Henry Naijie Wu is the managing director of planning, China region, for one of the largest consulting design firms and engineering professional services in the world. The multinational company, WSP I Parsons Brinckerhoff, has 500 offices in 39 countries and employees about 31,000 people around the world. So how did Mr. Wu end up with a job that many Queen’s graduate students in the fields of urban planning or business would dream of having someday?
Ms. Jialin Sun has been leading a successful career over the past 26 years working for INVISTA in Canada, China and across the Globe. Ms. Sun is currently the vice president, performance materials for Asia Pacific Region and is based in Shanghai, China. She has worked for INVISTA in Kingston (formally DuPont Canada) almost 17 years before she was relocated to Shanghai China as an expatriate in 2006. Her main goal nowadays is to pass on her vast knowledge and expertise in operations and management to a local team in Asia in particular Chinese INVISTA employees.
Graduate students “often have difficulty contemplating how their training and skills might prepare them for careers in and out of academia.” So says the call for Graduate Alumni Mentors, a new initiative that is part of the Queen’s 175 celebrations.
One Queen’s Alumni Mentor who saw clearly how her doctoral training and skills would contribute to her career development is Jennifer Massey, now Director of Student Life at Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
What will police-worn body cameras see that police won’t? Do anomalies in Uber’s visual representations produce phantom cars? Who’s watching you at work? These are all questions about the social, legal, ethical impact of new technologies Queen’s alumna Alex Rosenblat is asking as a researcher/technical writer at Data & Society.
For Dr. George A. MacLean, the University of New Brunswick’s new Dean of Arts, “it was Queen’s that solidified that research and teaching” would be what he did for the rest of his life.
As an undergraduate, MacLean considered grad school, med school, and law school – even an MBA. But while he considered every option, he knew “in his heart of hearts” that he wanted to wind up in a PhD.
Alexandra describes herself as “a Master of Science Graduate with a passion for advanced topics in anatomical education, and a keen interest in cancer care and quality improvement.” After having perused Alexandra’s LinkedIn profile, I can confidently say that these passions are evident in everything she pursues.
Graduate students go through a transformative teaching experience with the blanket exercise
HLTH 101 Social Determinants of Health is a course with more than 700 undergrads enrolled, 17 graduate students who serve as teaching assistants, and Professor Elaine Power, the course instructor. This year, the blanket exercise is proving an important technique in an arsenal of teaching tools to demonstrate how colonialism and racism affect the health of Canada’s Aboriginal peoples. As for graduate teaching assistants, facilitating the exercise was a transformative teaching experience.
Prof. Wayne Snedden has been the Graduate Chair for the Biology Department since December 2013. He took this position both because he knows how crucial administrative work is to the functionality of a department and because he wanted to continue the process of improving Biology’s graduate programs. In his role Prof. Snedden works with his team of colleagues on the Biology Department Graduate Committee to develop new cutting-edge programs and courses. Prof. Snedden also shows sensitivity for the learning environment and welfare of graduate students. It is this combination of program development and attention for students that has made Prof. Snedden so successful.
Dr. Allison Sherman, Art History, is one of two 2015 Featured Graduate Coordinators at Queen’s. The Featured Graduate Coordinator is an initiative to provide support and encourage good practices, especially for those faculty members new to the role of Graduate Coordinator. I sat down with Dr. Sherman to discuss her tips for excelling as a Graduate Coordinator.
Dr. Sherman tells me that as a relatively new PhD and adjunct professor, she was initially daunted by the role, but she quickly found that her recent experience as a graduate student was actually an asset in understanding the challenges and anxieties students face, before and after graduation.
Two professors are being recognized by the School of Graduate Studies for their excellence in supervision and mentorship. Hossam Hassanein and Allan English are the 2015 recipients of the Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Supervision. The award recognizes outstanding supervisors who demonstrate excellence in advising and mentoring graduate students through their training.