2015-2016 M2AP Recipients

A social-ecological systems approach to marine ecosystem conservation and management

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Lead: A. Randall Hughes, Assistant Professor Marine and Environmental Sciences

Mentoring Team: 1 Northeastern faculty member, 1 NSF Fellow, 3 external mentors

Synopsis of mentoring grant:

This mutual mentoring group brought together experts from within and outside Northeastern to develop projects that address gaps in our understanding of coastal human-natural systems.  The overall goals were to enhance existing collaborations among members and catalyze new relationships and projects in social-ecological systems.

Impact on research:

“The “M2AP group has been extremely valuable to the development of Dr. Hughes’s Career proposal. It has also expanded her research portfolio in a new direction, with several projects in social-ecological systems led by Dr. Hughes now underway.”  NSF CAREER grant awarded with letters of collaborations from the mutual mentoring team members.”

Book Project: The Meaningful Writing Project: Learning and Teaching Writing in Higher Education


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Lead: Neal Lerner, Associate Professor of English

Mentoring Team: 2 external mentors

Synopsis of mentoring grant:

The purpose of my Mutual Mentoring Advancement Program (M2AP) proposal was to support the completion of The Meaningful Writing Project: Learning, Teaching, and Writing in Higher Education, for which he had an advance contract from Utah State University Press.

Impact on research:

A writing retreat was hosted, a final book manuscript was submitted, a new chapter was added, the book was reviewed, and follow on articles were planned.  A final book manuscript was submitted and published.

Mutual Mentoring Group for Faculty in Analytics for Public Impact

 

Lead: Jacqueline Griffin, Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

Mentoring Team: 1 NU junior faculty member, 2 NU senior faculty members

Synopsis of mentoring grant:

To develop a collaborative network for two junior faculty members in the industrial engineering group with established researchers and industry members in the area of new analytical techniques in the area of analytics for public impact.  One crucial component for assistant professors is identification and networking with other academic and industrial leaders working within a cutting edge area.  The goals of the mutual mentoring team are to: (i) identify collaborative opportunities and (ii) facilitate opportunities to build relationships and partnerships with key individuals from academia, industry, and other organizations.

Impact on research:

“Overall, the activities achieved during this Mutual Mentoring for Faculty Program have been beneficial to the members involved.  In his first year as a tenure-track assistant professor, [one junior faculty mentee] noted his appreciation for the opportunity to participate and to have a regular and relaxed venue through which to get feedback and advice from the other faculty members in the group.  Additionally, as he takes over the role of the MIE Seminar series organizer in the fall, a role which [the second faculty mentee] has held for 3 years, his experience meeting with all of the invited seminar speakers over the year will prove to be helpful.  Over the course of the year, [one senior mentor] and [one junior faculty mentee] have participated in coauthoring multiple proposals, for which one has been recently suggested for funding.  The regular meetings have proven invaluable to both, but [junior faculty mentee] in particular, to obtaining guidance and feedback regarding the tenure and promotion processes.  [Second senior mentor] participation and willingness to assist the other faculty members was helpful in developing new research projects.  The monthly meetings were a key part in facilitating these relationships.”

Enhancing collaboration and creativity

Lead: Rachel F. Rodgers, Department of Applied Psychology

Mentoring Team: 2 NU associate professors, 2 external mentors

Synopsis of mentoring grant:

The overall goal of my grant was to develop a collaborative grant proposal as a critical step toward establishing a strong externally funded research program.

Impact on research:

“The M2AP grant was key in facilitating the submission of a collaborative grant proposal to NIMH and helping to strategically plan for career development as an associate professor mid tenure-track. The grant provided both a formal structure and the resources necessary for accomplishing these aims. At the time of writing, two weeks after the grant submission, it is a very useful and somewhat satisfying process to reflect on the achievement of these goals during the year. It is equally clear how valuable the M2AP program was in helping us achieve these goals within our proposed timeline. Particularly useful were the resources available for obtaining external reviewers for the grant proposal, both within the team, the institution, and external, which significantly strengthened the proposal. Equally valuable are the funds allowing for attendance at the EDRS under the sponsorship of Dr. Austin. Finally, the process of goal-setting/ evaluation, through the M2AP grant was critical.”

 

The Sociology of Racial Microaggressions

Lead:  Silvia Dominguez, Associate Professor of Sociology and Human Services

Mentoring Team:  2 NU PhD students, 2 external mentors

Synopsis of mentoring grant:

Working with mentors on an aggressive research agenda on micro-aggressions that includes papers, serving as a guest editor on a special journal issue, and planning for an edited book.

Impact on research:

“I went to visit [my mentor] for a week in early January, and it was an incredibly enriching experience.  Since working with [my mentor], I have published two articles with co-authors and participated in another five that were submitted. One received an R/R so far. I also requested IRB for two different studies.”