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Voorhees faculty becomes a CASL Leadership Fellow

Voorhees College faculty member Dr. Zhabiz Golkar was recently accepted as a leadership fellow for the 2021-2022 academic year with the Center for the Advancement of Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) Leadership (CASL). 

Through this fellowship, Golkar will represent the institution as a part of a cohort empowered to envision, inspire, and transform institutional climates for broadening participation in STEM areas. As a fellow, Golkar will be required to successfully complete a 360 assessment of her academic leadership strengths and challenges at the outset of the program, three residencies, and a final Active Learning Project (ALP). 

CASL is funded by the National Science Foundation as a major entity for documenting the leadership styles and strategies that have been associated with Historical Black College Universities’ outstanding record in participation in STEM. Based on this extensive research, fellowship, and other involvement in science data, CASL has designed an innovative professional development program to produce a new generation of STEM leaders throughout American higher education. 

Golkar said she is honored for this fellowship opportunity and is looking forward to working with the top senior STEM leader-coaches, world-class, research-based professional leaders in the nation. “One of my goals will be to reposition the department from the margins to the center of US STEM higher education and its broadening participation into institutional practice.” 

She earned a bachelor’s degree in microbiology, a master’s degree in clinical microbiology, and a doctorate in molecular biology. Golkar is currently the chairperson and associate professor of biology in the Department of Science, Technology, Health, and Human Services. 

For more information, contact the Office of Communications, at 803-780-1191 or at communications@voorhees.edu

About Voorhees University

Voorhees University, founded by Elizabeth Evelyn Wright in 1897, is a private, coeducational institution affiliated with the Episcopal Church and the United Negro College Fund. The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate and graduate degrees. Its mission is to produce highly qualified graduates who coalesce intellect and faith in pursuit of life-long learning, healthy living, the betterment of society, and an abiding faith in God. U.S. News & World Report has ranked Voorhees as a #1 best value, #3 in social mobility and #33 among regional colleges in the south in 2022-2023; and #26 among Historically Black Colleges and Universities, nationally. Additional information about Voorhees University can be found at www.voorhees.edu.


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