Tagimamao Melanie Puka Bean selected for SEC Emerging Scholars Program

Melanie Bean is one of five LSU scholars invited to participate in a selective program to advance diversity among faculty in SEC universities.  Her selection entitles her to participate in the 2022 SEC Emerging Scholars Career Preparation workshop this September.  The program is designed to promote professional development and networking opportunities for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars at SEC institutions interested in higher education academic careers.

One of the goals of LSU and its partner institutions in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) is to increase diverse perspectives present among faculty on their campuses. A new program was created in 2021 that offers a pathway for postdoctoral scholars and graduate students of the member institutions enrolled in terminal degree programs to prepare for tenure stream positions in higher education. The SEC sees a strategic advantage in sharing information that will contribute to this shared goal and encourages graduates to seek positions within SEC institutions. 

This recognition follows a dissertation research grant from the Wenner-Gren Foundation along with a Pruitt Fellowship from the Society of Women Geographers.