Aspire Alliance Team
The Aspire Alliance PIs, Co-PIs, and Senior Personnel for the NSF awards (Grant numbers: 1834518, 1834522, 1834510, 1834513, 1834526, 1834521) are listed below. We have many committed and passionate partners that help support the work of Aspire. The additional partners and researchers are linked in the headers for each section.
Executive Vice President and Co-Project Director, Science & Mathematics Teaching Imperative, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities
Gobstein (PI, APLU) is director of the Alliance. He is responsible for the coherence, success and growth of the Alliance, and coordinating management, budgetary and reporting requirements.
College of Engineering Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusion, Professor of Chemical Engineering, Pennsylvania State University
Tonya Peeples co-leads the Institutional Change Initiative.
Director, STEM Education, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities
Jessica C. Bennett is co-lead and Project Manager of the Institutional Change Initiative (IChange). Bennett provides coordination and leadership to IChange's three primary activities: IChange Network, IAspire Leadership Academy, & IThrive Collective.
Director of Inclusive STEM Ecosystems for Equity & Diversity (ISEED),
American Association for the Advancement of Science
Travis T. York (co-PI, APLU) is the founder and former co-lead of the Institutional Change initiative and former co-lead of Aspire's Backbone. York supports the IChange co-leads in sustainability planning and institutional change strategies.
Extension Leadership Specialist, Office of Learning and Organizational Development, University of Georgia
Rochelle Sapp (co-PI, University of Georgia) is responsible for the development, coordination, and evaluation of the IAspire Leadership Academy - an executive leadership program for URG faculty aspiring to senior leadership positions.
Director of Inclusive Teaching Programming, Collaborative for Advancing Learning & Teaching, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Gillian-Daniel (PI, University of Wisconsin) co-leads the National Change Initiative.
Assistant Director, Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning, (CIRTL), University of Wisconsin - Madison
Robin Greenler (co-PI, University of Wisconsin) is co-lead of the National Change Initiative. Greenler implements and disseminates synchronous online workshops, online trainer community support, and local trainer support, and develops, implements, and disseminates inclusive teaching and advising area content.
Dean of the Graduate School and Associate Vice President of Research, Montana State University
Craig Ogilvie (PI, Iowa State University) co-leads the Regional Change Initiative.
Professor of Computer Science, Tyler Junior College
Gigi Delk co-leads the Regional Change Initiative.
Professor and Associate Dean and UT System LSAMP Director, University of Texas at El Paso
Benjamin Flores, (PI, UTEP) co-leads the Texas Regional Collaborative, with a focus on West Texas. He has overall responsibility for: (i) coordination with regional institutions, (ii) coordination with disciplinary organizations and the national Backbone, and (ii) oversight of budget.
Associate Director, Center for Education, Innovation and Learning in the Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles
Jessica Gregg, (PI, UCLA) facilitates the development of the SoCal Regional Collaborative and oversees the training and mentoring of the SoCal Collaborative Aspire Interns. She has overall responsibility for: (i) coordination with regional institutions, (ii) coordination with disciplinary organizations and the national Backbone, and (ii) oversight of budget.
Associate Professor, School of Education, Loyola University of Chicago
Lorenzo Baber (co-PI, Iowa State University) is responsible for adapting the assessment tool on diverse faculty recruiting and retention to the 2-year college setting.
Assistant Director and Evaluation Coordinator, Graduate College, Iowa State University
Mary Darrow (co-PI, Iowa State University) coordinates the Regional Collaborative activities at Iowa State.
Professor, Department of Biology, Interim Dean, College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs, University of Texas at Arlington
James Grover (co-PI, UTEP) co-leads the Texas Regional Collaborative, with a focus on North Texas. He has overall responsibility for: (i) coordination with regional institutions, (ii) coordination with disciplinary organizations and the national Backbone, and (ii) oversight of budget.
Interim Director, Center for Education, Innovation and Learning in the Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles
Rachel Kennison (Co-PI, UCLA) serves as the Administrative Co-lead of CIRTL@UCLA and Director of CIRTL programming, providing consultation on Aspire programming and sustainability planning.
Associate Professor, Department of Industrial, Manufacturing and Systems Engineering, University of Texas at El Paso
Heidi Taboada (co-PI, UTEP) supports the activities of the Texas Regional Collaborative.
Associate Professor of Higher Education, Michigan State University
Leslie Gonzales (co-PI, Subcontract Michigan State University) co-leads the Research Team, coordinating execution of the research design and instrument development, data collection, communication across studies, and dissemination of findings.
Associate Professor of Education , University of Maryland, College Park
Kimberly Griffin (co-PI, University of Maryland, College Park) co-leads the Research Team, coordinating execution of the research design and instrument development, data collection, communication across studies, and dissemination of findings.
Assistant Dean, Graduate School, University of Georgia
Judy Milton (co-PI, University of Georgia) leads the developmental and formative evaluation activities and in particular the Collective Impact framework evaluation across the Aspire Alliance.
Director, Center for Evaluation & Research for STEM Equity, and Affiliate Assistant Professor, Sociology, University of Washington
Liz Litzler leads the summative evaluation activities and co-leads the Aspire Alliance evaluation team with Judy Milton.
Associate Vice President, Research and STEM Education, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities
Kacy Redd (co-PI, APLU) co-leads the Alliance Backbone, with responsibility for the Knowledge Management and Partnership Development functions of the Backbone. She also supports the Institutional Change Initiative.
Director, STEM Education & Internal DEI Officer, Association of Public & Land-grant Universities
Robin Parent is the Project Manager for the Aspire Alliance and co-lead of the Backbone team. She manages communication platforms, coordinates the Alliance master calendar, works with Dr. Redd to provide regular communication engagement with Alliance members, coordinates the Alliance’s strategic communication plan, and assists with project annual and final reports.
Director of Research in Higher Education, Training and Evaluation in the Office for Research, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Northwestern University
Bennett Goldberg (co-PI, Northwestern University) has responsibility for the collective impact and social equity function of the Backbone.