New England Future Faculty Workshop
New England Future Faculty Workshop for Women in STEM Fields
FFW Planning Team Bios
Schedule for August 10
We highly recommend taking public transportation to campus if possible. The FFW venue is easily accessible from Ruggles Station on the MBTA orange line or the Northeastern Stop on the E green line.
The FFW will take place in Raytheon Amphitheater, room 240 on the first floor of the Egan Research Center. Egan is building number 60 on this campus map.
For those driving to campus, parking is available for a fee on a first come, first served basis in the Renaissance Park Garage or the Gainsborough Garage, buildings numbered 62 and 45 on the campus map. Parking fees for campus guests are outlined here.
One Size Does Not Fit All: Finding Your Institutional Fit Research universities, small colleges, and community colleges offer different experiences around teaching and research. This panel will discuss the differences and similarities among the diversity of higher education options for faculty positions.
|Ayse Asatekin, Thandi Buthelezi, Yadilette Rivera-Colón, Carolyn Ruppel|
Making Your CV Stand Out In this interactive workshop, you will meet with other participants and a faculty member in your field for advice about the content and structure of your CV.
|CV reviewers by discipline|
Tell Your Science Story: Developing a Research Statement In this interactive workshop, you will get a chance to practice creating a clear and compelling research statement. You will give and receive feedback on research statements with peers, and receive tips on developing a strong research statement.
Best Foot Forward: Perfecting Your Interviewing Skills This interactive workshop will feature a brief introduction to interviewing followed by peer-to-peer exercises to practice making the right first impression and distinguishing yourself during an interview.
|Swathi Kiran, Jenny Ross|
Sand In The Hourglass: Developing Time Management Skills In this interactive workshop segment, you will have an opportunity to hear about and explore strategies for time management, handling various faculty responsibilities, and juggling your personal life.
Seal the Deal: Negotiating the Job Offer An important step in accepting an offer for a faculty position is negotiating for key resources. This panel and interactive session will discuss key items to look for in an offer letter, what to expect during a negotiation, and how to best approach negotiating in different situations.
|Sarah Delaney, Jackie Matthes|
New Faculty Life Hacks: Developing a Quick-Start Plan What should you plan for in the first year of a new faculty position? This panel will discuss strategies for outlining an action plan that you can carry through your first year and how to set priorities going forward in your career.
|Michelle Kovarik, Mindy Levine, Marilyn Minus, Hadley Sikes|
|5:30||5:45||Closing and Evaluation|
John A. and Dorothy M. Adams Faculty Development Professor & Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Ayse Asatekin is currently an assistant professor in the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department at Tufts University. She completed B.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering and Chemistry at the Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara, Turkey. She received her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the Program in Polymer Science and Technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She completed her post-doctoral studies with Prof. Karen Gleason, also at MIT. Prior to joining the faculty at Tufts, she worked at Clean Membranes, Inc., a start-up she co-founded to commercialize fouling resistant membranes she developed during her doctoral work. Asatekin’s work has been funded by the NSF and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Council, including the NSF CAREER Award. She received the Turkish American Scientists and Scholars Young Scholar Award in 2016. She was also named John A. and Dorothy M. Adams Faculty Development Professor. Her research interests are in developing novel membranes for clean water and energy-efficient separations. She is also interested in multi-functional membranes, controlling surface chemistry for biomedical applications, polymer science, and energy storage.
Penny J. Beuning
Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Penny J. Beuning is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Northeastern University. Her research on DNA damage tolerance and protein engineering has been recognized with a Cottrell Scholar Award, an NSF CAREER Award, an American Cancer Society Research Scholar Award, and the 2015 Chemical Research in Toxicology Young Investigator Award. The integration of teaching and research form the foundation for her educational pursuits. Prof. Beuning has been active in formal efforts to enhance the recruitment and retention of groups traditionally underrepresented in the sciences and she is currently on the board of the Boston chapter of Graduate Women in Science. Prof. Beuning earned a B.A. in Chemistry from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN, and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota (2000) in the field of RNA-protein interactions and RNA biochemistry. She completed postdoctoral research focused on protein-protein interactions that regulate cellular responses to DNA damage at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Associate Professor of Chemistry & Chair, Department of Chemistry
Thandi Buthelezi is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemistry at Wheaton College, Norton, MA. She holds a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Florida and a B.A. in Chemistry from Williams College. Her research interests are in the area of host-guest chemistry and toxic metal ion sensors in aqueous media. She has co-authored over 20 peer-reviewed articles published in several journals including the Journal of Physical Chemistry and Chemical Physics Letters. She has received research funding from the ACS-PRF and the NSF. She served as a reviewer and panelist for the National Science Foundation. She had also been a member of National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Science Standing Committee (2008 – 2016). She volunteers as a judge for Massachusetts State Science & Engineering fair.
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Sarah Delaney received her B.A. in Chemistry from Middlebury College in 1999 and conducted research with Prof. Sunhee Choi on the mechanism of action of cisplatin anti-cancer analogs. She completed her graduate work at the California Institute of Technology in 2004, working in the laboratory of Prof. Jacqueline Barton on the ability of the DNA base stack to serve as a medium for charge transfer reactions. Dr. Delaney was a Damon Runyon postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of John Essigmann at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology until 2007 where she studied the mutagenicity and toxicity of a variety of oxidized guanine lesions. Dr. Delaney is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Brown University. Research in her laboratory is focused on establishing a chemically logical roadmap to understand how DNA damage relates to genetic change and human disease. In addition to researching the biochemistry of DNA damage she has an interest in cooking and how chemistry influences food. She teaches Organic Chemistry, Chemical Biology, and a broad interest course titled Kitchen Chemistry. She has been awarded an Outstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES) Award from NIH/NIEHS and the Philip J. Bray Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Physical Sciences from Brown University.
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Michelle Kovarik grew up in northern Kentucky and obtained her B.S. in chemistry from Saint Louis University in 2004. She went on to graduate work on the design, operation, and application of nanofluidic devices at Indiana University. In 2010, she began an NIH-funded IRACDA postdoctoral position, where she worked on single-cell enzyme assays and taught at North Carolina A&T State University. Since July 2013, she has been an assistant professor of chemistry at Trinity College, a primarily undergraduate liberal arts college in Hartford, CT. At Trinity, she teaches 2-3 undergraduate courses per semester and maintains an active, NSF-funded undergraduate research program on microfluidic and molecular tools for enzyme assays.
Professor, Director, PhD program, Director, Aphasia Research Laboratory and Research Director, Aphasia Resource Center.
Swathi Kiran began her studies at All India Institute of Speech & Hearing where she received a bachelor’s degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology. She then went on to continue her studies at Northwestern University, where she remained through her masters and doctorate programs studying Speech Language Pathology. Following her graduation, she participated in two clinical fellow programs, the first at Advanced Therapy and Rehabilitation, Bloomingdale, IL, and the second at Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital, Austin. She held teaching positions in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at University of Texas at Austin. From there, she joined Boston University as an Associate Professor in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences in 2009, as well as the Research Director of the Aphasia Resource Center. She continues to head up research at the ARC, as well as being a Professor in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. Professor Kiran also participates with various panel and boards on both the national and international scale.
We are grateful for the support of several sponsors of the New England Future Faculty Workshop
Northeastern University ADVANCE Office of Faculty Development
Northeastern University Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion
University of Massachusetts at Amherst