Dr. Richard McGee, Jr.
Richard (Rick) McGee, PhD, is the Associate Dean for Faculty Recruitment and Professional Development, and a Professor of Medical Education at the Northwestern University 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 students 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; and a randomized controlled trial of a totally different approach to fostering diversity in academia.
Dr. Christine Pfund
Christine (Chris) Pfund, PhD, is a Researcher with the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) 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 five principal investigators awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to establish a National Research Mentoring Network. Dr. Pfund will direct the National Mentor Training Core. She is also Director of the newly established Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research (CIMER), housed in WCER.
Dr. Keivan Stassun
Keivan G. Stassun, PhD, is the Stevenson Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Research for the College of Arts and Science, and Director of the Vanderbilt Center for Autism and 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. Dr. Stassun is also passionate about his role as a mentor and educator—in particular about encouraging underrepresented groups to become scientists.
Dr. Renetta Tull
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 Information Technology. She is also Founding Director and Co-Principle Investigator for the 12-institution National Science Foundation University System of Maryland’s (USM) PROMISE AGEP, and Co-Director/Co-Principle Investigator for the National Science Foundation USM’s Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP). In addition to roles at UMBC and roles with grants, Dr. Tull is also part of the University System of Maryland’s Academic Affairs unit in Adelphi, Maryland, serving the USM as Special Assistant to the Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, and USM Director of Graduate and Professional Pipeline Development.
Dr. Sylvia Hurtado
Sylvia Hurtado, PhD, is Professor in the Division of Higher Education and Organizational Change at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at University of California, Los Angeles. She is currently Director of the Higher Education Research Institute, which houses the Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP). CIRP is the longest-running empirical study of higher education involving data collection on students and faculty. Her numerous publications focus on undergraduate education, student development in college, and diversity in higher education. She is past President of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), and served on the boards of the Higher Learning Commission and initiatives of the Association of American Colleges and Universities. Recent national projects include research on how colleges are preparing students to participate in a diverse democracy (U.S. Department of Education), the pathways of underrepresented students’ in scientific research and professional careers (National Institutes of Health/National Science Foundation), and student and institutional outcomes of diverse and broad access institutions in higher education (Ford Foundation).
Dr. Christiane Spitzmueller
Dr. Christiane Spitzmueller is Professor of Industrial Organizational Psychology at the University of Houston, where she conducts research and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in occupational health psychology, work motivation, and personality in the workplace. She is a published researcher in specific areas such as technical training, work-family satisfaction, and employee safety and engagement. Dr. Spitzmueller received her Ph.D. in industrial and organizational psychology from Bowling Green State University in 2003.