STRIDE Faculty Fellows Announced for 2023

Senior Vice Provost for Equity and Inclusion Wilmore Webley is pleased to welcome a cohort of 32 faculty to the STRIDE Faculty Fellowship Program, aimed at advancing faculty diversity and retention at UMass Amherst.

This fellowship program is designed to ensure that the STRIDE Faculty Recruitment Workshops continue to be faculty centered and faculty driven, examining challenges of recruitment and retention on our campus. Fellows have a one-year appointment, with the goal of continued engagement either through STRIDE or other recruitment initiatives developed during the fellowship year.

The STRIDE Faculty Fellowship Program, sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the Office of Equity and Inclusion, complements other efforts to support faculty diversity, harnessing the collective knowledge and experience of our faculty to advance diversity, equity and inclusion in recruitment and retention. This year, the STRIDE program adds a new training for department and college personnel committees (Strategies and Tactics for Retention through Inclusive Promotion Evaluation (STRIPE). This training is modeled after the Texas A&M STRIPE training and a subset of this year’s fellows will be specifically trained to administer this training to personnel committee members who volunteer to be certified.

2023 STRIDE Faculty Fellows:

  • Steve Acquah – Associate Research Professor, Chemistry; Digital Media Lab Coordinator, W.E.B. Du Bois Library
  • Lynn Adler – Professor, Biology
  • Lara Al-Hariri – Senior Lecturer II, Chemistry
  • Ivon Arroyo – Associate Professor, Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies
  • Theresa Austin – Professor, Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies
  • Michael Becker – Associate Professor, Linguistics
  • Terrie Black – Clinical Associate Professor, Elaine Marieb College of Nursing
  • Elizabeth Brabec – Professor, Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning
  • Soonkyu Chung – Associate Professor, Nutrition 
  • Carey Clouse – Associate Professor, Architecture and Landscape Architecture
  • Justin Coles – Assistant Professor, Student Development
  • Isabel Espinal - Librarian, Info Literacy Spec/Hum Ref Lib
  • Laura Francis – Senior Lecturer, Biology 
  • Mwangi wa Gĩthĩnji – Associate Professor, Economics
  • Sanjiv Gupta – Associate Professor, Sociology
  • Christiane Healey – Senior Lecturer, Biology
  • Jonathan Hulting-Cohen – Associate Professor, Music and Dance
  • Ken Kleinman – Professor, Biostatistics 
  • Lisa Komoroske – Assistant Professor, Environmental Conservation
  • Jacquie Kurland – Associate Professor, Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
  • Joshua Michal – Associate Professor, Music and Dance
  • Sindiso MnisiWeeks – Assistant Professor, Political Science
  • Magda Oiry – Senior Lecturer, Linguistics
  • Shelly Peyton – Provost Professor, Chemical Engineering
  • Kalpana Poudel-Tandukar – Associate Professor, Elaine Marieb College of Nursing
  • Timothy Randhir – Professor, Environmental Conservation 
  • Matthew Rattigan – Senior Teaching Faculty, Manning College of Information & Computer Sciences
  • Cheryl Swanier – Senior Teaching Faculty, Manning College of Information & Computer Sciences
  • Jay Taneja – Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Neena Thota – Senior Teaching Faculty, Manning College of Information & Computer Sciences
  • Garrett Washington – Associate Professor, History
  • Kelsey Whipple – Assistant Professor, Journalism