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Remembering Kelly Ward

Like so many at WSU and our more extended community, ADVANCE at WSU is remembering Kelly Ward. She made a significant contribution to ADVANCE in her official capacity, as a member of the Steering Committee – a role that came with her title as a vice provost for faculty development and recognition, and in every other way possible. Kelly Ward was not only a mentor, she was also a great friend to many of us in the ADVANCE at WSU office. As one of the driving forces behind institutional change and faculty and student development and growth, Kelly paved a path for a more inclusive/faculty-friendly environment. She encouraged me as the director to grow in my capacity to lead ADVANCE and to continue expanding our programming, seeking additional funding from the National Science Foundation. I often say that you really get to know a person when you put a grant proposal together with them, and Kelly worked on a multi-university partnership grant with me and others on the team over Christmas holidays. I will never forget her dedication on this occasion and in her other endeavors. She offered support in different ways to other members of the ADVANCE family, saying uplifting things during brief meetings and being generally positive about challenges that are yet to be overcome. Kelly was an expert at balancing work and life and was an inspiration to many of us in the office. She was able to contribute so much to the WSU community while still being an incredible mother and wife. We will continue to pursue our mission of working toward a more inclusive faculty-friendly WSU and a regional partnership supporting women as leaders in STEMM, focusing on priorities that Kelly Ward deemed important.


Masha Gartstein, Davi Kallman, and Jeannie Holt

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 WSU.  Our efforts continue to be in line with the core mission set under NSF funding, focused on institutional transformation toward a more bias-free/faculty-friendly environment. The efforts have also expanded in terms of support for individual faculty members, which now includes under-represented minority faculty members in any discipline at WSU, and continues to apply to women faculty members in tenure-track positions in STEMM disciplines.

We are very enthusiastic about implementing our core programs, aimed at the recruitment and retention of women faculty in STEMM disciplines (as funded by NSF ADVANCE) and our new mission, which includes support of under-represented minority faculty members in all disciplines at WSU. We will continue our grant opportunities under existing programs: the External Mentor, the Transitions Grant, and the Leadership Training Program.  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 2018-2019 academic year and we will continue 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 to 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


Faculty Spotlight


Dr. Carrie Cuttler (Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology)

Dr. Cuttler’s diverse research interests are united by a focus on the links between health and cognition. She is currently focused on examining links between cannabis use and mental health (e.g., depression, anxiety, OCD) as well as the effects of chronic cannabis use and different forms of exercise on cognitive functioning. More specifically, her current research projects focus on examining i) the links between stress and cannabis use, ii) the perceived efficacy of different strains of cannabis on the treatment of anxiety, depression, stress, and other medical conditions, iii) the influence of cannabis use (early vs. late onset, concentrate use vs. marijuana use) on cognitive functioning, iv) the effects of different forms of exercise (aerobic, resistance, yoga) on memory, executive functioning, and creativity.

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