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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 monthly 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
  • 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