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February 23rd, 2018, 5:30 - 9PM

RSVP Deadline for Annual Wine Tasting Event is Friday February 16th!

 This event is at capacity and we are no longer able to accept responses. Please contact the Office of Faculty Development with any questions. 

The Office of Faculty Development and the Newcomers’ Group invite all CWRU faculty members, their spouses/partners, and friends to attend the Annual Wine Tasting on Friday, February 23rd in Thwing Center’s Hart Crane Reading Room.

The wine tasting is a fun way to learn about wines and meet new and interesting people. The event includes a sampling of nine wines, hearty hors d'oeuvres, dessert and coffee.

Philip Taylor (Professor of Physics) will present the wines.

The cost is $15 per person, or $10 per person without wine. RSVP and pre-payment are due by Friday, February 16th, 2018. ATTENDANCE IS LIMITED

Due to the nature of the event your RSVP requires pre-payment by cash or check.
RSVP and payment may be delivered or sent by campus mail to:
Julia Roberts, Office of Faculty Development, Hitchcock Hall, Thwing Center

Please make checks out to Case Western Reserve University.

Office of Faculty Development

10900 Euclid Ave.
Thwing Center, Hitchcock Hall, Room 181
Cleveland, OH 44106-7171

 This event is at capacity and we are no longer able to accept responses. Please contact the Office of Faculty Development with any questions. 


Spring 2018

Faculty Workshop Series

February 20th, 2018

Carefully Constructed Femininity: Women, Leadership, and Untangling the Double Bind - Tuesday February 20, from 5:30 - 7:30 PM at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Leaders at the Cleveland Clinic, Case Western Reserve University, and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History have joined forces to sponsor the third annual Cleveland Women in Science and Medicine Discussion Series. This event will occur on February 20, 2018 from 5:30-7:30 pm at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. All are welcome. Registration is available through the museum’s website:

Women leaders are required to function in a manner consistent with both gender role and leadership role expectations – which are often contradictory and place women in a double bind. 

Our discussion will feature Diane Bergeron, PhD (Case Western Reserve University) who will provide a brief overview of the research on role expectations - gender, leadership, minority, scientist - and how they contribute to women’s double bind. This will be followed by an interactive panel discussion that includes a diverse group of thought leaders in Cleveland including Ka-Pi Hoh, PhD (Operations Manager, Lubrizol Corporation), Tom Mihaljevic, MD (CEO, Cleveland Clinic), Denise Su, PhD (Curator and Head of Paleobotany & Paleoecology, Cleveland Museum of Natural History), Cyrus Taylor, PhD (Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Case Western Reserve University), and Terri Wimms, BSN, MSN (Executive Director, Hospice Operations, Kindred Hospice). Together we will understand how role expectations limit organizations' ability to benefit from the entire talent pool, exchange successful tactics, and return to our workplaces with new strategies to untangle the double bind many women face.

February 12, 2018, 10:30-11:30 am
LGBTQA Research Group Meeting

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning and Allies (LGBTQA) Research Group is a joint project of the Office of Faculty Development, the LGBT Center and the CWRU Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning and Allies (LGBTQA) Committee. This interdisciplinary group of faculty, staff, and administrators focuses on scholarly endeavors and research projects and/or initiatives related to LGBTQA studies.

The LGBTQ Research Group meets for short presentations on current LGBTQA research on campus, guest speakers, and other topics of interest. The next meeting will take place on February 12 from 10:30-11:30am in the Cleveland Room, Thwing Center.

If you are interested in, or are currently conducting research in LGBTQA studies, or diversity content areas related to LGBTQA studies, please consider participating. If you have questions contact either Sarah de Swart, PhD, or Julia Roberts, in the Faculty Development Office, at 368-2464, or Amy Przeworski, PhD, Chair of the CWRU LGBTQA Research Group. Email to join the email list for updates.

January 19th, 2018, 12:45-2:00PM

NSF CAREER Award Grant Writing Information Lunch

Faculty members who plan to apply for a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award in 2018 are invited to participate in Grant Writing Program meetings to be held biweekly January through June.

The writing program provides writing support and feedback on grant proposals, as well as resources such as visits from campus experts on components of CAREER grant proposals. The program also will include a mock panel.

The program will meet every other Tuesday from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in Thwing Center’s Cleveland Room beginning Tuesday, Jan. 30. The Cleveland Room will be reserved on select Fridays from 12:45 to 2 p.m. for additional writing time with support staff from the Writing Resource Center. Meeting dates and additional information will be posted on the Office of Faculty Development website.

An informational meeting on the program will be held Jan. 19 from 12:45 to 2 p.m. in the Thwing Center Cleveland Room.

To attend the informational meeting, RSVP to or 216.368.2464 to be added to the email list.



January 8, 2018

Faculty Climate Survey 2018 Announcement

Faculty Climate Survey 2018 Announcement 

January 2018

Sign up Deadline for Kelvin Smith Library Faculty Study Space Lottery is Jan. 16th

Faculty can now sign up for the Kelvin Smith Library Faculty Study Space Lottery. The deadline to put your name in the lottery will be January 16th 2018.

These spaces are quiet spaces in which faculty can conduct research and writing, rather than using as an office or meeting space. Faculty members are assigned the spaces for one year.

There are 10 openings for current faculty members on the library’s third floor: five individual rooms and a room that will be shared by five faculty members.

To learn more about the spaces, visit

The sign-up form is available online:


November 2017

Questionnaire: Experiences of Female Assistant Professors in STEM fields.

Are you a female assistant professor in a STEM field (science, technology, engineering, or math) who is in a tenure track position, within the first four years of appointment? Receive a $5 Amazon gift card for filling out this brief 10-15 minute survey on your work related experiences.” Women in Stem Questionnaire Link

This study is being conducted by Margo Gregor, Ph.D. at the University of Akron. Should you have any questions or concerns about this study please direct them to

Fall 2017

Research Request: Family Formation Decision-Making Among Academic Women

Jillian N. Reading, a doctoral candidate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln within the Department of Educational Administration, requests participation in a research study exploring the decision-making process that female early-career academics engage in with respect to the use or disuse of family formation policies available to them.

For more information, contact Jillian N. Reading at 

October 2017

Alan T. Waterman Award - Call for Nominations

Alan T. Waterman - Call for Nominations

August 2017 - Spring 2018

Bucknell University: Visiting Assistant Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering

Location: Lewisburg, PA

The Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at Bucknell University invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor (VAP) faculty position beginning in August 2017 through spring 2018. The position may be renewed pending positive review of the appointee’s teaching at Bucknell. A VAP position at Bucknell is not an adjunct position; rather it is a salaried appointment with benefits and funds available for professional development activities. A VAP will teach six class-equivalents (labs count as half a class) over an academic year. VAPs are considered full members of the Bucknell faculty. While the primary responsibilities are teaching, continued scholarship and collaboration is encouraged for VAPs. Candidates are expected to have a Ph.D. in electrical or computer engineering or a closely related field and have demonstrated they can effectively teach a range of computer engineering courses to a diverse set of undergraduate students.

Bucknell is a highly selective, predominantly undergraduate, private university with approximately 3600 students enrolled in the Colleges of Arts & Sciences and Engineering. The Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering is a collegial community of approximately ten tenured or tenure track-faculty who collaborate with colleagues across campus. The department has up-to-date undergraduate laboratory facilities. Bucknell University, an Equal Opportunity Employer, believes that students learn best in a diverse, inclusive community and is committed to academic excellence through diversity in its faculty, staff, and students. Thus, we seek candidates who are committed to Bucknell’s efforts to create a climate that fosters the growth and development of a diverse student body. We welcome applications from members of groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education or engineering.

Applications must be submitted through Interfolio ByCommittee. Please include a cover letter indicating your interest in and qualifications for the position and a current CV. The cover letter or CV should address the candidates capability to be an effective teacher. You may address questions about the position to Review of applications will begin on April 17th and continue until a pool of qualified applicants is identified.

June 22-24, 2017

Annual MAC Grant-Writing Workshop - Call for Applications

To all of my colleagues, 
As many of you may know, the ASBMB Minority Affairs Committee (MAC) sponsors an annualgrant-writing and mentoring workshop for postdoctoral researchers and new faculty members in the life sciences. This workshop and all mentoring activities are funded through a generous grant from the National Science Foundation to ASBMB/MAC, with additional support provided by the ASBMB. At present, the workshop is in its fourth year, and the results have been impressive. We have served more than 130 participants between 2013 and 2016. The results have been encouraging: 85 percent of the 2013 participants and 75 percent of the 2014 participants have received major funding through NSF and/or the National Institutes of Health. As we move forward to the 2017 workshop, which will be held June 22–24 in the D.C. area, I ask that you encourage postdoctoral fellows and early-career faculty members — particularly those from underrepresented groups — to apply to attend. In 2017, we will use this event also as a vehicle to allow postdoctoral fellows to practice giving job talks and negotiating for academic positions. The application for the 2017 workshop will be active in late January; however, an agenda and summary of logistics from the 2016 workshop can be found here
Key features of the workshop include:

  • Talks by NSF and NIH program directors about funding mechanisms and opportunities, as well as strategies for successful proposal submission
  • Presentations on best practices for crafting a successful research plan
  •  A discussion of broader impacts and presentations on crafting strong broader impacts/educational components for standard NSF proposals and CAREER proposals
  • Mock review panels to provide insight into the grant-review process
  • The opportunity to present a research plan and have it critiqued by a panel of expert grant writers and grant reviewers
  • Presentations on ethics in proposal and manuscript submission
  • Presentations on navigating the tenure process and positioning your research group for sustained success
  • Presentations on getting your work published
  • Opportunities to network with mentors and other scientists at similar career stages

The workshop is free of charge and includes all on-site meals. We ask that attendees arrange for their host institutions to pay for travel to the location as well as lodging, which is prearranged at a substantially reduced rate by the ASBMB. A small number of awards are available to defray the costs of postdoctoral researchers who would like to attend. 
Mentors needed 
A second component of the NSF proposal offers the possibility of pairing some mentees with senior scientists in the mentee's focus area for more intensive guidance on proposal preparation. In general, this component involves reading the proposal and then offering constructive feedback and suggestions for improvement. Currently, mentees are matched with senior scientists based on anecdotal information; however, we would like to generate a database of senior scientists who would be willing to participate in this endeavor. We offer $500 to the senior scientist upon proposal submission to NSF or NIH and will pay up to $500 to the mentee to meet with the senior scientist at his or her home institution, if necessary. If you are willing to participate as a mentor (i.e., senior scientist), please inform Allison Goldberg (, the ASBMB liaison to the MAC. 
Old proposals needed 
As detailed above, one of the components of the grant-writing workshop are mock review panels that are conducted in the style of NIH study sections and NSF review panels. These panels involve critiquing NSF and NIH proposals that may or may not have been recommended for funding. Next, if available, the actual summary statement for the proposal is presented to assess how well the mock review agrees with the actual reviews. We are searching for old and/or outdated proposals (and summary statements, if available) that cover a broad range of topics within the life sciences. If you are willing to donate any, please inform Allison Goldberg (, the ASBMB liaison to the MAC. We are certainly willing to redact proposals as specified by donors. 
In conclusion, I'd like to thank the members of the ASBMB for their continuing support of this endeavor. I realize that everyone does not have the time to participate at an intimate level. Nevertheless, your moral support and encouragement is inspiring. Together, we can make our discipline more inclusive, more effective and more perfect. 
Squire J. Booker, Ph.D.

Professor of Chemistry

Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Howard Hughes Medical Institute

The Pennsylvania State University 

June 2017

AAAS Director of the Center for Education and Workforce Programs

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has an exciting full-time opportunity for a Director of the Center for Education and Workforce Programs. The Director leads this AAAS Center in supporting the AAAS mission, with an emphasis on advocating for and contributing to higher quality comprehensive science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education to achieve a scientifically literate public and a diverse STEM work force. Programs in the Center will reflect the interests and objectives of the AAAS membership and Board of Directors.

As leader of the Center, the Director is responsible for: strategic planning and intellectual direction of all programs; the policies under which they operate; the advancement of programming through the AAAS membership and other partners; annual budgeting and grant oversight; solicitation of funding; and hiring, staff development, and supervision.

Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, and a four-page statement illustrating the relevance of their background to the mission and goals of the AAAS Center for Education and Workforce Programs by June 5, 2017.

Click the following link for more information: 

AAAS Director of the Center for Education and Workforce Programs

May 10, 2017

"How Women Decide

What's True, What's Not, and What Strategies Spark the Best Choices"

Book discussion with the author, Therese Huston

When: May 10, 2017, 6-6:30PM Hors d'euvres & networking

Where: Flora Stone Mather Center for Women, Tinkham Veale University Center Ballroom C (Note Room Change)

Parking: self-pay parking in P-29 parking garage on East Boulevard

Who can attend?: Free and open to all

How Women Decide Flier

May 2017

IPLA Call for Applications

The Institute for Pedagogy in the Liberal Arts 2017:

The Undergraduate Experience in the Liberal Arts


IPLA 2017 (May 9-12, 2017) invites applications: 

Emory’s Oxford College invites applications to its 11th annual Institute for Pedagogy in the Liberal Arts. 

This year’s program ‘The Undergraduate Experience in the Liberal Arts’ offers sessions ranging from pedagogies such as team-based and project-based learning, innovative residential seminars, library-faculty partnerships, sustainability as a pedagogical project, student leadership development, undergraduate research initiatives, the scholarship of teaching and learning, and many more.

Please explore the program and submit your application as soon as possible.  The college does not charge a registration fee for this unique and innovative institute that possesses a two-day times two sessions structure enabling significant progress on specific course and project designs.     

In addition to scholars from Oxford College, we have sessions led by scholars from Colgate University, Stetson University, University of Richmond, University of New Hampshire, University of Vermont, Georgia College and State University, and Minnesota State University. 

Each session has been designed with this year’s theme of the undergraduate experience in mind.  Those of you in the professional schools or the graduate school may also find many of these sessions very valuable to your teaching.   

As always, the IPLA invites faculty to join conversations about teaching and as in previous years we have kept your costs to the minimum by suspending any registration fees. Send any questions you may have to Dr. Jeff Galle at   


Jeff Galle, Jill Adams and the IPLA team

April 20, 2017

AAUW Vice President of Research Search


AAUW (American Association of University Women) is seeking a Vice President of Research. The Vice President of Research is responsible for conceptualizing and managing all aspects of the AAUW translational research agenda.  She or he is expected to produce high quality reports on gender equity for a national audience, and to serve as a spokesperson for the organization. The Vice President of Research is a member of the leadership team, and participates in strategic planning and fund-raising.

Information about the position and organization is on their website.

April 2017

CWRU Coding Boot Camp

The Laura and Alvin Siegal Lifelong Learning Program is offering a 6-month-long program to help working professionals create and advance their skills in web development. Previous programming experience is not required, and career-planning assistance is available. The class will begin April 10th, 2017

Please visit for more information

March 30, 2017

SEVA Banquet

March 27, 2017

Fulbright Opportunities for Faculty

On Monday, March 27th the Center for International Affairs will host Dr. Andy Riess, a representative from the Fulbright office, to meet with staff and faculty interested in learning more about and applying for Fulbright Scholar opportunities. Whether faculty are just starting to show interest or know exactly what they want to apply for, Dr. Riess is happy to meet with them.

Fulbright is the flagship international education program of the United States. It is administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), on behalf of the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). ​The program is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries through research, collaboration, and teaching. Our university has been doing more to encourage faculty members to apply for a Fulbrights - and we hope the visit of Dr. Riess will help in that effort.

Faculty members have two ways to meet with Dr. Riess:

  • Limited individual 20 minute appointments are available in the morning and afternoon. Faculty can schedule an appointment by sending an email to
  • Dr. Riess will also hold a general overview session on Fulbright Scholar Opportunities from 3:30-4:30pm. Faculty do not need to RSVP for the info session, but can contact with any questions.


February 21, 2017

Second Annual Cleveland Discussion Series: Women in Science and Medicine

March 10, 2017

Winners of ACES+ 2017 Opportunity Grant Awards announced

ACES+, the continuation of Academic Careers in Engineering & Science (ACES) program, announced the recipients of the 2017 ADVANCE Opportunity Grant Awards.  Nine proposals representing academic disciplines – ranging from nursing to engineering to psychological sciences – have been awarded a total of $31,510.

“We’re thrilled to have the support of President Barbara R. Snyder and Provost Bud Baeslack to continue these awards,” said Lynn Singer, deputy provost and vice president for academic affairs.

ADVANCE Opportunity Grants are competitive annual awards selected by the Opportunity Grant Oversight Committee who reviewed a total of 18 proposals in 2017.  Opportunity grants, first launched in 2004 under the NSF-ADVANCE grant ACES, provide small amounts of supplemental support of current or proposed projects and activities where funding is difficult to obtain through other sources.  All Case Western Reserve University faculty members are eligible to apply.

According to the Office of the Provost, the following is a list of 2017 ADVANCE Opportunity Grant Award winners and information about their projects:

Jean Burns, Department of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences

Award:  $3,200 to conduct research on isolating mechanisms in the soil that influence plant performance.


Lauren Calandruccio, Department of Psychological Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences

Award:  $2,500 to investigate the relationship between reading ability and speech perception in noise.


Haomin Gong, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, College of Arts and Sciences

Award:  $1,800 to publish books on internet culture and ecocinema.


Lisa Huisman Koops, Department of Music, College of Arts and Sciences

Award:  $2,680 to conduct research for musical parenting:  musical practices, beliefs, and perceptions of parents of children ages birth to 10.


Kiju Lee, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Case School of Engineering

Award:  $5,000 for Orgami – novel design inspiration for the next generation of robotics.


Amy Przeworski, Department of Psychological Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences

Award:  $5,600 to examine the phenomenology of child hoarding.


Cheryl Toman, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, College of Arts and Science

Award:  $3,200 to research women’s writings in literature and music in Mali.


Susanne Vees-Gulani, Department of Modern Languages and Literature, College of Arts and Sciences

Award:  $2,200 to continue the research on the myth of Dresden:  origins and manifestations of the Dresden bombing narrative and the PEGIDA movement.


Amy Zhang, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing

Award:  $5,330 to study the irritability, depression and their biomarkers in African American breast cancer patients.



February 2016

Special Congratulations 

Jennifer CarterJennifer Carter, Assistant Professor in Materials Science and Engineering, was awarded an NSF CAREER award for her project entitled A Systematic Data-Analytics Approach to the Design of Interface-Rich Materials (Award #1552716). The $500,000 five-year award will integrate the theory of mesostructure performance, and statistical-based data analytics approaches to advance materials design. The project focuses on collaborations with Alcoa Forging group, for the design of a forged nickel-based superalloy for energy-harvesting applications, and relies on correlative analysis of several experimental techniques that provide quantifiable metrics of manufacturing, mesostructure and performance. This project will lead to new protocols for experimental data ingestion, in the support of developing a data-literate workforce. Professor Carter will incorporate the multidimensional datasets into undergraduate and graduate level courses to stimulate curiosity in methods of interacting with data in an ethical and reproducible manner.

  • Start date: September 1, 2016
  • End Date: August 31, 2021 (Estimated)

‌Umut Gurkan‌Umut Gurkan, Assistant Professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, was awarded an NSF CAREER award for his project entitled Biomechanics of Red Blood Cell Adhesion and Deformability (Award #1552782). The $500,000 five-year award will advance knowledge of red blood cell adhesion and deformability in the microcirculation using special built micro-channel devices that have adjustable stickiness where one can see the deformation of the cells as they flow, deform and interact with the micro-vessel walls. Professor Gurkan will use the beautiful imagery and the scientific art that arises from these experiments to reach out to the community through the Science, Technology and Art (STArt) education program, that will be developed in collaboration with the Cleveland Institute of Art,  to stimulate scientific curiosity and interest in high school students through hands-on, scientific art themed workshops. 

  • Start date: July 1, 2016
  • End Date: June 30, 2021 (Estimated)

emily Assistant Professor of Chemistry Emily Pentzer was awarded an NSF CAREER award from the Division of Materials Research for a project entitled Asymmetric Functionalization of 2-D Nanomaterials for Tailored Assemblies (Award #1551943). This support will be used to develop an entirely new class of tailored nanomaterials and to assemble them into well-defined geometries. Specifically, nanosheets that are only a few atoms thick (graphene oxide) will be functionalized on each face with polymers that have different properties (such as positive and negative charges). These unique structures, called Janus nanosheets, will have properties that are not accessible with even current state-of-the art technology and have potential to improve the properties of coatings, medicine, batteries, lubricants, etc. The award of $550,000 over five years will be used to support graduate, undergraduate, and high school researchers and will also allow Professor Pentzer to develop a new course for students on professional development.

Start date: July 1, 2016

End Date: June 30, 2021 (Estimated)




October 15, 2017

Hamline University Assistant Professor for Neurobiology Position Open

Hamilton University Diversity Outreach - Assistant Professor, Neurobiology