The 2014 PROMISE Summer Success Institute (SSI)! August 14-16, 2014

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2014 PROMISE Summer Success Institute (SSI)

Becoming the Professors of Knowledge:

Leadership and Mentoring for the Professoriate



Pre-conference Dissertation House: Thursday and Friday, August 14-15, 2014

Orientation and Positioning sessions: Friday, August 15, 2014

Formal Mentoring & Leadership sessions: Saturday, August 16, 2014

Hotel Arundel Preserve2014 PROMISE SSI

LOCATION, Arundel Mills, MD

The University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC)


The Hotel at Arundel Preserve

PROMISE SSI Hotel Rates:  Standard Rooms are $159/per night. Executive Level rooms are $199/per night. Book online here: This special rate is valid until July 22, 2014; use the PROMISE SSI Group code:  2288. Alternatively, you can book by calling the hotel and asking for the PROMISE SSI rate: 410.796.9830.



  • Dissertation House – Casual
  • Friday, August 15, 2014 – Casual
  • Saturday, August 16, 2014 – Business –  (No: Jeans/athletic attire/tee-shirts; Yes: Jacket/shirt/tie/shoes, Yes: Skirt/dress/pantsuit.) See Forbes’ “Dress for Success” article.
  • Please be sure that you have a jacket, sweater, and/or wrap for the air-conditioned rooms.

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The PROMISE Summer Success Institute (SSI) provides professional development, encouragement, motivation, career advice, peer support, and camaraderie, for new/incoming graduate students, continuing graduate students (master’s and doctoral level, and the PP&Ps (Postdocs, Professors, and Professionals). This event is open to graduate students and postdocs throughout the state of Maryland, from any school within the University System of Maryland. PROMISE: Maryland’s AGEP is particularly focused on professional development for underrepresented students in STEM fields; broadly, graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and faculty from any group or discipline are warmly invited to attend.


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Activities At-a-glance:
  • Thursday: August 14 – Dissertation House at The Hotel at Arundel Preserve
  • Friday: August 15 – Dissertation House at The hotel at Arundel Preserve
  • Friday: August 15 – Functional Workshops at UMBC: Understanding Grad School, Leveraged Empowerment, Financial Literacy, Time Management, Writing Suite
  • Saturday: August 16 – Formal Conference at The Hotel at Arundel Preserve: AAAS Mentoring Breakfast, Social Science Constructs of PROMISE, Leveraging Your Faculty Position to Start a Viable Business, Teaching Excellence and Global Research, From Grad School to Associate Professor, Preparing Research for Publication, Understanding the Advisor-Student Relationship, Leveraged Empowerment & Academic Advancement, Starting Your Own Business, Resilience, Preparing for Postdocs, Creating World-class Presentations, Alumni Mentoring Lunch



Thursday, August 14, 2014

USM SSI Dissertation House at The Hotel at Arundel Preserve

Dissertation Coach: Dr. Wendy Carter-Veale

Wendy Carter-Veale

Audience: PhD Candidates:

6 PM – 11 PM
(requires separate registration)
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Friday, August 15, 2014


1) USM SSI Dissertation House at The Hotel at Arundel Preserve

Audience: PhD Candidates:

9 AM – 11 PM

(requires separate registration)


2) Functional Workshops at UMBC

 9 AM – 4:30 PM
Audience: New/Incoming students, Continuing students, Postdocs
Location: The Commons, 3rd Floor, UMBC
  • 09:00 AM   Understanding Graduate School: A “Must Attend” for New Students - A “keeping it real” panel with Dr. Levon Esters from Purdue, Dr. Dimaris Acosta-Mercado (Invited), and Dr. Gregory Triplett from Missouri
  • 10:30 AM “Leveraged Empowerment” Plenary - Dr. Christine Grant, NC State
  • 12:00 PM Financial Literacy Lunch - Sponsored by TIAA-CREF
  • 1:30   PM Functional Sessions
    • Time Management
    • Leveraged Empowerment Coaching
    • Peer Mentoring
    • Postdoc and Alumni Writing Suite
    • Ask Visiting Faculty
  • 4:30 PM Adjourn
  • 7:00 PM Speakers’ Meet & Greet (Light Dinner) at The Hotel at Arundel Preserve



Saturday, August 16, 2014

Location: The Hotel at Arundel Preserve, 2nd Floor
  • 8:00 AM – Welcome & The Importance of Being Professors of Knowledge

Renetta GarrisonTull

-Dr. Renetta G. Tull, Director for PROMISE AGEP: Maryland Transformation, Associate Vice Provost for Graduate Student Development and Postdoctoral Affairs




  • 8:05 – 9:00 AM Welcome & AAAS Fellows’ Mentoring Breakfast


- Moderator, Dr. Frances Colon, U.S. Department of State (Invited)




  • 9:00 – The Social Science Constructs behind the PROMISE AGEP – A PROMISE Alumni & Friends Panel


    • Dr. Patrick Valdez, Sr. Academic Policy Analyst, Lehman College
    • Dr. Sonia Arteaga, Program Director, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, NIH
    • Dr. John Bullock, Assistant Professor, Political Science, Towson University


  • 9:45 – Leveraging Your Faculty Position to Start a Viable Business



    • Introduction: Dr. Cynthia Winston, Winston Synergy (Invited)
    • Keynote: Dr. Jayfus Doswell, CEO, The Juxtopia Group
    • Concluding Thoughts: Dr. Christine Grant, Creative Growth For You, Inc.




  • 10:45 – Circle of PhDs – The PhD “Roll Call”

Kaye and book

 - Dr. Karsonya Wise Whitehead, Assistant Professor, Loyola University; Author of the new book: “Notes from a Colored Girl: The Civil War Pocket Diaries of Emilie Frances Davis”






  • 11:30 AM – Empowerment Breakout Sessions (Concurrent Sessions)


    • SESSION 1: Leadership and Mentoring for the Professoriate Roundtables


Table 1) Teaching excellence, publishing, and global research

Sujata Bhatia2

- Dr. Sujata Bhatia, Harvard University, Harvard Yearbook Class of 2014 Favorite Professor

 Table 2)  From grad school, to assistant professor, to associate professor

Levon Esters2- Dr. Levon Esters, Associate Professor, Purdue University




Table 3) Preparing research for publication
Fay Cobb Payton2 - Dr. Fay Cobb Payton , Associate Professor, IT, NC State, and Editor of “Health Systems,” the official journal of the Operational Research Society




 Table 4) Understanding the power of the advisor – student relationship in graduate school
Gregory Triplett

- Dr. Gregory Triplett, Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Missouri




 Table 5)  Starting your Own Business

Jayfus Doswell Baltimore Sun

- Dr. Jayfus Doswell, CEO, Juxtopia, LLC




Table 6) Leveraged Empowerment: Preparation for Academic Advancement
Christine Grant 2

Dr. Christine Grant, Professor, Chemical Engineering, and Associate Dean, North Carolina State University




Table 7) Preparing for Postdoctoral Positions at NIH

Jaron Lockett

Dr. Jaron Lockett, NIH






    •  SESSION 2: We Fall Down, But We Get Up: Resilience for the Journey 
Goldie and Lydia

 Dr. Goldie Byrd (Dean of Arts & Sciences, North Carolina A&T), Dr. Lydia Villa-Komeroff (CTO, Cyonome)






    • SESSION 3: Creating World-Class Presentations


Dr. Michael Penn, Vice President for Strategy, The Gladstone Institute






  • 1:00 – Mentoring Lunch with PROMISE Alumni 
    • Remarks: PROMISE AGEP Leads
    • Recognition of PhD Candidates: Dr. Janet Rutledge, Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate School, UMBC


    • Mentors:
      • Dr. Alycia Marshall, Anne Arundel Community College
      • Dr. Angela McRae, Catholic University




  • 2:00 Dessert & Coffee Tweet-up with the Salsa Reprise



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  • 3:00 PM: ADJOURN

Stay tuned to this website for a running list of confirmed guest speakers.

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Please bring business cards to share among peers, speakers, mentors-in-residence, and guests. (You can get cards made that say “Graduate Student.” If you have passed your comprehensive exams, proposal, and other doctoral milestones according to the policies of your academic department, you can have “PhD Candidate” written on your card. See this discussion on the forum from the Chronicle for Higher Education for ideas: Reading: Pathways Through Graduate School and Into Careers. 

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Donations to memorial funds (in memory of our former PROMISE Peer Mentors who have passed away)  in lieu of registration fees, are strongly encouraged:


About the Summer Success Institute (SSI) About PROMISE: Maryland’s AGEP   

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Please stay tuned to this page for regular updates on speakers and logistics. Last update: July 9, 2014

The primary sponsor for the 2014 PROMISE AGEP Summer Success Institute is The National Science Foundation, Division of Education and Human Resources, Directorate of Human Resource Development, Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) Collaborative Research: AGEP – T: PROMISE AGEP Maryland Transformation # 1309290, #1309264, and #1309256.   Employers of some of our guest speakers are also sponsoring their participation. This website will be updated with the names of those organizations as our guests are confirmed.



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Categories: Academic Preparation, Community Building, Dissertation House, Jobs and Funding, National AGEP, Ph.D. Completion, Seminars and Workshops, Success Seminars and Workshops, Summer Success Institute (SSI)

Author:Renetta Garrison Tull

Dr. Renetta Garrison Tull is the Associate Vice Provost for Graduate Student Development & Postdoctoral Affairs at the UMBC: An Honors University in Maryland (, and the Director of PROMISE: Maryland’s Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) – The PROMISE AGEP includes alliance members: UMBC, the University of Maryland Baltimore, and the University of Maryland College Park. She is passionate about training postdocs for careers, cultivating new graduate students in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields, retention of all graduate students, and Ph.D. Completion. She speaks nationally on these topics, and has projects in Maryland, Pittsburgh, and Puerto Rico. Her personal website is:

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PROMISE: Maryland's Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) is a support system for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in Maryland. PROMISE is one of the 22+ AGEPs in the United States. PROMISE, through AGEP, is a program of the National Science Foundation.


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