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LEADER Keys to Success Event Archive

Faculty Development 04/12/12

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Dr. Christine Grant, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of Faculty Development and Special Initiatives
North Carolina State University


Note: Dr. Donna J. Dean's talk has been cancelled due to an unforeseen emergency.
KEYNOTE - Navigating Mentoring Relationships: An "Impressional" Approach

Paul Silvia, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology 
University of North Carolina-Greensboro


Author of How To Write A Lot 

Title - Writing More (Often): Some Thoughts on Writing It Up and Getting It Done

Megan Rehberg, JD
Grants Administrator
University of Dayton


Title - Grant Writing 201: Speeding Up The Process
Cindy Simpson, M.Ed., CAE 
Director of Programs and External Relations
Association for Women in Science


Title - Effective Work-Life Satisfaction Strategies for STEM Faculty

Speaker Bios
Christine Grant

Grant joined the NCSU faculty in 1989 after completing her M.S. and Ph.D. at Georgia Institute of Technology and a Sc.B. from Brown University, all in Chemical Engineering (ChE). One of only 5 African-American women Full ChE Professors in country; she’s also the first Associate Dean of Faculty Development and Special Initiatives in NCSU’s College of Engineering. Her research is in surface and interfacial phenomena studies materials and more recently biomedical systems. She has served her profession on the American Institute of Chemical Engineers Board of Directors, and has been a PI in the NSF ADVANCE Leadership Grant that reached over 120 underrepresented minority (URM) women engineering faculty from a diverse set of institutions in a series of Peer Mentoring Summits. She has presented workshops and keynotes on mentoring and academic career development for NSF ADVANCE programs at Purdue, the University of Toledo, UVA, Prairie View A&M, the University of New Hampshire and at ADVANCE Annual PI meetings.

Dr. Paul Silvia 

Paul Silvia (PhD 2007, University of Kansas) is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
He studies the emotional experience of interest, the psychology of creativity, and the application of experience sampling methods to clinical and translational problems, among other things.  He received an early career award from Division 10 of the American Psychological Association for his work on emotion and the arts.  His books include How to Write A Lot (2007, APA Books) and Exploring the Psychology of Interest (2006, Oxford).  Dr. Silvia is particularly interested in writing and professional development, such as the puzzling lack of training in writing in most graduate programs, ways to be a more productive writer, and how to fit writing into the normal work week.  He is currently an investigator on three NIH-funded projects, a father of two preschoolers, and a target of late-night pouncing by one cat.

Megan Rehberg, JD.

Megan Rehberg, J.D. is the Grants Administrator for the University of Dayton. Since 2009, she has assisted with and submitted hundreds of grant proposals to both public and private entities. She has given talks on grant budgets, grant proposal basics and grant writing to both the LEADER consortium and various constituents on campus. An adjunct professor for the School of Education and Allied Professions at UD, she teaches Education Law in the graduate school.

Ms. Cindy Simpson, M.Ed., CAE

Cynthia Simpson assumed her position as Director, Programs and External Relations at the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) in April, 2009. She is responsible for all educational programming and chapter relations for the 3,000+ member organization. Ms. Simpson has spoken on the topic of work-life satisfaction at numerous professional meetings to individuals in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). She received her B.S. degree in Business Management from Syracuse University and a Masters in Education degree from George Mason University. Ms. Simpson is a member of the American Society of Association Executives and the Council of Engineering and Scientific Societies.   


For more information, contact:
Stephanie Goodwin, Ph.D.
Program Director,
LEADER Consortium

3640 Colonel Glenn Highway - Dayton, Ohio - 45435
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