Nancy Goroff, PhD
Interim Dean, Graduate School
During Dr. Goroff's tenure at Stony Brook, she has made significant contributions to graduate education, including leading with colleague Kathlyn Parker the Chemistry Department's efforts in the Carnegie Initiative on the Doctorate and serving on the President's Five-Year Plan Task Force on Graduate Education. Dr. Goroff served as Graduate Program Director for the Chemistry Department from 2007 to 2012, for which she was recognized with the 2011 Graduate School Dean’s Award for Excellence in Service. She also served on the University's Graduate Council from 2011-2013. Dr. Goroff is a member of the American Chemical Society’s Graduate Education Advisory Board and the National Advisory Board of the Union of Concerned Scientists, and she serves on the Steering Committee of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. From 2013-2016, Dr. Goroff served as the founding Associate Provost for the Integration of Research, Education, and Professional Development at Stony Brook.
Dr. Goroff earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Harvard University in 1990, and Ph.D. in Chemistry from UCLA in 1994. She held a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellowship in chemistry at Michigan State University and a Research Corporation postdoctoral fellowship in chemical education at the University of Michigan before starting at Stony Brook in 1997. Dr. Goroff's research focuses on organic materials, and especially carbon-based conductors and semi-conductors. In 2013, she was recognized with the American Chemical Society’s Award for Creative Research and Applications of Iodine Chemistry.
Susan Scheckel, PhD
Associate Provost, Integration of Research, Education, and Professional Development
Associate Dean, Graduate School
Associate Professor, English
Dr. Susan Scheckel has been deeply committed to both Graduate and Undergraduate education at Stony Brook University since her arrival in Fall 2000. She has been a member of the Graduate Council, the Provost's Strategic Advisory Committee and served five years as Director of Graduate Studies, for which she received the Dean's Commendation for Excellence in Service. She has directed nineteen dissertations and served on twenty-six dissertation committees during her years at Stony Brook, and in 2010 she won the Dean's Award for Excellence in Graduate Mentoring by a Faculty Member. She has also worked to strengthen undergraduate education at Stony Brook, as Director of Undergraduate Studies in English and a member of the Stony Brook Curriculum Implementation Group. She currently co-chairs the Stony Brook Experiential Learning Working Group, spearheading efforts to expand and improve opportunities for experiential learning at Stony Brook and throughout the SUNY system. In 2008 she won the President's and Chancellor's Awards for Excellence in Faculty Service.
After earning her B.A. in English at the University of Arizona, with a minor in biochemistry, she attended Stanford Medical School for a year and a half before earning her Ph.D. in English at the University of California-Berkeley. Dr. Scheckel began her teaching career at The University of Memphis, where she won the university-wide teaching award and served as director of American Studies. Her scholarship focuses on medical, legal and popular discourses of race in nineteenth-century American culture. She has won several awards for her publications, including: The Insistence of the Indian: Race and Nationalism in Nineteenth-Century American Culture (Princeton University Press), which won the South Central MLA Award for Best Book; and "Home on the Train: Race and Mobility in The Life and Adventures of Nat Love," which won a national award for the best essay in Western American Studies. Her most recent article, "Home-Sickness, Nostalgia and Therapeutic Narrative in 'The Fall of the House of Usher,'" will be published in Poe Studies: History, Theory, Interpretation, Fall 2017.
Kathleen Flint Ehm, PhD
Director, Office for the Integration of Research, Education, and Professional Development
Director, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
Dr. Kathleen Flint Ehm has over a decade’s experience in postdoctoral policy and professional development, including issues related to responsible conduct of research training for postdocs, program and policy development, and fostering the advancement of postdoc women in academic science. She came to Stony Brook from the National Postdoctoral Association in Washington, DC, where she spent six years as the project manager for grant-funded initiatives. Previous to that she served as the Assistant Director of the Reinvention Center at Stony Brook, a national center focused on enhancing undergraduate education at research universities. In 2004, she spent a year in residence at the National Science Foundation where she was a Science and Technology Policy Fellow sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. There she specialized in issues concerning early-career scientists and helped manage one of NSF’s newest postdoctoral fellowship programs.
An astronomer by training, Dr. Flint Ehm was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Gemini Observatory North and a Carnegie Fellow at the Carnegie Institution of Washington’s Department of Terrestrial Magnetism. She holds a Ph.D. in Astronomy and Astrophysics from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a B.S. in Math and Astronomy from the University of Arizona.