Kathleen Flint Ehm, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean for Graduate and Postdoctoral Initiatives
Director of the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
Dr. Kathleen Flint Ehm is the Assistant Dean for Graduate and Postdoctoral Initiatives in the Graduate School at Stony Brook University. In this role, she fosters initiatives at the intersection of the university’s research and education missions for students and postdocs, and directs the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs. She is also a Research Assistant Professor with the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, where she regularly teaches science communication to graduate students and postdocs.
Dr. Flint Ehm has fifteen years’ experience in postdoctoral policy and professional development for PhDs. She spent six years at the National Postdoctoral Association in Washington, DC, serving as project manager for grant-funded initiatives. In this role, she was lead author on the NPA’s Responsible Conduct of Research Toolkit and From Ph.D. to Professoriate: The Role of the Institution in Fostering the Advancement of Postdoc Women. 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.