The power of women leaders to change the world.  

  “Women are the gentle forces that transform the world”  

Jinan Liu, President, World Women University Presidents Forum 

by Heidi Happonen

Last May, Patty Goodman Hayward, EdD Associate Teaching Professor and program lead for the College of Professional Studies’ Bachelors in Digital Media Communications and the Corporate and Organizational Communications Graduate Program, joined more than 200 invited leaders from around the world at the World Women University Presidents Forum (WWUPF) at Huanghe S&T University in Zhengzhou, Henan Province, China. 

Goodman Hayward was invited to share the work she developed with her fellow researchers and former students, Zirui Yan, MS COC, Tsinghua University​ and Sahar Rehman, MS COC, Northeastern University, She presented findings from their Cultural Transformation Framework research.  

Focused on the cultural values of women leaders and the connection between transformational leadership and cultural transformation, their research was based on the analysis of 60 cases across nearly 30 different cultures. They also collaborated with other women leaders in various fields, discussing topics such as higher education, community health, and global scientific collaborations.  

The figure below provides the cultural values that bubbled up from the detailed data analysis of the 60 cases or chapters about the women leaders.  

Hayward, P., Rehman, S., and Yan, Z. (Eds). (2022). Women Community Leaders and Their Impact as Global Changemakers IGI Global, PA. USA. ​ 

According to Rehman, “As an educator, I see myself living these values in all interactions with my students.​ We are role models for learners, they are our future. Our aim is to collaborate in creating pathways, inspiring, advocating, and building networks, along with developing the skills to be successful.​” 

Goodman Hayward donates her book 
to Communication University of China (CUC), 
which includes the case, Jinan Liu: As a Woman, 
about a Woman Leader in her role as Founder 
of WWUPF and President of Communication 
University of China (CUC). 

At the closing ceremony, Goodman Hayward donates her book
to Communication University of China (CUC),
which includes the case, Jinan Liu: As a Woman,
about a Woman Leader in her role as Founder
of WWUPF and President of Communication
University of China (CUC). 

In pursuing this work, Goodman Hayward and her colleagues have recognized that women should be more valued for their extra effort in making transformative changes. The WWUPF event represents women who lead major universities all over the world—from the United Kingdom, Egypt, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Bolivia, Cuba, Lebanon, Nepal, South Korea, Malawi and beyond. Transformational change is made possible, according to Goodman Hayward’s research, when the interwoven narrative of culture and purpose are aligned with intentional communication, and the women at this forum embody that movement.  

“Taking the Pulse of Procurement Professionals: The State of Supplier Diversity in Higher Education”

Third report issued by the Lab for Inclusive Entrepreneurship, focuses on buyer perspectives.

by Natalie Bowers

The Lab for Inclusive Entrepreneurship has published its third major research report, “Taking the Pulse of Procurement Professionals: The State of Supplier Diversity in Higher Education.” This study provides valuable insights into the current landscape of supplier diversity in higher education institutions across the United States.  

The research highlights the significant gap between the commitment to supplier diversity and its actual implementation. While many institutions express strong support for diverse suppliers, the operationalization of this commitment often falls short. Through a detailed survey of 101 procurement professionals and subsequent focus groups, we have identified key themes that underscore the challenges and opportunities in this critical area.  

Key Findings 

Commitment vs. Implementation. A significant number of respondents indicated a disparity between their institution’s stated commitment to supplier diversity and the practical steps taken to achieve it.  

Obstacles. Limited resources, complex procurement processes, and difficulty in identifying qualified diverse suppliers are major barriers.  

Strategic Initiatives. Some institutions are making notable progress by adopting strategic and tactical approaches to enhance supplier diversity.  

Training Opportunities. There is a clear need for more comprehensive training and awareness programs for procurement staff and other stakeholders.  

Capacity Building. Positive experiences with diverse suppliers highlight the potential for these suppliers to compete more effectively with the right support and opportunities.  

The report offers actionable strategies to bridge the gap between policy and practice, overcome obstacles, and build effective supplier diversity programs. It also emphasizes the importance of continuous education and training to foster an inclusive procurement environment.  

We invite you to read the full report to explore the detailed findings and recommendations. Together, we can advance supplier diversity in higher education, driving innovation, competition, and economic sustainability.  

Access the full report.

About the Lab

The Northeastern Lab for Inclusive Entrepreneurship is dedicated to supporting small businesses in socially and economically disadvantaged communities through technical and managerial assistance. Our mission is to promote inclusive and equitable innovation and entrepreneurship.  

A Resume of Advocacy

Student Spotlight:  Jeremy Thompson, Bachelor’s of Finance and Account Management (‘25)

by Natalie Bowers

Jeremy Thompson is currently enrolled at CPS as a BS Finance and Account Management major with a concentration in Entrepreneurship (‘25). In addition to studying to complete his bachelor’s degree, Thompson is also working towards qualification to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license.  

Professors and mentors slate him as a precocious student. According to Mary Ankomah, Foundation Year Program Coordinator and one of Thompson’s biggest fans, Thompson is ‘an exceptional student and young man with a very bright future’.  

Thompson is currently considering a healthy list of next-step opportunities, which include employment at Ernst & Young, LLP in their tax practice (he’s had two internships with them already) and submitting graduate applications to both law school and Northeastern’s D’Amore-McKim School of Business.

“My plate is full of options right now; I realize I’m in a privileged position, especially considering where I came from. Expectations for kids like me weren’t exactly high,” he said. 

Born and raised in Dorchester, Thompson attended English High School in Jamaica Plain, one of Boston’s oldest public schools. He started his freshman year in 2014, just as the school came under scrutiny from the Department of Secondary Education (DESE). A significant increase in MCAS Math scores, credited to a talented new school administration and math teacher, sparked accusations of cheating. The MCAS results in question showed a remarkable improvement from the previous year, with 10% of students ranked as advanced, up from zero in 2014, and 74% ranked as proficient, up from 51% the prior year. Following an investigation, the school was cleared of wrongdoing. However, skepticism’s lingering impact weighed on Jeremy and his classmates. 

“At a time when we thought the school would be celebrating our accomplishments, they scrutinized us. That wasn’t a good feeling,” he said.  

A year later, a high school dean, leading a double life, was linked to local gangs. He was caught recruiting a student to sell marijuana in the school and ultimately arrested for shooting the student over an apparent downturn in drug sales.  

In navigating the aftermath of these events, Thompson found respite in community, and he focused on his academics. He committed his time to English High’s Boston Debate Team and the Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA).  

Foundation Year 

During his junior year in high school, Thompson’s high school advisor introduced him to Northeastern University’s Foundation Year, one of a variety of pathway programs offered by the College of Professional Studies (CPS). Foundation Year serves students in Boston transitioning from high school to college and offers rigorous academic coursework within a supportive cohort environment during their first year of college. 

Meeting progression standards and completion of the Foundation Year program enables students to progress into a degree at Northeastern University. The program’s design aims to maximize student potential, offering small classes and individualized advising, fostering a strong sense of community, supplemented by provisions for textbooks, technology access, and a dining plan providing meals on campus. The program boasts a 92% average matriculation rate for students who successfully complete the program and meet progression standards to continue at Northeastern. Many of these students successfully graduate with a bachelor’s degree. 

Looking back at his high school experience, Thompson said he wasn’t really coached to strive for graduate-level academic horizons. He said, “The general expectation among the students and teachers was for us to get an associate’s degree, at max. The hope was for us to graduate and get into a community college with no real focus beyond that. Foundation Year gave me a heavy push to develop certain habits and to focus on something much more. Foundation Year helped me stay more consistent in reaching for my goals.”  

Thompson recalls that his relationships with faculty members, including Foundation Year Program Director, Martha Loftus, made a huge impact on him, helping him develop his strengths and identify his passions.  

“Through Foundation Year, I learned to see how the world works, I learned about big picture systems that shape our economy. With my own focus on and in community, this was interesting.”  

Since starting to pursue his undergraduate degree, Thompson’s resume of advocacy work has grown long and reaches every facet of community. He has excelled in developing his passion for serving the community, and due to his many roles as a community activist, he was honored by Northeastern University with its Social Justice Advocacy Award in 2023.  

In 2020, Thompson got involved in community activism after George Floyd’s murder and began to meet other local activists. He worked with city council candidate Jacob Urena’s campaign for District 4 in Boston. Urena then introduced him to The New Democracy Coalition, a Boston-based organization that focuses on promoting civic literacy, policy and electoral justice. He served as a political strategist and helped redesign Boston’s Second Suffolk District’s ‘Go Out To Vote’ campaign. After the redesign, he travelled to other states to champion the voting rights issue.  

Thompson organized a campaign for voting rights with leaders of the civil rights era of the 50s and 60s in DC with an organization called Black Voters Matter. He travelled to the Bridge Crossing Jubilee in Selma, Alabama, an annual gathering and ten-mile walk to commemorate the Anniversary of Bloody Sunday, the Selma-to-Montgomery March, and the signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. There, Thompson befriended living history civil rights activist JoAnne Bland, a woman who was present at Bloody Sunday in 1965 at the age of eleven, and also the co-founder and former director of the National Voting Rights Museum in Selma, Alabama. 

In 2021, he started his own boutique financial consultancy, called Little Liberty, offering services including personal financial planning and professional development, to combat predatory financial misinformation in the community. He helped organize a community conference at Roxbury Public Library in partnership with Visions Inc., a Boston-based nonprofit that helps to integrate DEI principles into organizations and support individuals to integrate into their communities. Thompson’s efforts with Little Liberty led him to work with many formerly incarcerated people to rebuild their self-worth and learn how to talk about themselves in job interviews. He said, “Many of these folks learned great skills while they did their time, but they didn’t know how to talk about them: there was a lot of self-efficacy building in our programming.” 

 With Little Liberty, Thompson helped draft bylaws for multiple nonprofits in an around Boston’s ‘methadone mile’, otherwise known as Recovery Road, an area in Boston located at the intersection of Melnea Cass Boulevard and Massachusetts Avenue. Due to its concentration of neighborhood services providing help, the area has long attracted many people struggling with homelessness and drug addiction. “If you find something you care about deeply, if you can hold that close to you, there is nothing in this world that can stop you. It’s not about managing your time, it’s about identifying what you care about and letting that care guide you.” he said. 

Standing on Shoulders 

Thompson says he draws inspiration from those who are already caring for others. 

Thompson acknowledges taking inspiration from a few family members including his grandfather, who he describes as ‘a powerhouse’, a veteran with a forty-year career with the US Army who saw the Berlin Wall fall. “He told me that when he was in Vietnam, he witnessed soldiers throwing babies in the air and used them as target practice. This just made him realize the cruel reality that some people just don’t value the miracle of life. When he served in Germany in the 50’s after World War II, he describes enjoying a reprieve from the overt American racism that colored his youth. People treated him with extreme kindness, families took him in and cooked for him; it made all the difference. He shared these experiences with me as lessons in valuing kindness and humanity and what centering those values can do for people. To quote my grandfather, ‘We the unfortunate have created so much with so little, that we can create anything out of nothing’”. 

“There are a lot of people who are forced to do community work, and they aren’t getting paid. These are people in the neighborhood who are raising kids who aren’t theirs, people who are addicted and looking out for other people, transpeople taking care of transkids who got kicked out of their own homes, and nobody’s getting paid for it; they’re doing it because they care.” 

Jeremy Thompson

Thompson credits his uncle, Rashad Chandler, who passed away in 2023, as the person who helped shape his character. He said, “He always taught me a lot, about how to be a Black man in Boston, ways to move both in community and out. He was a rapper, big in the 90’s. He was a Dorchester legend.” 

Thompson also praises his aunt, Dorcas Dunham, as a big influence. She received a state award for community work that was presented at her funeral. She was heavily involved in her community, and she advocated for green spaces in neighborhoods.  

Identifying the ‘why’ 

Thompson advises Foundation Year students to take their studies seriously, emphasizing the importance of personal commitment. “Despite ample support available through the program, success ultimately hinges on individual motivation and dedication. Identifying your deeper motivations beyond academics and self-interest is crucial. While the journey may present challenges, recognizing this and embracing the difficulty leads to growth and opportunity., he said. 

Thompson is working to help his community with sustainability, and he ultimately wants to help change state and federal tax laws. “My ‘why’ is to help communities, not just my community. The flow of how we even think about ‘community’, at least in the US, is something that I challenge. The general view in the US is that ‘community’ refers to anyone you share physical proximity to, but ‘community’ to me comes from this idea of closeness, how much you allow others to influence your being, way of life, everything. We call it ‘relationships’; I call it ‘community’. Uplifting that aspect, as opposed to focusing resources on imposing the structure of forced communities like HOAs and forced community spaces, I think it will change how we talk about happiness. Someone else’s happiness would be my happiness; it can change how we talk about feelings; it wouldn’t be just for someone else to win, it would be shared.” 

Upon hearing Thompson describe his vision for a healthy community, Ankomah said, “Imagine if everyone took an active role like Jeremy. Imagine what that community would look like.” 

A Mother’s Journey Through College: Catherine Kigiri, BS in Advanced Manufacturing Systems, First Gen

Originally from Kiambu, Kenya, an agricultural village just eight miles outside of Nairobi, Catherine Kigiri arrived in Boston in 2000 on a visitor visa and was the only member of her family to take the trip. Upon arrival, she stayed with a friend who was from her village and who settled in Quincy a few years earlier.  

After some time, Kigiri decided that she wanted to stay a little longer. She discovered that unlike Kenya’s school system, American schools opened their doors to nontraditional students, and she saw an opportunity for herself to become a first generation college graduate. Kagiri first thought about applying to a nursing program, but she did not have the resources to enroll. Instead, she applied for a student visa and enrolled at Quincy College. 

To support herself, she secured an entry level job as an inspector at GE Aerospace in Lynn, MA, taking the second shift, a shift that typically begins at 3:00 P.M. and ends at 11:00 P.M. This work schedule gave Kigiri the flexibility to attend classes in the daytime. 

While she studied part time and worked at GE Aviation, her life progressed. She met a man, married him and had three children. Her two sisters back home in Kiambu graduated high school and needed money to attend college. She volunteered to send money back home to pay for her sisters’ academic pursuits. She raised her children and made a home for them. 

Kigiri graduated Quincy College with her associates degree in liberal arts and sciences. GE offered her the first shift, and when she started her new work schedule, she learned about the partnership between Northeastern College of Professional Studies and GE. Aligned with federal workforce development objectives, Northeastern and GE co-developed the BS in Advanced Manufacturing Systems, which incorporates state-of-the-art manufacturing techniques in use across the industry. In the program, students apply those techniques in a real-world manufacturing environment.

The collaboration was made possible through the Department of Education’s Educational Quality Through Innovative Partnerships (EQUIP) experiment, an initiative aimed at improving students’ access to a high-quality postsecondary education in fast-growing industries. GE employees can complete the program within three years, or in as little as one-and-a-half years for those with prior college experience. The program also offers tuition reimbursement. 

Before Kagiri entered the program in October of 2019, she told her husband that she was planning to enter the program, “to better my family and be an example for our kids”, she said. Her husband told her he would support her, but the marriage broke not long after the first semester started. By December 2019, the couple had separated. 

“That is when I decided to really commit to my educational goal. I knew that if I took one class at a time, I could push myself to do it.”

Catherine Kigiri BS in Advanced Manufacturing Systems, First Gen

Around this time, back home in Kiambu, her father was diagnosed with cancer. Kagiri, a newly single parent, now had to take a second job to support his treatment. Still, Kagiri stayed the academic course.  

The pandemic hit the following year and her courses switched to online. Many of her fellow classmates dropped out of the program but Kagiri did not quit.  She said, “I needed to be an example for my kids to work hard. It was tough to continue going to school, provide financial support to my family in Kenya, and raise three kids without help, but Professor [Krassimir] Marchev encouraged me to continue to push myself. He always said, ‘Just focus on one day at a time’ and that’s exactly what I did.” 

Krassimir Marchev, Professor of the Practice, CPS, credited with spearheading the GE partnership on behalf of CPS, said, “Catherine exemplifies, in many respects, the student population of hard-working, committed, family-oriented professionals.” 

Kagiri describes her children, three boys, Denzel, 16; Edward, 10; and Imara 7, as being extremely supportive. “They all were incredibly helpful. If I was attending an online course in the house, they would occupy themselves by doing the dishes, sweeping the floor and then they’d ask ‘mommy were we quiet enough for you?’ They wanted to know if I passed my exams whenever they came up and they were just so supportive of me.”, she said.   

Despite the program’s tuition reimbursement, Kagiri struggled to cover additional expenses such as books and childcare. The financial burden of using her time to attend classes instead of working was crippling. Professor Marchev advised her to apply for Northeastern scholarships, including the Robert Rosenberg, Lowell, and Paul J. Theriault Memorial scholarships, enabling Kagiri to stay focused on graduating. 

“I am so grateful for all the people who donate money, I would not have been able to afford to go to college otherwise. And now, here I am with three kids, one job, graduating with zero crippling debt.”, she said. 

Her father passed away in May of 2023, and Kagiri’s graduation marked the one-year anniversary of his death. “The [graduation] ceremony was particularly emotional because I had hoped he could witness this great achievement.” she said.

Kagiri attributes her drive for academic achievement to her mother, a teacher who prioritized her children’s education despite being unable to afford college for them. 

“I am not just an example for single parents, but for all parents. Take your time and push yourself. You must push yourself every single day. My children are my number one hero. I do this for them. Go to school, be a better person. I set that example to my kids.”  

Her advice for any other parent, single or otherwise: “Just take one class at a time and say “I am beginning today”. Don’t drop out because it is so hard to get back into the routine. Even if it means taking one class at a time, whatever time it takes to finish; I didn’t worry about finishing. In fact, now I’m worried that I’m finished!” 

When asked what her future brings, Kagiri said, “I want to enjoy and celebrate this milestone before I think of my next move. I still cannot believe this is happening to me.” 

CPS Faculty and Staff Amongst 2024 Graduates

CPS Faculty and Staff Amongst 2024 Graduates

Commencement is always an amazing time of year at Northeastern. CPS is no exception with three ceremonies honoring more than 1,500 graduates from around the nation and world! 

Amongst these graduates, CPS is especially proud to recognize its own staff and faculty who embody the college’s commitment to lifelong learning. Like many of our students, these faculty and staff members balanced their jobs and other responsibilities with their educational goals.  It means so much when our own team can serve as a reflection of our student body. Their accomplishment serves not only as an investment in their own success but is an example that inspires so many others. 

Congratulations CPS Faculty and Staff Class of 2024! 

Emily Bono, Master of Education 

Joan Giblin, Master of Legal Studies 

Christopher Johnson, MBA 

Jennifer Madonna, Doctor of Education 

Diane Perez, Doctor of Education 

Michelle Suh, Master of Corporate and Organizational Communication 

Alessandro Zampi, Master of Analytics 

2024 Faculty Promotions

Congratulations to all of our faculty who have been promoted effective June 2024. Your dedication to our mission to transform the future in service to our students and in advancing critical research is deeply appreciated. Thank you for all you do!

Jacques Alexis | Teaching Professor

Jacques Alexis being promoted to Teaching Professor. A scholar practitioner, Alexis brings a unique combination of expertise in business economics, general management, portfolio, project, and operations management. With a strong and successful track record in portfolio, program, and project management, he has worked on projects and programs that have delivered organizational performance improvement, waste and cost reduction, and business transformation. Alexis received his bachelor’s degree from Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC) and completed a master’s degree in management from the University of Wisconsin, with a concentration in project management. He received his doctorate degree in management, with a focus on business strategy and the environment, sustainable project, and portfolio management from the University of Maryland. His interests in research focus mainly on entrepreneurship and innovation-based economic development, sustainable project and portfolio management.

Shannon Alpert | Associate Teaching Professor

Shannon Alpert is being promoted to Associate Teaching Professor. She spent the first 15 years of her career leading projects and teams responsible for creating learning solutions in the telecommunications and financial services industries. She also consulted with K-8 and higher education organizations on project and portfolio management while also teaching online graduate courses at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She earned her undergraduate (English/secondary education) and master’s (instructional technology) degrees from Georgia State University in Atlanta. She earned her doctoral degree in educational leadership from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She also holds certifications as a Project Management Professional (PMP) and Six Sigma Green Belt.

Alpert’s research interests include action research related to faculty technology adoption and faculty use of learning management systems, as well as exploration of project management practices in academic settings.

Earlene Avalón | Teaching Professor

Earlene Avalón is being promoted to teaching professor. She grew up in Boston and attended the Boston Public Schools. She received her Bachelor’s of Science degree from Suffolk University in chemistry and secondary education and her Master’s degree in Public Health from Tufts University School of Medicine. While working in public health, Avalón realized the correlation between post-secondary education, workforce diversity and health disparities and has since dedicated much of her career to the development of workforce diversity initiatives. Prior to completing her PhD in Health Professions Education at Simmons College, Avalón held positions at the Latin American Health Institute, Bunker Hill Community College and the Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers. She was also the Chair of the Parent Advisory Group for Massachusetts General Hospital for Children’s Connect 4 Health/PCORI Project. With a PhD from Simmons College, she is the Lead Faculty member of the Health Management and Health Sciences Programs.

Michael Dean | Associate Teaching Professor

Michael J. Dean is being promoted to Associate Teaching Professor and serves as the concentration lead for the Learning Analytics program within the Master of Education program, both designing and delivering the curriculum. His research interests are quantitative methods in education in general, and more specifically in cognitive diagnostic assessment models and the measurement of nontraditional academic outcomes in education. Previously, Dean served as a technical research advisor at the International Rescue Committee, a global humanitarian aid, relief, and development nongovernmental organization, and as the head of research at the International Baccalaureate, a nonprofit educational foundation offering international education programs to more than one million students worldwide. He holds a PhD from Teachers College at Columbia University and has 20 plus years of experience as a teacher at the middle school, high school, and graduate levels in the U.S. and Cameroon.

Alex Fronduto | Associate Teaching Professor

Alex Fronduto is being promoted to Associate Teaching Professor within the Graduate School of Education. His educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Premedical and Health Studies (Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences), a Master of Education in Higher Education Administration (Northeastern University), and a Doctorate in Health Sciences (Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences). His previous research has ranged from the lab-based sciences (Kaposi’s Sarcoma-associated Herpes Virus [KSHV] and Yeast-Two Hybrid System) to education (Team-based learning in health professions education and its impact on student achievement). Currently his teaching includes courses such as Foundations of Higher Education, The New Supervisor, Challenges in Supervision, Connecting Theory and Practice, and more. In addition to teaching, he chairs and second reads for Doctor of Education students working on their dissertations. Dr. Fronduto is a member of and has presented at conferences for NEACAC (New England Association for College Admission Counselors) and NACAC (National Association for College Admission Counseling).

Youngbok Ryu | Associate Teaching Professor

Dr. Ryu is being promoted to Associate Teaching Professor having joined the College of Professional Studies in 2020. Before coming to Boston, he was faculty member at the Department of Business and Technology Management, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. He also worked with RAND Corporation as an assistant policy researcher and with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine as a Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Fellow. After serving as a military officer in the Corps of Engineering, he also worked as a patent data analyst and consultant for five years in South Korea. He holds a PhD from Pardee RAND Graduate School.

Balazs Szelenyi | Teaching Professor

Balazs Szelenyi is being promoted to teaching professor and teaches classes on Philosophy, Globalization, Sociology and History. His first major area of research was on urban history and urban development. Based on that research he published his first book called The Failure of the Central European Bourgeoisie (2006), and an article on the dynamics of urban development in the early modern period in the American Historical Review. His second area of research was on the origins and causes of genocide, for which he received fellowships from the National Endowment of Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Fulbright Commission, and the German Marshal Fund. In 2003 he was named a Fulbright New Century Scholar for his research on genocide and the Holocaust. He has published articles in the academic journals Past and Present, Theory and Society, Social History, and the Austrian History Yearbook. Balazs has also co-edited a book called Cores, Peripheries and Globalization (2011). Currently Balazs is finishing his book on the Holocaust called From Minority to Übermensch, as well as developing a new interest on the impact of technology on society and the moral dilemmas involved in the evolution of transhumanism. 

Adel Zadel | Teaching Professor

Adel A. Zadeh is being promoted to teaching professor in the Project Management program. A civil engineering and project management educator and consultant with more than 10 years of experience, Zadeh has managed complex public/private construction projects including planning, estimating, engineering, procurement and construction. He is a certified Project Management Professional, and accredited LEED BD+C (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – Building Design and Construction). Zadeh’s research and teaching focus on organizational transformation, construction management, sustainability initiatives in green building construction, and how sustainability trends impact the building and construction industry. He previously served as program director and lecturer at a number of colleges in Ontario, teaching and supervising students in advanced project management and strategic leadership, construction management and engineering, and applied research. He is the director of the Toronto chapter of the Project Management Institute. Zadeh lives in the greater Toronto area and teaches in Toronto and online.

Lin Zhou, PhD Lin Zhou | Associate Teaching Professor

Lin Zhou is being promoted to Associate Teaching Professor within the Northeastern University Global Program, excels in blending technology with pedagogy. Specializing in computer-assisted learning, mobile device-assisted instruction, and the exciting realm of AI-assisted learning, Zhou is also a pioneer in merging augmented reality with game design for educational purposes. Her innovation in this space came to light during her PhD studies at the University of Hawai’i, where she developed a game-supported critical writing course. This course, uniquely integrating game design and augmented reality, provided second-language learners an immersive experience to explore socio-political themes.

With a wealth of experience collaborating with international students, Zhou has tailored her methods to effectively address the needs of diverse student backgrounds. Her drive to innovate led her to establish a language center during her PhD years, showcasing her entrepreneurial spirit.

Xiaomu Zhou | Teaching Professor

Xiaomu Zhou is being promoted to teaching professor and serves as the lead faculty member in the Master of Professional Studies in the Informatics program. She received her Bachelor of Science in Computer and Information Technology in Shandong University, China; a Master degree in Computer Science and Engineering in Beijing Institute of Technology, China; and a Ph.D in Information Science in University of Michigan (Ann Arbor). Prior to joining Northeastern University, Zhou was an assistant professor at the Rutgers University School of Communication and Information. Zhou serves on Information Technology Policy Committee in Northeastern University,  and Faculty Development and Support Committee at CPS. Previously, she served on the Professional Standards Committee of the Faculty Academic Council at CPS.  

Zhou has been an active member of her research community. She has served numerous times as a member of the program committee of the Association for Computing Machinery International Conferences on HCI and CSCW. She also publishes and presents extensively in her field and is a frequent reviewer for several academic journals. 

Ted Miller, Professor of Political History at Northeastern CPS, Speaks to WBUR

Edward (Ted) Miller, professor of political history at CPS joined WBUR’s “On Point” to address the vital question: “Is the United States a Republic or a Democracy.” As the nation navigates yet another presidential election year, Miller delves into the historical aspects of this question and shares insights into who we are as a country. The entire conversation is fascinating, but you can find Miller voice his perspective at the 21-minute mark.

Is the U.S. a democracy?
May 03, 2024

CPS Professor Darin Detwiler Shares Concerns Related To Avian Flu with The New York Times

CPS’s Darin Detwiler, a noted food safety expert, shared his perspectives with the New York Times on the risks of consuming raw milk as cows are increasingly contracting a strain of avian influenza. “I don’t think that one can make an argument that we shouldn’t be concerned about drinking raw milk in this era.”

The article, written by Dani Blum and published last Friday, discussed the detection of avian flu in dairy cows, and raised concerns about the U.S. dairy supply’s safety. Federal agencies assert the commercial milk supply remains safe, emphasizing the lack of evidence linking bird flu transmission to humans through pasteurized or cooked food. The situation’s evolving nature, particularly regarding raw milk, is highlighted, with experts stressing the importance of standard food safety practices to mitigate any potential risks.

Click here to read the full article.

The Power of Experience: A celebration of the 2024 Experiential Learning Awards

On April 24, nominees and winners of the College of Professional Studies’ (CPS) Experiential Learning Awards were celebrated with family, friends, sponsors, faculty, and peers.   

As Interim Dean, Jared Auclair, kicked off the event, he told the crowd: “I am a big believer in the power of learning by doing.”  

This ethos represents the cornerstone of Northeastern’s approach to education and is the heart of how CPS delivers its degree programs. As in life, there is no one-size-fits-all solution for experiential learning. CPS offers a variety of pathways, all of which were celebrated at the Experiential Learning Awards ceremony.  

Co-Ops represent arguably the most traditional form of experiential learning. They provide students with a chance to use their academic knowledge by spending a term immersed in real-world business scenarios within a sponsoring organization to tackle actual problems  

XN (or Experiential Network) is another pathway. This program enables students to obtain priceless experience by engaging in virtual, six-week projects with sponsoring organizations, offering opportunities to contribute to impactful business decisions.  

Networks spread the net of experiential learning opportunities even wider. With over 850 part-time faculty, most of whom hold senior management positions in their respective organizations, students have access to an extensive network to broaden their professional connections and learn from experienced industry practitioners. 

“I see the power and impact these opportunities make every day for our students and our employer partners and sponsors. Just to be nominated for an award in this area of a student’s academic journey is a huge honor as the quality of work is often noted as equal to if not better than businesses might find with a traditional paid consultant.”

Yvonne Rogers Assistant Dean, Center for Co-op and Professional Advancement

Referring to the awards ceremony as the equivalent of the Oscars for her, Yvonne welcomed faculty members, sponsors, and the award winners to share more about their experience during the event.  

The first student award winner, Corey Ortiz, was nominated by their XN sponsor, Merle Kummer of CoLAB, Watertown Innovation Career Collaboration. 

In the pursuit of enhancing the communications outreach, impact, and online presence of CoLAB, Corey led a three-student team that delivered a communications plan with nine key strategic recommendations that included both samples and clear directions to implement the ideas.  

According to Kummer, “From my perspective, the true mark of a leader is someone who makes those around them better. That is exactly what Corey did.” 

In sharing his experience as he accepted the Experiential Learning Award, Corey noted, “The support I received from everyone—my classmates, professors, and sponsors —has been essential in helping me succeed. I got to see the lessons learned in the class applied in the real world and I would not be on the career path I’m on now without the experiences I had here. I’m so grateful.” 

The second student award winner was Jhanvi Kalpeshkumar Patel who received the Humanics Award. This award celebrates students who personify Northeastern University’s ethos of humanics, its integration of technical, data and human literacies. Recipients contribute significantly to understanding and improving the world around them by demonstrating curiosity, empathy, adaptability, and lifelong learning.  

Nominated by her co-op employer, Hannes Bend of, Inc., Jhanvi contributed greatly to their mental and digital health software product by translating the software into other languages and it is now being used by people in 156 countries. She also spearheaded the efforts of coding the translations into a browser extension. 

According to Bend, “Jhanvi is a true team player with the right balance between curious mindset and skillful approach. She is always first to motivate the team and to support her professional peers.” 

In accepting her award, Jhanvi shared her appreciation for how the co-op experience provided her opportunities to grow and excel.  

“This award serves as a reminder of the impact one person can make when they set their mind to achieving greatness,” she said. “Let it inspire us all to continue pushing boundaries and striving for excellence in everything we do.”

Jhanvi Kalpeshkumar Patel CPS Student

In addition to individual awards, the ceremony also recognized a project team for their collaborative approach in producing exemplary work through experiential learning projects associated with their coursework. Winners of this team award included: Christina Spangler, Marchelle Jacques-Yarde, and Devin Powers. 

The students were nominated by CPS Faculty member, Cortney Nicolato, who in addition to teaching at Northeastern is the president and CEO of United Way in Rhode Island. In introducing the team, Nicolato said, “I love experiential learning, and love that others do as well.”  

In addition to teaching at CPS, she also received her Master’s degree at Northeastern, and attributes her decision to pursue her degree and her desire to teach at CPS with the opportunity for experiential learning. 

“The opportunity to learn from our students and with our students and put it into practice, really sets us apart. The students benefit but also it gives smaller non-profits and less resourced non-profits the opportunity to accelerate and scale their work in ways they otherwise couldn’t.” 

The award-winning team worked with Leading Legacies, a non-profit with a mission to equip formerly incarcerated men with opportunities for employment. The students conducted a comprehensive financial and operational analysis of the organization. This included a historical review of the organization’s finances and internal controls, a comparative analysis against like or aspiring organizations, and a series of well-thought-out recommendations. 

In accepting the award, all three students expressed their appreciation for the opportunity and lauded the experience as one that gave them access to learning that would not have been possible in the classroom alone.  

The final two awards of the night were presented to Priti Pawar and Tishya Bathija, both of whom received the Co-Op Excellence Award.  

Nominated by co-op Employer, Aditya Patil with Vor Bio, Priti participated in the implementation of Electronic Quality Management System (Veeva). She managed and monitored document workflow throughout the document approval lifecycle, ensured compliance with the training program and worked with other departments to ensure timely approvals of documents and training, provided support in designing and improving deviation program and reviewed validation documents ensure compliance. 

According to Patil, “Priti’s support during this time was appreciated by management as she proved her out of box thinking in strategizing programs like validations. She went above and beyond to support validation program improvement by reviewing more than 90 validation binders and worked with cross functional teams to resolve all the issues she found during her review, making sure all validation binders comply to the GMP and GDP regulations.” 

In accepting the award, Priti said, “This experience gave me amazing exposure to the real time world beyond anything that anyone could imagine.” 

The second co-op excellence award winner, Tishya Bathija, was also nominated by her co-op employer, Bill Sorensen with Tecomet Inc., who said, “Tishya actively participated in cross-functional meetings involving members from various departments including regulatory affairs, quality assurance, engineering, and manufacturing. She facilitated open discussions, ensuring all voices were heard and ideas were considered. Her ability to actively listen and integrate feedback led to the development of a more efficient process that significantly helped in the investigation.” 

In accepting the award, Tishya said, “This recognition is a reflection of the incredible support and mentorship I have received throughout my co-op journey, from my manager Bill Sorensen and the team at Tecomet. I am grateful for the opportunity to learn and grow, and I am excited to continue making meaningful contributions to the healthcare industry.” 

In closing the event, Jared reminded those in attendance of the importance to pause and allow themselves to absorb important moments like this.  

“It can be too easy to let these moments pass by, but they are so valuable,” he said. “I encourage all of you to take the time to truly absorb how incredible your accomplishments are – to those students who won awards and those who were nominated – I cannot wait to see where your journey takes you next.”  

Save the date: Northeastern Giving Day is on April 11.

Generous donors make Northeastern’s Giving Day one of the most exciting events of the year. Your gift has a direct impact on our students and carries the power to help them spark fresh ideas, solve problems, and experience the world in new ways.

Tessa Baum, CAMD’24

“Scout, Northeastern’s student-led design studio, has been by far the best part of my college career. In past years, Giving Day has allowed Scout to create new teams; develop our annual conference, ‘Interventions; host speaker series that connect students with design professionals; and grow by more than 40 members. Your support will open doors for Scout’s students and allow us to build the future of student-led design initiatives.”

Dallon Archibald, Khoury’25

“Gifts from Giving Day are an indispensable asset for making Men’s Club Ultimate accessible and competitive at a national level. We host three teams, combining over 100 players and coaching staff, so we rely extensively on donor support. We are so grateful for the continued support from our donors. Your generosity and passion allow us to pursue the sport we all love!”

CJ Huey, E’24

“In 2023, Giving Day donations made the difference that allowed the AerospaceNU club to travel to the Mojave Desert to launch a test rocket. Our club relies on donor support to help our members partake in experiences they may never have otherwise, from research trips and drone competitions to conferences and testing rockets across the country. I cannot thank our Giving Day donors enough!”

The Giving Day site is now live! As a member of our faculty and staff community, show your support for the next generation of Northeastern changemakers. Your generosity will help students pursue their ambitions and fund the opportunities that will shape their university experience.