The success of the AdvanceRIT effort, and RIT's ability to affect meaningful transformation, requires a dynamic and engaged team of faculty and administrators from all areas of the University. Team member information follows. 

AdvanceRIT Director: Betsy Dell

Professor Betsy Dell was named Director of AdvanceRIT in March 2020. Betsy's career at RIT has always had a strong focus on diversity, demonstrating passion for making RIT an inclusive and diverse campus. Her work started with a focus on gender with students in STEM programs. As Director of Women in Technology from 2010-2013, she led multiple grant-funded initiatives. This includes a five year NSF funded (over a half-million dollars) scholarship program. Over the years, her efforts related to diversity and inclusion have broadened to all constituencies and all aspects of diversity (not just gender) through her involvement on the leadership team for the AdvanceRIT NSF Advance Institutional Transformation project and her role as Faculty Associate to the Provost for Women Faculty. Betsy was on the executive leadership team for AdvanceRIT grants as a co-PI. 

She also serves as Senior Faculty Associate to the Provost for Women Faculty. In this role she launched and chairs the Council for Representation & Engagement of Women Faculty (CREW). As Director of AdvanceRIT, she has strategically aligned CREW to serve as the faculty advisory board to the AdvanceRIT office. 

Senior Staff Specialist: Silvia Caraballo

Silvia Caraballo is the Senior Staff Specialist for the AdvanceRIT program. She assists the program director with program management needs and provides administrative support to the AdvanceRIT program's employees. Silvia also facilitates project efforts and maintains administrative data and information regarding the program's objectives. Prior to joining AdvanceRIT in September 2020, she worked in various research and managerial office positions where she gained valuable experience working with directors, researchers, faculty, administrators, and minority groups at RIT. This included working in the Office of Faculty Diversity Recruitment. During the NSF AdvanceRIT NSF-Institutional Transformation grant, Silvia was a graduate research assistant in the projects and literature reviews and data collection of Women of Color Research studies.

Silvia is pursuing a Ph.D. in Human Development at the University of Rochester with a cognitive-behavioral development concentration. Research focuses on environmental health as a component of environmental performance and how health is affected by national culture and community development. Her goal is to use AdvanceRIT objectives to implement program design and ensure the plans are managed efficiently to improve—the quality of women faculty's advancement in academia and leadership roles. Silvia is an inaugural member of the Saunders College of Business Leadership Fellows Program and a McNair Scholar.

Undergraduate Student Assistants

Emily Reilly is a student assistant for the AdvanceRIT program. She assists in various tasks surrounding the office like event registration, newsletter materials, and social media upkeep.  Her efforts are focused on maintaining efficiency and advancement of the program’s overall objectives. She also has taken on the role of compiling and analyzing data for the program. Emily is a third year Biotechnology and Molecular Bioscience student and will graduate in May 2022.

Renee Burns is in the American Sign Language and Interpreting Education program at NTID/RIT and will graduate in May 2022. She supports the creation of written communication and assists with office operations and other daily program operations as needed. In a pinch, she can assist with access services due to her proficiency in American Sign Language.

Kamal Goulbourne is a student assistant for the AdvanceRIT program. He helps handle the office's social media, which includes Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. His primary goal is to get the social media pages to a point where they will be a great asset to the program. Kamal is a MBA student with concentrations in digital marketing and management. He will be getting his degree in May 2022. 

Maryalice Ball is a student assistant for the AdvanceRIT program. She contributes to the overall efficiency in the office by keeping the website up to date and helping plan and organize events, as well as a multitude of other tasks around the office. Maryalice is a Chemical Engineering student.

 

The Council for the Representation & Engagement of Women Faculty (CREW).  CREW  serves as an advisory council to the AdvanceRIT.

RIT’s Advance CONNECT NSF Advance Institutional Transformation Grant Team (NSF#. 1209115)

Margaret Bailey, P.E.

Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Founding Director/PI of both AdvanceRIT and WE@RIT

Professor Margaret Bailey, Ph.D., P.E. recently moved from her inaugural role as Senior Faculty Associate to the Provost which she has held since 2013 to become the first director of the newly institutionalized ADVANCE RIT unit within the Office of the Provost.  Dr. Bailey has led various NSF ADVANCE funded efforts at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) since 2008 including a six-year, $4M institutional transformation cross-university project which resulted in the newly institutionalized ADVANCE unit.  Dr. Bailey is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering within the Kate Gleason College of Engineering and she teaches courses and conducts research related to Thermodynamics, engineering and public policy, inclusion and organizational development, engineering education, and gender in engineering and science. Dr. Bailey co-authors the engineering textbook, Fundamentals of Engineering Thermodynamics, which is the top textbook worldwide within its field with over 250 adoptions and she is an author on over 85 peer-reviewed publications.

David Munson

RIT President

Dr. David C. Munson Jr. became president of Rochester Institute of Technology in 2017. Dr. Munson, the former dean of the University of Michigan's College of Engineering, is the 10th president of the university.

As RIT's president, Dr. Munson is responsible for one of the nation's leading research and career-oriented universities featuring 18,700 students from all 50 states and more than 100 foreign countries, 124,000 alumni, $73 million in sponsored research and an endowment of more than $750 million.

RIT's full-time undergraduate enrollment ranks RIT among the top 10 largest private universities in the United States. RIT is the third largest producer of undergraduate degrees in science, technology, engineering and math among all private universities in the U.S. RIT also is home to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) and has one of the oldest and largest cooperative education programs in the country.

Dr. Munson has 38 years of experience in higher education, which includes serving as the Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering at Michigan from 2006 to 2016.

Dr. Munson earned his BS degree in electrical engineering (with distinction) from the University of Delaware in 1975. He earned an MS and MA in electrical engineering from Princeton University in 1977, followed by a Ph.D. in electrical engineering in 1979, also from Princeton.

From 1979 to 2003, Dr. Munson was with the University of Illinois, where he was the Robert C. MacClinchie Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Research Professor in the Coordinated Science Laboratory and a faculty member in the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology.

In 2003, he became chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan prior to becoming dean.

Dr. Munson's teaching and research interests are in the area of signal and image processing. His current research is focused on radar imaging and computer tomography. He is co-founder of InstaRecon Inc., a start-up firm to commercialize fast algorithms for image formation in computer tomography. He is affiliated with the Infinity Project, where he is coauthor of a textbook on the digital world, which has been used in hundreds of high schools nationwide to introduce students to engineering.

Dr. Munson is married to Nancy Munson, a former nurse, avid runner and volunteer. The couple has four sons and four grandchildren.

Ellen Granberg

Provost

Ellen Granberg became RIT’s provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs in August 2018. She is the first woman in the university’s history to serve as provost, which is the university’s top academic officer. 

Granberg brings to RIT extensive experience as a leader in both academia and industry. She previously served as senior associate provost at Clemson University. 

She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from UC Davis and spent 11 years working for Pacific Bell in the San Francisco Bay area as a project manager and technical director in software development. In 1995, she left industry to pursue advanced degrees, earning her Ph.D. in sociology from Vanderbilt University in 2001. That same year, she joined the faculty at Clemson, one of the nation’s Top 25-ranked public universities, and went on to be promoted to chair of the department of sociology and anthropology, associate provost for faculty affairs and senior associate provost.

Betsy Dell

Senior Faculty Associate & Professor, MMET

Betsy Dell's bio can be found here. 

Carol Marchetti

Carol Marchetti
Professor, School of Mathematical Sciences

Carol Marchetti's bio can be found here.

Maureen Valentine, P.E.

Professor, CETEMS

Maureen Valentine's bio can be found here. 

Christine Licata

Vice Provost for Academic Affairs & Professor, Business Studies, NTID

Dr. Christine Licata, Vice Provost at RIT, has worked in the field of education for over 40 years. She joined RIT as a chairperson for the Business Studies Department at NTID and later became director of the School of Business Careers. She then served as Assistant Dean for Administrative Affairs and an Associate Dean. From 2004-2008, she served as Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at NTID and supervised 11 academic department chairs. 

Her current responsibilities as Vice Provost include coordination of Academic Program Review, Curriculum Management and accreditation processes. In addition, she provides oversight to Office of the Registrar, Institute Advising Office, K-12 Programs, Outcomes Assessment, University Writing Program, Career Services & Cooperative Education, and the Fram Chair for Applied Critical Thinking. 

Dr. Licata is known for her research in the areas of faculty evaluation and, specifically, post-tenure review. She is the author of one of the first national reports and three books on this topic. 

Prior to joining RIT, Dr. Licata worked as a faculty member at Montgomery Community College in Maryland and at Monroe Community College. She also spent several years teaching high school math and business in the Buffalo and Rochester City School Districts.

Dr. Licata holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration Management and an M.S. in Education from Canisius College in Buffalo, New York; and a doctorate in Higher Education from George Washington University, Washington, DC. 

She currently serves on Kansas State University’s Academic Chairperson’s National Conference Advisory Committee and Our Lady of Mercy High School Board and the College Board: Higher Education Advisory Board. She is a former Trustee of Canisius College.

Kit Mayberry

Kit Mayberry
VP, Strategic Planning and Special Initiatives & Professor, English and American Literature

Dr. Katherine Mayberry has been RIT’s vice president for Strategic Planning and Special Initiatives at RIT since 2011. Previously, she held the positions of vice president for Special Projects and vice president for Academic Affairs.

In her current role, Kit oversees the development, implementation, and ongoing review of RIT’s strategic planning process. In this capacity, she works closely with the Strategic Plan Committee of the trustees. She also designs and manages a partnership between RIT and a city charter high school made possible by a generous trustee gift. She co-chairs the President’s Commission on Women and is an active member of the Executive Advisory Board of RIT’s NSF ADVANCE Grant. As co-PI of RIT’s Ronald McNair grant, Dr. Mayberry serves on the grant advisory board and works closely with the McNair students.

A full professor in RIT’s department of English, Kit is a leading national scholar in rhetorical argument, the fiction of Toni Morrison, and Pre-Raphaelite poetry. She holds a Ph.D. in English and American Literature from the University of Rochester and a bachelor’s degree from Smith College.

Her community service contributions include membership on the executive committee of the board of trustees of Colgate Rochester Crozier Divinity School and two terms on the board of Mercy School for Young Women.

Kijana Crawford

Kijana Crawford
Professor, Department of Sociology & Anthropology

Kijana Crawford's bio can be found here. 

dt ogilvie

Distinguished Professor, Urban Entrepreneurship

dt ogilvie's bio can be found here. 

Annemarie Ross

Associate Professor, Department of Science & Mathematics NTID

Annemarie Ross' bio can be found here

Dr. Elizabeth Litzler

Director of the UW Center for Evaluation & Research for STEM Equity

Elizabeth Litzler, PhD, is the Director of the UW Center for Evaluation & Research for STEM Equity (CERSE) at the University of Washington (UW) and an Affiliate Assistant Professor in UW Sociology. CERSE’s mission is to promote equity in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) higher education through conducting high quality research and evaluation to enhance diversity and inclusion. Liz and her staff at UW CERSE assist the AdvanceRIT leadership team with evaluation of key initiatives such as the Connect Grants and the Connectivity Series.

Liz’s research interests include the educational climate for undergraduate and graduate students and faculty, intersectionality of identities, and gender stratification in education and the workforce. Liz is a member of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN), and served on the WEPAN Board of Directors for 4 years.

Dr. Andrea Rommel

Independent Scientific Writer, Editor, and Consultant

Dr. Andrea Gebhart Rommel is an Independent Scientific Writer, Editor, and Consultant based in the Rochester, NY area. With a Ph.D. in Neuroscience and postdoctoral research training in Brain and Cognitive Sciences, she has an extensive technical background. Dr. Rommel provides a broad range of consulting services to help clients achieve their goals. Her areas of specialization include research, program development, writing and editing of scientific articles and reports, writing and editing of grant proposals, and editing of textbooks for the higher education market.

For the AdvanceRIT team, Dr. Rommel conducts literature reviews, conducts bench-marking research, interprets data, writes white papers, and writes executive summaries. In addition, she creates presentation slides, edits presentations, edits journal article manuscripts, and advises the team on key program initiatives.

Past Student Assistants

2020
  • Emily Reilly
  • Maryalice Ball
  • Liam Ferguson
 
2019
  • Bhaskar Bali
  • Gabrielle Cole
  • Anil Poriya
  • Thaarika Charumathy Seetharaman
  • Christine Van
  • Emily Reilly
  • Maryalice Ball
  • Liam Ferguson
 
2018
  • Bhaskar Bali
  • Gabrielle Cole
  • Anil Poriya
  • Thaarika Charumathy Seetharaman
  • Christine Van
 
2017
  • Jennifer Brousseau
  • Sydney Kaminski
  • Shakierah Smith

2016
  • Jennifer Brousseau
  • Sydney Kaminski
  • Kathryn Kusse
  • Jennifer Smith
  • Shakierah Smith

2015
  • Jennifer Smith
  • Sydney Kaminski
  • Kathryn Kusse

2014
  • Annette Eko
  • Subrina Farah
  • Emily Fava
  • Sydney Kaminski
  • Kathryn Kusse
  • Alyssa Palmieri
  • Bennet Prosser
  • Jennifer Smith
  • Han Thu
 
2013
  • Christina Amendola
  • Lucy Bradshaw
  • Samantha Domon
  • Stephanie Dymek
  • Subrina Farah
  • Emily Fava
  • Sydney Kaminski
  • Chantelle Little
  • Jarrod Manwaring
  • Bennet Prosser
  • Negar Salehi
  • Jennifer Smith
  • Sarah Woolf
 
2012
  • Stephanie Dymek
  • Mariella Serrano