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Hendrix Chemistry Professor Selected for Geosciences DEI Academy

Dr. Courtney Hatch among 2023-25 AGU LANDInG Fellows

Courtney-Hatch-2023.pngCONWAY, Ark. (November 6, 2023) — Hendrix College chemistry professor Dr. Courtney Hatch ’00 was recently selected to join the 2023-2025 cohort of Fellows for the American Geophysical Union Leadership Academy and Network for Diversity and Inclusion in the Geosciences (AGU LANDInG), a two-year professional development program for current and aspiring DEI leaders in the Earth and space sciences.

The program, funded by the National Science Foundation, aims to lead change in the Earth and space sciences by creating a network of leaders empowered with skills and resources to promote diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in their own institutions and across STEM.

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Hatch, who currently holds the Nancy and Craig Wood Odyssey Professorship and serves as area chair for the natural sciences at Hendrix, is one of 17 Fellows accepted through a process that focused on mid-career professionals in positions to effect change at U.S.-based academic, academic-adjacent and research institutions. The 2023-2025 Academy Fellows participated in an orientation summit in Washington, D.C. at AGU Headquarters in mid-September.

Hatch applied to the AGU LANDInG Academy to support the work of her Odyssey Professorship collaboration with Dr. Brett Hill, titled “Leadership in Environmental Analysis for the People (LEAP).” Their work on this project will provide underrepresented students at Hendrix with fundamental skills in community leadership and data analysis/visualization using open access data to explore local social and environmental justice issues while expanding access to measurements and awareness of environmental inequities within Arkansas. 

“By participating in the LANDInG Academy, I hope to learn effective instructional methodologies that value equity, inclusion, and diversity and apply them to a one-week Odyssey LEAP summer camp during the summer of 2024,” Hatch said.

In addition to the development of the LEAP summer program, Hatch envisions that the LANDInG Academy will support her work with Hendrix S-STEM scholars, development of inclusive teaching and mentorship practices in her classes, and her role in faculty leadership and academic policy over the coming years.

“I am honored and grateful to be a part of the second cohort of the AGU LANDInG Academy,” she said, “and I look forward to having an inclusive and diversely collaborative community of scholars working to expand participation and support the professional growth of underrepresented students and faculty in the sciences.”

About Courtney Hatch

Hatch, a 2000 Hendrix College alumna, received her Ph.D. in Analytical/Atmospheric chemistry at the University of Colorado – Boulder and completed a Cardiovascular Center Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Iowa. She then returned to join the faculty at Hendrix College, where she has established a nationally recognized research program studying air quality and climate effects of atmospheric aerosols, including engagement of 70% female and underrepresented students in STEM over the past five years. Her work has resulted in numerous invited presentations and peer-reviewed articles and has been supported by over $900,000 in funding.

Her external funding has also supported the development of a popular career discernment program titled EPROACH: Experiences in Professional Research Organizations and Atmospheric Chemistry at Hendrix that connects underrepresented students with scientists at all stages in their government, academic, and industrial careers. As a result, 86% of participants have gone on to graduate programs in the sciences or are currently applying to graduate programs.

In an effort to achieve inclusive excellence, Hatch has participated in numerous workshops on inclusive teaching and assessment practices, including the NSF-funded SAGE 2YC project’s workshop at the 2019 fall American Geophysical Union conference titled “Inclusive and effective college science classrooms: Engaging students, designing lessons, and integrating diversity into the curriculum” and the NSF-funded Unlearning Racism in the Geosciences (URGE) program. Currently, she serves as the natural sciences area chair at Hendrix and holds the Nancy and Craig Wood Odyssey Professorship, a three-year endowed professorship awarded to her to further her plan to prepare underrepresented undergraduate STEM students for pursuing careers in the geosciences.

About Hendrix College

Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges and celebrated among the country’s leading liberal arts colleges for academic quality, engaged learning opportunities and career preparation, vibrant campus life, and value. The Hendrix College Warriors compete in 21 NCAA Division III sports. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. Learn more at   

“… Through engagement that links the classroom with the world, and a commitment to diversity, inclusion, justice, and sustainable living, the Hendrix community inspires students to lead lives of accomplishment, integrity, service, and joy.” —Hendrix College Statement of Purpose