Chemistry professor Hendricks has been selected for the DEI Academy of Earth Sciences

Chemistry professor Hendricks has been selected for the DEI Academy of Earth Sciences

Dr. Courtney Hatch is among the 2023-25 ​​AGU LANDInG Fellows

courtney-hatch-2023.pngCONWAY, Arkansas (November 6, 2023) — Hendricks College Chemistry Professor Dr. Courtney Hatch was recently selected to join the 2023-2025 cohort of Fellows of the American Geophysical Union Leadership Academy and Diversity and Inclusion in the Geosciences Network (AGU LANDInG), a two-year professional development program For current and aspiring DEI leaders in earth and space sciences.

Funded by the National Science Foundation, the program aims to lead change in earth and space sciences by creating a network of leaders equipped with the skills and resources to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) at their own institutions and across STEM fields.

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Hatch, who currently holds the Nancy and Craig Wood Odyssey Professorship and serves as area chair of natural sciences at Hendricks, is one of 17 fellows accepted through a process focused on mid-career professionals in positions to effect change in academic institutions in the United States. And nearby academic and research institutions. The 2023-2025 Academy Fellows participated in a mentoring summit held in Washington, D.C., at the Arabian Gulf University headquarters in mid-September.

Hatch applied to the AGU LANDInG Academy to support her collaborative work as an Odyssey Professor with Dr. Brett Hill, entitled “Leadership in People’s Environmental Analysis (LEAP).” Their work on this project will provide underrepresented students at Hendricks with essential skills in community leadership and data analysis/visualization using open access data to explore local social and environmental justice issues while expanding access to measurements and awareness of environmental inequities within Arkansas.

“By participating in the LANDInG Academy, I hope to learn effective educational methodologies that value equity, inclusion and diversity and apply them to a one-week Odyssey LEAP summer camp during the summer of 2024,” Hatch said.

In addition to developing the summer LEAP program, Hatch envisions the LANDInG Academy will support its work with Hendrix S-STEM Scholars, the development of inclusive teaching and mentoring practices in its classrooms, and its role in faculty leadership and academic policy throughout the year. The coming years.

“I am honored and grateful to be part of the second cohort of the AGU LANDInG Academy, and I look forward to having an inclusive, collaborative, and diverse community of scholars working to broaden participation and support the professional growth of underrepresented students,” she said. Students and faculty in the sciences.”

About Courtney Hatch

Hatch, a 2000 Hendricks College graduate, earned her Ph.D. He received his PhD in Analytical/Atmospheric Chemistry from the University of Colorado – Boulder, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Iowa Cardiovascular Center. She then rejoined the faculty at Hendricks College, where she established a nationally recognized research program studying air quality and climate impacts from aerosols, including participation of 70% female and underrepresented students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Over the past five years. Her work has resulted in numerous invited presentations and peer-reviewed articles, and has been supported by more than $900,000 in funding.

Its external funding has also supported the development of a popular career differentiation program titled EPROACH: Experiences in Professional Research Organizations and Atmospheric Chemistry at Hendricks, which connects underrepresented students with scientists at all stages in their government, academic, and industrial careers. As a result, 86% of participants have transferred to graduate programs in science or are currently applying to graduate programs.

In an effort to achieve inclusive excellence, Hatch has participated in numerous workshops on inclusive teaching and assessment practices, including an NSF-funded SAGE 2YC project workshop at the American Geophysical Union Fall 2019 conference titled “Inclusive and Effective College Science Classrooms: Engaging Students, Lesson Design and “Integrating Diversity into the Curriculum” and the NSF-funded Unracism in the Geosciences (URGE) program. She currently serves as chair of the Natural Sciences Area at Hendricks and holds the Nancy and Craig Wood Odyssey Professorship, a three-year endowed professorship to advance her plan to prepare underrepresented undergraduate students in STEM fields to pursue careers in the geosciences.

About Hendricks College

Founded in 1876, Hendricks College is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges, and is celebrated among the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges for academic quality, engaging learning opportunities, career preparation, vibrant campus life, and value. . The Hendrix College Warriors compete in 21 NCAA Division III sports. Hendricks has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. Learn more at www.hendrix.edu.

“…Through engagement that connects the classroom to the world, and a commitment to diversity, inclusion, equity and sustainable living, the Hendricks community inspires students to live lives filled with achievement, integrity, service and joy.” – Hendricks College Statement of Purpose


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