Investigator for an AGEP grant
Barbara Fink, Ph.D., Associate Professor, College of Optometry; Faculty Fellow, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, The Ohio State University
Cynthia Freeman, Director, Recruitment & Diversity Initiatives, Graduate School, The Ohio State University
Joan M. Herbers, Ph.D., Principal Investigator of Ohio State’s ADVANCE grant - Comprehensive Equity at Ohio State, The Ohio State University
Hazel Morrow-Jones, Ph.D., Professor, City & Regional Planning; Associate Provost for Women's Policy Initiatives and Director, The Women's Place, The Ohio State University
Darlene Saporu, Doctoral Student, Sociology, The Ohio State University; Graduate Research Assistant on Ohio State's ADVANCE grant
Yolanda Zepeda, Assistant Provost, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, The Ohio State University

For more on the conference, including program, registration, and hotel/travel information, please visit the conference web page: Transitioning to Faculty Life: A Conference for PostDocs Underrepresented in STEM.

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