Joseph Cerny

Dr. Joseph Cerny is a Professor of Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley.  He immediately joined the faculty after receiving his Ph.D. from Berkeley in 1961. He holds a B. S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Mississippi in 1957.

He was the Dean of the Graduate Division at UC Berkeley from 1985 to 2000.  During this time he worked closely with Maresi Nerad, whom he hired into the Graduate Division, on a series of research projects to measure systematically the quality and effectiveness of the graduate experience at Berkeley, with a special focus on Ph.D. recipients.  A particularly useful new tool was the development of a comprehensive (and virtually mandatory) exit survey for all Berkeley Ph.D. graduates.  In addition, Nerad and Cerny conducted a national PhD career path survey of six disciplines at sixty-one universities, which included evaluating the postdoctoral experience.

The majority of Cerny’s relevant publications are contained in Nerad’s CV for CIRGE.  Two separate internet publications by him are: Remarks given at the Third National Postdoc Network Meeting, “Changing the Culture of Science,” see [Cerny, Starting the Ball Rolling, Postdocs, May 2, 2003]; and a Report of the DOE/NSF Nuclear Science Advisory Committee’s Subcommittee on Education, which he chaired, see [Education Nuclear Science DOE/NSF November 2004].  This report surveys then-current  a) undergraduates, b) graduate students, and c) postdoctoral fellows; it also contains a national nuclear science Career Survey of Recent Ph.D.’s: Five to Ten Years Later.