Associate Dean of Faculty Advancement and Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at NC State University
Most faculty chose their academic career based on a passion for the field, a desire to train future STEM leaders and a quest for an independent career. Unfortunately, the stressors associated with faculty positions, the need to always "be on," and the never ending pursuit of funding can cause professors to lose sight of the joy of academia. In this webinar, faculty will identify the parts of academia they are passionate about, selectively strategize for career success and learn unique approaches to celebrating their own accomplishments.
Christine Grant's Bio:
Dr. Christine Grant is an Academic Resilience Strategist who partners with individuals and organizations to empower women and men in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). She obtained her degrees in Chemical Engineering (B.S., Brown University; M.S. and Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology). An international speaker, Grant conducts career coaching and professional development workshops across the U.S., in Ghana and Australia, empowering both women and underrepresented minorities on the STEM pathway. Her consulting company, CoolSci Productions, LLC (drchristinegrant.com) designs custom, targeted programming for corporate and academic environments. A Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at NC State; she’s also the Associate Dean of Faculty Advancement in the College of Engineering. She is one of less than ten African-American women in the U.S. at that professorial rank. Her research has focused on surface and interfacial phenomena in the areas of electronic materials, polymers and biomedical systems. She has served her profession as a leader in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) as a member of the Board of Directors and is a Fellow; she’s a Life Member of both the Society of Women Engineers and AIChE. She has been a Visiting Senior Scholar at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), an Expert in the NSF Engineering Directorate and a visiting faculty at Caltech, Duke and UPenn. Grant fondly recalls her early association with NSBE as a freshman; she served as chapter president as a senior at Brown. Grant has also led faculty development sessions at past NSBE national conferences. Grant has been recognized with several awards for broadening the participation, promotion and retention of underrepresented minorities (URM) and women in STEM including: the AAAS Mentor Award and the NSF Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Math and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM). Her book, “Success Strategies from Women in STEM: A Portable Mentor” by Elsevier/Academic Press is the culmination of Grant’s over 30 years of leadership broadening the participation of diverse populations in STEM fields.