SPIRE Scholars Accept Academic Appointments and Work to Inspire Next Generation of Scientists

Sarah Lebeis, Michelle Kovarik, Justin Shaffer, Vicki Newton, and Javier Rivera Guzman have reached their next career goal by accepting academic appointments as faculty at academic institutions across the country.

Sarah Lebeis has accepted an assistant professor position (tenure-track) in the Microbiology department at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville beginning Fall 2013.

Michelle Kovarik has accepted an assistant professor position (tenure-track) in the Chemistry department at Trinity College in Hartford, CT beginning Fall 2013.

Justin Shaffer has accepted a lecturer position (LPSOE) in the department of Developmental & Cell Biology at the University of California, Irvine in Irvine, CA beginning Fall 2013.

Vicki Newton has accepted an instructor position in biology at Rappahannock Community College in Saluda, VA beginning Fall 2013.

Javier Rivera Guzman has accepted a professorial lecturer position in the department of biology at American University in Washington, D.C.

These scholars accepted SPIRE fellowships as Ph.D. scientists with the common goal of balancing a career in research and teaching. While traditional postdoctoral experiences are only research focused, SPIRE combines research, an opportunity to teach and mentor undergraduates at our minority serving institutions in North Carolina, and engage in professional development workshops on pedagogy and other workplace skills.