ADVANCE at WSU Research Team
The ADVANCE Research program provides:
dissemination and evaluation of ADVANCE at WSU Social Science Research Grants
collection of National Science Foundation indicator data
development and dissemination of ADVANCE grant-related social science research (e.g., Collaborative on the Academic Careers in Higher Education [COACHE] survey dissemination, data collection and analysis, and results dissemination; WSU chair’s interviews)
- evaluation of the ADVANCE at WSU programs and dissemination of those research results
Dr. Amy S. Wharton, co-PI on the NSF ADVANCE at WSU Institutional Transformation grant, has primary responsibility for the ADVANCE at WSU research effort. This includes coordination of the ADVANCE Research group, collection of NSF Indicators, and oversight of WSU’s participation in the faculty COACHE survey. She also assists with implementation of the ADVANCE Leadership Initiative.
Director, Department of Social and Economic Sciences Research Center
With a Ph.D. in Natural Resources, an MS in Statistics, and an MBA, Dr. Lena Le is well suited for a leadership role as SESRC’s Director. Dr. Le has over 15 years’ experience applying quantitative and qualitative methods to social science research related to tourism, recreation, public land management and other fields. Dr. Le was appointed Director in May of 2014, having previously served as Director of the Park Studies Unit at the University of Idaho, overseeing survey projects for the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and other land management agencies. Dr. Le serves one of SESRC’s principal investigators, oversees the management of all projects, and is responsible for ensuring that clients’ goals are met within budget and on schedule.
Department Chair & Professor, Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling Psychology
Dr. Ward was an active member of the ADVANCE at WSU Research Team. In her work with the Department Chair Project, Dr. Ward explored gender-equity initiatives at WSU. She also conducted research into the ways female faculty manage the demands of work and family life. Her other research interests included career development among junior faculty and campus and community engagement. Dr. Ward’s research will have a lasting impact on ADVANCE at WSU initiatives.
Courtney P. Benjamin
PhD Candidate in the Cultural Studies and Social Though in Education Program at WSU
Courtney P. Benjamin is a PhD Candidate in the Cultural Studies and Social Though in Education program at Washington State University, Managing Editor of Western Journal of Black Studies, and Research Assistant for ADVANCE at WSU. Her work illumines intersectional aspects of gender, race, and social class, with particular emphasis in critical inquiry and discourse analyses of STEM participation at both the K-12 and higher education level.
Joshua J. Underwood
Undergraduate student in the Psychology Program
Joshua J Underwood is an undergraduate student in the psychology program at Washington State University, working closely with Courtney Benjamin and Masha Gartstein as a research associate with the ADVANCE program at WSU. He works as a research assistant in multiple labs in the psychology and human development departments at WSU, with a research focus in child and adolescent development. He developed a Python code to help make data management and analysis easier and is currently applying this code to Courtney Benjamin’s data.
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