This interactive session will focus on helping you develop a strategy for negotiating and navigating the road to tenure. It will feature a panel of recently tenured faculty at Columbia who will share their experiences and thoughts about the ways to prepare for every step of the tenure process. Our panelists are Carmela Alcántara, PhD, Associate Professor of Social Work, Josef Sorett, PhD, Professor of Religion and African American and African Diaspora Studies, and Diana Hernandez, PhD, Associate Professor of Sociomedical Sciences.
About the panel:
Carmela Alcántara, PhD, Associate Professor of Social Work
Carmela Alcántara’s interdisciplinary research integrates psychology, public health, social work, and medicine to understand how structural and social factors affect sleep, mental health, and cardiovascular health, particularly in racial/ethnic and immigrant communities. These factors include nativity status, socioeconomic status, discrimination stress, and neighborhood circumstances. A licensed clinical psychologist with postdoctoral training in public health and behavioral medicine, she is a faculty affiliate of the Social Intervention Group and the Columbia Population Research Center.
Josef Sorett, PhD, Professor of Religion and African American and African Diaspora Studies
Josef Sorrett is chair of the Department of Religion and directs the Center on African-American Religion, Sexual Politics and Social Justice. As an interdisciplinary scholar of religion and race in the Americas, Josef employs primarily historical and literary approaches to the study of religion in black communities and cultures in the United States.
Diana Hernandez, PhD, Associate Professor of Sociomedical Sciences
Diana Hernandez (PhD) focuses her work on the social and environmental determinants of health by querying the impacts of policy and place-based interventions on the health and socioeconomic well-being of vulnerable populations. Her community-oriented research examines the intersections between the built environment (housing and neighborhoods), poverty/equity and health with a particular emphasis on energy insecurity. Much of her research is conducted in her native South Bronx neighborhood, where she also lives and invests in social impact real estate.