STRIDE Faculty Fellowship Program

The STRIDE Faculty Fellowship Program provides UMass Amherst faculty with the opportunity to support diversity, equity, and inclusion in faculty recruitment.

Through the fellows program, we wish to ensure that the STRIDE (Strategies and Tactics for Recruiting to Improve Diversity and Excellence) Faculty Recruitment Workshops continue to be faculty centered and faculty driven, examining challenges of recruitment in different contexts. This will be a one year program, with the goal of continued engagement either through STRIDE or other recruitment initiatives developed during the fellowship year. We aim to select a cohort of faculty representing the range of diversity on our campus. No prior experience with STRIDE is necessary, only a commitment to promoting faculty diversity.

The STRIDE Faculty Fellowship Program is sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the Office of Equity and Inclusion, and complements other efforts to support faculty diversity, harnessing the knowledge and experience of our faculty to advance diversity, equity and inclusion in recruitment.


2023-2024 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 – Associate 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 


STRIDE Faculty Fellows:

  • Attend three two-hour training sessions in late August and September 2023
  • Co-lead two two-hour STRIDE Workshops over the course of the AY 2023-24
  • Cultivate faculty members from their colleges/departments to become future STRIDE Faculty Fellows
  • Continue engagement with STRIDE or other recruitment initiatives beyond the fellowship year (e.g. as a mentor; facilitator; or advisory board member)
  • Receive a $2,500 stipend for the AY 2023-24

Contact us with any questions: facultydiversity@umass.edu