Michelle McPherson, Program and Membership Support Officer, will present the initial findings from a community research project conducted in collaboration with the Membership Engagement Committee.
The goal of this research was to learn about the needs of various types of faculty not currently served by the programs Science Atlantic delivers. Currently, the active Science Atlantic membership represents a small percentage of the faculty population in the Atlantic region, consisting almost entirely of tenure/tenure-track faculty members. Anticipated outcomes of this of this project will be to engage a more diverse audience and to identify how Science Atlantic might be able to serve the broader academic community.
Michelle McPherson completed both an undergraduate degree in Biology as well as a Master’s degree in Earth Science at St. Francis Xavier University. Her Masters work focused on the impacts of climate change on Lyme disease in Canada. To continue her work in the research field, Michelle also works part-time as a Research Coordinator at Dalhousie University in the information management department.
As Science Atlantic’s Program and Membership Support Officer, Michelle applies her research and project management skills to better understand faculty needs and improve member onboarding. In addition, she works with conference organizers to educate them on Science Atlantic’s role in conferences and to share best practices.
Science Atlantic Membership Engagement Committee:
- Trevor Avery, Aquaculture & Fisheries Committee Chair; Acadia A&F Representative • Stephanie Jones, Acadia University Psychology Representative
- Christian Lacroix, Board Chair; Professor of Biology, UPEI
- Michelle McPherson, Program and Membership Support Officer
- Lois Whitehead, Executive Director
- Ben Dornan, Dalhousie University Commerce co-op student
- Richard Inkpen, Saint Mary’s University Psychology co-op student
Ashley Greene, CEO and founder of The Instratify Group (https://www.instratify.co/) and a customer insight advocate, provided pro bono support throughout this project.
Ashley is also a former intern in the Youth Education and Communications Program run by Science Atlantic (then the Atlantic Provinces Council on the Sciences) from 2002 to 2006. The YEC Program placed high school students as research assistants at member institutions, combining hands-on research experience with professional communications training. Participants graduated as Ambassadors of Science and presented their experience at public schools across Atlantic Canada.