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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.

Craig Parks

Assistant Vice Provost, Washington State University

As Assistant Vice Provost, his primary responsibility is to address system-level issues, with an emphasis on integration and consistency across units within the university, and across our multiple instructional sites. To that end, he addresses issues that are particular to instructional sites, and work to integrate and coordinate efforts across sites; he monitors university, state, and federal policy relevant to the academic mission of the university, and he is chiefly responsible for implementation and adherence to those policies; and he is a liaison to the university’s vice presidents and work with them on academic and faculty issues.

Dr. Parks has expertise in social psychology and quantitative methods. His primary research focus on human cooperation with specific focus on the roles of personality and social comparison processes in determining cooperative behavior. He has over 20 years of experience teaching graduate-level data analysis and research methodology, with particular emphasis on regression modeling, structural equation modeling, meta-analysis, advanced research techniques, philosophies of research, ethical issues associated with research on humans and special populations.

Andre’-Denis Girard Wright

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

Dr. Andre’-Denis Girard Wright

Is an internationally recognized researcher and director of the School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences at the University of Arizona, has been named dean of the Washington State University College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences.

Wright holds the Carl and Patricia Weiler Endowed Chair for Excellence in Agriculture and Life Sciences at the University of Arizona (UA). He is also a BIO5 Research Fellow at the university, a group of transdisciplinary scientists collaborating to develop new technologies, diagnostics and treatments to solve humanity’s grand biological challenges.

For nearly two decades, Wright has been developing strategies to increase the efficiency of nutrient utilization in livestock and to raise the level of production of food in an ecologically sustainable way. Much of his effort has focused on reducing the enteric methane produced by cattle during the digestive process.

Chip Hunter

Dean, Carson College of Business 

Larry W. (Chip) Hunter, a scholar of management, and, most recently, senior associate dean of the Wisconsin School of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is the new dean of Washington State University’s Carson College of Business.

Hunter served Wisconsin for the past three years as senior associate dean and Pyle-Bascom Professor of Leadership. For two of those three years, he also led the school’s nationally ranked full-time MBA program. Prior to joining the University of Wisconsin in 2002, he spent eight years on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania, winning teaching awards in both appointments. In recognition of his research and leadership, he was recently elected vice-president / president-elect of the Industry Studies Association.

He earned his doctoral degree in industrial relations and human resource management from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He holds a master’s degree from Oxford University in the United Kingdom and earned his bachelor’s degree at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Hunter was raised in the Palouse, graduating from high school in nearby Moscow, Idaho.

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

dewaldChancellor, WSU Spokane Campus

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 currently serves as the Chancellor of the Spokane Campus. 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.

Mary Rezac

Dean, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture

Dr. Mary Rezac is currently the dean of Washington State University’s Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture.

Rezac received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Kansas State University in 1987. She worked for the Phillips Petroleum Company’s research and development division before returning to graduate school at the University of Texas in Austin where she received a master’s degree and doctorate in chemical engineering. In 1994, she joined the faculty of the Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Chemical Engineering. She was promoted to associate professor in 1998 and served in numerous administrative capacities for both the school and the college.

She returned to Kansas State in 2002 as an associate professor. She was promoted to professor and department head in 2004 and served as department head until 2009. During that period, Rezac recruited and hired three new faculty members, expanded the Ph.D. program and led efforts to increase the undergraduate enrollment by more than 50 percent. In 2015, she was named the first recipient of the Tim Taylor Professor of Chemical Engineering and selected to serve as the interim associate vice president for research at Kansas State. In 2017, Rezac was named dean of Washington State University’s Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture.

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.


In Memoriam: Kelly Ward


Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Recognition 

Kelly Ward was the Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Recognition and Professor of Higher Education. She previously served as chair of the Department of Educational Leadership, Sport Studies, and Educational/Counseling Psychology.  Her administrative roles provided the opportunity for Dr. Ward to connect her research expertise to current problems of practice. At WSU, she had taught Administration of Higher Education, Critical Issues in Higher Education and Student Affairs, Student Services, Seminar in Higher Education, and College Teaching. She previously taught at Oklahoma State University and worked as an administrator and faculty member at the University of Montana. Dr. Ward’s input as a steering committee member was invaluable, the ADVANCE at WSU team will continue to focus on university issues that Kelly deemed important.

Amy Wharton


Professor of Sociology

Director, College of Arts and Sciences, Washington State University, Vancouver 

My research interests are in the areas of gender, work and organizations, and social inequality. In recent years, I have been primarily focused on the intersections between gender, work, and family. I study the gendered nature of work-family policies, practices, and culture and examine their impact on employees. My current research takes up these questions in the academic workplace. I also have longstanding interests in service jobs and emotion in the workplace. All of my work is especially attentive to the roles of social context and social relations as shapers of behavior and beliefs.

Larry Hufford


Dean, College of Arts and Sciences 

Professor Hufford is interested in flowering plant systematics and evolution. His research applies phylogenetic systematics to resolve evolutionary relationships and explore diversification processes. He and his students apply molecular markers in phylogenetic studies of various angiosperm groups. Phylogenetic results are used to explore patterns and processes of diversification of plant form, ecology, and geography.  Resolving taxonomic problems and revising classifications are also key goals of their phylogenetic research. An area of emphasis in the Hufford laboratory is plant phylogeography in the American West. This research examines the geographic structure of genetic diversity to understand landscape, demographic, and temporal forces that have shaped plant diversity in the West.

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