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Steering Committee

Masha Gartstein

Director, ADVANCE at WSU Gartstein_3423web
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.

Melanie-Angela Neuilly

Interim Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Development
Associate Professor – Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology

As Interim Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Development, Dr. Melanie-Angela Neuilly‘s primary responsibilities include training and development activities for department chairs and directors; New Faculty Orientation and the new faculty seminar series; faculty professional development activities; and collaborative partnerships with faculty groups dedicated to faculty development and improvement of faculty life.

Dr. Neuilly has expertise in 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. 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.

Andre’-Denis Girard Wright

Dean, College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Science

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

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

Dr. Laura 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.

Matthew Jockers


Dean, College of Arts and Sciences 

Dr. Matthew Jockers joined WSU as a professor of English and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences on August 1, 2018. For two decades, Jockers has blended his love of literature and computer science into a successful career as an educator and administrator, researcher, and tech industry insider. Formerly a professor of English and associate dean for research and partnerships in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Nebraska (UNL), he was also a faculty fellow in the UNL Center for Digital Research in the Humanities and the Center for Great Plains Studies; faculty affiliate in the Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior; and director of the Nebraska Literary Lab.

Jockers’s research uses computers to analyze written text. His literary training is in Irish and Irish-American literature of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In addition to his 20 years as a professor and administrator, Jockers has founded and directed a non-profit organization, directed research and development at a technology startup company, worked as principal research scientist and software development engineer in iBooks Engineering at Apple, and cofounded a book industry text mining company.

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