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A Message from the Director:


2015-2018 has been a period of transformation for ADVANCE at WSU, as we transitioned from being an NSF funded effort, to a sustainable set of programs supported by the WSU Provost’s Office. There were some additional changes in the spring of 2019, as guided by the Steering Committee and the Provost, we expanded our programs to all tenured/tenure-track women faculty at WSU, including all academic units and not just those associated with STEMM fields. Of course, we still support all faculty who identify with under-represented minority groups, regardless of gender. Our efforts in line with the core mission set under NSF funding, focused on institutional transformation toward a bias-free/faculty-friendly environment, will also continue.

We are very enthusiastic about implementing our core programs under the new expanded mission, which includes support of under-represented minority faculty members and women faculty in all disciplines at WSU. We will continue to offer our existing grant opportunities: External Mentor/External Mentor-Pilot Extension; Transitions, Leadership Training, and the Travel Assistance Award Programs. ADVANCE at WSU has also made the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD) resources available to the WSU community, funding participation in the highly regarded Faculty Success Program for multiple eligible faculty members under the Leadership Training Program award. These opportunities will continue in the 2019-2020 academic year and we will maintain our efforts to bring cutting-edge trainings, workshops, and networking opportunities to campus, through our ties to NCFDD, as well as other organizations.

Please contact us if you have any questions, and stay tuned for information regarding our many offerings and resources aimed at enhancing faculty success across the WSU community.

With best wishes for the start of another exciting academic year,

Masha Gartstein

Professor, Clinical-Development Psychology

Director of ADVANCE at WSU

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Faculty Spotlight



Dr. Melanie-Angela Neuilly (Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology) 

Associate Professor and Interim Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Development

Melanie-Angela Neuilly, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor with the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Washington State University. Prior to joining the department in 2011, Dr. Neuilly taught for five years at the University of Idaho. She received a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University in 2007, and a Ph.D. in Psychology from the Université de Rennes in France in 2008. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on criminological theory, comparative criminal justice, homicide and violent crime, and research methods.

Generally speaking, Dr. Neuilly conducts comparative research on violence and violent death. More specifically, she is interested in issues surrounding measurement and data collection processes, particularly as they pertain to medico-legal practices of classifying death.

Dr. Neuilly is currently spending most of her research time focusing on the analysis of the data collected during her long-term comparative field research on medico-legal practices in France and in the United States. This project was partially funded by a WSU Seed Grant and an International Travel Research Grant from the WSU Office of International Programs. Over the course of ten years, Dr. Neuilly collected qualitative and quantitative information on investigations and post-mortem examinations of over 700 deaths at four sites: one large medical examiner’s office on the East Coast of the United States, one mid-sized coroner’s office in the American Intermountain West, one mid-sized medico-legal institute in the Western region of France, and one large medico-legal institute in the Southern region of France. Based on these data, Dr. Neuilly has identified the major differences between the medico-legal systems, as well as established influences pertaining to individual medico-legal practitioners’ characteristics.

Dr. Neuilly’s research helped inform SSB 5256 “The Confidentiality of Certain Autopsy and Postmortem Reports and Records,” which was passed during the 2013 Washington State Legislative session.

Aside from her main research focus, Dr. Neuilly also examines how research methodologies influence research findings in criminology, for example when it comes to establishing recidivism risk, or how qualitative methods open up new avenues for criminological research. In addition, Dr. Neuilly is also interested in general theoretical questions as well as feminist theorizations of crime.

Dr. Neuilly is also deeply engaged within her community, whether at the university level or in Moscow, Idaho, where she lives. Aside from fulfilling her departmental obligations (most recently as Graduate Director), she has served as Chair of the WSU President’s Commission on the Status of Women, Chair of the WSU Task Force on Paid Parental Leave, as an At-Large representative for the WSU Faculty Senate, and is on the Executive Board at Moscow Day School. In all these roles, she strives to promote social justice and gender equity, and to be a voice for the voiceless.

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