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.

Aspire Director

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Howard Gobstein

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.

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Tonya Peeples

College of Engineering Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusion, Professor of Chemical Engineering, Pennsylvania State University

Peeples co-leads the Institutional Change Initiative.

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Travis York

Assistant Vice President for Academic & Student Affairs, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities

Travis York (co-PI, APLU) co-leads the Institutional Change Initiative, and co-leads the Knowledge Management system of the Backbone. He provides project management for the APLU collaborative proposal.

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Jessica Bennett

Assistant Director, STEM Education, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities

Dr. Bennett is the Project Manager for the IChange Initiative.

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Rochelle Sapp

Extension Leadership Specialist, Office of Learning and Organizational Development, University of Georgia

Rochelle Sapp (co-PI, University of Georgia) is responsible for development, delivery, and coordination of evaluation of the leadership training program.

National Change

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Donald Gillian-Daniel

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.

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Robin Greenler

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.

Regional Change (Iowa, SoCal, Texas)

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Craig Ogilvie

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.

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Rachel Kennison

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, overseeing training and mentoring of Aspire Interns.

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Lorenzo Baber

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.

Mary Darrow

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.

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Benjamin Flores

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.

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Jessica Gregg

Associate Director of CEILS for Educational Development, Academic Coordinator, Life Sciences Core Education Department

Jessica Gregg, (PI, UCLA) serves as a SoCal Regional Collaborative Co-Leader representing the UCs and other regional 4-year public and private universities; coordinates SoCal RC activities that work toward shared goals of the Regional Initiative, organizes meetings, communicates with partners to deliver professional development, and reporting metrics

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James Grover

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.

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Heidi Taboada

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.

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Leslie Gonzales

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.

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Kimberly Griffin

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.

Evaluation

Judy Milton

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.

Liz Litzler

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.

Backbone

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Kacy Redd

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.

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Travis York

Assistant Vice President for Academic & Student Affairs, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities

Travis York (co-PI, APLU) co-leads the Institutional Change Initiative, and co-leads the Knowledge Management system of the Backbone. He provides project management for the APLU collaborative proposal.

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Bennett Goldberg

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.

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Robin Parent

Assistant Director, STEM Education, Association of Public & Land-grant Universities

Dr. Parent is the Project Manager for the Aspire Alliance. She manages communication platforms, coordinates the Alliance master calendar, works with Drs. Redd and York to provide regular communication engagement with Alliance members, coordinates the Alliance’s strategic communication plan, and assists with project Annual and final reports.