Monday, August 9, 2010

UVI Professor Completes HBCU-UP Leadership Development Institute

UVI Psychology Professor Dr. Kimarie Engerman, left, is presented with a certificate of completion by Dr. Marilyn Suiter of the Education and Human Resources Directorate of the National Science Foundation. At right, Dr. Engerman is shown with other Leadership Development Institute participants. (Click on small photo to enlarge.)

Dr. Kimarie Engerman, an assistant professor of psychology at UVI, recently completed the 2009-2010 Leadership Development Institute program offered by the Quality Education for Minorities at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Undergraduate Program. The institute's goal is to enhance the leadership and research capabilities of junior faculty members teaching STEM - science, technology, engineering and mathematics - courses at HBCUs. It also aims to build a community of emerging leaders in STEM areas at these institutions. A cohort of 30 assistant professors was selected for the institute. They participated in four sessions over a one-year period, including: a five-day summer session in 2009; a two-day winter session in 2010; a 10-week summer research appointment at a National Science Foundation-supported research center; and a concluding five-day summer session in 2010. Dr. Engerman’s summer appointment was at the Spatial Intelligence and Learning Center at Temple University. The focus of her research was on developing a factor structure for epistemological beliefs. For more information contact Dr. Engerman at (340) 693-1227 or send email to