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PhD GRA Funding Available-ADVANCE Initiative

The ADVANCE Initiative at Michigan Tech is seeking a PhD student to participate in and conduct research on faculty gender and career issues including diversity, equity, and inclusion. Research would be primarily focused on STEM disciplines but may also be expanded to other disciplines. Up to three years of support for tuition and stipend are available (including summer semesters) through this Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) position.

The ideal candidate is either an incoming PhD student with a Master’s degree or a current PhD student in their first or second year. Students may pursue any of Michigan Tech’s PhD degree programs but should have or be willing to take courses in survey methods and quantitative analysis. The research done under the ADVANCE programs will ideally form the core (or a substantial portion) of the student’s dissertation. Familiarity with current diversity and inclusion research in STEM is advantageous but not required.

To apply, please submit:

  1. A cover letter indicating your current academic level
  2. A CV
  3. A statement of interest regarding diversity and inclusion in STEM to Prof. Adrienne Minerick.

A multidisciplinary team of faculty will be reviewing application materials, so please try to minimize technical, discipline-specific jargon. The start date for this position is as soon as possible but no later than August 19, 2019.


AAAS If/Then Ambassadors Applications Open

AAAS is searching for 100 women from a variety of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers to serve as high-profile role models for middle school girls.

The AAAS IF/THEN Ambassadors program furthers women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics by empowering current innovators and inspiring the next generation of pioneers.

The AAAS IF/THEN Ambassadors program brings together 100 women from a variety of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics careers to serve as high-profile role models for middle school girls. STEM professionals use their skills in many fields – including research and development, sports and recreation, finance, fashion, gaming, engineering and manufacturing, entertainment, healthcare, retail, music, and more. The AAAS IF/THEN Ambassadors program highlights women in STEM who are contributing in all these fields, showing girls the different career pathways they can pursue and how STEM impacts their lives every day. AAAS IF/THEN Ambassadors will gather for in-person summits, create personal press kits that highlight their stories and take their outreach to the next level, be featured in original entertainment and media content, and engage with middle school girls in formal and informal educational spaces.

For more information about the program click here. To check eligibility click here. For a list of required materials click here.

If you have questions, find FAQs here or email us. Follow us on Twitter @MeetAScientist.


Flynn and Heikinen Named Directors of the Elaine Bacon Literacy Program

Elizabeth Flynn (HU) and Denise Heikinen (HU) have recently been named directors of the Elaine Bacon Literacy Program. They succeed Andrea Hauge-Bacon, who was director for twenty years.

The Program aims to improve the literacy of international adults including reading, writing and speaking. Participants come from countries such as China, Iran, Egypt, Russia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, South Korea and Georgia. Free tutoring sessions take place from 10 a.m. to noon on Mondays, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays and 10:30 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays at the Portage Lake United Church and from 1 to 3 p.m. Fridays in the community room of Daniell Heights.

From 10 a.m. to noon on Thursdays students are encouraged to participate in a related organization, International Neighbors. Participants visit local places of interest, take hikes or engage in activities designed to improve vocabulary, fluency or cultural awareness.

Many different instructional techniques are used in the program. Some tutors use a weekly newspaper, News for You, which is directed at students for whom English is not their original language and provides news stories about recent events. Each paper also includes a crossword puzzle, vocabulary and pronunciation. The stories enhance students’ reading abilities, help increase their vocabularies and form the basis for discussions of important national and international occurrences or less
consequential human interest items.

Other class focuses on language structures and conventions, and everyday conversation and the challenges of living in a culture that may be quite unfamiliar. Some students attend all of these classes while others choose those that suit their particular needs or schedules. Students benefit from the tutoring sessions, linguistic and cultural immersion and find that their conversational abilities, as well as reading and writing abilities, improve quite dramatically.

Humanities in Tech Today, April 8, 2019


Megan Frost Selected Chair of KIP

Frost is currently serving this year as interim chair of the department. Her regular three-year appointment begins July 1. Frost received her PhD in Chemistry from the University of Michigan in 2003 and joined Michigan Tech in 2007.

She is a world leader in nitric oxide chemistry and designing nitric oxide releasing polymers. Her research led to her being cofounder and chief technology officer of the startup company FM Wound Care. Its patented technology infuses bandages with nitric oxide gas, which kills bacteria and prevents infection.

David Hemmer, dean of the College of Sciences and Arts, said he was thrilled with Frost’s selection. “Her scholarship is a natural fit for the integrative physiology work in the department,” Hemmer said. “She has done a wonderful job leading the department on an interim basis this year, and I am excited that she will be joining KIP and CSA on a more permanent basis.”

Frost took over last year when former chair Jason Carter moved to the Vice President for Research office. Carter said he was also pleased to learn the news. “KIP has a strong and cohesive identity, both internally and externally, as an academic unit that values excellence in both research and teaching. Megan has demonstrated throughout her career, and in her time as interim chair, that she too espouses those core values.”

Carter added “I look forward to Megan building upon this strong foundation to take KIP to new heights that advance the department’s national and international presence and impact.”

by College of Sciences and Arts, Tech Today April 5, 2019


Program Coordinator Position Open

The Program Coordinator for ADVANCE initiatives at Michigan Tech is open and applications are being accepted. Responsibilities include:

Support initiatives to advance women, underrepresented, and intersectional individuals
to thrive in their careers. Organize, plan, and execute campus-wide events. This
includes advertising, design, communication, data handling, and scheduling. Develop
and maintain marketing products to increase visibility and engagement of ADVANCE
activities and outcomes across campus. Assist in the development of applications for
external funding, and in creating oral and written communication products for a variety
of audiences.

See the full job posting at https://www.jobs.mtu.edu/postings/7641


New Assistant to the Provost for Faculty Development

After a University-wide search, Shari Stockero was selected for and has accepted the position as assistant to the provost for faculty development. Stockero’s role in this position begins immediately. In her new position, she will provide leadership for faculty and will collaborate with others from across campus to promote professional development and career success among early- to mid-career faculty.

While serving as the assistant to the provost for faculty development  Stockero will continue in her positions as professor in the Departments of Cognitive and Learning Sciences and Mathematical Sciences, and director of teacher education at Michigan Tech.

Jacqueline Huntoon, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs says “I am pleased to welcome Dr. Stockero to this position. The Early Career Management program and the Michigan Tech Research Forum are both important initiatives that are bringing faculty together in ways that will support their career success. I look forward to seeing these initiatives continue to move forward under Shari’s leadership.”


Archer Installed on Michigan Lean Consortium Board

Ruth Archer, director of Continuous Improvement at Michigan Tech, was installed on the Michigan Lean Consortium’s (MLC) Board of Directors during the eighth annual Michigan Lean Consortium conference held Aug. 8-10 in Traverse City. This is Archer’s first three-year term on the 10-member board. At the conference, she presented a session titled “Sustaining a Culture of Excellence through Perceptual Engineering.” Archer was also invited to participate on a “Women in Lean” panel during the conference.

The MLC is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that is governed by an all-volunteer board, dedicated to developing and supporting Lean systems thinkers to positively transform Michigan. The MLC has more than 1100 members representing dozens of industries with a broad spectrum of Lean expertise.

Michigan Tech holds a university-wide MLC membership available to faculty, staff or students. If you would like to be listed as a member and have access to member-only benefits from the MLC, send an email to improvement@mtu.edu.

Tech Today, August 23, 2018


GLRC Hires Gagnon to Promote University-Indigenous Community Partnerships in Research

The Great Lakes Research Center announces the appointment of Valoree Gagnon as director, University-Indigenous Community Partnerships.

In this new role, Gagnon serves as a resource for those desiring research partnerships with indigenous communities by providing guidance for creating and sustaining equitable partnerships, supporting growth for mutually-beneficial research design and practices, and by strengthening inclusion of transdisciplinary knowledge. She intends to continue to expand Michigan Tech’s partnerships in the region—across disciplines, jurisdictions and communities—and strengthen m’naademdamowin (respect) and reciprocity for one another.

“I’m pleased to be in a role that allows me to make meaningful connections among people. Building partnerships is an important pathway for advancing research and policy,” says  Gagnon. Her office is located in GLRC 310 and she can be reached by email.

by Great Lakes Research Center


New Assistant to the Provost for Academic Equity and Inclusion

by Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

After a University-wide search, Audrey Mayer (SFRES) was selected for and has accepted the position as assistant to the Provost for Academic Equity and Inclusion. Mayer’s role in this position began Monday. While serving as assistant to the provost, she will continue in her position as associate professor of ecology and environmental policy.

In her new position, Mayer will work with various councils and groups to provide leadership for campus-wide diversity-enhancement efforts and oversee the University’s response to the Climate Study (conducted earlier this academic year). She will also serve as Michigan Tech’s representative for external groups such as the American Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU), the Michigan Associate of State Universities (MASU) and King-Chavez-Parks (KCP).

Provost Jackie Huntoon says, “I am very happy to have Dr. Mayer join the provost’s office team. She has been involved with efforts related to equity and inclusion for many years, and I have come to rely upon her because of her ability to provide me with helpful just-in-time advice. Dr. Mayer will also represent Michigan Tech on some important diversity-related groups and initiatives at the state level.”


New Dean for School of Technology

Michigan Tech announces that Adrienne Minerick (ChE) has been hired to serve as dean for the School of Technology. She will begin serving on July 1 and replaces retiring dean, Jim Frendewey.

Minerick is currently associate dean for research and innovation in the College of Engineering, assistant to the provost for faculty development, and a professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Michigan Tech.

Minerick joined the University in 2010. She holds three degrees in chemical engineering; one from Michigan Tech and two from the University of Notre Dame.

Submitted by Office of the Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs, published May 15, 2018 in Tech Today