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Our Team

The success of Connect@RIT, and RIT's ability to effect meaningful transformation, requires a dynamic and engaged team of faculty and administrators from all areas of the Institute. The "team" at RIT is actually a collection of several multi-disciplined teams. Each team has a specific role and each brings unique perspective to the tasks at hand.  

Team membership and roles are outlined below. 

Leadership Team

Dr. Margaret Bailey

Dr. Margaret Bailey is the principal investigator (PI) and director for Rochester Institute of Technology’s NSF ADVANCE IT program, entitled Creating Opportunity Networks for Engagement and Collective Transformation: Increasing the Representation and Advancement of Women Faculty at RIT (Connect@RIT). The goal of this large-scale, multi-year university-level organizational transformation effort is to increase the representation and advancement of women STEM faculty. Dr. Bailey leads the entire program and manages grant activities within the political strategic approach area.

In addition to her leadership role in Connect@RIT, Dr. Bailey is a professor of mechanical engineering, specializing in thermodynamics, in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering. She conducts research in advanced thermodynamics and is the co-author of a major textbook in this field. Dr. Bailey serves as faculty associate to the provost for female faculty, and she co-chairs the President’s Commission on Women. Dr. Bailey served as the founding executive director (2003-2011) of the nationally recognized women in engineering program called WE@RIT, which is dedicated to expanding the representation of women engineers and women leaders within the engineering profession.

Dr. Carol Marchetti

Dr. Carol Marchetti, grant co-PI, is leading the program’s Human Resources strategic approach area, which focuses on administering annual faculty salary studies, developing a leadership and career development grants program for female faculty, and evaluating faculty childcare and personal needs. Dr. Marchetti has been at RIT for 16 years and is an associate professor of statistics in the School of Mathematical Sciences. Prior to joining RIT, Dr. Marchetti was an instructor and teaching assistant in the department of statistics at the University of Rochester and a technical staff member at Bell Communications Research in Piscataway, N.J. Professional societies Dr. Marchetti belongs to include the American Society for Quality and the American Statistical Association.

Dr. Marchetti’s research interests are in quality improvement, myometrial hyperplasia, robust statistics and goodness-of-fit, women in STEM, and STEM education with a specific focus on deaf education. Her dedication to education and teaching resulted in her receipt of the Richard and Virginia Eisenhart Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching at RIT. Dr. Marchetti received her Ph.D. in statistics from the University of Rochester in 1997, and her M.S. in operations research and B.S. in mathematics from Case Western Reserve University–Cleveland in 1989 and 1988 respectively.

Sharon Mason

Professor Sharon Mason, grant co-PI, is leading the program’s Symbolic strategic approach area, which focuses on enhancing scholarship, disseminating program information to internal and external stakeholders, and building awareness of critical issues and key messages. Her interests include routing and switching, network design, security and management, internetworking, and the inclusion and advancement of women in STEM.

Professor Mason is an associate professor in the department of networking, security and systems administration at RIT, where she has served on the faculty since 1997. She is the PI for the Department of Defense Information Assurance Scholarship Program and a 2007 funded NSF Scholarship for Service Capacity Building grant titled “Faculty, Curriculum and Lab Exercise Capacity Building Partnership.”

Professor Mason has been responsible for developing much of the security curriculum as part of the information security and forensics degree program. She co-chaired the committee to design and develop the bachelor of science degree in information security and forensics and has participated in numerous security working groups, conferences, and training programs.

In her role with Women in Computing, Professor Mason has cultivated programs for the support and retention of women students, faculty, and staff in the College of Computing & Information Sciences and outreach to K-12 women in the community. She serves on the executive committee for the National Center for Women in IT.

Maureen Valentine

Professor Maureen Valentine, grant co-PI, is leading the program’s Structural strategic approach area, focusing on academic policy, faculty and department head review templates and practices, dual hire initiatives, and the campus-wide faculty climate survey. Since joining RIT in 1993, Professor Valentine has made significant contributions to the College of Applied Sciences and Technology through her current role as associate dean, her previous role as chair of the Civil Engineering Technology, Environmental Management and Safety (CETEMS) department, and her dedication to student education and extracurricular development. Prior to joining RIT, Professor Valentine served as a senior geotechnical project engineer at Ellis & Associates, Inc., and as a project geotechnical engineer for Haley & Aldrich, Inc., Ardaman & Associates Inc., and Robert B. Balter Co.

Professional societies to which Professor Valentine belongs include the American Society of Civil Engineers, the NYS Engineering Technology Association, the Society of Women Engineers, the National Professional Engineering Society, and the Monroe Professional Engineering Society. Through these organizations and others, Professor Valentine has been awarded the Outstanding Contribution to Education award, and the Rochester Civil Engineer of the Year award, and has been an Eisenhart Award Nominee three times. Professor Valentine earned her B.S. in civil engineering from Tufts University in 1985 and her M.S. in geotechnical engineering from Virginia Tech in 1986.

Dr. Laurie Clayton

Dr. Laurie A. Clayton currently serves as program director on the ADVANCE Connect@RIT Team. She previously held positions within the Division of Diversity as director for diversity assessment and research management and the Division of Academic Affairs as a research associate and senior assessment associate in the Office of Student Learning Outcomes. Prior to joining RIT, Dr. Clayton held various administrative positions at the University of Rochester and Daemen College in Amherst, N.Y. She previously served as the internal evaluator for the ADVANCE Connect@RIT program and RIT’s McNair Scholars Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program and has been a consultant for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Her primary research interests include mixed methods research projects and the assessment and evaluation of program-level outcomes. Dr. Clayton received her Ed.D. from the University of Rochester Margaret Warner School of Education and Human Development and is a member of the American Evaluation Association.

Social Science Research Teams

Women of Color Team

Dr. DeLois
“Kijana” Crawford

Dr. Kijana Crawford is leading the program’s women of color (WoC) social science research area, focusing on identifying needs unique to women of color faculty. Dr. Crawford presently holds the rank of associate professor of sociology/anthropology in the College of Liberal Arts. Her research interests include mentoring in career choice and development, race, class and gender, women, work and culture, minority relations, and African-American culture.

Dr. Crawford received her doctorate in higher education administration and holds a master of science in higher education from the Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development at the University of Rochester. She also holds a master of social work degree from Atlanta University.

Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Team

Dr. Susan Foster

Dr. Susan Foster is leading the NTID social science research team, which is focusing on career advancement of deaf and hard-of-hearing women. Dr. Foster has worked at NTID@RIT since 1984, conducting ethnographic research on access and inclusion of deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals in school, careers, and society. Since starting at RIT, Dr. Foster has held positions in the NTID Center for Institutional Research, the department of research, and the department of teacher education. Prior to coming to RIT she coordinated programming for a residential school serving severely and multiply disabled children and later taught English at the high school level.

Dr. Foster currently serves as an associate editor for the Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education and as a reviewer for the American Annals of the Deaf. In 2012 she was appointed one of three co-directors of the Research Center for Teaching and Learning. In addition to directing two federal grants on educational inclusion, Dr. Foster has published extensively on the topics of education and employment of deaf persons. Current research interests include access for deaf students in educational settings, universal design for teaching and learning, and the impact of technologies such as smartphones, genetic mapping, and cochlear implants on the meaning of deafness and the identity of deaf and hard-of-hearing persons. Dr. Foster received her Ph.D. in special education and rehabilitation from Syracuse University in 1983.

Evaluation Team

Internal Evaluator - To Be Determined.   

External Evaluators

Alice Hogan

Alice Hogan is an independent higher education consultant who works with academic institutions on programs and policies to advance the participation of women in academic science and engineering. Past and current clients include Harvard University, Georgia Tech, University of North Texas, Skidmore College, Union College, Iowa State University, and RIT. She served as chief administrative officer for the Asian University for Women Support Foundation following her retirement from the National Science Foundation in 2007. At NSF, she was the inaugural program director of the NSF’s ADVANCE program. Hogan received the NSF Director’s Award for Superior Accomplishment for work on the ADVANCE Program.

Prior to work with the ADVANCE Program, she was a senior program manager with NSF’s Division of International Programs with responsibility for strategic planning, oversight, and management of bilateral science and engineering programs with the People’s Republic of China and other countries in the Asia Pacific region. She worked at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy on detail from the Foundation, with responsibility for a variety of international cooperative science initiatives.

Hogan is an invited member of the advisory board for several European projects on women in science supported by the European Commission and is a member of the European Commission Expert Group on Structural Change. She is a member of the external advisory boards for the University of Maine and for the University of Cincinnati ADVANCE projects.

Dr. Laura Kramer

Dr. Laura Kramer is professor emerita of sociology at Montclair State University. She chaired the department, participated in the Honors Program, the New Faculty Program, and the Women’s Studies Program, and served as special assistant to the vice president for Academic Affairs. She has written about the sociology of gender for more than 30 years, recently completing the fourth edition of The Sociology of Gender (Oxford University Press; coauthor A. Beutel).

Professor Kramer has been working with NSF-ADVANCE projects since the program’s start, serving at NSF as ADVANCE program director in 2007 and 2008. She has worked as an external evaluator with more than a dozen institutions, including New Mexico State University, Skidmore and Union colleges, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and the College of New Jersey. Today she works as an external evaluator for the NSF-ADVANCE program at RIT. She has served as a member of several NSF-ADVANCE grantees’ external advisory boards. She is currently a member of the ADVANCE Institutional Transformation External Advisory Board at the University of Texas-Pan American, the ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Research Advisory Board at Northeastern University, and the ADVANCE PAID External Advisory Board at Stevens Institute of Technology. In addition to her work with ADVANCE-funded projects, Dr. Kramer consults with other institutions pursuing greater equity in the employment and advancement of women and people of color on the faculty and in academic administration. Dr. Kramer received her A.B. in sociology from the University of Michigan and both an M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Senior Personnel

Senior personnel on the project include faculty and administrators who provide critical information, resources, and guidance to the project. Members of the Leadership Team are working with senior personnel to determine how the objectives of the NSF ADVANCE grant will guide the modification and enhancement of existing structures and frameworks. Senior personnel are also instrumental in identifying ways that RIT can maximize Connect@RIT resources and have the most meaningful impacts on the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women faculty in STEM/SBS. Their roles vary, based on the specific programming and data collection efforts underway during the project.

  • President William Destler
  • Provost Jeremy Haefner
  • Dr. Stefi Baum, Director and Professor, Center for Imaging Sciences, College of Science
  • Kevin McDonald, Chief Diversity Officer and Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion
  • Dr. Lynn Wild, Associate Provost for Faculty Development and Director, The Wallace Center  
  • Dr. Hector Flores, Dean of Graduate Studies
  • M. Renee Baker, Executive Director Faculty Recruitment and Retention