Advertised Summary Job Description: Columbia University's School of Professional Studies, with support from the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Diversity and Inclusion, invites applications for a Program Director to provide leadership, and operational support for the Bridge to the Ph.D. Program in the Natural Sciences. The Bridge Program's goal is to increase the number of underrepresented scholars entering and successfully completing STEM Ph.D. programs. To this end, the Program provides underrepresented post-baccalaureates with an intensive research, coursework, and mentoring experience. Program alumni have gone on to Ph.D. programs at Columbia, but also at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Caltech, the City University of New York, the University of California, Davis, and Weill Cornell Graduate School, among others. The Program's website, bit.ly/cubridge, contains more information about the Program and its scholars and alumni.
Reporting to the Associate Dean of Programs, the Director will be responsible for setting the priorities and strategic direction of the Program in collaboration with a faculty advisory board. These activities will range from reviewing and optimizing the Program's structure to developing and securing new funding sources for it. The Director will also manage the Program's day-to-day logistics.
General Minimum Qualifications: A Ph.D. in a natural-sciences discipline (Psychology, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Astronomy, Applied Mathematics, or similar). The Director is expected to be sufficiently informed about the students' areas of research that she or he can engage meaningfully with the students and their PIs about the students' projects, approaches, and results, and provide useful comments on written and oral presentations about these projects when necessary.
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Preferred Qualifications: The successful candidate will have experience with issues faced by underrepresented groups in natural sciences or engineering; knowledge of effective practices in supporting underrepresented students; ability to read and synthesize relevant literature; and excellent organizational, inter-personal, written and verbal communication skills. Experience with program administration is also preferred.
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