Richard McGee, Jr.
RICHARD (RICK) McGEE, PhD, is the Associate Dean for Faculty Recruitment & Professional Development and a Professor of Medical Education at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. His primary research and academic interests are in the development of young scientists including the science of how undergraduate and PhD student fine tune career decision with a longitudinal study of 500 students; application and study of new coaching-based models to support early PhD students; use of group-based models to assist junior faculty develop as scientists; a randomized controlled trial of a totally different approach to fostering diversity in academia.
CHRISTINE (CHRIS) PFUND, PhD, is a researcher with the Wisconsin Center for Education Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Pfund conducts research with several programs across the UW campus including the Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR) and the Center for Women’s Health Research (CWHR). Her work focuses on developing, implementing, documenting, and studying a seminar to train research mentors across science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM). She has co-authored a manual for facilitators of this seminar, Entering Mentoring, and co-authored several papers documenting the effectiveness of this approach. Currently, Dr. Pfund is co-leading two studies focused on the impact of training on both mentors and mentees and understanding specific factors in mentoring relationships that account for positive student outcomes including the role of culture. Dr. Pfund is one of four principal investigators of the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN). She directs both the Mentor Training and Administrative Cores of NRMN. Dr. Pfund is also director of the Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research (CIMER), housed at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
CHRISTIANE SPITZMUELLER, Ph.D., is Professor of Industrial Organizational Psychology at the University of Houston (UH), where she conducts research and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in occupational health psychology, work motivation, and personality in the workplace. Her research focuses in areas such as technical training, work-family satisfaction, and employee safety and engagement. She is also the managing director for the Center for ADVANCING UH Faculty Success (ADVANCE). ADVANCE aims to increase the number and success of women faculty in the science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and behavioral sciences fields by recruiting more diverse faculty, providing clear opportunities for advancement and career development, and providing an inclusive and balanced work environment. Dr. Spitzmueller received her Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Bowling Green State University and joined the faculty of the University of Houston in 2003, becoming full professor in 2017.
KEIVAN G. STASSUN, PhD, is Stevenson Professor of Physics & Astronomy, Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Research for the College of Arts and Science, and Director of the Vanderbilt Center for Autism & Innovation at Vanderbilt University. He is also the Director of the Vanderbilt Initiative in Data-intensive Astrophysics (VIDA) and holds and an Adjunct Professor of Physics appointment at Fisk University. His research focuses on formation of stars and planetary systems and increasingly involves approaches at the interface of astronomy, physics, computer science, and informatics. He served as co-chair the Vanderbilt Chancellor's Committee on Diversity, Inclusion, and Community during the 2015-16 academic year and as co-director of the Fisk-Vanderbilt Masters-to-PhD Bridge program from 2004-2015. Dr. Stassun is also passionate about his role as a mentor and educator—in particular about encouraging underrepresented groups to become scientists. He received the 2018 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring.
RENETTA TULL, PhD, is Associate Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), and Professor of the Practice in UMBC’s College of Engineering and IT. She is also Founding Director and Co-PI for the 12-institution National Science Foundation University System of Maryland’s (USM) PROMISE AGEP, and Co-Director/Co-PI for the NSF USM’s Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP). In addition to roles at UMBC and roles with grants, she is also part of the University System of Maryland’s headquarters staff, serving the USM as Special Assistant to the Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, and USM Director of Graduate & Professional Pipeline Development. Internationally, Tull is Vice President of Initiatives for the Latin and Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions (LACCEI), and serves on the global Engineering Report II Team for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).