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Second annual Picture a Scholar at Clemson Symposium set for March 8


TIGERS Advance and the newly formed Faculty ADVANCEment Office will hold the second annual women’s scholarship symposium, Picture a Scholar, at the Watt Family Innovation Center on Wednesday, March 8, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Dr. Ershela Sims

The day-long symposium is part of Women’s History Month at Clemson and features distinguished women scholars that engage in important contributions to Clemson’s excellence in research and scholarship. Dr. Ershela Sims, Executive Director of WEPAN (Women in Engineering Pro-Active Network) and nationally recognized guest speaker, will deliver the keynote address. 

“The new Faculty ADVANCEment office is happy to continue the work of TIGERS ADVANCE in sponsoring this event and continuing this annual symposium to celebrate Clemson women scholars,” said Cynthia M. Sims, Director of the Faculty ADVANCEment Office. 

This year’s theme focuses on “Advancing Scholarship Through Mentorship” and will feature two panels to discuss student mentorship in the morning and faculty mentoring in the afternoon. Mentoring pairs and groups are encouraged to attend the symposium, where they will be recognized and can take group pictures. The program concludes at 3 p.m. with a networking session where faculty will have the opportunity to interact with speakers, colleagues, Clemson University Commissions, and other special guests. 

Speakers throughout the day represent Clemson’s colleges and include assistant, associate and full professors. 

The symposium will be at the Watt Family Innovation Center. The symposium will be shown via Zoom for those who cannot attend in person. 

Picture a Scholar at Clemson Symposium Agenda:

Wednesday, March 8

Morning Session

8:30: Opening remarks from Amy Lawton-Rauh, Senior Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs

8:45: Dr. Ershela Sims, Executive Director of WEPAN (Women in Engineering Pro-Active Network)

9:30: Aby Sène-Harper, Assistant Professor of Parks and Conservation Area Management, College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences

9:50: Devon Gorry, Assistant Professor of Economics, Wilbur O. and Ann Powers College of Business

10:10: Aga Skrodzka, Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies, College of Architecture, Art and Humanities

10:30: Lea Jenkins, Professor of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences, College of Science

11:05: Student Mentoring Panel

Afternoon Session

12:45: Xiuping Jiang, Professor of Professor in Food Microbiology, College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences

1:05: Lindsay Shuller-Nickles, Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering and Earth Science, College of Engineering, Computing, and Applied Sciences 

1:25: Brandi Hinnant-Crawford, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership, College of Education

2:00: Shamella Cromartie, Associate Dean for Organizational Performance and Inclusion, University Libraries

2:20: Faculty Mentoring Panel

3:00: Networking Session