FORWARD External Advisory Board

Susan Carlson

Vice Provost for Academic Personnel
University of California System

Susan Carlson was appointed Vice Provost for Academic Personnel at the University of California in 2010 after nearly 30 years as an administrator and faculty member at Iowa State University. Most recently, Dr. Carlson served as both Interim Provost and Associate Provost at Iowa State. Dr. Carlson directed promotion and tenure policy, faculty recruitment and retention initiatives, flexible faculty career programs, faculty data collection, and university wide diversity initiatives. Working with the Faculty Senate, she developed policies for part-time appointments, faculty review and advancement, and non-tenure-eligible faculty. She served as the PI on two National Science Foundation-funded programs to diversify both the faculty and their research collaborations in science, technology, engineering, and mathematical disciplines. Dr. Carlson serves on the executive board for the Office of Women in Higher Education (American Council on Education), and she advises several NSF ADVANCE programs. She holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. from the University of Oregon and a B.A. from the University of Iowa.

Christine Hult

Professor of English and Associate Dean of Arts, Humanities, and Social Science
Utah State University

Dr. Hult has been teaching and working as an administrator for the past twenty-two years at USU. Before coming to USU, she was the director of writing at Texas Tech University. Her doctoral work in discourse theory, supported by a Rackham Fellowship, was completed in 1982 at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Currently, she serves as the Associate Dean for Academics in the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. Prior to that appointment, she served for ten years as Associate Department Head in the English Department. In recognition of her outstanding research, she was awarded the D. Wynne Thorne Researcher of the Year award for Utah State University in 2004. She has published 12 books, 12 chapters in edited collections, and over 30 articles in various composition journals. She was previously the Principal Investigator on a $3 million NSF- ADVANCE grant to recruit and retain women faculty in the sciences and engineering.

Peggy Johnson

Professor of Civil Engineering and Department Head
Penn State University

Dr. Johnson is a Professor of Civil Engineering and the Department Head of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University. She conducts research in the areas of risk and reliability analyses, probabilistic approaches to hydraulic engineering, stream and river restoration, bridge scour, river mechanics, and hydraulic engineering. She received her B.S. from the New Mexico State University in 1981 and her PhD from the University of Maryland in 1990. In 1992, Dr. Johnson won the National Science Foundation Young Investigator award and in 1995, she won the National Science Foundation Presidential Faculty Fellow award. She has also won several teaching awards, including the Lilly Teaching Fellow and the university's Outstanding Teacher award.

Laura Kramer

Professor Emerita of Sociology
Montclair State University

Laura Kramer's involvement in the ADVANCE program at the National Science Foundation developed out of her interest in higher education, technology, and diversity. Her research on engineering faculty and the retention of undergraduates from traditionally underrepresented groups included interviews with 100 faculty at six engineering schools in the Northeast in “Explaining Faculty Involvement in Women’s Retention.”

Kramer is a Professor Emerita of Sociology at Montclair State University, where she chaired her department, served as a Special Assistant to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, worked with the New Faculty Program, and participated in the governance of interdisciplinary programs (Women’s Studies and Honors Programs).

Kramer began writing about gender for college students early in her career, and continues today. The third edition of The Sociology of Gender: A Brief Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2010) follows The Sociology of Gender: A Text-Reader (1990), and The Sociology of Gender (co-authored with Laurie Davidson, 1979).

Jennifer Sheridan

Executive & Research Director, Women in Science & Engineering Leadership Institute (WISELI)
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Dr. Sheridan received her PhD from the Department of Sociology at UW-Madison in August 2001, specializing in social stratification and quantitative research methods. Her graduate work focused on the social origins and implications of occupational sex segregation. She has authored or co-authored fourteen peer-reviewed papers, covering topics such as measurement of occupational standing, long-term effects of childhood abuse, and her current line of inquiry, the status of women in science and engineering. As WISELI's executive and research director, Dr. Sheridan develops and oversees the workshops and grant programs administered by WISELI, as well as the research and evaluation produced by WISELI, including two all-faculty climate surveys administered in 2003 and 2006.

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