UMass ADVANCE Announces 2020-21 Faculty Fellows


UMass ADVANCE is pleased to announce the 2020-2021 cohort of ADVANCE Faculty Fellows. The 39 selected faculty, each representing different departments, will be partnering with the UMass ADVANCE leadership team to promote gender equity for faculty at UMass. Through a combination of research, programming, and interventions UMass ADVANCE seeks to understand and address systemic and intersectional inequalities to lay the groundwork for

a fairer, more equitable, diverse and inclusive campus.

ADVANCE’S theme for the upcoming program year is “Inclusion and Equity Amid COVID-19.”

“We look forward to engaging this year’s fellows,” said Laurel Smith-Doerr, principal investigator for the National Science Foundation (NSF) ADVANCE Grant and Program. “The ADVANCE Faculty Fellows play a critical role in the work we are doing. Together we will learn from each other at a time when departments and colleges are striving to create and sustain not only gender equity for their faculty, but new priorities for addressing systemic racism in the sciences.”

The 2020-2021 Faculty Fellows are:

  • 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 and dance
  • Seth Donahue, biomedical engineering
  • Marco Duarte, electrical and computer engineering
  • Isabel Espinal, library
  • Debbie Felton, classics
  • 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, 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 and 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 and industrial engineering

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