Dawit Negussey Appointed Graduate Dean’s Faculty Fellow for Diversity and Inclusion

Peter Vanable, dean of the Graduate School, has announced the appointment of Dawit Negussey as the Graduate Dean’s Faculty Fellow for Diversity and Inclusion. In this new role, Negussey will assume broader responsibility for promoting the Graduate School’s diversity and inclusion goals. His appointment is effective immediately.

Negussey is a professor of civil and environmental engineering and currently leads Syracuse’s GEM Fellowship Program for qualified underrepresented students looking to pursue graduate degrees in applied science and engineering. As the Dean’s Faculty Fellow for Diversity and Inclusion, Negussey will work to strengthen the Graduate School’s success in recruiting students from diverse backgrounds, provide tangible support to current underrepresented graduate students, identify and administer graduate fellowship and related funding initiatives for underrepresented graduate students, and conduct trainings and outreach to enhance graduate diversity and inclusion work within academic departments.

“This is a meaningful opportunity to create positive change on our campus,” says Negussey. “I look forward to working closely with Peter Vanable and leaders within the schools and colleges to make a real difference to our graduate programs’ culture of diversity, inclusion and equity.” Link to SU News article.


New Digital Platform Assists with Off-Campus Housing

Syracuse University is rolling out a new online platform designed to ensure that all student rental properties are listed accurately, registered with the City of Syracuse, and compliant with housing ordinances. The initiative is the result of a working group the University convened to assess off-campus student housing, led by Peter Vanable, Dean of the Graduate School. “The site will be a great resource for all students seeking off-campus housing,” says Vanable, “especially for first-year graduate international students, who often seek to finalize housing arrangements from afar, before arriving in the United States.”

Listed properties will include detailed information on the rental units and available amenities. Students will be able to search for off-campus housing using detailed search criteria and photos of the properties. The website will allow users to find roommates, post sublets, and access a message board, among other features. The platform will also include educational resources about living off campus, and a feedback mechanism. The platform will be live by the end of November. Link to SU News Article


Science Communication Workshop, November 1

As a scientist or engineer in the early stages of your career, the ability to effectively articulate complex scientific findings and technical ideas, especially to non-scientific audiences, is an invaluable asset. The written documents and oral presentations that you create and deliver are often the most visible outcome of your work, and so are critical for your professional success and advancement. With that in mind, the Graduate School and the GSO bring you

Communicating Science to Non-Scientists with Jean-luc Doumont (registration required)
Thursday, Nov. 1
3:00-5:00 pm
Shemin Auditorium, Shaffer Art Bldg.


Nonscientists often see science as impenetrable and scientists as unsociable introverts hiding in labs. In turn, researchers wonder how they could possibly explain their work in a clear yet scientifically correct way to people outside their own field. This workshop explores the challenges of communicating science to nonscientists (and, to a point, to fellow scientists as well) and proposes strategies that help overcome these challenges.

Dr. Jean-luc Doumont is renowned for his entertaining and thought-provoking presentations and interactive workshops on scientific communication. An internationally sought-after speaker, he is the author of Trees, Maps, and Theorems, a book on effective communication. Don’t miss this opportunity to develop written, oral, and visual communication skills that will help you get your message across to any audience.


OPCD October Lineup

The Office of Professional and Career Development (OPCD) offers graduate students a comprehensive, curriculum-based approach to professional and career development and includes programming appropriate for students across all disciplines. Listed below are upcoming OPCD events:

For Master’s Students:

For PhDs and Postdocs:

  • Friday, October 26, 2:00-3:30pm, 500 Hall of Languages: Time Management for Dissertators in the Humanities and Social Sciences Anyone tasked with writing something as daunting as a dissertation gets stuck sometimes, unsure of how to keep the momentum going. This session will provide suggestions and insights into how to get unstuck when you lose momentum.
  • Thursday, November 1, 3:00-5:00pm, Shemin Auditorium, Schaffer Arts Bldg.: Communicating Your Science to Nonscientists with Jean-luc Doumont Nonscientists often see science as impenetrable and scientists as unsociable introverts hiding in labs. In turn, researchers wonder how they could possibly explain their work in a clear yet scientifically correct way to people outside their own field. This workshop explores the challenges of communicating science to nonscientists (and, to a point, to fellow scientists as well) and proposes strategies that help overcome these challenges.
  • Friday, November 2, 2:00-3:30pm, 500 Hall of Languages:  Exploring and Applying to STEM Postdocs This workshop is for PhD students who are considering pursuing a postdoc position.  Learn about different options in academia, industry, government and teaching postdocs.  We’ll discuss determining if a postdoc is right for you, what you should consider when choosing a postdoc, as well as how to apply.
  • Wednesday, November 7, 5:30-7:30pm, 312 Lyman Hall: Stress Management with Shannon Sweeney from Psychology.
  • Friday, November 9, 2:00-3:30pm, 500 Hall of Languages: Exploring and Applying to Science Policy Fellowships This workshop is for graduate students and postdocs interested in science policy and advocacy.  Learn about fellowship opportunities and strategies to prepare competitive applications.


Fall Qualtrics Workshops

Research Data Services of Syracuse University Libraries is offering a series of workshops on using the Qualtrics online survey software, which is available to Syracuse University faculty, staff and students. Qualtrics enables users to create and distribute complex surveys and analyze responses from a single online platform. The workshops will be on Thursdays, 3:00-4:00 pm. All classes will be held via the web using Adobe Connect (you do not need to have Adobe Connect installed on your computer).

View the workshops.  Click on the workshop title to register. Registration for the workshops is required.

If you need an accommodation, such as closed captioning, in order to fully participate in any of these workshops, please contact datasvcs@syr.edu


AERA Announces Minority Dissertation Fellowship – Call for Proposals

The American Educational Research Association (AERA) is pleased to announce the AERA Minority Dissertation Fellowship in Education Research. The Council of the AERA established the fellowship program to provide support for doctoral dissertation research, to advance education research by outstanding minority graduate students, and to improve the quality and diversity of university faculties. This fellowship is targeted for members of racial and ethnic groups historically underrepresented in higher education (e.g., African Americans, Alaskan Natives, American Indians, Asian Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, and Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islanders). This program offers doctoral fellowships to enhance the competitiveness of outstanding minority scholars for academic appointments at major research universities. It supports fellows conducting education research and provides mentoring and guidance toward the completion of their doctoral studies.

An informational webinar discussing the Minority Dissertation Fellowship in Education Research program’s goals, the application process, and details about the competition is available through AERA’s Virtual Research Learning Center.

Information about the program, eligibility requirements, and application instructions are available on the program website. The application deadline is Thursday, November 1, 2018.


Mid-Course Evaluations for TAs

Mid-course evaluations provide information that can be used immediately to improve instruction and lesson planning while a course is underway. They are most commonly administered around the mid-point in a semester, when students have well-formed opinions about the course, but there is still time to implement changes. Mid-course evaluations are often included in teaching portfolios and application materials for teaching positions.

In addition to the downloadable self-administered evaluations on the Graduate School website, the Graduate School offers a standardized evaluation service for TAs. You can request pre-printed feedback forms (bubble sheets) tailored to classroom, lab, recitation/discussion, or grader assignments. The Graduate School processes the forms and provides a summary report. To request standardized evaluations, please contact Peg De Furia in the Graduate School (mldefuri@syr.edu or 315-443-4646).