Teaching Careers in Higher Education 

Monday, January 24, 2022, 5:30 – 6:30 PM CST

Interested in teaching and STEM education? Join our panel to learn more about teaching careers & curriculum development in higher education institutions. Our panelists will discuss their career path towards teaching, design & implementation of science courses, undergraduate research, and how to build your teaching portfolio while in graduate school.

Rebecca Black, PhD

Assistant Professor of Chemistry, New College of Florida

Rebecca Black (UChicago, Chemistry, PhD ’18), is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at New College of Florida. Her background is in synthetic organic/organometallic chemistry and polymerization catalysis. She and her team of undergraduate New College research students are focused on synthesizing a series of phosphine ligands and their metal complexes for use in catalytic acceptorless dehydrogenation, a clean organic reaction that generates hydrogen gas as its only byproduct. She is also passionate about fostering her student’s scientific communication, problem-solving, teamwork, and information/chemical literacy skills, and enjoys sharing her projects and course design experiences with colleagues and at Chemical Education symposia at American Chemical Society meetings. Professor Black serves on the Chart Your Course (new general education program) Steering Committee and Writing Advisory Committee at New College. She also co-organizes New College’s weekly Natural Sciences Seminar series and has served as the secretary of New College United Faculty of Florida union for the past two years. She is excited to take her pre-tenure research leave this coming Fall!

Amy Henry, PhD

Lecturer & Project Scientist, University of California, Irvine

Dr. Amy Henry (UChicago, Evolutionary Biology, PhD ’17) is a lecturer at the University of California, Irvine with the Masters in Conservation and Restoration Science professional graduate program. She started as a project scientist/postdoc at UCI, but found herself in the “right place, right time” to contribute to the development of the new small, tuition-funded program. In this role, she has been instrumental to the development of the graduate curriculum, designed and taught new courses in data analysis and marine conservation, and has built a collaborative network of conservation organizations with whom she co-mentors student capstone research projects. She has also collaborated and published with UCI faculty and graduate students on research projects on undergraduate pedagogy and marine invasive species. 

Emina Stojković, PhD

Professor of Biology, Department of Biology at Northeastern Illinois University

Dr. Emina A. Stojković received her PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Chicago. She is a distinguished professor in the Department of Biology at Northeastern Illinois University, a 4-year public Hispanic Serving Institution with a primarily teaching mission in Chicago, IL. During her tenure, she has developed an NSF and NIH-funded international and interdisciplinary research program with an outstanding track record on recruiting URM students for high-impact research. Many of her undergraduate and graduate students are co-authors on the recent peer-reviewed publications in high-impact scientific journals.