The success of AdvanceRIT, and RIT's ability to affect 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.
Dr. Margaret Bailey is the principal investigator (PI) and director for the NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation project (NSF 1209115) titled ADVANCERIT. The goal of this large-scale, multi-year university-level organizational transformation effort is to increase the representation and advancement of women STEM/SBS faculty. Dr. Bailey leads the entire program and manages grant activities focused on educational programs promoting positive cultural change as well as managing various funding opportunities including Connect and Partnership Grants. Dr. Bailey serves as senior faculty associate to the provost for ADVANCE, and she co-chairs the President's Commission on Women.
In addition to her university-level leadership roles, Dr. Bailey is a professor of mechanical engineering within the Kate Gleason College of Engineering. Dr. Bailey teaches courses and conducts research related to Thermodynamics, engineering and public policy, engineering education, and gender in engineering and science. She is the co-author on an engineering textbook, Fundamentals of Engineering Thermodynamics, which is used worldwide in over 250 institutions. In addition to technical scholarship areas, Dr. Bailey is directly engaged in research related to gender within engineering and science through the NSF Pathways Project (NSF 0827490). This large, cross-university research investigates the relationships between gender, participation in co-op, self-efficacy development, and likelihood of retention through graduation among undergraduate engineering students. In her past and current positions, Dr. Bailey has led efforts focused on increasing the representation of women faculty and students at RIT. In support of her leadership roles at RIT, Dr. Bailey was an ELATE Fellow from 2012-2013. ELATE at Drexel is a core program within the International Center for Executive Leadership in Academics.
From 2003-2009, Dr. Bailey held the inaugural Kate Gleason Endowed Chair which is a college-level position named in honor of Kate Gleason who was an inspiring entrepreneurial engineer from Rochester and the first female member inducted into the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in the early 1900’s. As the Kate Gleason Chair, Dr. Bailey was instrumental in creating and 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. During her tenure in this role, WE@RIT received the WEPAN 2008 Women in Engineering Program Award in recognition of its vast program offerings and impact. In recognition of leadership in developing WE@RIT, Professor Bailey is the 2008 recipient of the Maria Mitchell Women in Science Award with praise for the extraordinary quality of the overall program and for her exceptional vision and leadership for the program. Under Bailey’s leadership of WE@RIT, the Kate Gleason College witnessed a three-fold increase in the number of incoming female students annually (from approximately 50 to 150) while overall class size remained nearly constant. In addition, external funding for the organization reached an annual level of $400K. Dr. Bailey is the 2011 recipient of the Edwina Award for Gender Diversity and Inclusiveness which is institute-level recognition of her significant contributions in supporting gender diversity initiatives at RIT.
Prior to joining RIT in 2003, Dr. Bailey was an Assistant and Associate Professor at the United States Military Academy located in West Point, New York and she continues to serve on the Mechanical Engineering Program Advisory Board. At West Point, Dr. Bailey was one of approximately ten female civilian faculty members at the Academy where she taught Thermodynamics, Dynamic Modeling and Control, Engineering Design, and Energy Conversion Systems to third and fourth year cadets. During her tenure at West Point, she served as a research and/or honor mentor for dozens of female and male cadets. She created the first student section of the Society of Women Engineer (SWE) to exist at West Point and served as its faculty advisor. Professor Bailey was also an active member of the Margaret Corbin Forum which was incorporated decades ago to assess the climate for female cadets at West Point.
Dr. Bailey is a registered Professional (Mechanical) Engineer. Dr. Bailey received her BS in Architectural Engineering from Pennsylvania State University and her Ph.D.in Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering (Building Energy Program focus) from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Dr. William W. Destler, co-PI, became president of Rochester Institute of Technology in 2007. He is the ninth president in the university's 186-year history. He was previously senior vice president for academic affairs and provost of the University of Maryland at College Park. At RIT, Dr. Destler is responsible for one of the nation's leading career-oriented universities. RIT's family includes 18,000 students from all 50 states and more than 100 foreign countries; 115,000 alumni across the globe; and 3,400 faculty and staff.
RIT's full-time undergraduate enrollment now ranks RIT among the top 10 largest private universities in the United States. RIT is the second largest producer of undergraduate degrees in science, technology, engineering and math among all private universities in the U.S. The university has an annual operating budget of $703 million, and an endowment of nearly $752 million. RIT also has one of the oldest and largest cooperative education programs in the country.
Under President Destler's watch, RIT has been recognized as a leader in green initiatives (cited by the Sierra Club as one of America's 100 Greenest Universities), recognized by The Chronicle of Higher Education's "Great Colleges to Work For", and become a hub of innovation and creativity. Visit RIT rankings and recognition for more information.
Dr. Destler serves on the board of directors for the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. He is a also a board member for the following: The Association of Independent Technological Universities, the American Council on Education's Commission on Effective Leadership, the National Institute of Aerospace Foundation, and New York's Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities. He serves on the steering committee for the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment. Dr. Destler serves on community boards in Rochester as well: Rochester General Health System, Greater Rochester Enterprise, Rochester Business Alliance, Golisano Family Foundation, High Tech of Rochester and Torvec Inc.
Prior to RIT, Dr. Destler spent more than 30 years at the University of Maryland, rising from the ranks of research associate and assistant professor of electrical engineering to senior vice president and provost. At Maryland, he also served as electrical engineering department chair, dean of the A. James Clark School of Engineering, interim vice president for university advancement, vice president for research, and dean of the graduate school.
Dr. Destler is an international authority on high-power microwave sources and advanced accelerator concepts. He is best known for his pioneering work in the collective acceleration of heavy ions, achieving the highest energies to date by this method, and for his development of large orbit microwave devices, including large orbit gyrotrons and rotating beam free electron lasers. He has consulted for government agencies and private firms, received more than $40 million in grants and contracts, published more than 200 journal articles and book chapters, and presented many papers. Dr. Destler has also directed 18 master's and doctoral student theses and earned awards for his teaching.
Dr. Destler earned a bachelor's degree from Stevens Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. from Cornell University. Both degrees were in the field of applied physics.
Dr. Destler comes from a family of "humanists"-including his wife, Rebecca L. Johnson, who holds a Ph.D. in psychology, and his father, who was a historian, along with other family members who pursued math and the humanities. The couple has two grown sons.
Dr. Destler is also one of the world's foremost collectors of antique banjos. He has a Web site showcasing his hobby at www.billsbanjos.com. Bill and Rebecca also share an interest in biking, and alternative-powered vehicles and scooters.
Jeremy Haefner, co-PI, was appointed Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Rochester Institute of Technology in July 2008. As provost, Dr. Haefner is RIT's Chief Academic Officer in charge of the education and research missions of the university. He oversees the nine colleges, two institutes, and three global campuses as well as a number of university-level programs. In close alignment with the president, his responsibilities include: recruiting and retaining deans and faculty; overseeing tenure and promotion processes; working closely with the Vice President for Research to encourage and support the Institute's research goals; driving fundraising and budgetary priorities for the academic mission of RIT; championing the inclusive and global agenda for RIT; overseeing the library system, the registrar, University Advising, and international, industry, and K-12 Outreach; and ensuring academic excellence through academic program management. He works closely with the Education Committee of the Board of Trustees to ensure the quality and integrity of the university's programs and policies.
In support of campus priorities, Dr. Haefner oversees a number of strategic initiatives for RIT including conversion of quarters to semesters, expanding the research profile of RIT, internationalizing the education experience for students and faculty, reform of general education, introduction of writing across the curriculum, academic program expansion at RIT's global campuses, and an ongoing systemic approach to student success through increased retention and graduation rates.
He has created the University Studies program, which is designed for RIT students who may not be ready to declare a major or who wish to change their major. Through a leadership role in the Rochester General Health System and RIT alliance, Provost Haefner championed the Institute of Health Science and Technology, which includes RIT's ninth college - the College of Health Science and Technology. He has developed a new framework by which academic programs are effectively managed through student learning outcomes and robust assessment processes, periodic program review, and careful alignment with resources. Most recently, he has lead the launch of the Innovative Learning Institute, RIT's response to the changing online environment, the new non-traditional student, and technology enhanced teaching and learning effectiveness.
Provost Haefner is active in faculty recruitment and development and has successfully brought accomplished scholars and leaders as new deans to RIT. In helping faculty succeed with their research and scholarship, Dr. Haefner led a strategic initiative to balance teaching workloads with research expectations.
Driving all this change is a commitment to quality as measured by the student achievement of student learning outcomes, faculty success in research and creative work, and fulfilling the goals established by the President and the RIT Board of Trustees.
Prior to joining RIT, Dr. Haefner spent a portion of his academic career at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs where he served, over the course of 18 years, as Dean of Engineering and Applied Science, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, Dean of the Graduate School, Chair of the Mathematics Department, and Director of the Teaching and Learning Center. In 1998, he was the inaugural recipient of the University of Colorado System President's Faculty Excellence Award for Advancing Teaching and Learning through Technology and the inaugural recipient of the Innovations in Teaching with Technology from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Dr. Haefner has been honored with two national fellowships during his career. In 2006-2007, he was an American Council on Education Fellow while in 2002-2003, he held an Educause - National Learning Infrastructure Institute Fellowship.
A mathematician who studies integral representation and module theory, Dr. Haefner's research has focused on characterizing the structure of the indecomposable building blocks for modules over integral group rings, an algebraic structure of importance to chemistry, physics and other sciences. Over the years, the National Security Agency, the National Science Foundation, the University of Tennessee, the University of Colorado, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and the government of Spain have supported his research. He graduated from the University of Iowa where he majored in mathematics, and has an M.S. in Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin in 1983, and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin in 1986.
Dr. Haefner enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, and participating in triathlons.
Professor Betsy Dell, co-PI, serves on the project's leadership team and coordinates the project's Connectivity Series. The Connectivity Seriesincludes seminars, workshops, panel discussions, etc. for faculty and Department Heads to strengthen core competencies, effectively build networks and leverage resources. She is also involved on the Work Life Integration and Dual Career Program Committees.
Professor Dell is an associate professor in the Manufacturing & Mechanical Engineering Technology department at RIT. She has been at RIT since 2006 and previously worked in industry as a Materials Development and Product Design Engineer for Toyota, General Motors and Delphi. Her research interests include: characterization of biodegradable plastics and environmental consideration in materials selection for production design, the impact of technology paired with active learning pedagogies on student learning, and effective strategies for increasing gender diversity in STEM disciplines.
Professor Dell served as the Paul A. Miller Endowed Professor and Director of Women in Technology from 2010-2013. While she was Director, Women in Technology received the national "Women in Engineering Program of the Year" award from Women in Engineering Pro-Advocates Network in 2012. Also in 2012, Professor Dell received RIT's Edwina award, which recognizes significant efforts to promote gender diversity at RIT. She is the Director and Principal Investigator for the NSF sponsored COMETS scholarship program. This project aims to increase the gender diversity of the engineering technology programs at RIT through financial assistance and academic and social support.
Dr. Carol Marchetti, grant co-PI, leads grant activities in salary equity and faculty data. Dr. Marchetti has been at RIT for 19 years and is an associate professor of statistics in the School of Mathematical Sciences. She teaches introductory and advanced undergraduate statistics courses and conducts research in statistics education, deaf education, and online learning. She is directly involved in numerous externally funded projects focused on improving access and learning for deaf and hard-of-hearing (DHH) students. She is PI on the NSF Thinking CAP Project (NSF 1432566), which is creating supplemental online learning tools (SOLTs) to improve the success of DHH students in foundational statistics courses. She is co-PI on the NSF Team Knowledge Building Project (NSF 1535460) studying how mixed teams of DHH and hearing students share and use knowledge to solve problems collaboratively. As key personnel on the NSF Collaboration and Access Toolkit Project (NSF 1625581), she will co-facilitate a faculty learning community in spring 2017 to motivate and engage instructional faculty in experimentation and innovation of inclusive instructional strategies.
Dr. Marchetti is the recipient of the Richard and Virginia Eisenhart Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching at RIT. She earned 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.
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. Christine Licata, Senior Associate Provost, has worked in the field of education for 40 years. She joined RIT in 1979 as chairperson of the Business Studies Department at NTID and later became director of the School of Business Careers. In 1991, she was named Assistant Dean for Administrative Affairs and Associate Dean four years later. She served as Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at NTID from 2004 - 2008. In that role, she supervised 11 academic departments.
Her current responsibilities include coordination of Curriculum Program Review, and accreditation processes serving as the University liaison with New York State Education Department. In addition, she provides oversight to Office of the Registrar, Honors Program, Institute Advising Office, University Studies Program, K-12 Programs University’s Outcomes Assessment activities and chairs the University’s Student Success Steering Committee.
Dr. Licata is known for her research in the areas of faculty evaluation and, specifically, post-tenure review. She is the author of one of the first national reports and three books on this topic. Prior to joining RIT, Chris worked as a faculty member at Montgomery Community College in Maryland and at Monroe Community College. She also spent several years teaching high school math and business in Buffalo and Rochester City School Districts.
Dr. Licata has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration-Management and an M.S. in Education, both from Canisius College; and an Ed.D. in Higher Education from George Washington University, Washington, DC. She currently serves on; Academic Chairperson’s National Conference Advisory Committee and Our Lady of Mercy High School Board. She is a former Trustee of Canisius College in Buffalo, New York.
Dr. Katherine Mayberry has been RIT’s vice president for Strategic Planning and Special Initiatives at RIT since 2011. Previously, she held the positions of vice president for Special Projects and vice president for Academic Affairs.
In her current role, Kit oversees the development, implementation, and ongoing review of RIT’s strategic planning process. In this capacity, she works closely with the Strategic Plan Committee of the trustees. She also designs and manages a partnership between RIT and a city charter high school made possible by a generous trustee gift. She co-chairs the President’s Commission on Women and is an active member of the Executive Advisory Board of RIT’s NSF ADVANCE Grant where she is a co-chair of the Resource Allocation Commitee. As co-PI of RIT’s Ronald McNair grant, Dr. Mayberry serves on the grant advisory board and works closely with the McNair students.
A full professor in RIT’s department of English, Kit is a leading national scholar in rhetorical argument, the fiction of Toni Morrison, and Pre-Raphaelite poetry. She holds a Ph.D. in English and American Literature from the University of Rochester and a bachelor’s degree from Smith College.
Her community service contributions include membership on the executive committee of the board of trustees of Colgate Rochester Crozier Divinity School and two terms on the board of Mercy School for Young Women.
Social Science Research Teams
Women of Color Team
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 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 and Consultants
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 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.
Elizabeth Litzler, PhD, is the Director of the UW Center for Evaluation & Research for STEM Equity (CERSE) at the University of Washington (UW) and an Affiliate Assistant Professor in UW Sociology. CERSE’s mission is to promote equity in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) higher education through conducting high quality research and evaluation to enhance diversity and inclusion. Liz and her staff at UW CERSE assist the AdvanceRIT leadership team with evaluation of key initiatives such as the Connect Grants and the Connectivity Series.
Liz’s research interests include the educational climate for undergraduate and graduate students and faculty, intersectionality of identities, and gender stratification in education and the workforce. Liz is a member of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN), and served on the WEPAN Board of Directors for 4 years.
Dr. Andrea Gebhart Rommel is an Independent Scientific Writer, Editor, and Consultant based in the Rochester, NY area. With a Ph.D. in Neuroscience and postdoctoral research training in Brain and Cognitive Sciences, she has an extensive technical background. Dr. Rommel provides a broad range of consulting services to help clients achieve their goals. Her areas of specialization include research, program development, writing and editing of scientific articles and reports, writing and editing of grant proposals, and editing of textbooks for the higher education market.
For the AdvanceRIT team, Dr. Rommel conducts literature reviews, conducts benchmarking research, interprets data, writes white papers, and writes executive summaries. In addition, she creates presentation slides, edits presentations, edits journal article manuscripts, and advises the team on key program initiatives.
Korine “Korrie” Sherry is the Senior Staff Specialist and Grant Administrator for the AdvanceRIT project. Ms. Sherry assists Dr. Margaret Bailey with grant management needs and provides administrative support to the ADVANCE leadership team. She also assists Dr. Betsy Dell with grant administration for the NSDU Advocates & Allies Program. She came to RIT in 2008 after 26 years at the University of Rochester where she developed her grant administration skills. Ms. Sherry has worked in various aspects of grant administration from the grant writing process as well as award set up, reporting, award closing and project management for 10 years.
Undergraduate Student Assistants
Jennifer is an Applied Statistics and Economics double major and will be graduating this upcoming spring 2017. For the AdvanceRIT program she has done data analysis for evaluations and COACHE, created posters, and helped with setting up/taking down events.
Sydney is a fifth year Mechanical Engineering BS/ME student and will be graduating this spring. For the AdvanceRIT program, she has assisted with the creation of newsletters, editing and updating the website, helped with the setting up and taking down of events, as well as providing data analysis on event participation.
Shakierah is a third year communication and criminal justice double major with an immersion in psychology, with an anticipated graduation in Spring of 2018. For the AdvanceRIT program she has created event flyers, prepared giveaways for events, been involved in set-up/clean-up of events, assisted with food orders for events, revised documents including the events calendar, and assisted with redesign and organization of website content.
- Jennifer Brousseau
- Sydney Kaminski
- Kathryn Kusse
- Jennifer Smith
- Shakierah Smith
- Jennifer Smith
- Sydney Kaminski
- Kathryn Kusse
- Annette Eko
- Subrina Farah
- Emily Fava
- Sydney Kaminski
- Kathryn Kusse
- Alyssa Palmieri
- Bennet Prosser
- Jennifer Smith
- Han Thu
- Christina Amendola
- Lucy Bradshaw
- Samantha Domon
- Stephanie Dymek
- Subrina Farah
- Emily Fava
- Sydney Kaminski
- Chantelle Little
- Jarrod Manwaring
- Bennet Prosser
- Negar Salehi
- Jennifer Smith
- Sarah Woolf
- Stephanie Dymek
- Mariella Serrano