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Introducing the 2020-21 ADVANCE Administrative Fellows


It gives me great pleasure to introduce seven Texas A&M faculty members who will be participating in the 2020-21 ADVANCE Administrative Fellows Leadership Development Program. Each fellow will take on a unique leadership role that has been designed in collaboration with their host unit to contribute towards diversity, equity and inclusion efforts at Texas A&M University. Additionally, each fellow will participate in a national leadership development program, as well as an internal leadership development program organized by the Office of the Dean of Faculties. As indicated below, three of the ADVANCE Administrative Fellows are sponsored by ADVANCE, and three are sponsored by their host unit.
 
This announcement comes out at a time of nation-wide grief, sorrow and pain, and at a time when we know that we need to do more. To take action. To make a difference. To bring about social justice. Indeed, earlier this week, Texas A&M President Michael K. Young made a plea for all of us in the Texas A&M community to take meaningful action to make sure that “every voice in every community is heard, respected, and counted.”  I am confident that each of these ADVANCE Administrative Fellows will help lead this important change as they take on these new leadership roles at Texas A&M. 

For more information about this program, visit the ADVANCE website.

Dr. Cynthia Werner
Director of ADVANCE
Office of the Dean of Faculties

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Dr. Adam E. Barry
Office of the Dean of Faculties Administrative Fellow
Professor, Department of Health and Kinesiology
 
Dr. Barry will work with the Office of the Dean of Faculties to investigate academic leadership development opportunities offered at other campuses, and to expand existing opportunities for leadership development, including exploring the potential for a certificate program and/or institute for academic leaders at Texas A&M. His previous administrative experience includes serving as Associate Department Head for the Department of Health and Kinesiology, as well as Chair of the Health Education Division within his home department. Dr. Barry is a health behavior social scientist whose research examines substance use, with emphasis on alcohol, intoxication and impairment.
 
Dr. Barry’s fellowship is supported by the Office of the Dean of Faculties.

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Dr. Jamilia Blake
Office of Graduate and Professional Studies (OGAPS) Administrative Fellow
Associate Professor, Department of Educational Psychology
 
Dr. Blake will work with OGAPS to explore advocacy-based ombuds functions at other campuses, and to implement an advocacy-based program for graduate students at Texas A&M. Her previous administrative experience includes serving as the Program Coordinator in the Department of Educational Psychology, and Chair of the Faculty Advisory Council in the College of Education and Human Development. Dr. Blake is a educational psychologist who conducts research on the psychological and academic effects of peer-directed aggression towards girls and minoritized children.
 
Dr. Blake’s fellowship is supported by ADVANCE.

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Dr. Carol A. Bunch Davis
Office of Academic Affairs Administrative Fellow (TAMU-Galveston)
Associate Professor, Department of Liberal Studies

Dr. Davis will work with the Office of Academic Affairs at the TAMU-Galveston campus to expand faculty programming in support of mentorship, hiring/promotion training and professional development. Her previous leadership experience includes serving as Assistant Department Head for the Department of Liberal Studies at TAMU-G and organizing the TAMU-G Conference on Inclusion and Diversity in 2017 and 2018. Dr. Davis is a literary critic whose research explores cultural memory and contemporary black representation across multiple genres.
 
Dr. Davis’ fellowship is supported by the Office of Academic Affairs at TAMU-Galveston.
 

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Dr. Theresa Morris
College of Liberal Arts Administrative Fellow
Professor, Department of Sociology
 
Dr. Morris will work with the College of Liberal Arts to develop the structure and parameters for the new Liberal Arts Social Science Collaboratory (LASSC), and design an inaugural theme focusing on diversity and inclusion in the social sciences. Dr. Morris’ previous leadership experience includes serving as the Coordinator for the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Texas A&M, and serving as the Vice President of the Southwestern Sociological Association. Dr. Morris is a medical sociologist whose research explores women’s birth experiences and the health care crisis in the United States.
 
Dr. Morris’ fellowship is supported by ADVANCE.
 

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Dr. Wendy Jepson
Texas Water Resources Institute Administrative Fellow
Professor, Department of Geography

Dr. Jepson will work with the Director of the Texas Water Resources Institute to develop and implement a strategic plan for coordinated AgriLife water programs in the Dallas-Fort Worth area that focuses on sustainable human systems (both agricultural and urban). Her previous administrative experience includes serving as the PI for international collaborative research projects (including the Household Water Insecurity Experiences), serving as the National Coucilor for the American Association of Geography (AAG), and serving as the Chair for the AAG Climate Action Task Force. Her research examines water governance, water security, and environmental justice for the benefit of advancing community and human well-being.

Dr. Jepson's fellowship is supported by the Texas Water Resources Institute.
 

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Dr. Jayne Reuben

College of Dentistry Administrative Fellow
Instructional Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences
 
Dr. Reuben will work with the College of Dentistry to develop a mentoring program to inform and prepare advanced dental students, dental residents, and junior faculty for careers in academic dentistry. The program will include a focus on the recruitment and retention of diverse faculty. Dr. Reuben is the Director of  Instructional Effectiveness in the College of Dentistry and has previously served as the Chair of the Division for Pharmacology Education in the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. She is a pharmacologist whose research and teaching interests include metacognition and integration of basic and clinical sciences, interprofessional education in health professions, and interventions that increase the recruitment and retention of underrepresented groups into health sciences careers.
 
Dr. Reuben’s fellowship is supported by ADVANCE.
 

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Dr. Gabriela C. Zapata

Office for Diversity Administrative Fellow
Associate Professor, Department of Hispanic Studies
 
Dr. Zapata will work on programming in support of Texas A&M’s goal to become a Hispanic Serving Institution and the Office for Diversity’s neurodiversity initiative. She will also coordinate the ACES Post-doctoral Fellow Program and the ADVANCE Scholars Program. Her previous leadership experience includes serving as the Director of Lower Division Spanish Instruction at Texas A&M and as a Co-Facilitator for the Facilitating a Culture of Mentoring workshop offered by the Center for Teaching Excellence. She is a professor of Spanish with research interests in second and heritage language acquisition and pedagogy, bilingualism, and teacher education.
 
Dr. Zapata’s fellowship is supported by the Office for Diversity.
 

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6/3/2020 12:00:00 AM