College of Humanities and Sciences
University of Montana
(Public policy and sustainable development)
Since 2016, Abebech Chekol has served as a lecturer in the College of Social Sciences & Humanities in the Department of Development & Environmental Management Studies in University of Gondar, an integrated program involving teaching, conducting research and giving community services. From 2005 to 2014, she worked as a development agent, supporting farmers through providing extension services and technical support about farming systems, water shade management and natural resource management including different soil and water conservation practices. Abebech also worked as a head of the women affairs office, which promotes women’s empowerment through reducing early marriage and traditional harmful practices collaborated with police and law offices; increasing access to girls’ primary education in collaboration with the education office, delivering training, workshops and conferences related to gender, early marriage, and traditional harmful practice like female genital mutilation, marriage by abduction and forced marriage. Moreover, from 2014 to 2016 she worked as a Graduate Assistant I and II at University of Gondar. She is currently a lecturer delivering development and environment courses, conducting research related to climate change, gender and natural resource, and performing community service supporting female students both in secondary and higher education, elders, local charity association . Abebech received a M.A in Public Policy and Sustainable Development from University of Gondar in 2016, a B.A in Development and Environmental Management Studies from University of Gondar in 2014 and Diploma in Natural Resource in faculty of Agriculture in Department of Natural Resource in Agarfa Agricultural Technical Vocational Education and Training College in 2004. Currently, she is a MA degree candidate in Gender and Development Studies in University of Gondar.
(Public Policy/Faculty Development)
Since 2010, Amy Fowler Kinch has served as the director of the Faculty Development Office at the University of Montana, a holistic program that supports faculty research, teaching, service, and career satisfaction. From 2005 to 2010, she worked as the program manager for a National Science Foundation ADVANCE grant to promote the recruitment and retention of women faculty in the sciences and support for indigenous women scientists. Kinch oversaw the policy development component of that grant and helped establish a number of UM initiatives including UM’s faculty-staff child care, the faculty modified duties policy, the retirees’ association, and the Quality of Work-Life Council. She is currently co-directing a national study of professional development directors and university administrators on perceived changes in skills required for faculty success. Prior to working at UM, Kinch conducted research and published in the field of early childhood education policy, serving as a consultant for the National Association for the Education of Young Children in Washington, D.C., a research associate for High/Scope Educational Research Foundation in Ypsilanti, MI, and an analyst for Abt Associates in Cambridge, MA. Kinch received a M.A. in Public Policy Studies from the University of Michigan and a B.A. in Politics from Princeton University.