ADVANCE Faculty Fellows
Denise Sekaquaptewa, Ph.D.
Director of ADVANCEdsekaqua@umich.edu
Denise began her role as Director of the U-M ADVANCE Program in Fall 2023, after having previously served on the STRIDE Committee and as the Associate Director for Research in ADVANCE. She is University Diversity and Social Transformation Professor of Psychology. Her research program in experimental social psychology focuses on intergroup stereotyping, implicit bias, and the experiences of women and underrepresented minorities in science and engineering. She received the Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award (2015), and the Sarah Goddard Power Award (2012) from the University of Michigan for her work on diversity-related issues.
Mike Liemohn, Ph.D.
Mike Liemohn is an Associate Director at ADVANCE and a member of the STRIDE Committee. Mike has a strong understanding of the research and values underlying the ADVANCE mission. He even co-authored a paper applying the STRIDE model to his field (March 2023, Frontiers in Astronomy & Space Sciences). He has also worked on programming focused on coaching and mentoring of faculty within his discipline of climate and space sciences and engineering.
Shelly Conner, Ph.D.
Associate Director and Director of Research & Evaluationshellyah@umich.edu
The research & evaluation team supports ADVANCE and campus leaders by collecting and analyzing institutional data, climate surveys, salary equity, and various research projects focused on faculty. Shelly works with our staff and students to listen to and advocate for our faculty. Previously, she was an Assistant Dean in the Rackham Graduate School who focused on program evaluation, graduate student funding and policy analyses. She received her Ph.D. in developmental psychology from the University of Michigan.
Cynthia Hudgins, Ph.D.
Associate Director and Director of Administration & Programminghudgins@umich.edu
Cynthia is responsible for unit administration, including finance, human resources, facilities and operations. She works closely with the Director to develop and implement strategic plans to meet ADVANCE’s mission. She has been at the University since 1991 and with the ADVANCE Program since 2004. She received her B.A. and M.A. degrees from Indiana University and her Ph.D. in higher education from the University of Michigan.
Kelsey Arras, M.A.
Communication and Project Specialistkkadams@umich.edu
Kelsey is responsible for program and research communication. She manages material development, dissemination of information, and other ongoing projects. Additionally, she is the program manager for the RISE committee. The RISE Committee is a group of faculty and staff working to support climates of respect and inclusion within academic units. Kelsey received her M.A. in Arts Management from Eastern Michigan University and a B.F.A. in Illustration from Northern Michigan University. She has been with the University of Michigan since 2018.
Shawn is ADVANCE’s staff lead for the U-M President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. He also assists with administrative matters, programming, and STRIDE. He works closely with the Associate Director of Administration on day-to-day operations. He has been with the ADVANCE Program since 2009, and is currently working towards a degree in Elementary Education.
Administrative Assistant Senioracope@umich.edu
Anne is responsible for providing executive level support to the ADVANCE Program Director and works closely with unit leadership in managing the budget and financial accounts for the program. She closely monitors financial transactions, distributes funds awarded for the Elizabeth Caroline Crosby and the SUCCEED Faculty Grants, and coordinates funding transfers as needed. Anne is an administrative partner in providing support with complex scheduling, travel coordination, facilities & operations, and process documentation. She is also an avid hockey fan and is a superb parallel parker!
Jennifer Henry, M.M.
Jen provides strategic project management for various campus-wide initiatives including the Elizabeth Caroline Crosby and SUCCEED faculty funding programs. She also leads the development and expansion of the Launch Committee program, supporting new tenure-track assistant professors as they begin their careers at U-M. Partnering with ADVANCE’s operations team, Jen helps develop processes that support ADVANCE’s growing portfolio and impact. Jen received her B.A. in Communication Studies and Spanish Language & Literature and M.M. in Business Management from the University of Michigan
Research and Evaluation Intermediatehudginsj@umich.edu
Jordan works on dashboards, department climate assessments, program evaluations, and other ongoing research projects. Jordan received her B.S. in Statistics from the University of Michigan in 2021. Before starting as a Research & Evaluation specialist, she worked at ADVANCE as a student for 2 years. Her research interests include the experiences of women in STEM fields, survey design and methodology, and data visualization.
Sarah McAllister, M.H.S.A
Sarah shares her passions for cultivating talent and empowering leaders by managing faculty coaching programs, including the long-running Full Professor Coaching Program and the PACE (Post-Promotion Academic Career Exploration) Program for recently tenured faculty. She partners across campus for structured, goal- and data-driven projects to strategically grow ADVANCE’s portfolio for faculty development, satisfaction, and engagement. Sarah received her M.H.S.A in Health Management and Policy from the University of Michigan. Prior to arriving at ADVANCE, she coordinated clinical education programs at Michigan Medicine.
Jessica Montoro, Ph.D.
Research & Evaluation Specialistjmontoro@umich.edu
Jessica works on department climate assessments, survey development, data management, and other ongoing research projects. Her research focuses on how ethnic-racial and social class identities shape experiences in higher education. Prior to joining ADVANCE, she received her B.A. degree in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles, as well as her M.S.in Psychology and Ph.D in Developmental Psychology from the University of Michigan.
Events & Projects Specialistamoralez@umich.edu
Allyson oversees organizing various events, meetings and programming projects for ADVANCE. She works closely with the Associate Director of Administration to ensure all ADVANCE events run smoothly. Allyson received her B.A. in Cognitive Science from the University of Michigan in 2021.
Delaney Ryan, MPH
Research & Evaluation Specialistdelryan@umich.edu
Delaney works on department climate assessments, program evaluations, data design, and other ongoing research projects. She holds a master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Michigan. Prior to joining Advance, she collaborated with multiple academic groups at the University, participating in evaluation and research endeavors while also exploring innovative applications of data to promote positive transformations. Her research passions encompass workforce development, inclusive higher education, data handling and visualization, and community-based participatory research.
Jamie Saville, MPA
Project Intermediate Managerjsaville@umich.edu
Jamie works with our collaborators to organize our STRIDE Committee, NextProf initiatives, Faculty Development Workshops and additional events and program initiatives. After spending 14 years helping to direct the University of Michigan’s Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Program, Jamie is now applying her program management and development experience, as well as her passion for diversity initiatives, to U-M faculty.
Stephanie Shaulskiy, Ph.D.
Research & Evaluation Specialistsshauls@umich.edu
As a member of the Research and Evaluation team, Stephanie works on program evaluations, research studies, and departmental climate assessments. Before joining the ADVANCE team, Stephanie worked as the Program Evaluation Coordinator for the Transforming Learning Program at the University of Michigan Biological Station, where she evaluated the effectiveness of new courses and field-based programs. She attended the University of Arizona, graduating with honors in Psychology and earned her doctorate in educational psychology in 2016 from The Ohio State University. Her research interests focus on the importance and development of belonging in educational settings.
Carolyn Winslow, Ph.D.
Research and Evaluation Specialist Intermediatecwins@umich.edu
Jamie Zawistowski, MBA
Jamie is responsible for finance and human resources. With over 18 years of experience at U-M in finance and human resources, she works to support ADVANCE in these areas and enjoys the mix of responsibilities that comes with working in a small U-M unit. Jamie received her B.S. degree in Finance from St. Joseph’s University and her MBA from Villanova University.
ADVANCE Faculty Fellows
Yeşim Orhun, Ph.D.
Business Administration, Information