The DFO welcomes new Assistant Director, Dr. Meredith Wooten.
July 2, 2014
The DFO is thrilled to welcome Meredith Wooten as our new Assistant Director. In her new position, Meredith will support the DFO’s mission of raising awareness of fellowship opportunities and helping students create strong applications though intensive advising and support. Meredith brings more than ten years of related academic advising and research experience to Drexel, as well as a strong commitment to the view that students who are engaged outside the classroom in experiences that connect with their studies will be more successful and become more engaged citizens locally, nationally, and internationally.
“This is an exciting time to join the Drexel community,” says Meredith. “I am looking forward to working with the dedicated staff of the Fellowships Office, who play a vital role in supporting Drexel’s mission by facilitating educational and professional experiences beyond the classroom that will prepare students to engage actively and effectively in the broader world.”
As Meredith begins to immerse herself in her new role, her immediate focus is to learn the needs of Drexel students and advisors, and to assist them with identifying promising opportunities and students and addressing any difficulties that may arise. Her long term vision includes further development of the Fellowships Office as a student-centered resource for advancing student achievement by expanding outreach efforts to identify and support students who can contribute to the vibrant research environment at Drexel. While Meredith brings fresh ideas about how to do this, she is also interested in hearing from students, faculty, and staff about the programs and resources they would like to see. To share your suggestions, you can contact Meredith at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by her office in Disque Hall.
A native of Columbia, South Carolina, Meredith previously worked as a graduate fellow at the Penn Graduate Student Center, where she focused on PhD support programs and outreach efforts to students from non-traditional and underrepresented groups. She has also taught American politics and political thought at Haverford College, Bryn Mawr College, and the University of Pennsylvania. She focuses on advising students applying for graduate and post-graduate fellowships, as well as promoting research opportunities with faculty, students, and staff across the university.