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Faculty Fellows

2016 Graduate School Faculty Fellows. First row, left: Anne Grant (Fellow), instruction coordinator/education reference librarian, University Libraries; Dr. Robin Phelps-Ward (Fellow), lecturer, Eugene T. Moore School of Education; and Dr. Tamara L. McNealy (Fellow), associate professor, Department of Biological Sciences. Second row, left: Andrew Wesolek (Fellow), head of digital scholarship, University Libraries; Dr. Ellen Granberg, associate provost for faculty affairs; Dr. Amy E. Landis (Fellow), Thomas F. Hash ’69 Endowed Chair in Sustainable Development, and professor, Glenn Department of Civil Engineering; and Dr. Jason W. Osborne, vice provost and dean of the Graduate School.


Research, publishing, and digital literacy for graduate students

Anne Grant (Instruction Coordinator/Education Reference Librarian) and Andrew Wesolek (Head of digital scholarship), University Libraries

Grant and Wesolek will gather information on what we need to do to better support the needs of graduate students (both in Clemson and on other campuses) in the areas of research, publishing, and digital literacy and then, using that information, will work with the Graduate School to produce and deliver experiences to address those needs. The material will be presented both in-person and online to allow maximum access to students on the main campus and elsewhere.

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Professional development for graduate women: Empowering women to overcome the impostor syndrome, combat communication bias, and embrace their conative strengths

Dr. Amy E. Landis, Thomas F. Hash '69 Endowed Chair in Sustainable Development, and professor, Glenn Department of Civil Engineering

The most influential factors impacting women's recruitment, retention, and promotion in academia in engineering and science fields are an inclusive work culture and access to a network that provides mentorship and training. Top universities around the nation host some form of women's organization supporting women in academia and striving to create an inclusive academic culture. Landis' project will establish a series of three workshops that provide mentorship, networking, training, and support for issues unique to women in engineering and sciences. Workshop topics include the following: Leveraging Your Conative Strengths, Women Communicating Science, and Banishing Your Inner Impostor. These workshops are designed to improve the work culture for women, increase Clemson's attractiveness to top new graduate students, and provide training and networking opportunities for current students. Importantly, these experiences will welcome and include men and women in all degree programs.

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STEM communication and certificate program 

Dr. Tamara L. McNealy, associate professor, Biological Sciences

The growth of the internet and the loss of topical science writers in major news industries have created a need for scientists to speak directly to the public. The explosion of citizen science and crowdfunding suggests that the public is willing and eager to engage with the STEM disciplines, but the process of engagement could be improved significantly. McNealy's project would establish a focus on effective scientific communication at Clemson. The program would initially focus on students in STEM disciplines, but eventually expand to all students. Three key components will include the establishment of a Science and Engineering Communication certificate, development of a science communication "boot camp"  for graduate students, and — in collaboration with the Pearce Center for Professional Communication — the development of a home for a STEM communication program, future initiatives, and expansion of projects.

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Clemson Link: a project to support underrepresented students at Clemson University

Dr. Robin Phelps-Ward, lecturer, Eugene T. Moore School of Education

The goal of the Clemson Link project is to bring together Clemson's undergraduate and graduate students from underrepresented backgrounds to research and learn together as they collaborate on a participatory action research project. Recruited undergraduate and graduate students from Clemson Universitywill select a research topic that relates to supporting the professional development needs of both currently enrolled and prospective underrepresented students in graduate school." This student team will collect and analyze data and communicate findings from their research to relevant audiences with support and guidance from the faculty supervisor. The project will emphasize research, professional development, and peer mentoring within the community of burgeoning scholars. Not only will this project contribute a unique perspective to the scholarship on this topic, but will provide evidence-based recommendations that Clemson can act upon to achieve its goals of supporting increasing diversity.

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