PRE-CONFERENCE: Thursday – Friday, August 13- 14, 2015
SSI Full Program: Saturday, August 15, 2015
Location for all events: The Hotel at Arundel Preserve
Thursday & Friday, August 13-14, 2015
Sponsored by the PROMISE at the University of Maryland, Baltimore
The 2015 SSI PROMISE Dissertation House at The Hotel Arundel Preserve is sponsored by the University of Maryland Baltimore (UMB). UMB is one of the primary partners for the PROMISE AGEP, and has hosted Dissertation Houses and writing workshops on their campus in Baltimore. This year, UMB is sponsoring the alliance-wide Dissertation House, inviting participants from STEM graduate programs throughout the state of Maryland. UMB’s Writing Center will provide a mini-lecture during the DH, and the PROMISE Dissertation Coach, Dr. Wendy Carter-Veale will be the hosting mentor, and Dr. Renetta Tull will be available for mentoring meetings.
UMB’s Sr. Associate Dean of the Graduate School, Dr. Erin Golembewski, and the team from UMB (Coordinator – LaNette Parson, Writing Center Coordinator – Clancy Clawson) welcome applicants from around the state to UMB’s 2015 PROMISE Dissertation House. The Dissertation House at the 2015 SSI will have a separate application and registration process (Deadline July 24, 2015.) Please visit the Dissertation House’s website here: https://dissertationhouse.wordpress.com/. Interested parties must commit to attending the Dissertation House’s activities on Friday, *AND* the Summer Success Institute on Saturday. As part of the PROMISE SSI Dissertation House structure, complimentary hotel lodging will be provided for a small number of DH participants, with priority going to participants from western Maryland and the eastern shore, e.g., Frostburg University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and Salisbury University, due to the distance between their campuses and the SSI DH hotel.
About PROMISE at The University of Maryland Baltimore (UMB): http://www.graduate.umaryland.edu/Current-Students/PROMISE-Program, https://umbconnect.umaryland.edu/organization/promise.
Dissertation Coach: Dr. Wendy Carter-Veale
Friday Night, August 14, 2015
8:30 PM – 10 PM
Book author Dr. Jennifer Bacon will be discussing the “Sisters in The Dissertation House” book, based on the experiences of Maryland students who persisted through their dissertation process via the intervention and support system of the PROMISE Dissertation House. Dr. Bacon, a former professor at Iona College, is currently working on writing projects as a resident of Costa Rica. This session is open to women and men.
Moderator: Dr. Shanna L. Smith, former PROMISE College Park Assistant and current Frederick Douglass Teaching Fellow, English Department, Bloomsburg State University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Smith’s writing and poetry has been published, and she was a featured professor for Bloomsburg State University’s “Big Dog” Reading Series. Shanna L. Smith is author of “Being Neighborly: Performance in Seen It All and Done the Rest”, Pearl Cleage and Free Womanhood (McFarland & Company, 2012)
- Dr. Alexis Williams (Human Development), Lecturer in the College of Education, and Postdoctoral Fellow at the Teaching and Learning Transformation Center at College Park
- Dr. Sophoria “Nikki” Westmoreland (Mechanical Engineering) – former Visiting professor at the United States Naval Academy, and current Specialist at Accelerated Development & Support (ADS) Corporation, providing support for the Office of Naval Research. “Sisters in The Dissertation House” is published by New Forums Press: Also available at New Forums Press: http://newforums.com/our-titles/successful-faculty-development/scholarly-writing-publishing/sisters-dissertation-house-dissertation-narrative/.
Click here for “Sisters in the Dissertation House” 8/14/15: Details and Registration Information
Saturday, August 15, 2015
SSI: Full Conference, 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Registration (Begins at 7:30 AM) – 2nd floor open area
8:00 AM: Welcome – Ballroom, Dr. Renetta G. Tull, Associate Vice Provost for Graduate Student Development & Postdoctoral Affairs, UMBC; Director, PROMISE: Maryland’s AGEP – USM
8:05 – 8:55 AM Financial Expo & Breakfast Round Tables – Ballroom
- Lead: Professor Jennifer Joyner, CCBC Department of Economics
1) Ken Venick – Equity Mortgage Lending
2) Sheryl Parks, CFP®, Financial Advisor at Marshall Financial Group and Associate Professor, Community College of Baltimore County
3) Les Tripp, CEO of British Investments Inc.
4) Mike Crabb, AAMS®, Synergy Financial Group
5) Mary Ann Hewitt, Executive Director, Maryland Council on Economic Education
6) Dr. Allen Cox, Managing Director, Maryland Coalition for Financial Literacy
7) Kylie-Ann Allen Delgado, Outreach Coordinator, Guidewell Financial Solutions
8) Aaron Little, Financial Advisor
9) Brandon McClure, SECU Branch Manager
9:00 AM Plenary Session – Ballroom
- Dr. Andrew Williams (Marquette University) – “Out of the Box”
9:45 AM Setting the Stage: “Hacking Diversity in STEM: #ThinkBigDiversity” – Mentoring, Graduate Experiences, & Leadership – Ballroom
- Opening Panelist – Breaking Resistance to Networking: Dr. Christine Grant (NC State)
- The Mutual Mentoring Model – Dr. Sweeney Windchief (Montana State)
- Team-based Research/Community of Scholars – Dr. Brian Burt (Iowa State)
- Systems of Thinking – Dr. Lydia Villa-Komaroff (Cytonome)
10:45 AM Understanding “Hacking” and “Hacking Diversity” – Ballroom
- Dr. Tyrone Grandison (White House Innovation Fellow)
- Dr. Patti Ordóñez (University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras)
11 AM Ph.D./Doctoral Roll Call – Ballroom
- Dr. Kaye Wise Whitehead (Loyola University) – “PROMISE Griot on the Go”
11:15 AM Networking Break – 2nd floor open area
11:30 AM The PROMISE “Hacking Diversity in STEM” Session: #ThinkBigDiversity – Preventing Diversity Pipeline Attrition, Increasing STEM Career Advancement
(3 Tracks) You do NOT need to know computer programming to participate. ALL disciplines are asked to participate: Social Sciences, Engineering, Education, Sciences, Arts, Math, Technology, and Humanities. Come with your mobile devices: smart phone, tablet, laptop. A Twitter account is preferred for this activity. If you don’t have a Twitter account, you can type your contributions as comments at the bottom of this post. We’ll also have post-its for those who want to use the tech-free route. More about the #ThinkBigDiversity initiative.
The preferred entry point is Twitter: @PROMISE AGEP
Instagram (PROMISEagep), and comments on this post are also acceptable.
In each case, the hashtag #ThinkBigDiversity should be used.
There will be “Mentor-Coaches” for each of the three breakout sections. The “Mentor-Coaches” will help to guide groups through the thought process of addressing pain points, tackling challenge areas, and collaborating on solutions.
PROMISE SSI Panelists (featured above) – Also serving as Mentor-Coaches
- Head Coach: Tyrone Grandison, Ph.D., White House Innovation Fellow, Deputy Chief Data Officer at Department of Commerce
- Brian Burt, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Higher Education (STEM Education), Iowa State University
- Sweeney Windchief, Ed.D., Assistant Professor, Adult and Higher Education, Montana State University
- Christine Grant, Ph.D., Professor, Chemical Engineering and Associate Dean of Engineering at North Carolina State University, President of the Leveraged Empowerment Consulting Company
- Lydia Villa-Komaroff, Ph.D., Board of Directors for Cytonome (former Chief Executive Officer and former Chief Scientific Officer)
Social Science Researcher Mentor-Coaches
- Miryam Granthon-Gerdine, MPH, Chair of the Mentoring and Networking Committee, Latina Researchers Network.
- Pamela Felder, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Organizational Leadership Ph.D. program, Department of Social Sciences, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Founder of the #BlackDoctoratesMatter project.
- Autumn Reed, Ph.D., Coordinator, Faculty Diversity Initiatives ADVANCE Program, Director of UMBC STRIDE
Mentoring Program and Science Legacy Mentor-Coaches
- Levon Esters, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Youth Development and Agricultural Education, Purdue University, and Director of Mentoring at Purdue – Funded by the USDA
- Michael Penn, MD, Ph.D., Vice President of Diversity Outreach and Mentoring, Gladstone Institutes, San Francisco Bay Area, CA
- Marquita Qualls, Ph.D., Founder and Principal, Entropia Consulting, @DrQualls
- Simon Levin, Ph.D., George M. Moffett Professor of Biology, Princeton University
- Breakout 1 – Baltimore Room: Mitigating Risks in the First Year – Eyes on the Prize(First-year graduate students)
- Breakout 2 – Washington Room: Getting it Done and Moving Forward! (Continuing Graduate Students)
- Breakout 3 – Severn Room: Engaging as a Professor in the Academy Within Your Lifetime (Professionals/Postdocs/Professors – PP&P)
1:00 PM Lunch Program – Ballroom
- Buffet Lunch with mentors (alumni, faculty, Mentor-Coaches, Mentors-in-Residence)
- Greetings: Dr. Joann A. Boughman, Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, University System of Maryland
- Welcome Remarks from USM Campus VPs and Deans
- Celebration of PhD Candidates – Dr. Janet C. Rutledge, Co-PI and Co-Founder, PROMISE: Maryland’s AGEP, Vice Provost and Dean for Graduate Education, Associate Professor of Computer Science & Electrical Engineering – UMBC, Board of Trustees – RPI
Lunch Mentor Hosts – Alumni, Postdocs, and Friends of PROMISE:
- Dr. Maria Velez-Quinones, Environmental Microbiology, Ana G. Mendez University, Wheaton, Maryland
- Dr. Joy Johnson, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT
- Dr. Keisha Macintosh Allen, Department of Education, UMBC
- Dr. Anita Gopal, Teaching and Learning Transformation Center, UMCP
- Dr. T. Sean Vasaitis, Pharmaceutical Sciences, UMES
- Dr. TaShara Bailey, Department of Psychology, UMBC
- Dr. Alexis Williams, Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology (HDQM), and Teaching & Learning Transformation Center, UM College Park
- Dr. Jocelyn Reader, Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science, University of Maryland, Baltimore, and Genetics, University of Maryland University College
- Dr. Jesus Caban, Chief, Clinical & Research Informatics at NICoE, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
- Dr. Shaun Gittens, Principal Data Scientist at Applied Technology Group, LLC
2:30 – 3:00 PM Networking Reception, Dessert & Tweet-Up @PROMISE_AGEP, #PROMISEagep, #ThinkBigDiversity – Ballroom Terrace
- Book sales and signing in the foyer – 2nd floor:
- Christine Grant: “Success Strategies from Women in STEM” – http://drchristinegrant.com/
- Kaye Wise Whitehead: “Letters to My Black Sons” – http://kayewisewhitehead.com/2015/01/25/letters-to-my-black-sons-raising-boys-in-a-post-racial-america/
- Jennifer Bacon: “Sisters in the Dissertation House” – http://www.amazon.com/Sisters-Dissertation-House-Narrative/dp/1581072686
#ThinkBigDiversity Hacking Diversity in STEM Co-Sponsors
Gladstone Institutes, Princeton University – Levin Lab, Purdue University – The Mentoring at Purdue (MAP) program.
With online support from members of:
1. Apply for the Dissertation House – Writing Retreat with Hotel Room
(Thursday night/All day Friday, August 13-14) – Application Deadline: July 24, 2015
2. Register for the “Sisters in The Dissertation House” Discussion & Dessert Session
(Friday night, 8:30 – 10:00 PM, August 14) – Registration Deadline: August 7, 2015
3. Register for the PROMISE SSI Saturday Conference
(Saturday 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM, August 15) – Registration Deadline: August 11, 2015