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Leadership Team

Jennifer Linderman, Ph.D.

Director of ADVANCE

Jennifer has served as Director of the UM ADVANCE Program since 2016.  She is the Pamela Raymond Collegiate Professor of Engineering, Professor of Chemical Engineering and Professor of Biomedical Engineering. Her research interests include mathematical and computational modeling with applications to cell signaling pathways, cancer, tuberculosis, pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics, and drug delivery.

Deborah Rivas-Drake

Associate Director
Deborah Rivas-Drake is Professor of Education and Psychology at the University of Michigan. She earned her B.A. from Pace University and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. Dr. Rivas-Drake has been a faculty member at UM since 2013. Her research, which has been funded by the National Science Foundation, Spencer Foundation, and William T. Grant Foundation, among others, examines how school, peer, family, and community settings support adolescents in navigating issues related to race and ethnicity, and how these experiences inform their academic, socioemotional, and civic development. In addition to her academic publications, she has lent her expertise more broadly by developing materials for K-12 educators; in writings and webinars for parents and educators; and by consulting on race and ethnicity issues in youth for non-profit organizations, youth program developers, and industry.

Shelly Conner, Ph.D.

Director of Research and Evaluation
Shelly is responsible for program evaluations, collecting and analyzing institutional data, research studies and climate assessments undertaken by the program. She directs the research and evaluation team, setting the research agenda and supervising staff. 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. She has significant expertise and experience with quantitative and qualitative analysis of institutional data.

Cynthia Hudgins, Ph.D.

Associate Director

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.

Professional Staff

Kelsey Arras, M.A.

Communication and Project Specialist

Kelsey is responsible for program and research communication. She manages material development, dissemination of information, and other ongoing projects. 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 Beard

Administrative/Project Coordinator

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.

Jozet Channey

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Jozet is responsible for survey development and data management and analysis involving campus-wide faculty climate. Her research examines how adults’ beliefs and their associated actions shape learning environments for racially and ethnically diverse youth. She has teaching experience and significant expertise in quantitative and qualitative research methods. She received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Psychology and her Ph.D. in Education and Psychology from the University of Michigan.

Anne Cope

Administrative Assistant Senior

Anne works closely with leadership and staff to coordinate office operations and provide administrative support. She provides assistance with scheduling, finances, travel coordination, facilities & operations, and procedure documentation. Anne is responsible for providing executive level support to the Director and for managing her calendar.

Stephani Curlin

HR Generalist

Stephani provides HR support and consultation to ADVANCE employees.  With 15 years of experience in hospitality and higher education, Stephani has pretty much spent her entire adult life in a restaurant or on a college campus, helping teams attract, develop, and engage a diverse and inclusive workforce. She works hard to humanize HR, believes in human potential and the possibility to make the world a better place.

Jordan Hudgins

Research and Evaluation Intermediate

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.

Teri Rosales, Ph.D.

Senior Research and Evaluation Specialist

Teri Rosales is a Sociologist with experience in the design, collection, processing, and analysis of surveys and the implementation and evaluation of diversity, equity and inclusion strategic plans to leverage organizational change. Ongoing research interests include social determinants of health and wellbeing and related disparities, critical perspectives on the science of science, team collaboration and effective innovation, bibliometrics, and survey design in context. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Michigan.

Jamie Saville, MPA

Project Intermediate Manager

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

Research & Evaluation Specialist

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, PhD

Research and Evaluation Specialist Intermediate
Carolyn Winslow, PhD, is an organizational research psychologist with technical expertise in program evaluation and survey design and analysis. Additionally, her content area expertise incudes best practices for promoting employee diversity, equity, inclusion, and wellbeing, and effective organizational leadership. Prior to joining ADVANCE, she conducted internal research and consulting for several corporations, higher education institutions, and government agencies. She received her BA in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, and her MA and PhD in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from George Mason University.

ADVANCE Faculty Fellows

Myles Durkee

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Myles will be working to understand the role of racial code-switching (e.g., adjusting one’s speech or behavior) among diverse college faculty. All human beings code-switch to a certain degree as they shift from their casual to professional selves, but individuals from underrepresented and marginalized cultural backgrounds are likely to face greater pressure to code-switch in order to be accepted by the majority group.


Nicholas Henriksen

Associate Professor of Linguistics

Nicholas will be working to develop resources and a workshop to address the topic of gender diversity and gender inclusion. This work will give faculty the necessary tools to navigate professional interactions with respect as we strive to develop a more inclusive working climate.


Student Staff

Brittany Ribeiro Brown

Joint PhD Program in Social Work and Psychology

Chelsea Bruno

Graduate Student in Social Work

Jiali Guo

Graduate Student in Education

Miranda Jones

PhD Program: Personality and Social Contexts Area in Psychology

Taylor Lewis

PhD Program: Higher Education

Suraj Menon

Undergraduate Student in Biomedical Engineering

Gabriella Oudsema

Graduate student in Information

Nilsa Ileana Pedanou

Master of Business Analytics Student

Yuliya Shyrokonis

Doctoral Student, Social Work and Clinical Psychology

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