Academic Careers of Minority Faculty: Myth and Reality

Academic Careers of Minority Faculty: Myth and Reality
Thursday, August 6, 2015, 2:00PM -3:00 PM
Presenter: Dr. Gary S. May
Location: St. James


This workshop explores commonly held beliefs and debunks misconceptions about the academic careers for faculty members at research universities, with particular focus on faculty members from underrepresented populations. The presentation will examine recruitment and evaluation practices, as well as suggest strategies for success.

Presenter Bio

Dr. Gary S. May is the Dean of the College of Engineering and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Prior to his current appointment, Dr. May was the Steve W. Chaddick School Chair of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech. Dr. May’s field of research is computer-aided manufacturing of integrated circuits. He has authored over 200 technical publications, contributed to 15 books, and holds a patent on that topic. Dr. May created the Summer Undergraduate Research in Engineering/Science (SURE) program, SURE annually hosts minority students to perform research at Georgia Tech in the hopes that they will pursue a graduate degree. Dr. May was also the co-creator of the Facilitating Academic Careers in Engineering and Science (FACES) and University Center of Exemplary Mentoring (UCEM) programs, for which he has been granted over $17M from NSF and the Sloan Foundation to increase the number of underrepresented Ph.D. recipients produced by Georgia Tech. Dr. May received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring from President Barack Obama in 2015.  Dr. May is a member of the Board of Directors of Leidos, Inc., as well as Executive Vice President of the National GEM Consortium and a member of the National Advisory Board of the National Society of Black Engineers. Dr. May received his B.S. in electrical engineering from Georgia Tech and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California at Berkeley.

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