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5 new mentor professors join the Panther family members | FIU News

The Business to Progress Women, Fairness & Variety (AWED) will insert 5 a lot more mentor professors to the college starting off in the Tumble 2021 semester as component of the Mentor Professor System, an ongoing initiative to recruit great school who have an exceptional scholarly history and a record of mentoring minorities, particularly Hispanic and Black college students.

“We ended up so impressed by the commitment to range these faculty customers expressed in their range statements and their mentorship trajectories, and are honored they have picked to be a part of the Panther spouse and children. Moreover, I am grateful to President Rosenberg and Provost Furton for providing the Mentor Professor System their entire assistance, as we strive to raise faculty diversity at FIU,” stated Suzanna Rose, affiliate provost for the Business office to Progress Women, Fairness & Diversity.

Meet the new mentor professors:

Brian Barker, hospitality, assistant professor

Brian Barker has been appointed the 1st endowed Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Professor of FIU’s Chaplin Faculty of Hospitality & Tourism Management. Professor Barker has far more than 13 many years of hospitality practical experience, including a management position at the 4 Seasons Miami, exactly where he assisted the resort attain the prestigious AAA 5 Diamond Award.

His aim at Chaplin College will be the development of a DEI program and a nationwide hospitality DEI Alliance. The Alliance will be the chief in advertising and marketing range, fairness, inclusion education and learning and action to elevate an ethos of belonging and accountability throughout the hospitality ecosystem with the vision of constructing and inspiring the upcoming era of varied and inclusive leaders. Professor Barker is presently a total-time Ph.D. candidate in hospitality management at Iowa Point out University.

Hakima Bessaih, Ph.D., professor, arithmetic

Bessaih will come to FIU from the College of Wyoming, wherever she was awarded the College or university of Arts and Sciences’ Amazing Advantage in Investigate Award in the Spring of 2020. Her research interests include things like stochastic partial differential equations with applications in fluid mechanics, random dynamical programs, and stochastic processes. She holds a Ph.D. from the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa and a master’s diploma from the College of Algiers.

Bryan Dewsbury, Ph.D., affiliate professor, biological sciences

College or university of Arts, Sciences & Schooling alumnus Dewsbury will be returning to FIU as a school member right after earning both of those his Ph.D. and master’s diploma in biology at FIU. Just after graduating with his doctoral diploma, Dewsbury joined the College of Rhode Island’s Office of Organic Sciences, in which he obtained the 2019 College Award for Excellence in Diversity. In addition to teaching all through his time at the College of Rhode Island, he concentrated on jobs involving the job of social belonging in academic achievement and inclusive educating and curriculum structure.

Kirsten T. Edwards, Ph.D., associate professor, educational coverage scientific studies

Edwards hails from the College of Oklahoma, where she was recognized with the Faculty of Education’s Graduate Mentoring Award and Women’s and Gender Experiments School Award. Her exploration merges philosophies of higher education and learning, school curriculum, and pedagogy, focusing on the strategies worldwide racial asymmetries, context, and sociocultural id intersect to affect training and discovering in postsecondary instruction. She retains a Ph.D. in Bigger Training from Louisiana Point out University and a Master of General public Administration from Southern College in Baton Rouge.

Deidra Hodges, Ph.D., affiliate professor, electrical and computer system engineering

Hodges is a former U.S. Navy Officer, coming from the University of Texas at El Paso. She specializes in photovoltaics and photo voltaic energy investigate with substantial know-how of radiation detection products. In addition to her armed forces working experience, Hodges also has knowledge in personal market, formerly as an engineer for providers like IBM and Lockheed Martin. She attained her Ph.D. in electrical engineering at the College of South Florida and her master’s diploma in the very same subject from Columbia College.

The addition to these five new faculty associates, the college extra two STEM Mentor Professors in Drop 2018: Daniela Radu, Ph.D., associate professor of mechanical and products engineering, and Svetlana Roudenko, Ph.D., professor of mathematics.

Due to the fact becoming a member of FIU, Radu received a $3 million grant from NASA to build and guide the Middle for Investigation and Schooling in 2D Optoelectronics (CRE2DO). The award was granted by means of the NASA Program for Minority University Analysis and Instruction Project – Institutional Investigation Option (MIRO), which focuses on engaging women and minorities in NASA investigate. Most not too long ago, she was awarded $3.78 million to launch the NSF PREM Middle for Innovations in Components, Processes, and Purposes for Quantum Technologies (NSF PREM IMPAQT), which aims to foster scholar schooling and mentoring in quantum science, with a target on the inclusion of underrepresented minorities and girls.

In her 3 several years at FIU, Roudenko has been awarded far more than $1 million in NSF grants, which includes funding exclusively devoted to growing research, schooling, and schooling prospects for underrepresented minorities. This summer season, she launched FIU’s 1st-at any time NSF-funded Investigate Knowledge for Undergraduates (REU) Plan in utilized math, in which 43 p.c of contributors discovered as woman and 50 per cent as Hispanic. She also serves as the graduate program director of the Utilized Math Ph.D. software where by 85 per cent of college students are underrepresented minorities with a major illustration of female students, an remarkable achievement for math or any form of STEM program.

All seven college customers will participate in FIU’s NSF-funded Progress Institutional Transformation Jobs that emphasis on raising college variety and inclusion, mentoring, advocacy, and management pursuits.