El-Ghazaly named a 2020-21 Faculty Fellow in Engaged Learning

Amal El-Ghazaly, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, is among 20 faculty members named Engaged Faculty Fellows. She is developing a new course to assist new Ph.D. students in their transition to Cornell with the goal of strengthening the community and increasing retention for Ph.D. students from underrepresented minority groups. 

The course, titled Succeeding in the Graduate Environment, will introduce students to on-campus resources and equip them with the skills needed to succeed in research, academia and their future careers. El-Ghazaly, who joined the ECE faculty in 2019, will also address specific issues pertaining to diversity and minority resources. Guest panelists throughout the semester will include graduate students, administrators and faculty across engineering and computer science. 

El-Ghazaly will partner with Diversity Programs in Engineering to recruit incoming doctoral students from across all engineering disciplines.

The Engaged Faculty Fellowship Program is yearlong cohort program in which faculty dive deep into the theory and practice of community-engaged learning. Fellows meet monthly to discuss readings, share projects and workshop challenges, and help transform what it means to teach at Cornell.

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