Practicing Equity in Graduate Admissions

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Florence Chasetz Hillel House

213 Bay State Road

Boston, MA 02215

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Workshop on Holistic, Equitable Admissions

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Holistic review is an evidence-based practice for identifying talent and increasing diversity. In this workshop, led by nationally recognized experts Drs. Julie Posselt and Casey Miller, participants will learn the research basis for holistic review and practical applications to graduate admissions. Participants will come away with tools and resources to support implementation of holistic admissions in their programs. The session is interactive and designed to encourage conversation among faculty and staff responsible for selecting new students; therefore, small groups from graduate fields are encouraged to register together.

Julie Posselt is Associate Professor of Education at the University of Southern California and a 2015 National Academy of Education postdoctoral fellow. Her research examines institutionalized inequalities in selective sectors of higher education, especially graduate education, elite colleges and universities, STEM fields, and the professoriate. Posselt is the author of Inside Graduate Admissions: Merit, Diversity, and Faculty Gatekeeping (Harvard University Press, 2016), an award-winning ethnographic comparative study of faculty decision making in doctoral admissions. She is Associate Editor of the Journal of Higher Education, and recently received the the 2017 Early Career Award from the Association for the Study of Higher Education and the 2018 Early Career Award from the American Educational Research Association.

Casey W. Miller is Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Affairs in the College of Science at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He is an experimental physicist focusing on nanoscale magnetic materials and related devices, and a nationally recognized expert in STEM graduate education. He served as Director of the University of South Florida’s APS Bridge Site, which was created by the American Physical Society in 2013. He graduated summa cum laude from Wittenberg University in 1999 with University and Physics Departmental Honors, where he was also elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin in 2003, earning the Department’s Best Dissertation Award for work combining Magnetic Resonance Imaging with Scanning Probe Microscopy. He is recipient of the NSF-CAREER and AFOSR-Young Investigator Awards.

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