Build an equitable faculty culture and structure where all members are acknowledged for their unique contributions to the institution.
The goals of the NTT Affinity Group are:
- To build a professional community and network among campus NTT faculty.
- Increase communication among NTT faculty.
- Promote NTT belonging in the University Community.
- Share leadership opportunities within campus and professional societies.
- Promote retention of NTT faculty.
Principal Academic Professional, Department of Mathematics & Statistics
Principal Senior Lecturer, College of the Arts NTT Faculty Advocate, School of Music
Sutandra Sarkar is a Principal Academic Professional of the Department of Mathematics & Statistics at GSU. Her specialization was in the fields of Atmospheric Sciences from Georgia Tech and Applied Mathematics from India. Her dedication to teaching & learning was reflected in several awards and grants received, including the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Mini-grant Award 2022-2023, Internal Seed Grant Award 2022, Virtual Exchange (VE) Award 2021, and Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Course Development Grant 2021-2023. Sutandra was also recognized as a USG Chancellor's Learning Scholar in 2020-2022, which is a testament to her commitment to excellence in teaching. She created her own Faculty Learning Community: Make An Impact Your Way – Small Teaching fosters Big Impact Practices. In May 2022, Sutandra was promoted to the Principal Academic Professional (PAP) rank at Georgia State University (GSU), becoming part of the inaugural batch of PAPs in the Academic Professional (AP) track. This achievement was the result of Sutandra's advocacy efforts, which included working with the Provost's Office to bring the PAP rank to GSU for the first time, providing the NTT AP community with an opportunity for the professional growth.
As an educator and contributor, Sutandra has made significant contributions at the departmental, college, and university level. In recognition of her achievements, Sutandra was awarded the Outstanding Service Award of the Department of Mathematics & Statistics in April 2022 and was recognized as a GSU Hall of Fame Champion in 2020 by the Provost's Office. The Dean’s Office also named her as one of the College of Arts & Sciences Pandemic Response All-Star in 2020.
Sutandra obtained her Digital Literacy Innovation Fellowship from the Center for Instructional Innovation at GSU in 2015-16. She was also a member of the 2022 Summer Research Training Institute of Northwestern University, where she honed her research skills.
In addition to her academic pursuits, Sutandra has been an active member of the community, serving as the Lead of the organizing committee for hosting the Field of Dreams Conference 2023 in Atlanta of National Math Alliance and organizing committee member to lead the initiative of forming a Southeast Regional Math Alliance 2023.
Sutandra has made extensive service contributions at the departmental, college, and university levels. She's been actively involved in various committees, including chairing important ones like the Non-Tenure Track Lecturer Review and Promotion Review Committee, NTT Departmental Manual Revision Committee, and Lecturer and Academic Professional Search Committee. She also participates in college-wide initiatives such as the Diversity Inclusion and Belonging Council, Math Task Force Committee, and Writing Across Curriculum Advisory Committee. Additionally, she pursues her involvement as an Outside Committee Member (OCM) during candidate search processes. She participated in university-wide events, including the GSU Academic Professionals Workshop and the International Education Week's Virtual Exchange Signature Event. Her commitment to bridging the knowledge gap in STEM fields is worth mentioning; She is a member of the second cohort of the University STATE (Success Through Advancing Teaching Excellence) program, and she was a presenter at the Provost’s Learning Table Talk event.
Sutandra's exceptional contributions make her a role model for aspiring academic professionals.
Lara Saville Dahl is currently Principal Senior Lecturer of Oboe and serves as the College of the Arts Non-Tenure Track Faculty Advocate, School of Music Graduate Director, and Woodwind Coordinator. In Spring 2023, Dr. Dahl was elected Vice President of the NTT Faculty Affinity group for Georgia State University, where she continues to advocate for Non-Tenure Track faculty throughout the university.
Dr. Dahl received her Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from Arizona State University where she studied with Martin Schuring, and her Bachelor of Music degree from Brigham Young University, studying with Geralyn Giovannetti. She has performed with the Atlanta, Utah and Phoenix Symphony Orchestras, the Arizona Opera Company and the Sunflower Music Festival Chamber Orchestra. She is a founding member of Atlanta Chamber Winds which published a CD entitled Music from Paris on the Albany label. Dr. Dahl currently substitutes with the Atlanta Opera Orchestra, Atlanta Ballet Orchestra and Columbus Symphony. She performs frequently with Chamber Music Atlanta and is an active freelance musician throughout Atlanta, and is also in demand in the metro Atlanta area as an adjudicator, master-class clinician and sectional coach.
Dr. Dahl has presented several artist recitals at the International Double Reed Society Conferences, and was a guest chamber coach at Tianjin Conservatory in Tianjin, China in the summer of 2011. In addition to conducting masterclasses at several universities, Dr. Dahl has organized masterclasses for the Georgia State oboe studio with renowned oboists including Joseph Robinson, John Dee, Martin Schuring, Pat McFarland, Elizabeth Koch-Tiscione, Mark Ostoich, Russ deLuna, Humbert Lucarelli, Alyssa Morris, and Nancy Ambrose King.
Dr. Adani Pujada, the Assistant Director of Academic Assessment and Lecturer at the Institute for Biomedical Science (IBMS), is dedicated to making science more accessible and diverse. Obtaining an M.S. in Cell Molecular Biology and a Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry from Georgia State University, her research focused on understanding the genetics of intestinal bowel disease and various types of colorectal cancer.
Dr. Pujada uses different evidence-based teaching and learning strategies such as flipped classroom, Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL), and Transparency in Learning and Teaching (TILT). Among her courses are immunology, cell and molecular dynamics, as well as science communication. Dr. Pujada is also interested in promoting professional development to improve academic retention. Towards this goal, she serves on the following committees: IBMS Pre- and Post-doctoral Career Development, BSEN Pedagogy, Experience, Achievement, Knowledge-sharing, and Student Success (PEAKS), and BSEN Program Assessment Committee. Being a first-generation scientist and faculty member, she has engaged in several professional interviews and delivered presentations on various social media platforms in both English and Spanish. In these discussions, she shares insights into her career journey as a woman in STEM.
Thursday, Oct. 5th, 4-5pm – NTT Faculty Affinity virtual meeting
Wednesday, Oct. 11th, 11-1pm Downtown Walking Tour with Brennan Collins
Wednesday, Dec. 13th, 12:30-1:30pm – Second Annual Cookie Swap
More details to come regarding events in the Spring semester.