The AGEP PROMISE Academy Alliance Team

Five universities within the University System of Maryland came together to develop a National Science Foundation proposal increase faculty diversity within the University System of Maryland. A figure outlining our team structure and organization is here, and additional information about the team members by institution (e.g., PIs, Co-PIs, Senior Personnel, Evaluators, Researchers, External Advisory Board) follows:
November 2018
Provosts are the PIs of the Collaborative Team for the PROMISE Academy
Principal Investigators
Dr. Philip Rous, Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs, Provost, and Professor – Physics
Dr. Mary Ann Rankin, Senior Vice President and Provost, and Professor – Biology
Dr. Roger Ward, Interim Provost, Executive Vice President, and Dean of the Graduate School
Dr. Karen Olmstead, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Interim Provost, and Professor – Biology
Dr. Melanie Perreault, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

Towson University (TU)

PI: Provost Dr. Melanie Perreault 

Co-PI for Towson (Student Population: Undergraduate: 19,049; Graduate: 3,235)
Dr. David Vanko, Dean, Fisher College of Science and Mathematics


Dr. Cynthia Ghent*, Director of the STEM Education Center, Fisher College, Assoc. Prof., Dept. of Biological Sciences





Chair of AAAC & Internal Advisory Board:


PI: Provost Philip Rous

Co-PIs for UMBC (Student Population: Undergraduate: 11,243; Graduate: 2,596)
Dr. Janet C. Rutledge*, Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate School, Associate Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, also PI of CGS’ “Understanding Ph.D. Career Pathways” project for UMBC and Morgan State
Dr. Wendy Carter-Veale*, Internal Evaluator, Social Science Research Coordinator,  Dissertation Coach &  Coordinator of Ph.D. Completion Initiatives, also Survey Administrator of CGS’ “Understanding Ph.D. Career Pathways” project for UMBC and Morgan State
Dr. Patrice McDermott, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, Professor – College of Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences, National board of the Society for STEM Women of Color (SSWOC), Senior Fellow at the Association of American Colleges and Universities
Dr. William LaCourse, Dean of the College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences, Professor of Chemistry
Dr. Robin Cresiski*, Assistant Vice Provost of Graduate Student Development and Postdoctoral Affairs, Director of the AGEP PROMISE Academy Alliance, Affiliate Professor of Biology




University of Maryland College Park (UMCP)

PI: Provost MaryAnn Rankin

Co-PIs and Senior Personnel for College Park (Student Population: Undergraduate: 27,443; Graduate: 10,697)
Dr. Gerald S. Wilkinson, Assoc. Dean for Faculty Affairs, College of Computer, Mathematical & Natural Sci.; Prof. of Biology
Dr. Hugh Bruck, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, A. James Clark College of Engineering; Prof. of Mech. Eng.
Dr. Gregory Ball, Dean, College Behavioral and Social Sciences; Professor, Psychology
Dr. John Bertot*, Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs, and Professor in the iSchool, oversees the Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship Program on behalf of Provost Rankin and manages the Fellowship review process. The Office of Faculty Affairs jointly directs the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs with the Graduate School, and as Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs, Dr. Bertot will facilitate the design and implementation of campus efforts to prepare the program postdocs for academic careers.
Senior Personnel & Research Lead: Dr. KerryAnn O’Meara, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs & Prof. College of Education


Senior Personnel, Dr. Blessing Enekwe*, Program Director, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs at The Graduate School




University of Maryland Baltimore (UMB)

PI: Provost Roger Ward

Co-PIs for UMB (Student Population: Undergraduate: 866; Graduate and Professional: 5463)
Dr. Erin Golembewski*, Senior Association Dean for the Graduate School.
Dr. Roger Ward, Chief Accountability Officer, Vice President of Operations and Planning, Vice Dean of the Graduate School
Dr. Natalie Eddington, Dean of the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences.
Dr. James Kaper, Sr. Assoc. Dean Academic Affairs, School of Medicine; Professor & Chair, Dept. of Microbiology/Immunology.




Salisbury University (SU)

PI: Provost Karen Olmstead

Co-PIs and Senior Personnel for Salisbury (Student Population: Undergraduate: 7,861; Graduate: 887)
Dr. Clifton Griffin, Dean of Graduate Studies and Research (Chief Research Officer, Central leading advocate for faculty research)
Dr. Michael Scott*, Interim Dean of the Henson School of Science and Technology; Professor of Geography and Geosciences
Dr. Chrys Egan, Professor of Communication Arts, Academic specialty: Leadership and Diversity; Co-Director of OURCA
Dr. Jessica Clark, Assistant Professor of Biology, Co-Director of OURCA
Dr. Richard Wilkens, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs, will serve as Senior Personnel given his role in faculty affairs.
Dr. Joann Boughman, USM Sr. Vice Chancellor for Academic & Student Affairs


External Evaluators:

Westat (Dr. Adrienne von Glatz, Dr. Jill Feldman)


External Advisory Board:

  • Dr. Jennifer Linderman (U. of Michigan President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program)
  • Dr. Mark Lawson (U. of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program)
  • Dr. Keivan Stassun (Academic Pathways Program, Vanderbilt)
  • Dr. Henry Frierson (University of Florida)
  • Dr. Daryl Chubin (Understanding Interventions)
  • Dr. Quincy Brown (

*Leadership Team


Published by Renetta Garrison Tull

Dr. Renetta Garrison Tull is the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) at the University of California Davis. She previously served as Associate Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives at The Graduate School at UMBC, and was Professor of the Practice in the College of Engineering & IT. She was Special Assistant to the Sr. Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs & Director of Graduate and Professional Pipeline Development for the University System of Maryland (12 institutions). She is the Founding Director of PROMISE: Maryland’s Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) –, and Co-PI for the USM LSAMP. Her research on global diversity in STEM continues, and she is an international speaker, covering nearly all continents, for groups and conferences such as the World Engineering Education Forum, the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies, and the Pacific Sciences Congress. Her personal website is: Connect with her on Twitter: @Renetta_Tull;

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