Welcome to MU-ADVANCE Today: Sunday, May 29, 2016




MU-ADVANCE began in September 2006 and will close on August 31, 2012. For six years, the MU-ADVANCE Team was committed to addressing the Program's three initiatives: 1) Recruitment, 2) Faculty Development, and 3) Policy Change. With the help of the people below, the Program made significant progress (please see "MU-ADVANCE Is Approaching The End" for an overview of the Program's accomplishments). The Program achieved this success through an innovative approach: faculty-administrator partnerships. By pairing faculty with administrators the gap between those in the trenches and those in command was bridged; thus making change a reality. Many of these same people will participate in the Path Forward Committee and, therefore, will remain dedicated to improving gender equity. This committee will continue to propose and enact policy changes that will impact all faculty members at Marshall.




Dr. Marcia Harrison, MU-ADVANCE PI

Professor, Biological Science

Dr. Harrison is a plant biologist interested in the effect of environmental stress on plant growth. She is the former director of the WV State Science and Engineering Fair and is interested in supporting all levels of student research. More information...

Dr. Beverly C. Delidow, MU-ADVANCE Co-PI

Associate Professor, Biochemistry and Microbiology

Dr. Delidow, award winner of The Marshall University Distinguished Artists and Scholars Award for Junior Faculty, is a prominent researcher and dedicated professor in an area of Cancer Biology, and Neuroscience and Developmental Biology. As a cluster Coordinator in the Cancer Biology discipline, she encourages and supervises students for further research in the field. More information...

Dr. Elizabeth Murray, MU-ADVANCE Co-PI

Associate Professor, Integrated Science and Technology

Dr. Murray has diverse research interests, including genetics of endangered species, human genetics polymorphisms, Arsenic damage to DNA, and DNA aptamers. Dr. Murray promotes development in the Biotechnology emphasis and major, and implemented the introductory course to DNA Cloning at Marshall. More information...

Dr. Judith A. Silver, MU-ADVANCE Co-PI

Professor, Department of Mathematics

Dr. Silver works to improve recruitment strategies to increase the number of STEM female faculty at Marshall. She contributes to the development of mathematics teacher education and learning through a variety of K-12 Math initiatives projects which include Project MERIT; SEMS Scholars: A GAME plan for Appalachian Student Success and WvEB algebra. More information...

Dr. Shari Clarke

MU-ADVANCE Administrative Partner
Vice President, Multicultural Affairs

Dr. Clarke joined Marshall in June 2008, after serving as the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at Temple University in Philadelphia. She has an extensive background in encouraging and promoting diversity in higher education. Dr. Clarke plans to use her expertise in diversity to help MU-ADVANCE seek ways to broaden the applicant pools and to encourage diversity within the faculty at Marshall. More information...

Dr. Michelle Douglas

MU-ADVANCE Administrative Partner, Director, Equity Program

Dr. Michelle Douglas joined Marshall as the new Director of Equity Programs in July 2007. Dr. Douglas was the Director of Cultural Diversity and Student Activities at the Ashland Community and Technical College in Ashland, Kentucky. Dr. Douglas will help MU-ADVANCE continue the Program’s efforts to encourage search committees to be equitable and diverse in choosing candidates. More information...

Dr. Jan I. Fox

MU-ADVANCE Administrative Partner, Vice President, Information Technology/Chief Information Officer

Dr. Fox has been making strong efforts to implement and promote technology in postsecondary education, Internet2, promotion of Online College Courses in High School, distance learning, the state's economic development, the advancement of a rural health care system, and has led numerous grant-funded projects on using information and computing to improve the quality of education and research in lives of West Virginians. More information...

Dr. Frances Hensley

MU-ADVANCE Administrative Partner, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dr. Hensley supervises quality enhancement of curriculum and instruction in the following areas: the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning; the Center for Academic Excellence; the Center for International Programs; University College; the Marshall Plan for Enhanced Undergraduate Education, the Associate Dean’s Council, and all academic reporting to the Higher Education Policy Commission of West Virginia. She also serves as the liaison for eight undergraduate colleges, providing service to approximately 13,000 students and 400 faculty. More information...

Ms. Denise Hogsett, MU-ADVANCE Administrative Partner,

Director of Career Services

Denise Hogsett will facilitate the services provided by the Dual Career Services Program. Ms. Hogsett has an M.S. in Communication Disorders and an Executive M.B.A., both from Marshall University. She has experience working in human resources, management, and marketing and is dedicated to improving the recruitment efforts at MU. More information...

Dr. John Maher, MU-ADVANCE Administrative Partner,

Vice President for Research

Dr. John Maher is the former Director of the Chemical Alliance Zone, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to continuing the existence of the chemical industry in Cabell, Kanawha, Putnam and Wayne counties. In this role, Dr. Maher was in charge of economic development. Dr. Maher contributes to the MU-ADVANCE Faculty Development Initiatives as the MURC representative to advise us on research and grant issues. More information...

Dr. Gayle Ormiston

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dr. Gayle Ormiston was appointed as the new Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs in August 2008. Dr. Ormiston served as the Associate Provost at Kent State for six year, handling Faculty Affairs and Curriculum. In this role, he was in charge of many aspects of faculty affairs, including evaluating and implementing policies and practices. Dr. Ormiston's experience working with faculty affairs will help drive the initiatives of the MU-ADVANCE Program.

Dr. Sherri Smith

MU-ADVANCE Administrative Partner,
Executive Director, CATL

Dr. Sherri Smith is Executive Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). Dr. Smith is no stranger to faculty development, as she started the Service Learning Program at Marshall in 2002. She is also an Associate Professor of English and Women's Studies at Marshall. Dr. Smith will help MU-ADVANCE continue the Program's efforts to enhance faculty development. More information...

Heidi Williams

MU-ADVANCE Program Coordinator

Prior to becoming the Program Coordinator for MU-ADVANCE, Ms. Williams served as the Program Assistant for the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR). During her four years in this role, she gained valuable insight as to how grants are administered. More information...


College of Education and Human Services


Dr. Tina Cartwright, West Virginia State Climatologist

Assistant Professor, Education

Dr. Cartwright is an Assistant Professor in the School of Education. As the 2009 recipient of the Sarah Denman Faces of Appalachia Fellowship Award, Dr. Cartwright will examine how after school science programs benefit minority and female students. She investigates relevant weather and climate research issues important to the state of West Virginia. As a member of the Governor’s Commission on Graduate Studies in STEM, Dr. Cartwright advocates graduate studies in the STEM disciplines. More information...

College of Information Technology and Engineering  


Dr. Betsy Dulin,

College of Information Technology and Engineering
Professor of Engineering

Dr. Dulin served as the Dean of the College of Information and Technology (CITE) from 2002-2006 and again from 2008-2011, taking a brief hiatus to work at a law firm in Charleston, WV. In the Summer 2011, Dr. Dulin stepped down as Dean to redirect her efforts as a full-time faculty member. More information...

Dr. Hyoil Han,

College of Information Technology and Engineering
Associate Professor of Computer Science

Dr. Han joined CITE as an Associate Professor of Computer Science in 2011. Her research areas include developing algorithms and systems for web semantics, text/data mining and management, biomedical and healthcare informatics, and information assurance and security in distributed computing environments. Her research focuses on developing theories and building intelligent systems to 1) understand, mine, and manage unconventional data types, and 2) integrate/interchange information securely and seamlessly for heterogeneous data sources for semantic interoperabiltiy. Dr. Han currently teaches Computer Science 1, Algorithm Analysis and Design, and Senior Project. More information...

College of Liberal Arts


Dr. Kimberly DeTardo-Bora

Associate Professor, Department of Criminal Justice

Dr. DeTardo-Bora joined the Department of Criminal Justice in 1999. Since her arrival, she has taught numerous courses, including Advanced Criminological Theory, and has garnered $60,000 in grant funding. Dr. DeTardo-Bora's research contributions have pertained to campus security webpages, domestic violence, media depictions of criminal justice professional women, and much more. More information...

Dr. Robin Conley

Department of Sociology & Anthropology

Dr. Robin Conley is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology. Her research focuses on legal and institutional discourse, violence and empathy in democratic processes, ethnographic methods and theory, and gender and language in society. Her previous research focused on a transsexual marriage trial, while her current research focuses on Texas death penalty cases. These two contexts demonstrate how legal discourse requires the making and unmaking of persons into human beings. She currently teaches Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, including an honors section; Language, Gender, and the Body; and the Ethnography of Law.  More information...

Dr. Angela D. Crews

Professor, Department of Criminal Justice

Dr. Angela Crews joined MU's Criminal Justice Department as an Associate Professor. She is currently writing a book on juvenile delinquency and violence in the U.S. while also teaching Introduction to Corrections and Applied Ethics at the undergraduate level and Criminal Justice Planning at the graduate level. More information...

Dr. Kristi Fondren

Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology

Dr. Fondren's research focuses on gender, culture, environment, and sports/leisure/recreation. She examines how long-distance hikers develop a "subculture of place," where ideologies and practices are combined with strong attachments to their environment. She also researches how athletic recruitment can impact the identity of educational institutions. More information...


Dr. Donna Sullivan

Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology


As a Social Gerontologist, Dr. Sullivan’s current research explores the productive activities of seniors. Specifically, she focuses on how the internet plays a role in their social interaction through their use of social networking communities. Her latest activity, the OWL Project, seeks to initiate a dialog about life and aging between different generations of Marshall students. More information...



Dr. April Fugett-Fuller

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology

Dr. April Fugett-Fuller is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Marshall. Dr. Fugett-Fuller's research interests include reading, spelling, semantic memory, learning, implicit memory, psycholinguistics, language processing, sentence processing, and neighborhood density. She is currently teaching Psychometrics, Experimental Psychology, and Behavioral Statistics. More information...

Dr. Marianna Footo-Linz,

MU-ADVANCE Mentor, Professor, Department of Psychology

Dr. Marianna Footo-Linz is a Professor of Psychology and is the Program Coordinator of the Psy.D. Program at Marshall. In this role, she is responsible for a variety of tasks, including student recruitment and practicum placements. She also serves as a mentor for Dr. Wendy Williams, a MU-ADVANCE Faculty Fellow. Dr. Footo-Linz meets weekly with Dr. Williams to help her navigate through the duties and procedures of being a junior faculty member. More information...

Dr. Paige Muellerleile

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology

Dr. Muellerleile's research interests involve understanding people’s judgments and decision-making processes. Since joining Marshall University in 2006, she has taught Health Psychology, Intermediate Statistics, Clinical Research Methods, Psychometrics, and Psychology of Women and Gender. Dr. Muellerleile is committed to undergraduate research serving on several research committees. More information...

Dr. Jennifer Tiano

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology

Dr. Jennifer Tiano is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology. Prior to coming to Marshall, she was an Assistant Professor of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry at the WVU School of Medicine, Charleston Division. Her research employs Parent-Child Interaction Thearapy (PCIT) to decrease disruptive child behaviors and to improve parenting skills in Appalachia. Currently, Dr. Tiano teaches Abnormal Psychology and Personality Psychology. More information...

Dr. Anita Walz

Assistant Professor, Department of Geography

Dr. Walz was hired in 2003 as the department's physical geographer. Her research interests include landscape ecology, environmental geography and issues of climate change all of which are heavily dependent on Geographic Information System (GIS) and remote sensing tools. She teaches courses in physical and environmental geography. More information...

College of Science


Dr. Maria Babiuc,

Assistant Professor, Department of Physics

Dr. Maria C. Babiuc-Hamilton, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and Physical Sciences, was awarded a NSF grant for the project “Precise Computation of Gravitational Waves at Infinity: The Cauchy-Characteristic Approach.” Her research involves the development of methods for solving Einstein equations numerically in a full 3D code to simulate black hole evolution and to compute the gravitational waveform emitted by a binary system. She teaches both undergraduate and graduate Physics courses. More information...

Dr. Xiaojuan "Judy" Fan

Assistant Professor, Department of Physics and Physical Science

Dr. Xiaojuan "Judy" Fan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and Physical Science. Prior to coming to Marshall, Dr. Fan was a Research Specialist at the University of California at Santa Cruz. Her research interests include photovoltaics and photocatalysis; nanoporous structure and nanotechnology; and chemical sensing and biomaterial detection. Currently, Dr. Fan teaches Conceptual Physics and General Physics. More information...

Dr. Nicola “Nicki” LoCascio

Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences

Assistant Director for the Society of Yeager Scholars

Dr. LoCascio’s research in Science Education focuses on teaching methodologies, laboratory experience, and student assessment at the post secondary level. She monitors curriculum effectiveness and chairs the the department's assessment committee. Dr. LoCascio teaches Principles of Biology, Principles of Genetics and the Capstone Experience for college seniors. Dr. LoCascio is the Assistant Director for the Society of Yeager Scholars. More information...

Dr. Huong Nguyen

Assistant Professor, Department of Physics

Dr. Huong Nguyen is a theoretical physicist who researches quantum dots, low dimensional systems, and the structures and physical properties of solids in solid state. She is also an active researcher of nanophysics and condensed matter theory. Dr. Nguyen joined the Department of Physics in 2005, where she currently teaches Solid State Physics, Electromagnetism, and Thermodynamics. More information...

Dr. Elizabeth Niese

Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics

Dr. Elizabeth Niese has joined the Department of Mathematics as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Niese’s research area is algebraic combinatorics, for which she applies combinatorial tools to study algebraic objects. Her work focuses on symmetric functions, which lie at the intersection of combinatorics and representation theory. These functions have applications, not only to many branches of mathematics, but also to statistics and quantum physics. One of Dr. Niese’s goals is to use combinatorics to find and prove useful factorizations of some of these functions. Dr. Niese currently teaches Calculus and Analytic Geometry 1. More information...

Dr. Suzanne Strait,

Professor, Department of Biological Sciences

Dr. Suzanne Strait is currently developing an online museum of 3D models of Paleocene Eocene fossils, with funds garnered from the National Science Foundation. Dr. Strait has led many expeditions to Wyoming, offering students a chance to experience field research firsthand. More information...

Dr. Wendy Trzyna,

Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences

Dr. Wendy Trzyna is a microbiologist in the Department of Biological Sciences. Her research interests include investigating how Acanthamoeba, a single celled eukaryotic microbe, sense and respond at the molecular level to stress in the environment. Of particular interest are specific genes and signaling pathways involved in stress responses as well as whole genome analyses of amoebae from diverse environments. She currently teaches Microbial Genetics. More information...

Dr. Leslie Frost

Professor, Department of Chemistry

Dr. Leslie Frost is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry. Her research focuses on the use of biological mass spectrometry for the identification and analysis of peptides and proteins. Dr. Frost currently teaches Introduction to Biochemistry, lecture and lab, and Modern Instrument Methods, at both the undergraduate and graduate level. More information...

Dr. Nadja Spitzer

Post-doctoral Associate, Biological Sciences

Dr. Nadja Spitzer is a Post-doctoral Associate in the Department of Biological Sciences. Her research interests include the development of cell therapies for disorders of the nervous system and molecular neurophysiology. Dr. Spitzer works with Dr. Elmer Price developing a novel type of adult derived stem cell to potentially apply to neurobiological disorder therapies. She currently teaches Human Physiology and spearheaded the recent Brain Expo held at MU. More information...

Dr. Bin Wang,

Assistant Professor, Chemistry Department

Dr. Bin Wang is an Assistant Professor in the Chemistry Department. She is a biochemist and a specialist in nanobiotechnology. Her research focuses on RNA structure analysis, with several interests including the fabrication of micro-total analysis system to conduct RNA study, the determination of RNA structure by single molecule approaches, and the engineering of RNA as cargo to deliver drugs to target positions within cells. She is currently involved with teaching Introduction to Analytical Chemistry laboratory. More information...


Dr. Laura McCunn

Assistant Professor, Chemistry Department

Dr. Laura McCunn is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Marshall. Dr. McCunn’s research interests include the structure, reactivity, and spectral properties of radicals. She will begin teaching Principles of Chemistry and its associated lab in the Fall, and Introduction to Physical Chemistry in the Spring. More information...

Dr. Bonita Lawrence

Professor, Department of Mathematics

Dr. Bonita Lawrence, a professor in the Department of Mathematics, has spent the last several years research and developing a Differential Analyzer (DA). The goal of the DA is to improve the teaching and learning of mathematics. The project, now complete, involved a research team of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and two mentors. Dr. Lawrence is currently creating a kit so that high school students can build their own DA. More information...

Dr. Anna Mummert

Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics

Dr. Anna Mummert is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics. Her research interests involve smooth dynamical systems, AMS/MOS classification 37C. Dr. Mummert is currently teaching Concepts and Applications of Mathematics and Concepts and Applications of Mathematics with Algebra. More information...

Dr. Karen Mitchell

Professor, Department of Mathematics

Dr. Karen Mitchell is a Professor in the Department of Mathematics and a long time advocate for strengthening math education statewide. Dr. Mitchell designs innovative methods and curricula that help teachers at all levels better educate WV students in Math. Dr. Mitchell currently teaches Trigonometry, Math Methods and Materials, and the special topics course the History of Mathematics. She is Chair of the committee that established the Academic Festival at MU. More information...

Dr. Evelyn Pupplo-Cody

Professor, Department of Mathematics

Dr. Evelyn Pupplo-Cody is a professor in, and the undergraduate advisor for, the Department of Mathematics. In response to the attrition rates among STEM students, Dr. Pupplo-Cody is designing a course to improve student success rates in advanced mathematical courses. This 8-week course will focus on mathematical deficiencies among students who have failed or withdrawn from advanced Mathematics courses. A pilot course will be offered during the Fall 2009 semester. More information...

School of Medicine


Dr. Piyali Dasgupta

Assistant Professor, Pharmacology, Physiology and Toxicology

Dr. Piyali Dasgupta's research examines the effects of nicotine (the active component of cigarettes) in regulating cellular responses, such as programmed cell death and cell growth, in the context of lung cancer. She is currently teaching Lung Physiology. More information...

Dr. Elaine Hardman

Associate Professor, Biochemistry and Microbiology

Dr. Elaine Hardman is an Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Microbiology at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, and is a research member of the Nutrition and Cancer Center. She recently received a grant from the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program to study the effects of omega-3 fatty acids on breast cancer development. Dr. Hardman will present some of her research as part of the Women's Studies Colloquium Series on Friday, February 18, from 12-1:00 p.m. in 402 Drinko Library. More information...

Dr. Susan Jackman

Professor, Biochemistry and Microbiology

Dr. Jackman studies how the immune system communicates with the body by molecules called cytokines. Disturbances in this communication may contribute to inappropriate immune responses, including autoimmunity. We have found that gene therapy with the cytokine, interleukin-7, can suppress autoimmune skin lesions in a mouse model. In a second area of study, we are investigating how the bacteria, Streptococcus agalactiae, which can cause life-threatening infections in the neonatal period, is able to recognize the human cytokine, interleukin-6, and respond by increasing its expression of stress/virulence genes. More information...

Dr. Jung Han Kim

Assistant Professor, Pharmacology, Physiology, and Toxicology

Dr. Kim is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacology, Physiology, and Toxicology at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. Prior to coming to Marshall, Dr. Kim was an Assistant Professor of Nutrition at the University of Tennessee. Her research examines the molecular basis of an obesity susceptibility gene, tabw2, derived from the TALLYHO mouse model. This model may lead to the discovery of cellular regulatory pathways to control obesity.  More information...

Dr. Elsa I. Mangiarua

Professor, Physiology

Dr. Mangiarua studies oxidative stress in obesity-associated hypertension and sciatic nerve compartments associated with the complications of diabetes. More information...

Dr. Nalini Santanam

Associate Professor, Pharmacology

Dr. Santanam is a lipid biochemist with interest in Free Radical Biology. Her research focus is the role of oxidative stress in chronic diseases. She has ongoing projects to study the role of oxidative stress in cardiovascular disease, obesity/diabetes, endometriosis and cancer. More information...


Dr. Maria Serrat

Assistant Professor, Anatomy and Pathology

Dr. Maria Serrat is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anatomy and Pathology. Her research focuses on the evolution and plasticity of the mammalian postcranial skeleton. Her current work investigates environmental inputs on bone elongation, specifically how temperature and physical activity affect limb lengthening. Dr. Serrat is currently teaching Clinical Gross Anatomy and Embryology at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine.  More information...


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