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. As the VAuLTS Project Director, Dr. Gartstein will chair the Steering Committee and oversee all project activities, including evaluations, coordinating efforts with other investigators, SESRC and external evaluator. She will travel to partner sites to resolve issues that cannot be adequately addressed, otherwise as needed.
Professor and Chair, Department of Entomology
Dr. Laura Lavine Professor and Chair 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. As VAuLTS Project Manager, her primary responsibility is coordination with other prior ADVANCE grant-recipient partners, ensuring that their program delivery, evaluation, and outreach/relationship building with community college/undergraduate serving institutions, are progressing.
Director, Center for Transformational Learning and Leadership
Dr. Denise Yost is a creative scholar committed to interdisciplinary teaching and mentoring to inspire authentic and elevated leadership, and to develop life and interpersonal skills in students, faculty, individuals, and teams. Denise is the current chair for the WSU senate Faculty Affairs committee, co-leads the Provost’s Leadership Academy, teaches mindfulness to student athletes, and is regularly engaged in speaking and facilitation events in the greater community. She is also the Director of the Center for Transformational Learning and Leadership and a Principal Investigator on the university-wide Transformational Change Initiative at Washington State University, a five-year grant focused on students’ academic success, excellence in instruction and student mentoring. As part of the initiative, she leads the LIFT (Learn. Inspire. Foster. Transform) Faculty Development Program that serves to increase retention through student engagement practices across all disciplines.
Associate Professor, School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Dr. John Schneider conducts research in the areas of acoustics, optics and electromagnetics; wave propagation and scattering; computer solutions to electromagnetic and acoustic problems; and remote sensing.He has received outstanding teaching and research awards from the school and was recipient of a prestigious U.S. Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award. In 2012, he was named a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), where he was recognized for contributions to the field of computational electromagnetics.
Associate Professor, School of Molecular Biosciences
Dr. Erika Offerdahl‘s research is rooted in modern theories of student learning and employs methodology from cognitive science to systematically investigate the teaching and learning of biochemistry and molecular biology. She runs the ICEBERG Lab, which focuses broadly on the mechanisms by which scientific expertise is developed in students. Dr. Offerdahl is also a Partnership for Undergraduate Life Sciecne Education (PULSE) Fellow, where she provides workshops on assessment, facilitative leadership, and systems thinking as well as presenting at national conferences.
Courtney P. Benjamin
ADVANCE at WSU Research Associate
Dr. Courtney P. Benjamin received her PhD in Cultural Studies and Social Thought in Education program at Washington State University. She is Managing Editor for The Western Journal of Black Studies, and a member of the research team for ADVANCE at WSU. Her work illuminates how gender intersects with race and social class, and she is particularly interested in the critical inquiry and discourse analyses of STEM participation at both the K‐12 and higher education level.
Director, Social and Economic Sciences Research Center (SESRC)
Dr. Lena Le has over 15 years of experience applying quantitative and qualitative methods to social science research related to tourism, recreation, public land management and other fields. She was appointed Director of the SESRC 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 as one of the 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. Dr. Le will lead instrument development, and formative data collection and assessment on the VAuLTS Project. She will work with the Project Director, Project Manger, partner co-PIs, and the external evaluator, to coordinate these efforts.
Professor and Distinguished Scholar-Teacher
Program Director, Measurement, Statistics, and Evaluation (EDMS)
Director, Center for Integrated Latent Variable Research (CILVR), University of Maryland
Dr. Gregory Hancock is Professor and Chair of Measurement, Statistics and Evaluation in the Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology at the University of Maryland, College Park, and Director of CILVR. His research interests include structural equation modeling and latent growth models, and the use of latent variables in (quasi)experimental design. His research has appeared in such journals as Psychometrika, Multivariate Behavioral Research, Structural Equation Modeling: A Multidisciplinary Journal, Psychological Bulletin, British Journal of Mathematical and Statistical Psychology, Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics, Educational and Psychological Measurement, Review of Educational Research, and Communications in Statistics: Simulation and Computation. He is past chair of the SEM special interest group of the American Educational Research Association (three terms), serves on the editorial board of a number of journals including Psychological Methods and is Associate Editor of Structural Equation Modeling: A Multidisciplinary Journal, and has taught dozens of SEM workshops in the United States, Canada, and abroad. Dr. Hancock will work closely with the Project Director, Project Manager, and evaluation team to assist with data processing and statistical analyses.