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Kathleen Flint EhmKathleen Flint Ehm, PhD
Assistant Dean for Graduate and Postdoctoral Initiatives

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.


Ashley StaplesAshley Staples, PhD
Director, External Fellowships and
Scholarly Development

Dr. Ashley Staples has been supporting students through their university experiences for over 20 years as a student affairs scholar-practitioner. She joined the Graduate School team at Stony Brook University after holding a U.S. Fulbright Scholar post at Durham University in England with a concurrent visiting faculty post at The Ohio State University for the 2021-2022 academic year. Ashley completed her doctorate in educational studies with a focus in higher education and student affairs at Ohio State and transitioned into grant-funded postdoctoral scholar positions, first with the Interfaith Diversity Experiences and Attitudes Longitudinal Study (IDEALS) and then the Interfaith, Spiritual, Religious, and Secular Campus Climate Index (INSPIRES Index) project. Her dissertation work used critical sense making to examine how students at public universities processed their experiences with religious diversity on campus and personal encounters across belief systems, and her research interests center around organizational innovations of practice and policy to support university students holistically as they pursue their academic goals. Ashley received her Master’s in higher education administration from North Carolina State University and earned Bachelor’s degrees in logistics and international business from the University of Maryland – College Park.