Pam Cook, Principal Investigator (PI)

Unidel Professor of Mathematical Sciences, Associate Dean for Faculty, College of Engineering

Pam Cook (-Ioannidis) is UNIDEL Professor of Mathematical Sciences at and Associate Dean for Faculty in the College of Engineering. Dr Cook received her PhD in applied mathematics at Cornell University. She received a N.A.T.O. Postdoctoral Fellowship to work at the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands. She joined the math faculty at UCLA, where she received tenure. She has since been at UD, where she served as mathematics department chair for nine years. Her research has been in modeling, asymptotics, and nonlinear partial differential equations, particularly as relevant to transonic aerodynamics and complex (viscoelastic) fluids. Dr. Cook is a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and an Associate Fellow of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). She has served as editor-in-chief of the SIAM Journal on Applied Mathematics (SIAP), as elected secretary of SIAM, as vice president for publications of SIAM, and as president of SIAM. She has received the national WEPAN (Women Engineers ProActive Network) University Change Agent Award, the UD Trabant Award, and the UD Torch Award for her work in supporting, and increasing the number of, STEM women faculty at UD.


Robin Andreasen, Co-PI

Associate Professor, Linguistics and Cognitive Science

Robin Andreasen is an Associate Professor of Linguistics and Cognitive Science at the University of Delaware (UD). She earned her PhD in philosophy and specializes in philosophy of science, philosophy of social science, and in science and policy. She is a co-PI UD’s ADVANCE-IT grant. A race and gender scholar, Dr. Andreasen is research director for UD ADVANCE.  Her current focus is on diversity in the academic workforce. She is also well known for her numerous publications on ethnicity and human evolution as well as the concept of race in medicine.  She is on the editorial board of journal Critical Philosophy of Race and was the editor for a special edition of the journal The Monist. Dr. Andreasen was an active participant in University of Delaware’s ADVANCE PAID grant and continues to devote her time to projects that aim to improve the advancement women faculty at UD.


Heather Doty, Co-PI

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Heather Doty is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering. She earned her Ph.D. in physics at the University of California Santa Barbara, where she studied the electronic properties of semiconductor heterostructures at low temperatures and high magnetic fields. She worked as a patent examiner specializing in semiconductor devices before coming to UD. As co-PI and UD ADVANCE Faculty Associate to the Provost, Dr. Doty is primarily responsible for overseeing ADVANCE activities that directly impact faculty (e.g., faculty workshops and panels). Dr. Doty advises UD’s Women in Engineering Graduate Student Steering Committee and is a member of the College of Engineering’s Diversity Committee and the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment’s Diversity Committee. She is the 2017 recipient of UD’s Trabant Award for Women’s Equity. Dr. Doty conducts research on diversifying the academic STEM workforce and teaches classes that apply physics concepts (thermodynamics and classical mechanics) to engineering applications.


John Sawyer, Co-PI

Associate Provost for Institutional Research and Effectiveness, Professor, Management

Dr. John Sawyer (Ph.D. University of Illinois) is Professor of Management in the Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics and the Associate Provost, Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness at the University of Delaware. Sawyer’s research has focused on science and technology management, organizational-technology systems, and negotiations.  As associate provost he works to assure accessibility, transparency and usefulness of data and information for institutional decision-making.


Shawna Vican, Ph.D., Director UD ADVANCE Institute

Assistant Professor, Sociology and Criminal Justice

Shawna Vican is a sociologist who studies processes of organizational and institutional change, with a particular focus on the adoption and implementation of new employment practices and corporate social behaviors.  Across her research, Shawna seeks to understand how organizational practices, managerial behavior, and workplace culture shape individual career outcomes as well as broader patterns of labor market inequality.  Shawna received her Ph.D. in sociology from Harvard University and was previously a Research Fellow at Catalyst Inc.


Ursula Anderson, Senior Institutional Research Analyst

Ursula Anderson joined the UD Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness in January 2017. She provides data analysis, reporting, and program review support for gender equity and diversity initiatives of the UD ADVANCE Institute. Ursula brings both institutional and scientific research experience to the ADVANCE team. Her previous institutional research experience focused on the undergraduate student experience and student success initiatives. She received her Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from Georgia Institute of Technology and was a NSF Postdoctoral Fellow in the Infant and Child Cognition Lab at Boston College.


Yvette Jackson, ADVANCE Senior Researcher

Yvette Jackson – Ph.D., The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, Jamaica, recently retired from The UWI, where she was Professor of Synthetic Organic Chemistry with research interests in the synthesis and chemistry of bioactive heterocyclic compounds and their analogues. Her most recent appointment at The UWI was as Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Graduate Studies, with responsibility for graduate education across all campuses of the university. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. Professor Jackson joined the UD Advance Institute in September 2017.


Cindy Hall, Communications and Marketing

Cindy Hall is a communications director in UD’s Office of Communications & Marketing. Cindy joined UD in 2013 and brings nearly 20 years of experience in communications, marketing and public relations. She provides strategic counsel, planning, writing and editing for the University and key initiatives including ADVANCE.



Asia Friedman, ADVANCE Social Science Researcher

Assistant Professor, Sociology and Criminal Justice

Asia Friedman is an assistant professor of Sociology at the University of Delaware. Her research examines how the sociology of cognition and sensory perception offers a transformative analytical perspective applicable to a diverse range of existing sociological subfields. Although intellectually rooted in cultural sociology, particularly the sub-areas of cognitive sociology and the sociology of the senses, the impact of this research agenda necessarily extends beyond culture, cognition and perception. Dr. Friedman’s recent publications, for example, have addressed gender, the body, and race, in each case using an analysis of social patterns of thought and sensory perception to bring productive new questions to ongoing debates in the field. Her first book, Blind to Sameness: Sexpectations and the Social Construction of Male and Female Bodies (Chicago, 2013), which won the 2016 Distinguished Book Award from the Sex and Gender Section of the American Sociological Association, draws on more than sixty interviews with two very different populations – the blind and the transgendered – to answer questions about the relationships between gender, biology, and visual perception.


Sharon Neal, ADVANCE Scholar, YR 2

Associate Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry

Sharon L. Neal is an analytical chemist in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Delaware, Her research is focused on the development of multidimensional spectroscopy and multivariate data analysis methods for monitoring and photokinetic characterization of pollutants, pharmaceuticals and molecular probes. During her tenure at the University of Delaware she has served as a rotating program officer in the Chemistry Division of the Mathematics and Physical Sciences (MPS) Directorate at the National Science Foundation (NSF) and spent a sabbatical leave as a visiting professor in the Biology Department at the University of New Mexico. Before moving to UD 1998, she was an Assistant Professor at Spelman College and UC Riverside. She also worked as a staff chemist in Corporate Quality Assurance at The Coca-Cola Company prior to completing her graduate degree. Prof. Neal earned the B.S. in Chemistry at Spelman College and the Ph.D. in Chemistry at Emory University, both in Atlanta, GA. She conducted post-graduate research at the University of Washington and Naval Research Laboratory. She is a member of several professional societies including the American Chemical Society, the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers and the Biophysical Society. She serves on the advisory boards of the Committee on the Advancement of Women Chemists (COACh) and the Open Chemistry Collaborative in Diversity Equity (OXIDE). She is also a past member of the advisory committee of the Mathematics and Physical Sciences (MPS) Directorate at the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the A-Page Advisory Panel at Analytical Chemistry.


Michael Chajes, ADVANCE Faculty Fellow

Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering

Michael Chajes is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He teaches classes in the areas of structural analysis and design, as well as sustainable development. His areas of research expertise include bridge testing, evaluation, and rehabilitation. He also works in the areas of sustainable energy and sustainable development with particular interests in energy harvesting, developing clean energy cities, sustainable infrastructure, and methods for pricing carbon. Dr. Chajes served as an administrator at UD for 10 years as Dean of the College of Engineering and Chair of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. He currently serves as co-chair of UD’s Sustainability Task Force. In 2010, he was named Delaware Engineer of the Year and was also awarded a UC Davis College of Engineering Distinguished Engineering Alumni Medal. In 2012, he received UD’s E.A. Trabant Award for Women’s Equity, and in 2016 he was inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Civil and Environmental Engineering Alumni by the University of Massachusetts. He is an ADVANCE faculty fellow for the College of Engineering.


Myae Han, ADVANCE Faculty Fellow

Associate Professor, Human Development and Family Studies

Dr. Myae Han is an Associate professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Delaware. Dr. Han’s research interests include 1) an early intervention for at risk children to support early language and literacy and Play, 2) implementation process and coaching in applied and translational research in early childhood settings, 3) culturally and linguistically diverse children.  Dr. Han is a current president of Literacy Development in Young Children (LDYC) SIG at the International Literacy Association, and a past president of The Association for the Study of Play (TASP).  She has codirected various federal and state funded grant projects including three Early Reading First grant funded by US Department of Education, Early Head Start University Partnership grant, Child Care Research Partnership grant funded by US Department of Health and Human Service, etc.  She has written various articles in the journals such as Early Childhood Research Quarterly, Early Education and Development, etc and has served on editorial board for International Journal of Play and Journal of Research in Childhood Education. She is an ADVANCE faculty fellow for the College of Education and Human Development.


David Kirchman, ADVANCE Faculty Fellow

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

Prof. Kirchman received a B.A. in Biology at a small liberal arts school (Lawrence University) in Wisconsin in 1976 and his Ph.D. in environmental microbiology at Harvard in 1982. After postdocs at Georgia and Chicago, he arrived at the University of Delaware in 1986 where he is now the Harrington Professor in Marine Science. He is also an Alison Professor, the University’s highest honor for faculty. His research is in microbial ecology and microbial oceanography with a focus on the carbon cycle. He teaches courses in marine biology, microbial ecology, and scientific writing and publishing. He is the UD ADVANCE Faculty Fellow for the College of Earth, Ocean, and the Environment.


J-P Laurenceau, ADVANCE Faculty Fellow

Unidel A. Gilchrist Sparks III Chair in the Social Sciences, Professor, Psychological and Brain Sciences

Jean-Philippe Laurenceau is the Unidel A. Gilchrist Sparks III Chair and Professor of Psychological & Brain Sciences and Senior Research Scientist at Christiana Care Health System’s Helen F. Graham Cancer Center and Research Institute. His interests focus on understanding the processes by which partners in marital and romantic relationships develop and maintain intimacy within the context of everyday life. His methodological interests include intensive longitudinal methods and applications of modern methods for the analysis of change in individuals and dyads. More recently, Prof. Laurenceau has been studying how couples cope with and maintain connection amidst health-related adversity, including breast cancer and diabetes. Prof. Laurenceau has been an appointed member of the Social, Personality, and Interpersonal Processes grant review panel of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and has served on the editorial boards of ​Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Journal of Family Psychology, and Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. In addition to having been the recipient of an NIH K01 Research Scientist Development Award, Prof. Laurenceau has been principal investigator or co-investigator on NIH-funded research projects granted by the National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, and the National Cancer Institute. He is the co-author of the 2013 book Intensive Longitudinal Methods: An Introduction to Diary and Experience Sampling Research. He is an ADVANCE faculty fellow for the College of Arts and Sciences.


Karen Rosenberg, ADVANCE Faculty Fellow

Professor, Anthropology

Karen Rosenberg is a professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Delaware.  She is paleoanthropologist (B.A. University of Chicago, 1976, M. A. University of Michigan, 1980, Ph.D. University of Michigan, 1986).  Her research is on Neandertals and their contemporaries, the origin of modern humans and the evolution of human childbirth and its implications for humans today.  She has been at the University of Delaware since 1986, serving as chair of the Department of Anthropology from 2002-2014. She holds editorial positions as co-founding editor of PaleoAnthropology, and as Associate Editor for PLoS One and Evolution, Medicine and Public Health.  She served as vice-president (2010-2012) and president (2013-2015) of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists and was recently elected as  a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She is an ADVANCE faculty fellow for the College of Arts and Sciences.


Regina Wright, ADVANCE Faculty Fellow

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

Regina Wright is a psychologist and associate professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Delaware where she teaches primarily in the PhD in Nursing Science program. She is also Associate Dean for Diversity for the College of Health Sciences. Dr. Wright earned a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Delaware, an M.S. in Experimental Psychology from Villanova University, and a Ph.D. in Research Neuropsychology from Howard University. Her program of research is focused on examining relations between cardiovascular risk factors and cognitive function among older adults, with a specific interest in patterns of association in vulnerable populations. She has published widely in gerontological, neuropsychological, neurological, and special population journals. She is an ADVANCE faculty fellow for the College of Health Sciences.


Jung-Youn Lee, ADVANCE Faculty Fellow

Professor, Plant & Soil Sciences

Prof. Lee received her Ph.D. in Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. Her research focuses are on elucidating how pant cells communicate through plasmodesmata, plant-unique intercellular communication channels by identifying the molecular components and investigating their roles in plant growth and development. She is the UD ADVANCE Faculty Fellow for the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.


Susan Giancola, ADVANCE Internal Evaluator

Sue Giancola, Ph.D. is associate director of the Center for Research in Education and Social Policy (CRESP). Prior to joining UD, Dr. Giancola spent over 20 years providing research and evaluation services in education and human services, including 15 years as an independent consultant. Dr. Giancola’s primary area of research involves developing evaluation methodologies that foster the integration of evaluation into program design and to promote the use of evaluation as a continuous improvement component of program implementation. Dr. Giancola has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in the areas of research methods, management of human services programs, assessment, and evaluation.


Mariko Chang, ADVANCE External Evaluator

Mariko Chang Consulting, Inc

Mariko Chang, PhD, is the author of the new book, Shortchanged: Why Women Have Less Wealth and What Can Be Done About It. She is the author of the 2015 report, “Women and Wealth: Insights for Grantmakers,” the main author of the Spring 2010 report “Lifting As We Climb: Women of Color, Wealth, and America’s Future” and coauthor of the 2015 “The Color of Wealth in Boston” and “At Rope’s End: Single Women Mothers, Wealth and Assets in the U.S.” Dr. Chang has a PhD in Sociology from Stanford University and was an Associate Professor of Sociology at Harvard University from 1998 to 2007 where she published work on occupational sex segregation across countries, the use of social networks for gathering financial information and began her work on the gender wealth gap. She is also a member of the Insight Center for Community Economic Development’s Experts of Color Clearinghouse, a Featured Expert at the National Council for Research on Women, and an Affiliate Scholar at the Women of Color Policy Network at NYU Wagner. She currently works as an independent consultant with two specialties: (1) researching the wealth gap, especially as it pertains to women and minorities and (2) external evaluation of grants that seek to increase faculty diversity and bring under-represented groups into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).