UMass ADVANCE Announces 2022-23 Faculty Fellows

UMass ADVANCE is pleased to announce the 2022-23 cohort of ADVANCE Faculty Fellows. The 44 selected faculty members, each representing different units, will partner with UMass ADVANCE to promote gender and racial equity for faculty at UMass Amherst. Through a combination of research, programming, and practices, UMass ADVANCE seeks to understand systemic and intersectional inequalities at UMass and to lay the groundwork for a fairer, more equitable, diverse and inclusive campus. 

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Faculty Fellows provide recommendations and feedback to the team about ADVANCE programming and liaise with their departments to promote the ADVANCE program. They also inform ADVANCE about successful equity and inclusion initiatives in their units.

Each year ADVANCE announces a theme related to our focus on collaboration and equity. UMass ADVANCE’s theme for the upcoming program year is “Recognizing Research and Crediting Collaboration Equitably.”

“We look forward to collaborating with this year’s fellows and learning from each other,” said Laurel Smith-Doerr, principal investigator for the $3.1M National Science Foundation (NSF) ADVANCE Grant. “Our research shows that equitable recognition of research and crediting of collaboration is critical in supporting feelings of inclusion among faculty, and to retaining a diverse faculty at UMass.”

The 2022-2023 UMass ADVANCE Faculty Fellows are:

College of Education

  • Ximena Zuniga, student development
  • Theresa Austin, Teacher education and curriculum studies

College of Engineering

  • Chase Cornelison, biomedical engineering
  • Ashish Kulkarni, chemical engineering
  • Song Gao, civil and environmental engineering
  • Juan Jiménez, mechanical and industrial engineering

College of Humanities and Fine Arts

  • Caryn Brause, architecture
  • Sohee Koo, art
  • Debbie Felton, classics
  • Corine Tachtiris, languages, literatures and cultures
  • Gaja Jarosz, linguistics
  • Molly Christie, music and dance

Manning College of Information and Computer Sciences

  • Sunghoon Lee, College of Information and Computer Sciences

College of Natural Sciences

  • Min Yun, astronomy
  • Jennifer Rauch, biochemistry and molecular biology
  • Christiane Healey, biology
  • Kevin Kittilstved, chemistry
  • Carl Fiocchi, environmental conservation
  • Alissa Nolden, food science
  • Matthew Winnick, geosciences
  • Patrick Flaherty, mathematics and statistics
  • Kristen DeAngelis, microbiology
  • Rafael Coelho Lopes de Sa, physics
  • Samuel Gido, polymer science and engineering
  • Rachel Hestrin, Stockbridge School of Agriculture

Elaine Marieb College of Nursing

  • Raeann LeBlanc, nursing

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • Amanda Walker Johnson, anthropology
  • Martha Fuentes-Bautista, communication
  • Fidan Kurtulus, economics
  • Kelsey Whipple, journalism
  • Camille Barchers, landscape architecture and regional planning
  • Marissa Carrere, political science
  • Thaddeus Miller, public policy
  • Debi Prasad Mohapatra, resource economics
  • Youngmin Yi, sociology

Isenberg School of Management

  • Yoon Ju Kang, accounting
  • Farshid Abdi, finance
  • Nicole Melton, sport management


  • Jaime Taylor, W.E.B. Du Bois Library

School of Public Health and Health Sciences

  • Sara Mamo, communication disorders
  • Liz Evans, community health education
  • Katherine Reeves, epidemiology
  • Katie Potter, kinesiology
  • Zhenhua Liu, nutrition

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