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Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering

Advocates & Allies Group

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 current members of the group are:

Samuel Ameri, Professor & Chair of Petroleum & Natural Gas Engineering

Kashy Aminian:, Professor, Petroleum & Nat 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

Brian Quigley, Director of Psychiatry, WELLWVU’s Carruth Center for Psychological and Psychiatric Services

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

The group meets twice a month. The group 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

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Partial support for this work was provided by the National Science Foundation’s ADVANCE IT Program under Award HRD-1007978. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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