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SPECTRA: Advisors for Cohorted Engineers

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ACE Fellows Program 

Gain teaching experience at Clemson and neighboring Community and Technical Colleges that aligns with your research.

The ACE (Advisors for Cohorted Engineers) Fellows program is a unique opportunity for CECAS graduate students to spend one year leading a Creative Inquiry class for 5-10 transfer students from community/technical colleges in the first year and then work remotely at a community or technical college teaching a similar research/project course and assisting with a foundational engineering course, such as statistics and dynamics.

This experience will help Ph.D. candidates prepare for subsequent academic positions by providing an opportunity to teach (not TA) engineering courses and develop teaching materials that align with their research and disciplines. Graduate candidates will learn how to support transfer students coming from community or technical colleges to institutions with high research activity and larger student populations and course enrollments.

Special Call for Modified ACE Fellows For Fall '21/Spring '22

  • SPECTRA CollegesImmediate need for a Ph.D. candidate to teach at Spartanburg Community College (Spartanburg, SC) in Fall '21 and Spring '22. This student will not be required to teach CI prior.
  • This fellow will receive stipend/tuition support during Fall 2021 and Spring 2022. This is an ideal opportunity for students who need to focus on writing up dissertation work and gain experience teaching.
  • Will also conduct outreach efforts to help students transfer from technical/community colleges to 4-year institutions in engineering programs.


Program Contacts

  • Janey Charles
    Janey Charles

    SPECTRA Program Coordinator
    ☏ 864-656-8958

  • Marian Kennedy
    Molly Kennedy

    Co-PI SPECTRA Grant and Director of ACE Fellows Program, Associate Professor: Materials Science & Engineering
    ☏ 864-656-5349

ACE Fellows

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    William Ferriell 

    Creative Inquiry Instructor, Clemson 2020-2021
    Bioengineering Ph.D. Candidate
    Hosted by Trident Technical College

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    Kaitlynn Conway

    Creative Inquiry Instructor, Clemson 2019-2020
    Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. Candidate
    Hosted by Spartanburg Community College

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Application Process

Full requirements can be found on the application form.


SPECTRA Program Principal Investigator and Program Lead:
Chris Kitchens