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Challenging Assumptions: Building a Supportive and Inclusive Environment

The Practical Mentoring of Graduate Students: A Professional Development Opportunity for Graduate Faculty
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Illini Union Rooms A & B
8:30 am – 1:30 pm
Lunch will be provided.
Free to all University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign faculty
Register by Monday, January 4, 2010
Proactive mentoring is one of the most important elements contributing to doctoral degree completion, and positive adviser-student relationships can help reduce time to degree. This interactive event will examine the differing perspectives of faculty and graduate students and explore how challenges can develop because of unintended—and sometimes unrecognized-- assumptions. Faculty will hear from past graduate students about the importance of mentoring in their lives and careers, and faculty will discuss and share strategies for successfully mentoring Illinois’ diverse graduate student population.



Registration and coffee

Deba Dutta, Dean of the Graduate College

The Important Role of Mentoring in PhD Completion

Facilitators: Andrea Golato and Rebecca Bryant

Views on Mentoring: Insights from Recent Illinois Graduates     
Panelists: Kayleen Irizarry, Bong-Sub Lee, Jane Owens, and Ben Ramirez

10:45 Break
11:00 Interactive Discussions on Communication Barriers and Strategies for Effective Mentoring
11:45 Sharing Best Practices from Small Group Discussions
12:15 Lunch

Facilitators and Panelists

Rebecca Bryant
As an Assistant Dean of the Graduate College and Director of the Gradute College Career Services Office, Rebecca Bryant provides leadership for numerous programs to serve graduate student career and professional development at Illinois. She also oversees doctoral committee and thesis deposit processes in the Graduate College Thesis Office, and has led college efforts to implement electronic thesis deposit (ETD) at Illinois. She previously served on the University of Illinois UI Integrate Project, leading the design and implementation of pre-registration processes. Bryant attended Butler University and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), and earned her PhD in musicology from the University of Illinois.

Andrea Golato
Andrea Golato is an Associate Dean in the Graduate College and an Associate Professor in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures. She is an affiliated faculty member in the Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education (SLATE) Program, the European Union Center, the Center for Translation Studies, and the Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership. Her active research program in conversation analysis explores the interconnections between interaction, culture and grammar.  She has advised numerous graduate students in German and within the wider SLATE community, and has received the Campus Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Mentoring. Andrea holds a Diplom in Translation Studies from the Johannes-Gutenberg Universität Mainz-Germersheim and a Ph.D. in German Applied Linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin.

Kayleen Irizarry
Born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, Dr. Kayleen Irizarry immigrated to Chicago, Illinois when she was 5 years of age and attended Chicago Public Schools. She was accepted at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign through the Educational Opportunities Program and obtained a B.A. in Political Science.  An alumna of the Graduate College Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP), Dr. Irizarry received her Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies (May 2000) while working full time with the Illinois State Board of Education.  Currently, Dr. Irizarry is the Officer of Grants Management and Administration for Chicago Public Schools (CPS) where she manages and provides guidance on the use of over $1 billion in various federal and state funded educational programs benefitting 666 public schools and 239 private schools.

Bong-Sub Lee
Bong-Sub Lee was born in Seoul, Korea, and received his B.S. and M.S. at Seoul National University.  After coming to the U.S., he received his Ph.D. in materials science and engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and is currently working as a postdoctoral research associate at UIUC.  He won the Presentation Award at European Phase Change and Ovonics Symposium (2007), first-authored a research paper published in Science (2009), and will serve on the organizing committee for the phase change materials symposium at Materials Research Society Spring Meeting (scheduled for 2011).

Jane Owens
A first-generation college student, Jane Owens was raised in Northwest Montana and received her B.S. in Chemistry and Mathematics from William Smith College, a small liberal-arts institution in upstate New York.  She earned her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign working first with Dr. Pete Petillo and then with Dr. Todd Martinez.  After leaving UIUC, Dr. Owens taught chemistry at Wabash College, Carleton College, and Sweet Briar College and is currently an assistant professor at Central College in Pella, IA.

Ben Ramirez
Ben’s parents came from Mexico to Chicago in 1952. Ben was born in Chicago and raised in the near western suburbs. Ben was fortunate to receive a Presidential Award Scholarship to attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. At UIUC, Ben majored in Chemistry receiving a B.S. degree in 1992. Stimulated in large part by experiences in undergraduate research at Urbana-Champaign, Ben pursued graduate studies and obtained a Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from the California Institute Technology. He then pursued postdoctoral training in biophysics at the National Institutes of Health. In his first professional position he served as the manager of the Biomolecular Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Facility in the Department of Chemistry at Northwestern University. Ben currently serves as the Director of the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Facility in the Center for Structural Biology at the UIC College of Medicine.