2020 Institute Faculty

Participants work with nationally recognized scholars and practitioners. Each team will have a faculty liaison and cluster with other teams working with the same liaison. In addition to attending Institute sessions, teams schedule consulting appointments with an array of Institute faculty. 


dibble_web.jpgEmily Dibble, Salt Lake Community College

Emily Dibble received her B.A. in History from the University of Utah and her M.A. in European Studies from New York University. She started serving as the ePortfolio Coordinator at Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) in 2015. As part of this role she sits as a member of the General Education Committee and is responsible for the assessment of general education learning outcomes via ePortfolio. She has co-authored several articles about ePortfolio and regularly consults with colleges and universities both nationally and internationally about ePortfolio pedagogy and implementation. Each semester she oversees the training of faculty in ePortfolio pedagogy and technology. In addition to her ePortfolio responsibilities, she teaches as an adjunct instructor in the Humanities Language and Culture department at SLCC where she was the recipient of the Adjunct Teaching Excellence Award. She recently developed the Humanities honors course for SLCC’s new Honors Program and is currently co-authoring an OER Humanities textbook. 

Areas of Expertise: ePortfolio pedagogy, signature assignments and reflection, faculty professional development, General Education assessment using ePortfolios, ePortfolio program review 


Timothy K. Eatman, Syracuse UniversityTimothy K. Eatman, Rutgers University - Newark

Tim Eatman currently serves as the Dean of the Honors Living-Learning Community and Associate Professor of Urban Education at Rutgers University - Newark. He has served as a member of the higher education faculty in the School of Education and faculty co-director of Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life (IA) at Syracuse University. He is co-author of Scholarship in Public: Knowledge Creation and Tenure Policy in the Engaged University, a seminal research report on faculty rewards for engaged scholarship. His passion for  research that explores transformational institutional policy making and culture change is buttressed by a research agenda replete with critical questions about equity issues in higher education. Most recently Eatman was elected to the International Association for Research on Service-Learning & Community Engagement (IARSLCE) board of directors. Tim sits on the editorial board of The New Public Scholarship book series (University of Michigan Press), Diversity and Democracy (AAC&U), and Urban Education (Sage). He also reviews for several scholarly journals and publications. The recipient of the 2010 Early Career Research Award for the International Association for Research on Service Learning and Community Engagement, Eatman regularly consults with higher education associations and institutions for collaborative research, keynotes, and workshops. 

Areas of Expertise: educational equity; publicly engaged scholarship; faculty rewards; institutional transformation; P-16 partnerships; diversity; STEM success


mcnair.pngTia Brown McNairAAC&U

Dr. Tia Brown McNair is the Vice President in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success and Executive Director for the TRHT Campus Centers at Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) in Washington, DC.  She oversees both funded projects and AAC&U’s continuing programs on equity, inclusive excellence, high-impact educational practices, and student success, including AAC&U’s Conference series.  McNair also directs AAC&U’s Summer Institute on High-Impact Educational Practices and Student Success. McNair serves as the project director for several AAC&U initiatives: Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation, Strengthening Guided Pathways and Career Success by Ensuring Students are LearningPurposeful Pathways: Faculty Planning and Curricular Coherence, and directed AAC&U's projects on Advancing Underserved Student Success through Faculty Intentionality in Problem-Centered Learning, Advancing Roadmaps for Community College Leadership to Improve Student Learning and Success, Committing to Equity and Inclusive Excellence: Campus-Based Strategies for Student Success, and Developing a Community College Roadmap. McNair chaired AAC&U’s Equity Working Group that was part of the General Education Maps and Markers (GEMs) project that represented a large-scale, systematic effort to provide “design principles” for 21st-century learning and long-term student success. She is the lead author of the book Becoming a Student-Ready College: A New Culture of Leadership for Student Success

Areas of Expertise: underserved student success; diversity and equity; data-informed decision making; designing quality high-impact practices; assessment of high-impact practices; cross-divisional collaboration; institutional planning; curricular coherence


cnavia_0.jpgChristine N. Navia, University of Wisconsin System Administration

Dr. Christine Navia is Associate Vice President for Student Success for the University of Wisconsin System Administration. The Office of Student Success is committed to ensuring the academic success of all UW students through the creation of a strong educational pipeline from the K-12 system to college; the promotion of student-centered retention and graduation initiatives; and the development of a more seamless system of transfer for those moving between UW institutions.  In a previous role, Chris worked intensively with UW System institutions in their efforts to establish learning environments that were more diverse, equitable, and inclusive.  As a first-generation college student and the daughter of Mexican immigrants, Chris possesses a deep affinity for students that higher education has yet to serve to the fullest. 

Areas of Expertise: educational equity and inclusion; pre-college programming and assessment; strategic planning and implementation; student success program development and coordination; collective impact theory


bpackard2.pngBecky Wai-Ling Packard, Mount Holyoke College

Becky Wai-Ling Packard is professor of psychology and education at Mount Holyoke College. Her scholarly expertise focuses on the mentoring, advising, and persistence of first-generation college students, students of color, and women in science and technical fields. As a campus leader, she served as the Associate Dean of Faculty where she worked extensively on integrative learning, the founding director of Teaching and Learning where she supported new faculty and department chairs, and the director of the Weissman Center for Leadership where she promoted community engagement, writing, and internship initiatives. Packard has served as a speaker, workshop leader, and resource to dozens of campuses. The Pl of multiple NSF funded research projects, Packard was recognized with the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. 

Areas of Expertise: faculty development; STEM persistence and learning; facilitating difficult conversations and dialogue; mentoring and advising initiatives; success of first generation college students and students of color; integrative learning, leadership, career development; creating sustainable department and cross-division initiatives; inclusive campus and departmental climate 


parker_web.jpgDeJuanna ParkerAAC&U

Dr. DeJuanna Parker is the Director of Student success in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) in Washington, DC. She contributes expertise to funded projects and AAC&U’s continuing programs on equity and student success, including AAC&U’s conferences on diversity and student success. Parker works on the AAC&U initiative,  Strengthening Guided Pathways and Career Success by Ensuring Students are Learning, Parker has extensive experience in teaching, advising, and program management. Prior to joining AAC&U, Parker served as academic advisor at Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) at the Warrenton, Virginia campus. She also served as program manager of MOSAIC, an HBCU outreach initiative at LFCC; student success coach, and adjunct professor, also at LFCC; and English teacher of 25 years in the Fauquier County, Virginia School System. She also serves as adjunct professor in the Ed.D. program in Education at Winona State University in Winona, Minnesota where she teaches courses in qualitative research, academic writing, and program evaluation.

Areas of Expertise: student success; teacher retention; rural education; bridging student affairs and academic affairs; undergraduate and graduate student persistence; culturally sensitive advising; and strategic planning


lynn_web.jpgLynn Pasquerella, AAC&U

Lynn Pasquerella has been president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities since July 2016. A philosopher whose career has combined teaching and scholarship with local and global engagement, she has continuously demonstrated a deep and abiding commitment to ensuring that all students have access to excellence in liberal education, regardless of their socioeconomic background. Pasquerella joined the faculty of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Rhode Island in 1985, rising rapidly through the ranks to the positions of vice provost for research, vice provost for academic affairs, and dean of the graduate school. In 2008, she was named provost of the University of Hartford. In 2010, she was appointed the eighteenth president of Mount Holyoke College. Pasquerella’s presidency of Mount Holyoke was marked by a robust strategic planning process; outreach to local, regional, and international constituencies; and a commitment to a vibrant campus community.

Areas of Expertise:  Faculty development; STEM persistence and learning; facilitating difficult conversations and dialogue; mentoring and advising initiatives; success of first generation college students and students of color; integrative learning, leadership, career development; creating sustainable department and cross-division initiatives


pendakur2019_web.jpgVijay Pendakur, Cornell University

Dr. Vijay Pendakur is the Robert W. and Elizabeth C. Staley Dean of Students at Cornell University, where he serves as the lead diversity and inclusion strategist for the student experience.  Pendakur previously served as  Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at California State University – Fullerton. While at CSUF, he created elements of the institutional strategic plan, with special focus on the equity and graduation goals for our low-income college students, first generation students, and students of color.  Prior to CSUF, he led a department at DePaul University dedicated to promoting student success for higher-risk and underserved college students. In addition to being an experienced student affairs administrator, he is also a scholar of diversity and inclusion work and recently edited the book, Closing the Opportunity Gap: Identity-Conscious Strategies for Retention and Student Success

Areas of Expertise: student success; equity design; diversity and inclusion; campus-wide crisis management


Perez2.pngEyra A. Pérez, Excelencia in Education

Eyra A. Pérez is Technical Assistance Coordinator for Excelencia in Education. She has more than 25 years of experience in Latino student access and success that encompasses student development, student support services, financial aid, transfer, and student leadership. Her professional experience includes work in program development, building collaborative efforts in higher education, K-12 education, and the non-profit community base organization sector. Most recently, she served as executive director of the San Antonio Education Partnership where she led the development, implementation and coordination of San Antonio’s college access and opportunity center, cafécollege, and the city-wide collective impact Latino student success effort, Diplomás.

Areas of Expertise: Hispanic Serving Institutions; Latino student access and success; student leadership and development; student transfer; student financial aid; P-20 educational pipelines; college and career readiness; grant development and fundraising


Judith Ramaley, AAC&UJudith Ramaley, Portland State University

Dr. Judith A. Ramaley (pronounced Rah may' lee) is president emerita and distinguished professor of public service at Portland State University in the College of Urban and Public Affairs, and president emerita of Winona State University in Minnesota. She served as president of Winona State University (WSU) from 2005 to May 2012. Prior to joining WSU, she held a presidential professorship in biomedical sciences at the University of Maine and was a Fellow of the Margaret Chase Smith Center for Public Policy. She also served as a visiting senior scientist at the National Academy of Sciences in 2004. From 2001-2004, she was assistant director of the Education and Human Resources Directorate at The National Science Foundation. Dr. Ramaley was president of The University of Vermont and professor of biology from 1997 to 2001. She was president and professor of biology at Portland State University from 1990-1997.

Areas of Expertise: Higher education reform; curricular reform; the changing nature of work and the workforce; science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education; leadership of change; grant-making and fundraising; roles of governing boards


George Sanchez, University of Southern CaliforniaGeorge SanchezUniversity of Southern California

George J. Sanchez is professor of history and American studies and ethnicity at USC, where he also serves as vice dean for diversity and strategic initiatives. His academic work focuses on both historical and contemporary topics of race, gender, ethnicity, labor, and immigration. He was president of the American Studies Association from 2001-2002, and he currently serves as director of the Center for Diversity and Democracy at USC, which focuses on issues of racial and ethnic diversity in higher education, as well as on issues of civic engagement. 

Areas of Expertise: Campus diversity; faculty recruitment; undergraduate research; first generation college students; civic engagement; Latino student success


Gordon Uno, University of Oklahoma Norman CampusGordon UnoUniversity of Oklahoma Norman Campus

Gordon Uno joined the Department of Microbiology and Plant Biology at the University of Oklahoma in 1979, was appointed a David Ross Boyd Professor of Botany in 1997, and was the department’s chair for 15 years (2000-2015).  He has authored or co-authored several textbooks including Principles of Botany, the Handbook for Developing Undergraduate Science Courses, and Inquiring About Plants.  He was a program officer in the Division of Undergraduate Education at the National Science Foundation (1998-2000), was Chair of the first Gordon Research Conference on Undergraduate Biology Education Research in the summer of 2015, and was co-Chair of the committee that revised the Advanced Placement (AP) Biology curriculum, course, and exam.  He has been President of both a science education association (National Association of Biology Teachers, 1995) and a science organization (Botanical Society of America, 2015), and served on the board of directors for the American Institute of Biological Sciences for nine years.  He is funded by the NSF to rewrite the document, The Liberal Art of Science (AAAS, 1990) and was recently selected as a Fulbright Specialist to work with faculty at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, to revamp their Plant Biology program and address equity and inclusion issues, post-apartheid. 

Areas of Expertise: science education; scientific literacy; inquiry-based instruction; equity and inclusive instruction; science curriculum development; faculty professional development