Hernandez joins college to help grow faculty ranks and inclusive excellence

Posted: January 13, 2022
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Marcela Hernandez, PhD, has been appointed to the new position of assistant dean for faculty affairs and recruitment in the College of Engineering. She will be charged with leading and providing strategic oversight of engineering faculty recruitment efforts, onboarding and retention.

A molecular biologist and biochemist by training, Hernandez currently serves as administrative director in The Ohio State University’s Office of Postdoctoral Affairs. Prior to that, she was the graduate and STEM diversity director with the College of Arts & Sciences. She has designed and implemented programs to recruit, retain and support STEM trainees of all levels, including a special focus on those with underrepresented backgrounds.

“Marcela Hernandez brings a wealth of experience in STEM and supporting faculty in creating a diverse and equitable workplace,” said Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs Rachel Kleit. “I look forward to her helping us to build out a system that supports faculty recruitment at the highest level.

Hernandez will represent the College of Engineering in various internal and external faculty-related initiatives. In partnership with Ohio State Offices of Human Resources, Academic Affairs, and Diversity and Inclusion, among others, she will develop and execute strategies to establish pipelines of diverse candidates and assess the progress and success of recruitment efforts. Additionally, she will lead the College of Engineering’s development and implementation of training to support faculty search committees and hiring processes, including onboarding.

“I am very excited to join the faculty affairs team,” said Hernandez. “After working to support undergraduate and graduate students, as well as postdoctoral scholars, I realized that working to support faculty has the most impact. This is because every student they teach and every trainee they mentor will benefit from the support and professional development opportunities they receive.”

Hernandez earned a bachelor of science in molecular genetics and her master’s and PhD in biochemistry, all from Ohio State. Her scientific training and research in biochemistry and molecular biology focused on control of gene expression at the transcriptional and posttranscriptional levels.