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Advisory Boards - Internal Advisory Committee

The Advancement Initiatives Council was formed in March 2009 to serve as the internal advisory committee for the ADVANCE Rising Tide Center.

The NSF ADVANCE program office recommends the following membership: the project PI and co-PIs, faculty, key administrators, and staff who will be impacted by ADVANCE activities or who will be providing resources or services to the project.

2013-2014 Members


  • John Rebar, Executive Director Cooperative Extension

Principal Investigator

  • Jeff Hecker, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost, Past Chair

Co-Principal Investigators

  • Amy Fried, Professor of Political Science
  • Susan Gardner, Associate Professor of Higher Education and Director of the ADVANCE Rising Tide Center
  • Eleanor Groden, Director of the School of Biology & Ecology
  • Karen Horton, Professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology

Faculty members

  • Ali Abedi, Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Elizabeth Allan, Higher Education
  • Amy Blackstone, Sociology
  • Sandra Caron, Education and Human Development
  • Barbara Cole, Chemistry
  • Janet Fairman, Education
  • Leslie Forstadt, Cooperative Extension
  • Aileen Fortune, Cooperative Extension
  • Michael Kinnison, Biology & Ecology
  • Jessica Leahy, Forest Resources
  • David Neivandt, Chemical & Biological Engineering
  • Terry Porter, Business Management

Adminstrators and Staff members

  • Edward Ashworth, Dean of the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture, Past Chair
  • Sharon Barker, Director Women’s Resource Center
  • Robin Delcourt, Special Assistant to the Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost
  • Devon DeMarco, ADVANCE Rising Tide Center
  • Julie Hopwood, Senior Advisor to the President
  • Dana Humphrey, Dean of the College of Engineering, Past Chair
  • Naomi Jacobs, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Karen Kemble, Director Equal Opportunity
  • Carol Kim, Vice President for Research
  • Ivan Manev, Dean of the School of Business
  • Polly Moutevelis-Burgess, Director Employee Assistance Program
  • William Nichols, Dean of the College of Education
  • Judy Ryan, Associate Vice President for Human Resources and Administration
  • Jeff St. John, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs
  • Francine Sulinski, Assistant Director of Cooperative Extension
  • Stephanie Welcomer, Associate Dean of the School of Business

Membership Terms

  • The first two faculty rotated off the committee in 2012
  • Faculty senate provides at least two names each spring for new faculty members who will start in the fall
  • Current Deans to serve four, and three years
  • First Dean exited as the end of the spring semester 2012

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