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ADVANCE Leadership/PI & Implementation Team

The ADVANCE Leadership/PI Team includes the project PI and the four Co-PIs. The ADVANCE Implementation Team includes the Project Director, the Co-Leaders of the Action Components, and other key leaders involved in the operations of the grant.

Kristin Sobolik

Kristin Sobolik, Ph.D.



Alice Hall pHd

Alice Hall, Ph.D.

Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs

ADVANCE Project Director and Co-PI

tanisha stevens

Tanisha Stevens, Ph.D.

Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


Cynthia Dupureur

Cynthia Dupureur, Ph.D.

Professor of Chemistry


Marlo Hode

Marlo Goldstein Hode, Ph.D.

Senior Director of Strategic Diversity Initiatives

ADVANCE Co-Lead for Recruitment & Retention

Matthew Taylor

Matthew Taylor, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, College of Arts & Sciences

ADVANCE Co-Lead for Recruitment & Retention, and Co-PI

Bettina Casad

In Memoriam of our cherished colleague and friend.   

Bettina Casad, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychological Sciences

ADVANCE Co-Lead for Education & Empowerment, and Co-PI

 External Advisory Board

 The UMSL ADVANCE External Advisory Board is comprised of nationally known scholars and experts in ADVANCE-related initiatives and outcomes, many of whom have been involved in other NSF ADVANCE programs and/or have vast experience in faculty affairs/success.


Dr. Walt Jacobs

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Cal State East Bay

Ala Qubbaj

Dr. Ala Qubbaj

Dean of the College of Engineering & Computer Science, Professor of Mechanical Engineering; and PI of UTRGV ADVANCE, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Jessi L. Smith

Dr. Jessi L. Smith

Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, Research Integrity Officer,  Professor of Psychology, and PI of ADVANCE Project CREST, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs;

Vetta Sanders Thompson Vetta

Dr. Vetta Sanders Thompson

E. Desmond Lee Professor of Racial & Ethnic Diversity and Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis

Evaluation Team

 The UMSL ADVANCE evaluation team includes an internal evaluator and an external evaluator.