The Role of Faculty & Staff in Creating an Enabling Learning Environment
Faculty & Staff Presentation
Colvard Student Ballroom
11:30 - 1:00 p.m.
Lite Lunch Provided
Making the Case for Graduate School
3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Goal Setting - Engineering Success
3:30 - 4:20 p.m.
Strategic Thinking for Achieving Academic, Career, and Personal Success
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
HOWARD G. ADAMS, Ph.D. is Founder and President of H.G. Adams& Associates, Inc.; a Norfolk, VA based consulting company that provides human development services and products to educational, governmental, and industrial organizations. Adams is a leading expert on mentoring and mentorship program development and has written, lectured, and consulted extensively on effective strategies for career, educational, and personal development. He is a sought after keynote speaker and seminar presenter, having spoken at over 600 colleges/universities, numerous national conferences, and conducted training for a number of fortune 500 companies.
Adams is the author or coauthored of fifteen self help guides and handbooks. Titles among these are: Negotiating the Graduate School Process: A Guide for Minority Students, 1985; Making the Grade in Graduate School: Survival Strategy 101, 1993; Techniques for Effective Undergraduate Mentoring (co-authored), 1993; Focusing on the Campus Milieu: A Guide for Enhancing the Graduate School Climate, 1993; Transitioning New Hires Into the Workplace: The Strategy of Mentoring (co-authored), 1997; Mentoring for Professional Development: Mentor/Protégé Orientation Guide, (co-authored), 1998; Recruiting Graduate Students: Implementing the Key “R” of Recruiting, 1998; Mentoring: A How-To Guide for Those Interested in Initiating a Mentoring Relationship, 2002; Mastering the Ph.D. Process: Tips for Surviving and Excelling in a Doctoral Program, 2002; The Internship Guide: A Blueprint for Successfully Managing the Internship Experience, 2003; Networking; The Art of Meeting and Greeting People, 2003 (co-authored); and The Undergraduate Research Experience: Examining Roles, Responsibilities, Strategies, and Actions for Forming Effective Mentorship Alliances, 2004. In his 2002 book, Get Up With Something On Your Mind: Lessons for Navigating Life, Adams offers some essential for living a successful and productive life. In Family Wisdom, 2006, he traces his ancestral family roots from the 1700 to the present. His latest book, Career Management 101: A Primer for Career and Life Goal Planning, 2008, provides critical insight, skills, and tools for planning and managing one’s career and life.
In 1989 President Ronald Reagan named Adams to the US Congressional Task Force on Women, Minorities, and the Handicapped in Science & Technology and he was named one of the first recipients of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Mentoring by President Clinton, (1995). Adams was named a “Virginia Hero” by the Virginia Heroes, Inc. in 1996; named a “20th Century Outstanding Educator” by Black Issues in Higher Education, 1999; and was awarded the Golden Torch Award for “Lifetime Achievement in Academia” by the National Society of Black Engineers, 2002. He was selected a “2004 Distinguished Alumnus” of Historical Black Colleges and Universities by the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education and named an “2004 Alumni Star” by the School of Science and Technology, Norfolk State University. In 2006 he received the QEM Catalyst in STEM award for “Broadening Participation and Effectiveness Mentoring in STEM.”
From 1978 to 1994 Adams served as Executive Director of the National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science, Inc. (GEM), headquartered at the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN. He retired from GEM in 1995. Prior to joining GEM, Adams served as Vice President for Student Affairs at Norfolk State University, 1974-1977. Adams holds a B.Sc. from Norfolk State University, M.S. from Virginia State University, and a Ph.D. from Syracuse University.
Adams welcomes speaking invitations from universities, associations, companies, or agencies. He can custom-tailor speeches/seminars/workshops to meet the needs of clients, utilizing a large library of proven materials on human resource development and/or academic/career success.