Commission Members

Kelly M. Mack, Ph.D. (Chair)

Vice President for Undergraduate STEM Education;
and Executive Director, Project Kaleidoscope
Association of American Colleges & Universities

Kelly MackDr. Mack is a seasoned veteran of the academy, having served as Professor of Biology for 18 years, and undergraduate mentor/advisor to over 50 underrepresented minority students who later completed the doctoral degree in STEM disciplines. In her current roles as Vice President for Undergraduate STEM Education and Executive Director of Project Kaleidoscope at the Association of American Colleges and Universities, she serves as Principal Investigator of the TIDES Project. She is an editor of Cell Biology Education (CBE)-Journal of Life Science Education, and she has co-authored numerous scholarly works – including four book chapters and seven scholarly articles – related to diversity and inclusion of underrepresented faculty and student groups in the academic STEM disciplines. Dr. Mack has also served as editor of a special edition of AAC&U’s premier journal, Peer Review.

Melvin E. Hall, Ph.D.

Professor of Education Psychology
Northern Arizona University

Hall_iec.jpgDr. Hall is Professor of Educational Psychology at Northern Arizona University. He completed his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign in Social Psychology and Educational Psychology respectively; and M.S. in Counseling at Northern Illinois University. Over a thirty six-year career in higher education, Dr. Hall has served in four successive appointments as an academic dean comprised of positions at Florida Atlantic University, University of California-Irvine, University of Maryland at College Park, and Northern Arizona University (NAU). At NAU, Dr. Hall served as Dean of the College of Education and additionally was the principal investigator on two five-year US Office of Education GEAR UP grants providing dropout prevention programs and services to thousands of middle and high school students throughout Arizona.

Returning to full-time faculty life in 2002, Dr. Hall melded teaching and scholarship with responsibility as co-principal investigator on a National Science Foundation grant supporting the Relevance of Culture in Evaluation Institute for a period of five years. Subsequent to the RCEI grant, Dr. Hall has been named as an affiliated faculty member with the Center for Responsive Evaluation and Assessment (CREA) at the University of Illinois. Dr. Hall additionally provides public service as an appointed member of the Arizona State Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness, which reviews all candidates for admission to the practice of law.

John Matsui, Ph.D.

Director, Biology Scholars Program & Assistant Dean, Biological Sciences
University of California, Berkeley

MATSUI_iec.jpgDr. Matsui’s professional focus is to make the biology disciplines and educational institutions more accessible to all students, especially those from underrepresented groups. Through program development, educational research, and teaching, my goal is to increase the competencies and competitiveness of biology undergraduate and graduate students from underrepresented backgrounds. He is a Lecturer in the Department of Integrative Biology and Assistant Dean of Biology, in the College of Letters and Science. In addition to directing UC Berkeley’s Biology Scholars Program (BSP), funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) and the California Wellness Foundation, he also directs the institution’s National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) and Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) programs. What he brings to this project is a practitioner’s perspective, drawing on 22 years of experience directing STEM diversity programs at UC Berkeley.

Patrice McDermott, Ph.D.

Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs
University of Maryland, Baltimore County

McDermott_iec.jpgDr. McDermott currently serves as vice provost for faculty affairs at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). Dr. McDermott joined the UMBC faculty in 1993 as a member of the American Studies Department where she served as chair before joining the campus administration in 2007 to work with the president on institutional change initiatives.  Within that capacity, she also served as lead Co-PI of the NSF-funded ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Grant and established the UMBC Office of Faculty Diversity Initiatives. As vice provost for faculty affairs, Dr. McDermott continues to oversee a wide range of institutional change projects including the Gates Foundation t-STEM Partnership and the NSF Innovation through Institutional Integration Grant. She also serves as senior scholar at AAC&U-PKAL where she works on issues related to recruiting, advancing and retaining URM women faculty in STEM. Dr. McDermott received her Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Maryland College Park. Her research and publications focus on gender and minority issues within contemporary American political culture, and the use of social institutions as effective sites for social change.  She was the recipient of the UMBC Presidential Women’s Achievement Award and the National Women’s Studies Association Book Award.  She consults nationally for NSF ADVANCE and related initiatives.

Tykeia Robinson, Ph.D.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Policy Research Fellow
Association of American Colleges & Universities

Tykeia RobinsonDr. Robinson presently serves as the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Policy Research Fellow at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). Prior to joining AAC&U, Dr. Robinson served as the Research Associate for Policy and Programs at The Graduate School at the University of Maryland College Park. Dr. Robinson has ten years of professional experience as a university program administrator of programs dedicated to promoting academic success, professional development and degree completion. Throughout her career, her professional and scholarly work has been committed to the success of students, specifically students of historically underrepresented and underserved identity groups and the analysis, evaluation and assessment of programs throughout and across the academic pipeline. Her passion in higher education research is in crafting rigorous scholarship that illuminates the processes of how colleges and universities, and the programs within them, function to serve students and institutional priorities. Dr. Robinson earned a B.A. from Manhattanville College and a M.A. from the University of Connecticut. She went on to earn an Ed.M. in Higher and Postsecondary Education from Teacher’s College Columbia University and a Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Maryland College Park. 

Kate Winter, Ph.D.

Independent Evaluation Consultant

KateWinter_iec.jpgDr. Winter is an independent consultant on research design and evaluation and Associate Faculty in City University of Seattle's School of Management, where she teaches research design in the doctoral program in leadership. She also teaches core research courses in Creighton University's Interdisciplinary Doctorate of Education Program in Leadership; and has taught Research Design for the University of Washington's College of Education and Argosy University. She formerly served as Senior Research Scientist for EPI International, an international organization dedicated to the study of educational opportunity, where she provided leadership on several project evaluations and policy studies. Prior to EPI, she was associate project director for the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Projects on Faculty Career Flexibility at the American Council on Education. She is the recipient of the 2008 Society of Women Engineers Work Life Balance Award, which "celebrates an individual who has worked to create programs that help women engineers and other employees balance the commitments of career, life and family." Her research focuses broadly on leadership and policy in education. Dr. Winter has presented research findings and policy recommendations nationally and is published in the Journal about Diversity in Higher Education, the Journal of the Professoriate, the Journal about Women in Higher Education, the Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering, the Department Chair, Academe, and Change; and has authored or co-authored book chapters on teaching and learning and on efforts to support faculty. She has presented several times at NSF ADVANCE meetings. A nationally recognized expert in the field of work-life flexibility in higher education, she receives numerous invitations to participate in national meetings and to present at conferences. Dr. Winter received her Ph.D. and M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Washington and her B.A. in English from the State University of New York at Geneseo. She is a member of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the American Evaluation Association (AEA), and the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE).