Project Leadership Team

The UMass ADVANCE project was developed over the course of four years by an interdisciplinary team of scientists and campus leaders who span four Colleges constituting the core NSF-funded disciplines: Social/Behavioral Sciences (SBS), Natural Sciences (CNS), Engineering (COE), and Computer/Information Sciences (CICS). This collaborative interdisciplinary PI team-- which reviewed literature, collected pilot data, developed hypotheses, built relationships with stakeholders and proposed the project. The core proposal idea that emerged was: support for collaboration will advance equity for all women faculty and for men faculty of color.

Joya MIsra

Joya Misra

PI, Director of ADVANCE Programming,

Professor, Department of Sociology











Laurel Smith-DoerrLaurel Smith-Doerr

Co-PI, Director of ADVANCE Research Collaboration, Institute for Social

Science Research Director,

Professor, Department of Sociology










Nilanjana Buju GuptaNilanjana (Buju) Dasgupta

Co-PI, Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Director of Faculty

Equity and Inclusion, College of Natural Sciences







James AllanJames Allan

Co-PI, Professor and Chair of the Faculty
College of Information and Computer Sciences







Jennifer NormanlyJennifer Normanly

Co-PI, Professor and Head of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Department, College of Natural Sciences







Gabriela WeaverGabriela Weaver

Co-PI, Professor in Chemistry, College of Natural Sciences,
Special Assistant to the Provost for Education Initiatives







Sergio Brena in front of a grey backdropSergio F. Breña

Co-PI, Associate Department Head, Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering









Julie Woods

Research Collaboration Coordinator

Donna Baron

Program Manager