Research & Dissemination


12/5/18: “UMBC launches PROMISE Academy with USM partners, to support diverse faculty in the biomedical sciences” – in UMBC NEWS


Our Research Lead is Dr. Kerry Ann O’Meara, Professor of Higher Education, Director of the ADVANCE Program for Inclusive Excellence, and Associate Dean for Faculty and Graduate Affairs at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is President of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE). On her team are postdoctoral scholar Dr. Damani White-Lewis and graduate assistant Dawn Culpepper who contribute greatly to the project. This team has several publications, including these recent works:

O’Meara, K., Culpepper, D., & Templeton, L. L. (2020). Nudging Toward Diversity: Applying Behavioral Design to Faculty Hiring. Review of Educational Research, 90(3), 311–348.

White-Lewis, D. (2020). The Facade of Fit in Faculty Search Processes, The Journal of Higher Education, DOI: 10.1080/00221546.2020.1775058

O’Meara, K., Culpepper, D., White-Lewis, D., Templeton, L., & Anderson, J. (2019). Shifting lenses: Examining and mitigating cognitive and social biases in faculty selection. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, Portland, OR.


Evaluator (External): Westat Corporation [Dr. Jennifer Flynn, Dr. Jill Feldman]. Our Year 2 External Evaluation Report can be found here.

Evaluator (Internal): Dr. Wendy Carter-Veale, UMBC Evaluation & Assessment (Council of Graduate Schools’ “Understanding PhD Career Pathways for Program Improvement” project), PROMISE AGEP Dissertation Coach. Our Year 2 Internal Evaluation Report can be found here.


Public Dissemination (e.g., Conferences, Meetings of the USM Board of Regents)
References from the Proposal (PDF): References Cited – PROMISE Academy – Extracted from Proposal

Select Foundational Papers

(Historical – via PROMISE AGEP-T, PROMISE AGEP, PROMISE Pathways awards)

Kimberly GriffinVicki BakerKerryAnn O’MearaGudrun NyuntTykeia RobinsonCandice L. Staples, (2018) “Supporting scientists from underrepresented minority backgrounds: Mapping developmental networksStudies in Graduate and Postdoctoral Education, Vol. 9 Issue: 1, pp.19-37,

W. Y. Carter-Veale, R. G. Tull, J. C. Rutledge, and L. N. Joseph (2016). Doctoral Student Experiences using The Dissertation House Model: Coping and Writing in a Shared Knowledge CommunityCBE Life Sci Educ vol. 15 no. 3 ar34.

Reed, A. M & Tull, R. G. (2015) Programmatic Interventions for Developing Diverse Global Eminent Faculty Scholars Through International CollaborationsPaper presented at 4th Annual ASEE International Forum, Seattle, Washington (19.28.1 – 19.28.9). Seattle, Washington: American Society of Engineering Education.

Brown, Q, Tull, R. G., Medina, L., Beadle-Holder, M., and Medina, Y. (2015). Factoring Family Considerations into Female Faculty Choices for International Engagement in Engineering, IT, and Computer Science. Paper presented at American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE): 122nd ASEE Annual Conference Exposition, Seattle, WA: American Society for Engineering Education.

Tull, R. G., & Carter-Veale, W. (2014, May). Structured Interventions for Underrepresented Students and Faculty Members in STEM. In D. E. Chubin & A. L. DePass. (Eds.). Understanding interventions that broaden participation in research careers: Intervening to Critical Mass (vol. V, pp. 29-32). Summary of conference presentation at the 2012 Understanding Interventions that Broaden the Participation in Research Careers conference, Baltimore, MD.

Reed, A. M., & Tull, R. G. (2012). Reducing the Bottleneck: Breaking the Bottle! Addressing the Recruitment of Postdocs through Best Practices of AGEP and ADVANCE Horizons ProgramsProceedings of WEPAN 2012, Columbus, OH. Abstract: Webpage

Tull, R. G., Rutledge, J.C., Warnick, J. W., & Carter, F. D. (2012). PROMISE: Maryland’s Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate Enhances Recruitment and Retention of Underrepresented Minority Graduate Students. Academic Medicine, 87(11), p. 1562-1569.

Hrabowski, F. (2011). Institutional Change in Higher Education: Innovation and Collaboration, Policy Paper: Strategies to Increase STEM Achievement in Higher Education, McGraw-Hill Research Foundation.

Ponjuan, L., Gasman, M., Hirshman, E., & Esters, L. L. (2011). “A New Hope: Recruiting and Retaining the Next Generation of Faculty of Color”, Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities Issue Brief – Council on Access, Diversity and Excellence (

Rutledge, J.C., Carter-Veale, W.Y. & Tull, R. G. (2011). Successful PhD Pathways to Advanced STEM Careers for Black Women in Beyond Stock Stories and Folktales: African Americans’ Paths to STEM Fields, Vol. 11., H. T. Frierson and W. F. Tate, Eds. United Kingdom: Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.

Additional papers may be found here:

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