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Advocate and Allies

The WVU ADVANCE Advocates Group, which was founded in August 2014, is a network of male faculty working with other male faculty to build, promote and sustain an equitable university for people of all genders.

The group meets twice a month and is currently active on adding additional advocates from across the University, developing training materials and building a network of male faculty allies to help promote our objectives. For further information, please send an email to

The current members of the group are:

  • Samuel Ameri, Chair, Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering
  • Kashy Aminian, Professor, Petroleum & Natural Gas Engineering
  • Joel Beeson, Associate Professor, Reed College of Media
  • Ashok Bidwai, Professor, Department of Biology
  • Daniel Brewster, Instructor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology
  • Ryan Claycomb, Associate Professor, Department of English
  • Seth Cole, Instructor, Mathematics
  • Ron Dulaney, Jr., Associate Professor, Interior Design
  • Joshua Fershee, Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Development, Professor of Law
  • Jerald J. Fletcher, Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics Director of Natural Resource Analysis Center
  • Hodjat Ghadimi, Associate Professor, Design & Resource Management
  • Steve Kite, Professor, Department of Geology and Geography
  • Duncan Lorimer, Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy
  • Rob Lyons, Director of Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity, Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Brent McCusker, Associate Professor, Department of Geology and Geography
  • Mark Sperow, Associate Professor, Agricultural and Resource Economics
  • Travis Stimeling, Assistant Professor, Music History
  • Andrew Wheeler, Associate Professor, Forensic Investigations
  • David Wyrick, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, Professor, Industrial and Management Systems Engineering