J was representing the lab group and presenting some of the lab's student identity research this week as part of the NSF ECR PI conference. Here is the poster that J presented.
It's been a fun fall working with Kaylin, Carolien, Emily, Asia, Zachery, and Madison from the Mobile Bay National Estuarine Program on some apple snail trapping. Today marks the final day of the semester for us to trap apple snails until spring!
Jeremiah has been selected by the office of Academic Affairs to be part a USA Faculty Fellow in Community Engagement with the Office of Community Engagement. This will expand opportunities for students working with J and in his classes to build meaningful connections to the Mobile community at large!
Last weekend, Carolien Millenaar took home the 2020 Sunbelt championship in Cross-Country and honors as Sunbelt Runner of the Year and First-Team All-conference!! WooHoo Carolien, an amazing student-athlete on the course and in the classroom!!!!
J has a new paper out that was lead by Alex Strauss and folks from the University of Minnesota. We incorporated vector demography and dispersal to better understand how diseases spread through communities! We also counted lots and lots of aphids too!
J was highlight for some of his recent work in the monthly newsletter of the national research network Equity & Diversity in Undergraduate STEM (EDUSTEM)
See the link here for the full article!
Position: Post-doctoral associate in Discipline-Based Education Research, Department of Biology, Henning Lab.
Start Date: Flexible – ideally on or before January 1, 2021
The Henning lab is inviting applications for a full-time disciplined-based education research (DBER) post-doctoral associate for a 2 year appointment in the Biology Department at the University of South Alabama. This position has a flexible start date, but ideally will begin in January 2021. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic – relocation to Alabama is negotiable.
The successful candidate will explore how multi-faceted visible and hidden student identities shape student perceptions of in-class interactions, institutional inclusivity, as well as discipline inclusivity, across all STEM majors at a regional R2 university. However, previous experience in DBER is not necessarily required.The ideal candidate would have experience with both quantitative and qualitative data analysis, including conducting semi-structured student interviews. Ideally, the successful candidate would also work collaboratively with PI Jeremiah Henning (as well as colleagues from Louisiana State University & Auburn University) to translate student-collected data into multiple-identity-focused cultural competency workshops for faculty and staff. The post-doctoral researcher will also have flexibility to conduct independent research, mentor Masters’ students, and get involved in teaching, depending on applicant’s interest.
The postdoctoral scholar will be funded by an NSF-supported EHR Core Research: Building Capacity in STEM Education Research (HER:BCSER) grant to PI Henning. The major goals of this grant are to: 1) explore multiple identities among STEM majors at a regional R2 university, 2) understand how multiple identities shape retention of students at the university and within STEM disciplines, and 3) to use data to design cultural competency training workshops for faculty, staff, and graduate students aimed at providing participants with better knowledge, language, and confidence to connect and engage all students. By improving the cultural competency of faculty and staff, our goal is to improve day-to-day interactions for marginalized students, reduce microaggressions, reduce conscious and unconscious biases, and to set a higher standard for campus-wide inclusion, which will improve campus climate and student sense of belonging.
Primary responsibilities: The primary duties and responsibilities will include – (1) implementation of student surveys across all STEM majors at the University of South Alabama with PI Henning, (2) conducting semi-structured interviews with students, (3) training and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate student researchers, and (4) data analysis and disseminating data via peer-review publications and presentation at meetings. Projects can be tailored toward the candidates’ interests and skills. (5) The postdoctoral scholar will also work within a team to design and implement cultural competency training workshops.
In addition to activities focused at the University of South Alabama, the successful candidates will have the opportunity to collaborate within the EDU-STEM network. The EDU-STEM network is a coordinated teaching and research network that is currently funded by an NSF research-coordination grant to support the research-coordination efforts of those interested in equitable teaching practices in introductory biology.
• Ph.D. in biology, education, data science, biology education research, or closely related field
• A strong record of publication
• Interest in discipline-based education research
• Experience with relevant literature and education research methods and familiarity with qualitative research approaches - such as conducting interviews with students – and analysis.
• Experience in quantitative research methods and statistics, particularly, familiarity with multilevel statistical modeling using R or other statistical software. There will be opportunity to learn and improve quantitative skills in R.
• Ability and desire to work collaboratively, mentor graduate and undergraduate students, and also work independently.
The Post-doctoral associate will be appointed for a one-year period with the possibility of extension for two additional years based on satisfactory performance.
About the area and university: The University of South Alabama is located in Mobile, Alabama – situated perfectly connecting the gulf coast beaches and the base of the hyper-diverse Mobile-Tensaw Delta. The University of South Alabama is a public, masters and doctoral-level institution, classified as High Research (R2) activity in the Carnegie Classification categories, and has > 14,000 students. The Biology Department is one of the largest departments on the University of South Alabama campus, with over 600 majors and has consistently grown over time.
To apply: Please send me, Jeremiah Henning (firstname.lastname@example.org), a single PDF document including a cover letter, CV, representative publication(s) (if any), and the names and contact information for three references. I will continue to accept applications until the position is filled but the initial application review will occur on September 15th 2020. Email me with any questions and I am more than happy to setup a Zoom meeting to provide more details for interested individuals.
The University of South Alabama is an EO/AA employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression), religion, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.
Undergraduate researcher Carolien Millenaar is joining the Henning to help lead the apple snail monitoring project with Kaylin this fall!! Check out Carolien's profile on the People Tab!! Welcome Carolien!
This week, J was awarded an NSF (EHR Core Research):Buidling capacity in STEM education research (CSR:BCSER) grant to understand how student identities shape STEM retention across all STEM majors at South. This grant will focus on exploring in-class interpersonal relationships among students and between faculty and students. This award will fund J and education research at South for the next 2 years.
We are on the hunt for post-docs, graduate students, and undergraduates interested in STEM education research!
This afternoon, J presented some of the ongoing perceptions of diverse identities within STEM courses at the Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research (SABER).
Department of Biology - University of South Alabama