Distinguished Lecture Series

Upcoming Lectures

Past Lectures

Leveraging Dual Career Programs to Increase Faculty Recruitment Success

Presented on Monday April 9th, 2024 at 2 p.m.

Dana Cohen
Director of Faculty Recruitment, University of Illinois Urbana - Champaign

With over 72 percent of faculty members in relationships with talented, professional partners, there is a growing shift in how faculty recruitment is conducted. She discussed how the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, deep in the cornfields of central Illinois, continuously recruits and retains top talent, and how you can apply their strategies at S&T.

As the Director of Faculty Recruitment, Dana Cohen oversees faculty recruitment, orientation, and retention strategy across the University of Illinois campus. In this role, she works closely with deans and department heads to improve the recruitment and retention of top faculty talent and to support talent acquisition needs for academic leadership. She also continually assesses current faculty recruitment practices and initiatives across campus to identify areas for improvement.

Dana holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Social Work, both from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.


Stories of Success: How Diversity and Inclusion Improve Organizations

Presented on Wednesday September 20th, 2023 at 3 p.m.

Missouri S&T Board of Trustees
Committee for Inclusion, Diversity, Excellence, and Attainment (IDEA) 

Esteemed industry leaders from the Missouri S&T Board of Trustee's Committee for Inclusion, Diversity, Excellence, and Attainment (IDEA) will participate in a panel discussion to share how the diversification of their workforces and the creation of welcoming and inclusive environments in their workplaces have been essential to their business success. The panel will then lead small group discussions with campus leaders on how their experiences can be translated to Missouri S&T. This event is by invitation only. If you received an email invitation, please click the link below to register.

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Professional Cultures and Inequality in STEM 

Presented on Tuesday April 4th, 2023 at 2 p.m.

Dr. Erin Cech
Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Michigan 

Cech's research examines cultural mechanisms of inequality reproductionespecially through seemingly innocuous cultural beliefs and practices. Her work on inequality in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) professions focuses on the recruitment and retention of women, people of color, and LGBTQ-identifying persons in STEM degree programs and STEM jobs.


Why Respect, Fairness, and Trust is Good for Everyone in the University 

Presented on Tuesday October 25th, 2022 at 2 p.m.

Dr. Karan Watson
Regents' Professor of Electrical Engineering and former Provost of Texas A&M

This kickoff lecture, hosted by the S&T ADVANCE Program, discussed the importance and value of creating a diverse and inclusive working environment while enhancing a drive toward excellence. Dr. Watson also discussed why successful universities in the future will be those that are able to minimize inherent bias within the hiring, development, and promotion processes for faculty. Her presentation is informed by her experiences serving in multiple leadership roles at Texas A&M, including as its first female Provost.