The Strength Through Equity & Diversity (STEAD) Committee is made up of trained UC Davis faculty members who provide information and advice about practices for achieving excellence, equity, and diversity in faculty recruitment at the University of California, Davis. The committee leads workshops for faculty and administrators involved in hiring. The STEAD workshop aims to identify factors that can introduce bias into the faculty recruitment process and to provide evidence-based approaches that will maximize the likelihood that excellent and diverse scholars will be identified, selected for offers and recruited onto the UC Davis faculty.
Susan Rivera is Professor of Psychology and Research Professor at the UC Davis Center for Mind and Brain. Dr. Rivera conducts research on the origins and development of symbolic representation in both infants and children. She uses classic behavioral as well as neuroimaging techniques to investigate such things as the development of dorsal versus ventral visual processing, object representation, numerical cognition and affective processing.
Kimberlee Shauman is a Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Davis. Her main areas of interest are social stratification, family and kinship, demography, sociology of education, and quantitative methodology. Her research focuses on gender differences in educational and occupational trajectories with particular attention to the causal effects of family characteristics. Her book, Women in Science: Career Processes and Outcomes (co-authored with Yu Xie), examines the underrepresentation of women in science from a life course perspective.
Steven Athanases, Professor of Education, researches issues of cultural and linguistic diversity and educational equity in teaching, adolescent learning, and teacher education, with a focus on literacy and English language arts.
Katherine Ferrara is a Professor of Biomedical Engineering at UC Davis. Dr. Ferrara began her career as a project engineer for General Electric Medical Systems, involved in the development of early magnetic resonance imaging and ultrasound systems. Following an appointment as an Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Dr. Ferrara served as the founding chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at UC Davis.
Michael Hill is a Professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at UC Davis, having arrived at Davis in the Fall of 1996 to pursue teaching and research in Mechanical Design. Hill has an active research program in the areas of fatigue and fracture of materials, with a special emphasis in the influence of manufacturing-induced stresses (residual stresses) on structural performance. The research is carried out in close collaboration with a range of industry and government partners.
Louise Kellogg is Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences and Director of the KeckCAVES at UC Davis. KeckCAVES is a unique visualization collaboration that is developing software to interact with three-dimensional data in real-time – moving, rotating, coloring, and manipulating datasets with an ease and speed unobtainable even in other 3D CAVE environments. Dr. Kellogg’s research focuses on how the flow in the Earth’s mantle that drives plate tectonics, and observing and interpreting deformations in the Earth’s crust.
Leticia Saucedo is an expert in employment, labor, and immigration law. She taught Torts and Immigration Law and co-directed the Immigration Law Clinic at the Wm. S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) until 2010. She has developed courses in international and domestic service learning that explore the immigration consequences of crime and domestic violence in a post-conflict society.
Mitchell H. Singer is Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics. He received his Ph.D. in Bacteriology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1990. His research interests include microbial development, gene regulation, and transcriptional control of gene expression. He is member of the American Society for Microbiology.
We are happy to announce that each member of the STEAD committee was awarded a “Soaring to New Heights Faculty Citation Award“ of the Diversity and Principles of Community Awards for 2015, for their significant contributions to affirmative action/equal employment opportunity or heightened awareness and sensitivity to diversity. Please join us in congratulating them!
The National Science Foundation began supporting ADVANCE initiatives in 2001, and has awarded over $130M in funding for a variety of programs. The most significant efforts seek to create permanent institutional transformation.
Professional disciplinary groups allow members to meet, engage, and share knowledge. This effort is particularly important to foster supportive, collaborative networks among scientists from under-represented groups.
We have compiled multiple publicly available databases of the published research related to NSF ADVANCE program efforts to increase diversity in STEM education and the STEM labor force. These include the literature on implicit bias, mentorship and other topics.
Balance is real challenge facing many faculty, particularly women with children. The perception (and reality) of the inflexibility and rigor of an academic career is one cause for the lack of diversity in STEM disciplines.