GradEdge | Fall 2022

Which Science PhD Students are Participating in Professional Development?

Research in Brief

Underrepresented Minority (URM) and women science doctoral students participate in greater numbers in academic professional development programs, according to a new research brief from CGS.

Using data from CGS’s PhD Career Pathways project, the brief highlights how science doctoral students participate in professional development programs and how that participation differs by race and gender.

The brief also shows that science doctoral students largely participate in professional development that is sponsored by their PhD programs, versus programs provided by their institution.

Given that minority graduate students and women remain underrepresented in science graduate education and in the STEM workforce, uncovering differences in participation can help us understand the potential impacts of these professional development investments as well as opportunities for making academic professional development more inclusive. Read More.

Register Now for CGS’s 62nd Annual Meeting!

Join the CGS community in San Francisco from December 7-10, 2022, to explore important issues in graduate education. The CGS Annual Meeting is a unique forum where leaders in graduate education can learn from engaging plenary speakers, hear about their peers’ innovative work in panel sessions, and take part in many networking opportunities. This year’s sessions include a variety of topics on master’s and doctoral education, such as:

  • Master’s and Doctoral Education and the Future of Work
  • Contemporary Approaches to Master’s Admissions
  • The New Face of Graduate Student Affairs
  • Review of Graduate Programs: Master’s and Doctoral

Plus, much more. Complete meeting information, including how to register, is available on the CGS website.

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GradImpact: Staying Curious with Youssef Aboul-Enein

By Kelley Karnes

What is still vivid for Youssef Aboul-Enein is the sound of American 77 slamming into the southwest side of the Pentagon.

On the morning of 9/11, he was standing at a shuttle stop at the Pentagon, waiting to be taken to Bolling Air Force Base. Aboul-Enein had already learned about Tower One of the World Trade Center. A colleague that was also at the shuttle stop told him about Tower Two.

“It was like an Apollo rocket on the top of your head. It was the most incredible sound that I’ve ever heard,” Aboul-Enein said. “I’ve never heard a sound like it in my life.”

Aboul-Enein said that 9/11 was a defining moment for him personally and professionally. Up to that point, he had spent seven years as a Medical Planner for the U.S. Navy. He was about to pivot to national security and intelligence and spend the next 21 years in the military on the global war on terror, all thanks to his pursuit of four master’s degrees.

Aboul-Enein is now getting his doctorate in organizational leadership at Hood College after retiring from the Navy this past January. He believes that education is the key to staying curious and is the best way to cultivate empathy, which is necessary for effective military strategy. Read more.

Launch of “Idea Labs” for NSF’s IGE Hub

Supported by the National Science Foundation and facilitated by CGS, the IGE Hub is an Innovation Acceleration Hub designed to support learning, dissemination, and collaboration among Innovation in Graduate Education (IGE) awardees and the broader STEM graduate education community.

As part of CGS’s efforts to expand the Hub and foster support of broader collaboration, communication, and impact across NSF’s IGE investments, we have launched a series of “IGE Idea Labs” that allow awardees to share their projects and expand their networks.

At a recent meeting in October, Rose Marie Ward, (PI) University of Cincinnati, previously with Miami University, and Himanshu Jain, (PI) Lehigh University, both presented on their IGE projects, sharing successes, insights, and opportunities for collaboration across campus departments. Read more to learn about their presentations and access the meeting recording.

Humanities Coalition: Building Professional Networks and Relationships at The University of Arizona

As a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and a national leader in the number of doctoral degrees awarded to Native American and Hispanic students, the University of Arizona graduate programs serve many first generation and international graduate students.

Data from the PhD Career Pathways report showed that first generation and international students feel that they have little experience with professional development. The Graduate Center at Arizona is using our Humanities Coalition grant, part of a Mellon-supported initiative led by CGS, to create a comprehensive approach to graduate career development so doctoral students can establish professional networks and relationships in multiple employment sectors. Read more.

CGS Sends Letter to White House on the Implementation of CHIPS and Science Act

On October 20, CGS sent a letter to Dr. Arati Prabhakar, the Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy on the importance of investing in graduate education when implementing the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022. The CHIPS Act is said to be a “historic” and “once-in-a-generation” investment in the nation’s semiconductor industry and scientific research and innovation enterprise. CGS shares this point of view and believes that the CHIPS and Science Act is a necessary step in the authorization of scientific research and education programs. Read more.

New Graduate Leaders/Deans and Titles

  • Cheryl Addy, Vice Provost and Dean of Faculty, Interim Executive Director of OIRAA, and Interim Dean of the Graduate School, University of South Carolina
  • Suzanne Barbour, Dean of The Graduate School and Vice Provost for Graduate Education, Duke University
  • Gregory Bell, Interim Dean, Graduate School, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • S. Brock Blomberg, President, California Institute of Integral Studies
  • Janice Blum, Dean of the IUPUI Graduate School, Indiana University
  • Meredith Bond, Interim Vice President for Research and Innovation, and Interim Dean, College of Graduate Studies, Cleveland State University
  • A. Barron Breland, Vice-Provost of Faculty and Academic Affairs & Dean of the Graduate School, Creighton University
  • David Daleke, Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Health Sciences and Interim Dean of the IU Bloomington University Graduate School, Indiana University
  • Kenneth Games, Acting Dean, College of Graduate and Professional Studies, Indiana State University
  • Ann Gaylin, Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Fordham University
  • Rainer Glaser, Interim Vice Provost of Graduate Education, Missouri University of Science and Technology
  • Donald Hall, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, State University of New York at Binghamton
  • Mark Harris, Vice Provost for Research and Dean of the Graduate School, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Hrant Hratchian, Vice Provost and Dean for Graduate Education, University of California, Merced
  • Markus Kemmelmeier, Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate School, University of Nevada, Reno
  • Dawn Kirby, Associate Provost, Academic Programs and Curriculum Development, Florida Gulf Coast University
  • Gail Mackin, Interim Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, Central Washington University
  • Elizabeth Mayer-Davis, Dean of the Graduate School, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Jessica Nicklin, Assistant Provost for Graduate Studies and Research, University of Hartford
  • Juan Pablo Patiño, Postgraduate Director, Business, Universidad Americana*
  • Jennifer Pauley, Associate Provost, Shawnee State University
  • Steve Pernecky, Interim Associate Provost and Associate Vice President for Graduate Studies and Research, Eastern Michigan University
  • Robin Poston, Dean, Moody School of Graduate and Advanced Studies, and Associate Provost for Graduate Education, Southern Methodist University
  • Laura Reynolds, Provost and Vice President, Academic Affairs and Interim Dean, Graduate School, Missouri Western State University
  • Andy Riggle, Dean, Student Engagement and Academic Success, National University
  • Can (John) Saygin, Dean of the Graduate College and Senior Vice President for Research, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
  • Shu Schiller, Interim Dean, Graduate School, Wright State University
  • Sheree Schrager, Dean, Graduate Studies and Research, California State University, Dominguez Hills
  • Melinda Sheffield-Moore, Senior Vice President and Dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Science at Galveston
  • Tim Stearns, Dean of Graduate and Postgraduate Studies and Vice President for Educational Affairs, The Rockefeller University
  • Kenneth Sumner, Associate Provost, Academic Affairs, and Acting Dean of The Graduate School, Montclair State University
  • Deborah Tollefsen, Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate School, University of Memphis
  • Fuhui Tong, Interim Associate Provost and Dean, Graduate and Professional School, Texas A&M University
  • April Trees, Interim Associate Provost for Graduate Education, Saint Louis University
  • Constantinos Tsatsoulis, Vice Chancellor of Research and Dean of Graduate Studies, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
  • Katie Van Blair, Dean of Innovation, Adult, and Graduate Studies, St. Ambrose University
  • John Ward, Interim Dean of Graduate Studies, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
  • Rose Marie Ward, Dean of the Graduate School and Vice Provost for Academic Programs, University of Cincinnati
  • Inge Wefes, Associate Vice President for Graduate Studies, Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • Adam Woolley, Dean, Graduate Studies, Brigham Young University

*Graduate education leaders at new CGS member institutions

New CGS Members

  • Universidad Americana, International Institutional Member (Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico)