Month: September 2019

Advocates and Allies Workshop Coming October 17 and 18

We need YOUR help to improve gender equity at Michigan Tech and invite you to join us for a workshop on October 17 or 18, 2019. The Advocates and Allies program, which originated at North Dakota State University has been adapted at numerous institutions around the nation and is now being adapted at Michigan Tech. This workshop is a part of Michigan Tech’s NSF funded ADVANCE Initiative and will be facilitated by Dr. Roger Green and Dr. Christi McGeorge from North Dakota State University and Dr. Robert Gordon from Auburn University.

Over the course of October 17 and 18 we will be holding the workshop three times in an effort to meet everyone’s schedule. During each workshop, there will be two concurrent sessions: one for men to work towards becoming advocates for gender equity and one for women and gender diverse individuals to discuss the issues they face related to gender equity. The workshops will be held in the Memorial Union Building Ballroom A from 9:30AM to 11:30AM and 1:00PM to 3:00PM on October 17 and from 8:30AM to 10:30AM on October 18. Refreshments will be served and attendance will be recorded in your Digital Measures if you bring your Michigan Tech ID.

More information about the event is available at

If you have questions about this program, please contact the ADVANCE office at the information below. If you are interested in attending this event, please use our RSVP form below so that we can be sure to have adequate space.

RSVP Link:



Phone: 906-487-2519

In Person: Library 102B (Mon-Thurs. 7:30am-3:30pm, or by appointment)

Huntoon Appointed to State STEM Education Council

Originally posted in Tech Today on Sept.16, 2019.

Earlier this month, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer appointed Michigan Tech Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Jackie Huntoon to the Michigan Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education Advisory Council (Mi-STEM Council).

The 11-member council was created by executive order to advise the governor, legislature, the Department of Talent and Economic Development and the Department of Education with recommendations designed to improve and promote innovation and collaboration in STEM education and prepare students for careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The council is made up of the director of the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity, the Superintendent of Public Instruction, two non-voting members of the Michigan Senate, two non-voting members of the Michigan House of Representatives and nine residents appointed by the Governor.

The council is tasked with recommending measures to ensure effective communications, collaboration and joint objectives among state departments and agencies with responsibilities relating to science, technology, engineering and mathematics education.

The council is expected to develop[ a statewide strategy for delivering STEM education-related opportunities to students and objective criteria for determining preferred STEM programs, and make recommendations to the governor and the legislature. Members serve at the pleasure of the governor and are not subject to the consent of the Senate. Michigan Tech alumna Mary K. Bacon is also on the Mi-STEM Council.

Michigan Tech President Richard Koubek said Huntoon’s appointment reflects her outstanding career advancing STEM education at all levels. “We are grateful for Jackie’s leadership and know she will make significant contributions to the council.”

In 2018, Huntoon was named an inaugural member of the STEM Education Advisory Panel, overseen by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Dept. of Education, NASA and NOAA.

REMINDER: Advanced Career Management Kickoff Event THIS WEEK!!!!

Looking to enrich your career? Advanced Career Management (ACM) is a career development program for all Associate Professors funded by the NSF ADVANCE Adaptation grant. The kickoff event is Tuesday September 17, 2019 in the Memorial Union Building, Ballroom B from 9-11am. Attendance at the entire event is not mandatory. Be sure to bring your Michigan Tech ID to the event to receive credit in Digital Measures.

If you anticipate being able to attend, please RSVP using our Google Form.

The ACM program is designed to facilitate guided career self-development focused on three major trajectories: Leadership, Research Intensive, and Research, Service, and Teaching (RST) Balance. Throughout the course of the 2019-2020 academic year, ACM will host a series of workshops, panels, and career guidance affinity groups.

For more information, visit the Michigan Tech ADVANCE website (, stop by the ADVANCE Resource Center in Library 102B, Monday-Thursday between 8AM and 3:30PM, or email

Murthy Appointed to Graduate Education Board

Orignially Posted in Tech Today

Pushpa Murthy, dean of the graduate school, has been appointed to the Graduate Education Advisory Board of the American Chemical Society (ACS) for a three-year term.

The ACS is the world’s largest scientific society with more than 150,000 members. It provides leadership and guidance on the education of chemists at all levels, including the undergraduate and graduate levels. The mission of the Graduate Education Advisory Board is to advise the ACS on matters related to graduate education and postdoctoral training. As part of this mission, the Board will be developing a response to the Graduate STEM Education for the 21st Century report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (2018).

This report makes recommendations about how graduate education should respond to the continuing evolution of STEM disciplines and interdisciplinary research so that students are well prepared for the research workforce of the 21st century.