ADVANCE Faculty Fellows

A UMass ADVANCE Faculty Fellowship provides faculty members with a unique opportunity to participate in ADVANCE’s program of institutional transformation. Fellows will partner with the ADVANCE Leadership Team as we provide the resources, recognition and relationship building necessary to help faculty collaborate successfully and feel valued and included. Fellows provide recommendations and feedback to the team about ADVANCE programming, and they liaise with their departments, and promote our efforts.

Funded by the National Science Foundation ADVANCE Program, UMass ADVANCE focuses on equity for women faculty in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) by gender, race/ethnicity, sexuality, gender identity, nationality, and other statuses. As the program aims to bring about institutional transformation, faculty members from all disciplines are invited to apply for a fellowship.

The fellowship is open to all faculty, tenure-track and non tenure-track, regardless of where they are on their career path.

As an ADVANCE Faculty Fellow you will:

  • Promote the activities of the ADVANCE Program

  • Attend one meeting each semester with the ADVANCE Team

  • Provide feedback on programming, and suggest additional programming or ADVANCE investments

  • Inform your department about upcoming ADVANCE events

  • Meet with faculty being recruited and inform them of ADVANCE Program activities

  • Encourage department members to apply for ADVANCE collaborative research seed grants and Mutual Mentoring Team grants

  • Encourage department members to nominate faculty for newly created awards, like the college faculty mentor awards

  • Assist ADVANCE in reviewing grant applications and award nominations

  • Cultivate other faculty members from their departments to become future ADVANCE Faculty Fellows

  • Be recognized at UMass Amherst Faculty Honors Recognition Dinner

  • Attend a meeting or meal with campus leadership to discuss faculty equity and inclusion and recognize your work as an ADVANCE Faculty Fellow (for example the 2019-2020 fellows had breakfast with the Chancellor)

2020-2021 ADVANCE Faculty Fellows

Lara Al-Hariri, Chemistry
Whitney Battle-Baptiste, Anthropology
Katherine Boyer, Kinesiology
Joshua Braun, Journalism
Marta Calas, Management
Isla Castañeda, Geosciences
Jacqueline Castledine, University Without Walls
Nathan Chan, Resource Economics
Lorraine Cordeiro, Nutrition
Bryan Coughlin, Polymer Science and Engineering
Paul Dennis, Music & Dance
Seth Donahue, Biomedical Engineering
Marco Duarte, Electrical & Computer Engineering
Isabel Espinal, Library
Debbie Felton, Classics
Lisa Fontes, University Without Walls
Kimberley Geissler, Health Promotion and Policy
Devon Greyson, Communication
Owen Gwilliam, Mathematics and Statistics
Rebecca Hamlin, Political Science
Korina Jocson, Student Development
Fidan Kurtulus, Economics
Li-Jun Ma, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Narges Mahyar, College of Information and Computer Sciences
Lynne McLandsborough, Food Science
Sarah Pallas, Biology
Kara Peterman, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Sarah Poissant, Communication Disorders
Alexandra Pope, Astronomy
Darrel Ramsey-Musolf, Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning
Pari Riahi, Architecture
Jessica Schiffman, Chemical Engineering
Memnun Seven, Nursing
Mila Sherman, Finance
Enrique Suarez, Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies
Brokk Toggerson, Physics
Don Tomaskovic-Devey, Sociology
Linda Tropp, Psychological and Brain Sciences
Laura Vandenberg, Environmental Health Sciences
Yanfei Xu, Mechanical & Industrial Engineering

2019-2020 ADVANCE Faculty Fellows

Sonya Atalay, Anthropology
Katherine Boyer, Kinesiology
Joshua Braun, Journalism
Marta Calas, Management
Elena Carbone, Nutrition
Michele Cooke, Geosciences
Leda Cooks, Communication
Ina Ganguli, Economics
Korina Jocson, COE, Education
Paul Katz, Biology
Michael Knapp, Chemistry
Nathalie Lavoie, Resource Economics
Kara Peterman, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Jessica Schiffman, Chemical Engineering
Elizabeth Sharrow, Political Science and History
Govind Srimathveeravalli, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Don Tomaskovic-Devey, Sociology
Rachel Walker, Nursing

To Apply or Nominate Someone

Please fill out this brief survey and upload your CV if nominating yourself, or your nominee’s CV if nominating someone else.

The deadline to apply is Friday, May 29th.


If you have any questions, please contact Donna Baron at