2019 AGEP National Conference – Diverse Pathways in STEM: Achieving the Dream

The Pacific Northwest Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate, (PNW-COSMOS), invites AGEP participants–Principal Investigators, Researchers, and Directors–to attend the 2019 AGEP National Conference, Diverse Pathways in STEM:  Achieving the Dream, to be held May 19-21, 2019, at the Coeur d’Alene Resort, on the shores of beautiful Lake Coeur d’Alene, ID. Conference registration is now open at www.uidaho.edu/agep2019. Early conference registration rate is $400 until April 15, registration after April 15 is $450.


The 2019 AGEP National Conference will provide professional development opportunities to advance diverse STEM career pathways into the professoriate, a forum for AGEP model components that show potential for reproducibility, scalability and sustainability, and an update on NSF strategic priorities, policies, and procedures that foster broadening participation in STEM doctoral programs and the professoriate.   Additionally, the meeting will highlight a few of the unique components which have been develop by the PNW-COSMOS alliance in their work with Native American graduate students.


At this year’s national AGEP research meeting, the opportunity for AGEP PIs and Co-PIs to present their research will be available through combined lightning talks and poster presentations. Please note that the deadline for poster submissions is Feb. 15 and notification of acceptance will be by March 1st.  The conference leadership is encouraging each AGEP Alliance to submit an abstract as soon as possible. Please see our poster abstract submission site and contact Dr. Barbara Komlos for more information.


Lodging reservations for the Coeur d’Alene Resort are at www.uidaho.edu/agep2019/lodging. The Coeur d’Alene Resort is located about 40 minutes from the Spokane International Airport (GEG). Travel information is available at www.uidaho.edu /agep2019/travel. For more information on the conference, please contact Mikyla Wood.


We look forward to sharing with you the culture, history, and the beauty of the Inland Pacific Northwest—see you in Coeur d’Alene in May 2019!


For more information on the PNW-COSMOS Alliance, please visit our website: https://pnwcosmos.org/


Lori Carris

Co-Principal Investigator

Diverse Pathways in STEM:  Achieving the Dream

2019 NSF AGEP National Conference


Register now for the 2019 NSF AGEP National Conference, Diverse Pathways in STEM:  Achieving the Dream!




The 2019 NSF AGEP National Conference, Diverse Pathways in STEM:   Achieving the Dream  is supported by the National Science Foundation, Directorate for Education and Human Resources Division of Human Resource Development (HRD) grants 1742751 (University of Idaho), 1742346 (Washington State University), 1742749 (University of Montana), and 1742478 (Montana State University)

Coverage from the AGEP PROMISE Academy Alliance’s first meeting captured by UMBC News; Additional photos showcase USM partners

UMBC’s Communications team in the Office of Institutional Advancement has posted a story about the PROMISE Academy and the partnership with institutions within the University System of Maryland (USM). The full story, posted to the UMBC News website on December 5, 2018, and can be found here, https://news.umbc.edu/umbc-launches-promise-academy-with-usm-partners-to-support-diverse-faculty-in-the-biomedical-sciences/.

Additional photos from the event can be found below. (Photos courtesy of Shawnisha Hester)

Dr. Laura Gough and Dr. Cindy Ghent from Towson University discuss ways that they provide training in teaching for new faculty.
Co-PIs, External Advisory Board, Coordinators, Evaluators, and Faculty.

Provosts and Deans from institutions within the USM join the meeting

Dr. Jo Boughman, Sr. Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs shares the System’s commitment to the PROMISE Academy.
UMBC Provost Philip Rous introduces Dean Bill LaCourse (College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences) to discuss the mechanics and successes of UMBC’s Pre-professoriate program in the life sciences.
UMBC Associate Provost Dr. Sarah Shin, Vice Provost for Graduate Education Dr. Janet Rutledge, and Internal Evaluator Dr. Wendy Carter-Veale consider details for implementation for the new PROMISE Academy.
Nancy O’Neill (left) from the USM’s Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation came to the meeting to discuss ways that the Kirwan Center will be able to partner with respect to training in teaching.
Dr. TaShara Bailey participates in the discussion as a member of the group from the University of Maryland Baltimore (UMB) downtown.
Salisbury University’s Science and Technology Dean, Dr. Michael Scott, and University of Maryland College Park’s Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, Dr. John Bertot, share perspectives from their campuses.

The AGEP PROMISE Academy Alliance’s Inaugural Leadership Meeting will be held on November 27, 2018

Please mark your calendars. We will hold our first leadership meeting in Fall 2018.

First Alliance Meeting – November 27, 2018 – Universities at Shady Grove (USG)

Goals for this meeting:
  • Introduce and connect our system-wide team
  • Hear from our External Advisory Board (EAB) and learn about successful postdoctoral to tenure-track strategies from the California’s project, the University of Michigan’s project, and Vanderbilt’s project.
  • Hear from our Internal Advisory Board (consisting of the University System of Maryland’s (USM) provosts for the 12 USM institutions)
  • Consider ways to optimize strategies for success of our AGEP by leveraging our “System-ness”
  • Consider recruitment and outreach strategies that will be tied to attracting candidates for the postdoctoral, pre-professoriate, and non-tenure-track position vehicles
  • Agree on plans for the year 1, 2018-2019 schedule
  • Solidify plans for Year 1 (2018-2019) implementation
  • Look ahead to benchmarks and plans through 2023
  • Date: Tuesday, November 27, 2018
  • Time: 9 AM – 2:00 PM
  • Location: 
    • Universities at Shady Grove Conference Center. https://www.shadygrove.umd.edu/conference-center
    • Building III (Camille Kendall Academic Center)
      • PROVOSTS Only: Boardroom – Building III (Camille Kendall Academic Center)-3156;
      • Meeting attendees: EAB, Co-PIs (who are not Provosts) Deans, Associate Deans, Department Chairs, Team members, guests for the PROMISE Academy meeting: Building III (Camille Kendall Academic Center)-4202.


The information below will be updated as plans are solidified.
Please stay tuned to this page for additional details.

Abridged Agenda-at-a-Glance

Full Agenda & Details

9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

(Subject to refinement)

9:00  –  Welcome, Introductions, our charge, benchmarks, timelines

Location: Building III (Camille Kendall Academic Center) – Room III-4202


  • 9:00 – 9:10, Welcome & Opening: Dr. Renetta Tull, PROMISE AGEP Director. Special Assistant to the USM Sr. Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs and Director for Pipeline Professional Development Programs,  UMBC Associate Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives, UMBC Professor of the Practice – College of Engineering & IT.
    • About AGEP and Our Charge [past legacy (PROMISE AGEP for Grad Students & Postdocs) & present focus (AGEP-wide attention to URM STEM faculty)] – “The AGEP program goal is to increase the number of historically underrepresented minority faculty, in specific STEM disciplines and STEM education research fields, by advancing knowledge about pathways to career success.” ~ NSF.gov
    • System Approach: University System of Maryland’s Imprimatur
    • Introductions: Co-PIs, Coordinators, Advisory Board, Evaluators, Researchers, Team Members


  • 9:10 – 9:30, Lessons learned from the former PROMISE AGEP for graduate students and postdocs, to apply to the “PROMISE Academy” AGEP for faculty diversity in the biomedical sciences 


  • 9:30 – 9:50, Planned vehicles for recruiting and training fellows
    • Postdoctoral Program plans at UM College Park Dr. John Bertot, Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs, and Professor in the iSchool
    • Teaching Faculty at SalisburyDr. Michael Scott, Interim Dean of the Henson School of Science and Technology; Professor of Geography and Geosciences
    • Enhancing Publication RecordsDr. Erin Golembewski, Sr. Associate Dean, The Graduate School, The University of Maryland Baltimore
    • Lessons in PedagogyDr. Cynthia Ghent, Towson University STEM Education Center, Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences.
  • 9:50 – 10:00, Research and Evaluation 
    • Introduction to Dr. Jennifer Flynn, External Evaluator, Westat
    • Brief overview regarding needs for evaluation procedures – data collection, focus groups – Dr. Wendy Carter-Veale, Internal Evaluator
    • Brief overview of the research project  – Dr. KerryAnn 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; President-Elect of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE)

10:00 – Models to Set the Foundation

(Featuring the External Advisory Board – EAB)


10:45 – Break & Transition to Room with the Provosts

[Update: 11/20/18: The Provosts will move from Room III-3156 to General PROMISE Academy Meeting Room III-4202]

11:00  – Meeting with the USM Provosts 

Location: Building III (Camille Kendall Academic Center): Room III- 4202

[The Provosts for the University System of Maryland are collectively known as the Academic Affairs Advisory Council, AAAC]
  • 11:00 – 11:10,  USM’s Commitment
    • Dr. Joann Boughman, Sr. Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, University System of Maryland (USM). Dr. Boughman is the former Executive Vice President of the American Society of Human Genetics.
    • Information on behalf of the Office of the Chancellor and Board of Regents



  • 11:25 – 11:40, Working with STEM Departments to Develop and Implement a Successful Model: CASE STUDY – UMBC’s Pre-professoriate Fellows Program
    • Introduction: Dr. Philip Rous, Provost, UMBC, and Professor of Physics
    • Presentation: Dr. William LaCourse, Dean of the College of Natural & Mathematical Sciences (UMBC), and Professor of Chemistry


  • 11:40 – 12 noon, Questions and Recommendations for SuccessAAAC

12:00 – Working Lunch &  Assessment of Needs Breakouts

Location: Building III (Camille Kendall Academic Center) – Room III-4202

  • 12:00 – 12:30 Networking Break – Building connections between colleagues, and continuation of Q&A, as all bring food into their respective working lunch segments.
  • 12:30 – 1:30 Concurrent Segments: Working Lunch, Breakouts by Table
  • Location: Building III (Camille Kendall Academic Center) – Room III-4202
    • Workshops (Activities schedule, needs), Gathering Data for Evaluation and Research
      • Participants:
        • Co-PIs/faculty in charge of activities (teaching workshops, writing workshops), Team Coordinators, GAs,
        • Brief Remarks: “Developing a Portal to Capture Teaching and Learning Training Activities for Faculty” – Nancy O’Neill, Associate Director, Kirwan Center on behalf of Dr. MJ Bishop, USM Associate Vice Chancellor and Director, The USM Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation
        •  ACTIVITIES:
          1. Reference: Project Description – PROMISE Academy 2017 – Submit 12-8 Final – SHARE 2018 with particular attention to pp. 6-8: P1B, P1C, P2B, P2C
          2. Understanding Logistics and Needs – What will it take to implement this program? Identify staffing needs, partnering units on campuses, etc.
          3. Implementation Schedule/Calendar for 2019
        • DATA GATHERING: [Leads: O’Meara & Team, Carter-Veale, Flynn (as applicable)]
    • Plans for Recruiting Fellows (Identification of Candidates, New cohorts, On-ramps)
      • TASK: Identification of vehicles, challenges, needs for recruiting and outreach, yield, climate/department environment
      • Participants: 
        • Department Chairs
        • Faculty Diversity Leaders
        • Deans, Associate Deans, Assistant Deans
        • Associate Provosts, Associate Vice Provosts, Assistant Vice Provosts
    • EAB meeting with Working Group Leaders
      • External Advisory Board [Lawson, Frierson, Brown]
      • Working Group (WG) Leaders  [Rutledge, Bertot, Golembewski, Ghent, Scott]
      • Option for EAB to meet alone for 30 minutes before WG joins. (TBA)

1:30 – Next Steps

Location: Building III (Camille Kendall Academic Center) – Room III-4202

  • Outcomes from the Breakout sessions
    • Logistics
    • Recruitment
    • Recommendations from the EAB

2:00 Adjourn (General Meeting)

  • Option for EAB members to have post-meeting discussion with Co-PIs or WG.

Directions and Parking

Meeting Location: Building III (Camille Kendall Academic Center)

9636 Gudelsky Drive
Rockville, Maryland 20850

Map (Building III and Traville Gateway Parking Garage): https://shadygrove.umd.edu/sites/default/files/u81/USG%20Printable%20Map.pdf

Travel and Lodging

NSF funds UMBC, UM College Park, UM Baltimore, Salisbury, & Towson to focus on building diverse faculty in the biomedical sciences.

The AGEP PROMISE Academy Alliance, officially titled, “The AGEP Alliance State System Model to Transform the Hiring Practices and Career Success of Tenure Track Historically Underrepresented Minority Faculty in Biomedical Sciences” was funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in October 2018.

This collaborative research brings together five public universities with the goal of developing, implementing, studying, evaluating and disseminating a state level AGEP Alliance model to increase the number of historically underrepresented minority (URM) tenure-track faculty in the biomedical sciences. This AGEP Alliance model represents a state system approach to recruiting and training URM postdoctoral fellows and transitioning them into tenure-track faculty positions. In addition to providing professional development and mentoring for a group of 16 URM postdoctoral fellows and early career faculty, this AGEP Alliance also addresses institutional URM faculty hiring and advancement policies and practices. This AGEP Alliance model work is through partnerships between the University of Maryland Baltimore County, Salisbury University, Towson University, the University of Maryland College Park (UMCP), and the University of Maryland at Baltimore.

The University System of Maryland serves more than 175,000 students through 12 institutions, two regional centers, and one system office.

This project receives co-funding from NSF ADVANCE and NSF INCLUDES.

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 (AnitaB.org)

*Leadership Team