Dean Amanda Woodward announced today that Chaevia Clendinen will join the Division of the Social Sciences Dean of Student’s Office as Assistant Dean for Student Advancement and Diversity on August 1, 2018. In this new position, Clendinen will lead efforts within the Division to create and manage programs to support academic progress and career success for doctoral students, including professional development and skills-building programs for academic and non-academic careers, and will develop diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives to meet the unique needs of graduate students from historically underrepresented groups.
Clendinen joins the Division from the National Science Foundation, where she was a Science and Technology Policy Fellow with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Prior to that, she was a Diversity Initiatives Specialist at Princeton University. In those roles, she has mentored graduate students and designed programs to help graduate students acclimate to doctoral study, advance academically, and succeed in professional outcomes. She holds a doctorate in molecular biology from Princeton, and while a student, she co-founded the Women in STEM Leadership Council and co-chaired the Princeton Postdoctoral Council. Her unique career path – from research in biology and health policy to higher education administration to human resources management – offers a remarkable portfolio of experiences and abilities from which she will advance our offerings.
Woodward thanked Mark Bradley, Deputy Dean of the division, and Patrick Hall, Dean of Students, for their leadership of the search committee.