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Steering Committee

Masha Gartstein

Director, ADVANCE at WSU Gartstein_3423webAssociate Professor, Department of Psychology

Dr. Masha Gartstein, Director for ADVANCE at WSU, oversees all of the ADVANCE at WSU activities, coordinating events and trainings, as well as programs (i.e., the External Mentor, Transitions, and Leadership opportunities). She initiatives and facilitates multiple infrastructure meetings. Masha meets monthly with the Departmental Liaisons, and every semester with the ADVANCE at WSU Steering Committee. She provides oversight for program development and faculty friendly initiatives, and informs academic units regarding ADVANCE at WSU activities. Dr. Gartstein’s primary focus is to further institutional transformation efforts begun under the NSF ADVANCE grant.

Daniel Bernardo


Provost and Executive Vice President, Washington State University

Dr. Daniel J. Bernardo resumed his role as Provost and Executive Vice President of Washington State University on June 13, 2016 after being named Interim President on July 7, 2015 following the death of President Elson S. Floyd on June 20, 2015.

On May 16, 2014, Bernardo was named Provost and Executive Vice President of WSU. He served in the role on an interim basis from June 1, 2013 to May 15, 2014. As Provost and Executive Vice President, Bernardo serves as the senior academic officer for the university and has responsibility for academic planning; budgeting; diversity programs, international programs, enrollment management, and recruitment and retention of faculty, staff, and students. Reporting to the President, the Provost and Executive Vice President works with a team of academic deans, vice-provosts, senior administrators, faculty, staff, and student governance bodies to formulate and implement policies that further WSU’s strategic goals.

Bernardo has extensive experience in higher education — including teaching, research, administration, and policy development — at the university, college and department levels. Previously, Bernardo served as Vice President for Agriculture and Extension and Dean of the College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) from 2005-2013. In that position, he was responsible for administering teaching, research, and outreach programs in food, agriculture, natural resources and human sciences. Together, CAHNRS and WSU Extension had over 2,200 employees and an annual operating budget of over $180 million. As Dean of CAHNRS, he led efforts to reinvigorate WSU’s food and agricultural programs, including raising over $220 million in private contributions to fund endowed chairs, facility improvements, and programmatic activities.

Prior to moving to Washington State, Bernardo was a Professor and Department Head of the Department of Agricultural Economics at Kansas State University (KSU) from 1995 through 2005. Bernardo was on the Agricultural Economics faculty at Oklahoma State University from 1985 to 1995, where he conducted research and taught courses on a variety of topics, including production economics, water resource policy, and agribusiness economics. Bernardo has published over 200 papers on various agricultural economics topics.

Bernardo has a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Washington State University and a B.S. in Agricultural and Managerial Economics from the University of California, Davis.

Ron Mittelhammer

mittelhammerDean of College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Science, Washington State University

Dr. Ron Mittelhammer is currently serving as Washington State University’s appointed dean of the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences on June 1, 2013.  He brings to CAHNRS a deep commitment to research, discovery, and continuous improvement, as well as a wealth of experience. He works to cultivate and strengthen CAHNRS’ many collaborative relationships with industry and other stakeholders. Internally, his goal is to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of operations while fostering a sense of community and team spirit among faculty, staff, and students. He was instrumental in the design of the School of Economic Sciences and served as its first director from 2004 to 2010.  Mittelhammer earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agricultural economics from Rutgers University (1972, 1974), and his doctorate in agricultural and resource economics from WSU (1978).

Frances (Fran) McSweeney

mcsweeneyVice Provost for Faculty Affairs Regents Professor, Department of Psychology

Dr. Frances K. McSweeney, co-PI on the NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grant, serves as a liaison between the ADVANCE at WSU program, the Office of the Provost, and other administrative offices. She provides expertise in all areas related to the faculty. She has worked with members of the ADVANCE Program Implementation Team to gather data about faculty, including COACHE surveys and the Cohort Analysis of the Transition from Associate Professor to Professor. She works with those data to help to formulate policies that will advance all faculty members, with special awareness of women in STEM.

Christopher Keane

ChrisKeaneVice President for Research, Professor of Physics

Dr. Christopher Keane is Vice President for Research and Professor of Physics at Washington State University. He received a B.S. degree in Physics and a B.S. degree in Engineering, Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Rochester in 1980. He received his Ph.D. in Astrophysics from Princeton University in 1986. Dr. Keane then joined the Inertial Confinement Fusion Program at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), performing computational and experimental research in x-ray lasers, inertial confinement fusion, and ultra-high intensity laser–matter interaction. He also serves on a number of national and international governmental advisory committees regarding controlled thermonuclear fusion and related science.

Daryll DeWald

dewaldDean, College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Daryll DeWald joined Washington State University as Dean of the College of Sciences in January 2011 and became dean of the College of Arts and Sciences effective July 2012. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wyoming and his doctoral degree in biochemistry from Texas A&M University. He joined Utah State faculty in 1995 and became chair of the Biology department in 2006. As a biochemist, DeWald’s research programs and projects focus on synthetic biology, plant cell signaling and mammalian cell signaling. His work has explored the role of lipids that control cellular communication during plant stress, the regulation of cellular protein trafficking and how lipids regulate cancer cell metastasis.

Bryan Slinker

slinkerDean, College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Bryan Slinker first joined Washington State University as a faculty member in 1992. He was Interim Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine starting in November of 2008, and accepted the deanship on a permanent basis in February 2009.  He formerly served as Executive Associate Dean and Chair of Veterinary and Comparative Anatomy, Pharmacology and Physiology (VCAPP) from 1999-2008. Dr. Slinker, a Professor of VCAPP, received his B.S. in Zoology from the College of Idaho in 1976, and his D.V.M. and Ph.D. degrees from Washington State University in 1980 and 1982, respectively.  He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Cardiovascular Research Institute of the University of California, San Francisco, and then served as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Vermont from 1986-1992 before returning to Washington State University in 1992. Dr. Slinker’s research focuses on heart and cardiac muscle function. He has more than 50 publications in books and scientific journals, principally in the American Journal of Physiology, Circulation Research, Cardiovascular Research, and Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology.

Don Bender

Interim Dean, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture

Don Bender has been named as interim dean for the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture effective August 16. With WSU since 1997, Bender is the Weyerhaeuser Distinguished professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and director of the Composite Materials and Engineering Center (CMEC). His research interests include engineering analysis and design of timber structures; deck safety; laboratory testing and analysis of engineered wood components; composite materials, connections and assemblies; post-frame construction; nondestructive evaluation of wood materials; wood durability; and building envelopes. He led efforts to change national building codes to improve deck safety, and is active in revising the national timber design code and consensus standards promulgated by American National Standards Institute (ANSI), American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), and National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST).

Laura Lavine

Professor-Department of Entomology
Assistant Director, CAHNRS Office of Research

Dr. Lavine is Assistant Director of the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences Office of Research and a Professor in the Department of Entomology. A few of the highlights of her time at WSU include serving as interim Director of ADVANCE at WSU, President of the WSU Association for Faculty Women, and a proud member of the WSU Teaching Academy. Her research interests include the evolution of adaptation, especially concerning the development of the weapons of sexual selection and the evolution and management of insecticide resistance in crop pests. Her research is funded by the NSF and the USDA and she has over 50 publications in journals such as the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Nature, and Science.


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