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Leading UD ADVANCE are, from left, John Sawyer, Pam Cook,

Robin Andreasen and Heather Doty.

Meet the UD ADVANCE Team


Pam Cook, Principal Investigator (PI), Associate Dean of Engineering, Unidel Professor of Mathematical Sciences

Robin Andreasen, Co-PI, Reading Group Co-Chair, Associate Professor, Linguistics and Cognitive Science

Heather Doty, Co-PI, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

John Sawyer, Co-PI, Associate Provost for Institutional Research and Effectiveness, Professor, Business Administration

Shawna Vican, Ph.D., Director, UD ADVANCE Institute, Assistant Professor, Sociology and Criminal Justice

Ursula Anderson, Ph.D., Senior Institutional Research Analyst

Lynn McDowell, Administrative Assistant

Sharon Neal, ADVANCE Scholar, Associate Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry

Michael Chajes, Reading Group Co-Chair, Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering

Asia Friedman, Social Science Researcher, Assistant Professor, Sociology and Criminal Justice


ADVANCE Faculty Fellows

Michael Chajes, Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineer

Myae Han, Associate Professor, Human Development and Family Studies

David Kirchman, Maxwell P. and Mildred H. Harrington Professor, School of Marine Science & Policy

J-P Laurenceau, Unidel Gilchrist Sparks Chair, Psychological and Brain Sciences

Karen Rosenberg, Professor, Anthropology

Regina Wright, Associate Dean for Diversity, College of Health Science, Associate Professor, School of Nursing


Internal Advisory Committee

Nii Attoh-Okine, Chair African Heritage Caucus, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Rosalie Dow, Associate Director, Center for the Study of Diversity, Associate Professor, School of Education

Domenico Grasso, Provost, Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering

Carol Henderson, Vice Provost for Diversity, Professor, Black American Studies

Gregory Hicks, Chair Physical Therapy, Associate Professor, Physical Therapy

Matthew Kinservik, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, Professor, English

Sharon Neal, Associate Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry

Tunde Ogunnaike, Dean College of Engineering, William L. Friend Chaired Professor, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Robert Opila, Chair of the Faculty Senate, Professor, Materials Science, Chemistry & Biochemistry and Electrical & Computer Engineering

Charles Riordan, Deputy Provost for Research and Scholarship, Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry

Lou Rossi, Chair Mathematical Sciences, Professor, Mathematical Sciences

Janine Sherrier, Professor, Plant and Soil Sciences

Bahira Trask, Chair Human Development & Family Studies, Associate Policy Scientist Center Community Research & Service

George Watson, Dean College of Arts & Sciences, Professor, Physics & Astronomy


External Advisory Board

• David J. Asai, Senior Director Science Education, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

• Margaret Bailey, PI and Director of ADVANCE IT, Rochester Institute of Technology

Gilda Barabino, Dean of Engineering, City College of New York

Molly Carnes, Co-Director WISELI – Women in Science & Engineering Leadership Institute, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Mary Anne Holmes, Professor Of Practice, Emerita, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Malika Jeffries-EL, Associate Professor, Chemistry, Boston University

Jan Rinehart, Executive Director ADVANCE, Northeastern University

Havidan Rodriguez, Provost & Executive VP for Academic Affairs, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Melissa Thomas-Hunt, Senior Associate Dean & Global Chief Diversity Officer, Associate Professor, Business, University of Virginia



Joan Buttram, Director Delaware Education Research & Development Center, Assistant Professor, School of Education and Human Development

Mariko Chang, PhD, External Evaluator, Independent Consultant specializing in Faculty Diversity and Program Evaluation