Alternative Career Opportunity for PhD Candidates

Graduate students –

I’m glad to bring a career event to you from one of our own, Dr. Ashley Fenn (bio at bottom). Ashley earned her PhD in Neuroscience from Ohio State in 2017, and she joined McKinsey, which is a leader in helping organizations tackle complex problems. McKinsey actively seeks PhDs, and if you are interested in a career outside the academy, this is a great opportunity to learn more from Ashley and her colleagues.  More

McKinsey Information Session

Friday, Dec. 1, 12-1:30 p.m.

Saxbe Auditorium, Drinko Hall, Moritz College of Law

·         RSVP required: (If you cannot attend but are interested, respond to last question on RSVP)

·         Resume/CV submission encouraged on RSVP site

·         Attire: Business casual

All disciplines and interdisciplinary programs are welcome. Post-docs and law and med students are also invited. Please share this invitation widely. I look forward to seeing you there.

Kathleen Wallace

The Ohio State University
Kathleen R. Wallace
Assistant Dean
Graduate School
250 University Hall, 230 N. Oval Mall, Columbus, OH 43210
614-247-7283 Office


A note from Ashley Fenn
Associate at McKinsey

The Ohio State University PhD, Neuroscience, ’14

Harvard Medical School, Postdoc, Immunology, ‘17

I pursued a PhD and postdoctoral training to contribute to our scientific understanding and make a difference in the world. I felt my research was exciting and pushing my field forward, but did not see immediate impact and felt constrained by what I could study. At McKinsey I see immediate impact in the businesses I work with and experience a diversity of industries and functions. We work on some of the most challenging, urgent issues in business that have an immediate effect on our clients and the global market. I’m excited to tell you more about our work during our campus visit!

Hiring- University of Dayton- Executive Director- Human Rights Center

The Human Rights Center at The University of Dayton, College of Arts & Sciences

Executive Director Dayton, OH

The University of Dayton (UD) seeks a collaborative and strategic leader to serve as the Executive Director of the University’s Human Rights Center (HRC). This is an exceptional opportunity for an innovative leader to advance an interdisciplinary human rights research and advocacy center that represents a major priority for the University.

UD enrolls 10,882 students, including 8,095 full-time undergraduates, is one of the nation’s largest Catholic universities, and is the largest private university in Ohio. A Catholic Marianist institution, UD provides education to develop the whole student and is committed to experiential learning. The University comprises five academic units: the College of Arts and Sciences and the Schools of Business Administration, Education and Health Sciences, Engineering, and Law. It is also the home of the nationally-recognized University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI). The next Executive Director joins UD at an important moment in its history. Eric F. Spina, Ph.D., formerly the vice chancellor and provost at Syracuse University, became the 19th president of UD in 2016. President Spina arrived with an ambitious agenda and has spent his first year bringing the historically collaborative community together in a visioning process that has positioned the University for years to come. He identified human rights as a key strategic priority in that vision and the Executive Director will be an influential leader across campus and the Dayton community on these issues. In addition, he called for UD to pay special attention to opportunities where human rights and sustainability researchers can work together to advance the common good. The Executive Director will play a critical role in ensuring the centrality of human rights across the University. A visible leader for the HRC both on- and off-campus, the Executive Director will advance the center’s mission to promote respect for the inherent dignity of all persons through dialogue, research and education. The Executive Director will join a talented and dedicated team that is deeply engaged with teaching, research, service, and advancing the mission of the Human Rights Center across campus. Contingent on qualifications, the Executive Director may be appointed at a tenured faculty rank (associate or full professor) in the appropriate academic department at the University of Dayton. The successful candidate will possess a Ph.D. or other terminal degree, administrative experience in higher education or in an advocacy or development organization, as well as a strong record of research activity or leading research activity in human rights or development. The candidate must demonstrate success leading teams in advancing multiple organizational priorities, and the ability to secure extramural funding for human rights or development projects. Tim McFeeley is leading this search with Brian Nwachukwu. The University of Dayton, founded in 1850 by the Society of Mary, is a top ten Catholic research university. The University seeks outstanding, diverse faculty and staff who value its mission and share its commitment to academic excellence in teaching, research and artistic creativity, the development of the whole person, and leadership and service in the local and global community.  To attain its Catholic and Marianist mission, the University is committed to the principles of diversity, inclusion and affirmative action and to equal opportunity policies and practices. As an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer we will not discriminate against minorities, females, protected veterans, individuals with disabilities, or on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Methodological Colloquium

Exploring Potential Differential Effects Using Repeated Measures Regression Mixtures

Friday, November 17th
Ramseyer 136

Minjung Kim, PhD
Assistant Professor
Quantitative Research, Evaluation and Measurement


Graduate/Professional Student Trustee Search

The Ohio State University Board of Trustees is beginning its search for a new graduate/professional student representative. This student will serve on the board from May 2018 to May 2020. He or she must maintain student status and Ohio residency throughout the entire term, and be able to balance this significant responsibility with his or her academic and personal commitments. Please encourage any potential candidates to attend an upcoming information session with Dr. Lydia Lancaster, the current graduate student trustee. Dates are listed on the board’s website.

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Secondary Data Analysis with MIDUS

Jen Wong & Barbara Hodgdon
Thursday, November 6th
PAES 110

Bring your research questions to this hands-on workshop and get started exploring the MIDUS data set. You will learn:

  • Valuable information about survey design, sampling and subprojects which comprise MIDUS
  • How to access and download the data set
  • Effective strategies for reviewing data and documentation
  • Techniques for merging and structuring data sets

Don’t miss this great opportunity to work with experts on this valuable, longitudinal dataset


MIDUS is a longitudinal data set involving adults aged 24-87 and much more! Are you interested in:

  • Health Behavior
  • Discrimination
  • Relationships
  • Employment
  • Obesity
  • Aging
  • Biomarker Data
  • Cognitive Performance, Processing and Memory
  • Stress
  • Cross-Cultural Comparisons Twin-Sibling Data
  • Sleep
  • Education History
  • Comparing Survey Results Across Populations
  • Focus on African American Population
  • Caregiving


May Term Study Abroad: Sustainability and Social Justice in Ecuador

Join HESA on a Sustainability and Social Justice study abroad trip in Ecuador during May term (May 7-20)!

The trip is open to graduate and undergraduate students and supported in partnership with EHE, Ed Studies, and OIA.

The application is due November 7th and additional details can be found on OIA’s program site and the attached flier.

There is a $2,650 program fee. The program fee includes your roundtrip airfare from Columbus to Ecuador, airfare within Ecuador from Quito to Cuenca, all ground transportation within Ecuador, including airport transfers, all admission to program events/activities, daily breakfast, most lunches/dinners, all accommodations, and supplemental health insurance. The fee does not cover non-program meals, personal expenses, and your passport if you do not currently possess one.

Please feel free to reach out to Marcos Rivera.252 or Dr. Marc Johnston-Guerrero.55 with any questions.

Upcoming RMC Events

All events are free and open to faculty, students and staff.

Thursday, November 2nd- 1:30-4:30pm- OSU Research Commons

  • Introduction to R

Saturday, November 4th- 9:00am-12:00pm- PAES 110

  • Introduction to NVivo

Thursday, November 9th- 12:30-1:30pm- PAES 110

  • Using Secondary Data: Midlife in the US (MIDUS)
    • Jen Wong and Barbara Hodgdon
    • Jen Wong and Barbara Hodgdon conduct a hands-on workshop using the Midlife in the US (MIDUS) data set. With the guidance of two experts in the MIDUS data set, participants will learn how to navigate the website, access the data, and begin the preparation work for analysis
    • Register here:

Thursday, November 9th- 12:30-1:30pm- Ramseyer 136

  • QCI Brown Bag: Brief Presentation by David Bloome
    • Join the growing community fo scholars interested in Qualitative and Creative Inquiry (QCI). At this meeting, David Bloome will make a brief presentation, followed by discussion. Bring your lunch! Share your ideas!
    • Register here: