DRN Advisory Board
Ignacio Acevedo-PolakovichDr. Ignacio Acevedo-Polakovich (University of Kentucky) is currently an Associate Professor of Psychology at Michigan State University and was formerly a Co-Director of the Center for Children, Families and Communities at Central Michigan University. He holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology (emphasis on adolescent and child mental health) from the University of Kentucky. Dr. Acevedo’s work as a program evaluation practitioner is focused on health and human services for youth and families, with emphases on community needs assessment and on the multi-dimensional evaluation of interventions for youth and families in community settings. Dr. Acevedo’s research is focused on refining approaches to promote the use of data in developing, disseminating and/or improving sustainable programs for youth, particularly programs that support young people's efforts to address social issues.
Nwando AchebeNwando Achebe (University of California, LA) is an award-winning author, professor of history and Faculty Excellence Advocate (FEA) in the College of Social Science. Her research interests involve the use of oral history in the study of women, gender, and sexuality in Nigeria. Professor Achebe’s second book, The Female King of Colonial Nigeria: Ahebi Ugbabe(Indiana University Press, 2011), winner of three book awards—including The Barbara “Penny” Kanner Book Award, She is the founding editor-in-chief of the new Journal of West African History, published by Michigan State University Press; member of the African Studies Association’s (ASA) Board of Directors, and past co-convenor of ASA’s Women’s Caucus. Nwando Achebe’s Dr. Achebe has received a number of other prestigious grants including awards from Rockefeller Foundation, Woodrow Wilson, Fulbright-Hays, Ford Foundation, the World Health Organization, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 1996 and 1998, she served as a Ford Foundation and Fulbright-Hays Scholar-in-Residence at The Institute of African Studies and History Department of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. In the summer of 2014, Dr. Achebe was Visiting Professor at Sichuan University, Chengdu, China.
Sheila ContrerasSheila Contreras (University of Texas-Austin) is currently Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, Diversity, and Inclusion in the College of Arts and Letters an associate professor in the MSU Department of English. Contreras was director of Michigan State University’s Chicano/Latino Studies Program for seven years, including a PhD program and an undergraduate specialization. She has published in D. H. Lawrence Review, Reflexiones, and Interdisciplinary Literary Studies. Dr. Contreras’ research and teaching interests include Chicana/o and U.S. Latina/o literature, multi-ethnic literatures, comparative indigeneities, and women's studies. She teaches in graduate and undergraduate courses in the Department of English, Chicano/Latino Studies and Women's Studies. Contreras’ book, Blood Lines: Myth, Indigenism and Chicana/o Literature, published by the University of Texas Press, examines a broad array of texts that have contributed to the formation of an indigenous strand of Chicano cultural politics. The book questions established cultural perspectives on "the native," which paradoxically challenge and reaffirm racialized representations of Indians in the Americas. Her latest project is entitled Mestizaje/Métissage: Post-Conquest Literary Cultures in the Americas.
Kristie DotsonKristie Dotson (University of Memphis) is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Michigan State University and a Senior Fellow at the Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies at Columbia Law School. She is part of the coalition #WhyWeCantWait that attempts to challenge the way current visions of racial justice are constructed to outlaw open concern for women and girls of color. In her academic work, she researches at the intersections of epistemology and women of color feminism, particularly Black feminism. Dr. Dotson edited a special issue on women of color feminist philosophy for Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy entitled, Interstices: Inheriting Women of Color Feminist Philosophy (29:1, 2014) and has published in numerous journals including Hypatia, Comparative Philosophy, The Black Scholar, Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society and Social Epistemology. Dr. Dotson is working currently on a monograph entitled, How to Do Things With Knowledge.
Beronda MontgomeryBeronda Montgomery (University of California, Davis) MSU Foundation Professor, is professor of biochemistry and molecular biology and microbiology and molecular genetics, and a member of the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory. Montgomery, who joined MSU in 2004, holds a degree in plant biology and is currently conducting pioneering research to understand the dynamic molecular processes used by photosynthetic organisms to adapt to changes in their photoenvironment. She has published 75 papers, reviews and book chapters. Among her honors and awards are being named an NSF CAREER Award recipient, a fellow of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation Academic Leadership Program, and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor Competition finalist. She is currently a reviewing editor for Frontiers in Environmental Toxicology and an editorial board member of the Journal of Biological Chemistry. Prior to joining MSU, she was a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. Dr Montgomery also has developed expertise in mentoring, combined with her innovation in science has earned her a place in the Academic Advancement Network (AAN) as a node leader.
Malea PowellMalea Powell (University of Miami). Professor and Chair of the Department of Writing, Rhetoric and American Cultures at Michigan State University as well as a faculty member in American Indian and Indigenous Studies. She is lead research for the Digital Publishing Lab at MSU, director of the Cultural Rhetorics Consortium, found & editor-in-chief of Constellations: a cultural rhetorics publishing space, past chair of the CCCC, and editor emerita of SAIL: Studies in American Indian Literatures. A widely published scholar and poet, her current book project, This Is A Story, examines the continuum of indigenous rhetorical production in North America, from beadwork to alphabetic writing. Powell is a mixed-blood of Indiana Miami, Eastern Shawnee, and Euroamerican ancestry. In her spare time, she hangs out with crazy Native women artists & poets, and does beadwork. She is editor and founder. Constellations: a cultural rhetorics publishing space. Powell is a recent, guest editor (with Bratta, Levy, Riley-Mukavetz), Enculturation special issue on cultural rhetorics,( forthcoming 2016). “Introducing the Conversation: engaging with cultural rhetorics,” with Phil Bratta. Enculturation, 2016. Her paper emphasizes student inclusion, “Making Native Space for Graduate Students: a story of indigenous rhetorical practice,” with Andrea Riley-Mukavetz In Survivance, Sovereignty, and Story: Teaching Indigenous Rhetorics.
Desiree Baolin QinDr. Desiree Baolian Qin (Harvard University) has studied mental health of high achieving Asian American students and cultural differences in parenting including tiger mothers. The main question underlying her work is: How do globalization, immigration, culture, gender, and important ecological contexts (e.g., family, peers, school, and community) impact adolescent and emerging adult development? Her most recent project, funded by the Spencer Foundation, focuses on academic, psychosocial and cultural adaptation of Chinese international students. Dr. Qin served as co-chair of SRA’s Young Scholars Program. She is Associate Editor of Journal of Adolescent Research. She teaches course on theories of human development, immigrant families, and globalization. Finally, Dr. Qin’s research on mental health of high achieving Asian American students have been covered by a variety of media outlets in the U.S. (e.g., New York Times, Time magazine, the Atlantic), UK (e.g., BBC world news, Times of London), Australia, and many Asian countries such as India, Singapore, Korea, and China. She was also a frequent guest for a Voice of America Chinese language TV show on parenting.
Ann Marie RyanAnn Marie Ryan (University of Illinois-Chicago) is a professor of organizational psychology at MSU. Her major research interests involve improving the quality and fairness of employee selection methods, and topics related to diversity and justice in the workplace. In addition to publishing extensively in these areas, she regularly consults with organizations on improving assessment processes. Along with Nancy Tippins, she recently coauthored the book Designing and Implementing Global Selection Systems (2009). She is a past president of the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology and past editor of the journal Personnel Psychology.
Mark SullivanMark Sullivan (University of Illinois-Champagne-Urbana) is a composer and associate professor and director of the computer music studios at the Michigan State University College of Music. His compositions have been performed widely. Over three decades at MSU, he has taught music composition, computer music, and aesthetic theory, and he has written on the relationship between music, movement, and language. During his career, he has also created integrated media arts programs for youth, most recently, as a part of a faculty team that helped create a new program centered on developing literacy through songwriting and media composition. Sullivan composes for acoustic instruments, with and without the computer, and for both instruments and computer-generated sounds. He specializes in the analysis and performance of contemporary music and in studies that relate music to the other arts and society. He developed and taught courses on the pedagogy of composition, and helped develop two major initiatives on creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship. He currently splits his efforts between the College of Music, and the Innovation Hub for Teaching and Learning, working on several projects, including one that integrates art and media composition into STEM education, and another that focuses on cultivating digital media literacy across the curriculum.
Murari SuvediMurari Suvedi (Michigan State University) is a professor in the department of Community, agriculture, Recreation and Resource Studies at MSU and works in the area of program development and evaluation. Prior to MSU, he worked as lecturer of agricultural extension at the Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science, Nepal for 11 years. He also coordinated the Pilot Extension Program for the Institute to serve the farmers of Nepal. His work has focused on staff development, program planning and evaluation. He focuses his work on evaluation capacity building by offering short courses to agricultural and rural development professionals, and conducting evaluation of extension programs and initiatives. He has conducted evaluations of sustainable agriculture and education programs and leadership development programs, and has conducted educational needs assessments and impact assessments of many extension programs and projects. He works internationally, focusing mainly on food security and agricultural development. He integrates sustainability as a key principle in his scholarly work. He has developed a program evaluation training manual and made it globally available online for use by agricultural extension and advisory services professionals.
Kyle Powys WhyteKyle Powys Whyte (Stony Brook University) holds the Timnick Chair in the Humanities at Michigan State University. He is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Community Sustainability, a faculty member of the Environmental Philosophy & Ethics graduate concentration, and a faculty affiliate of the American Indian Studies and Environmental Science & Policy programs. His primary research addresses moral and political issues concerning climate policy and Indigenous peoples and the ethics of cooperative relationships between Indigenous peoples and climate science organizations. He is an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. Kyle’s most recent research addresses moral and political issues concerning climate change impacts on Indigenous peoples. His research has been published in journals such as Hypatia, Climatic Change, Ecological Processes, Synthese, Human Ecology, and Environmental Justice, and has been funded by the National Science Foundation, Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Northeast Climate Science Center, Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments Center, Mellon Foundation, Sustainable Michigan Endowed Program and Spencer Foundation. He serves on the U.S. Department of Interior’s Advisory Committee on Climate Change and Natural Resource Science and is involved in the Climate and Traditional Knowledges Workgroup, Sustainable Development Institute of the College of Menominee Nation, and the Consortium for Socially Relevant Philosophy of/in Science. He is a recipient of the 2015 Bunyan Bryan Award for Academic Excellence given by Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice.
Elaine YakuraElaine Yakura, PhD, JD (MIT, UC-Berkeley) teaches at the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations at MSU. Her research interests include the study of difference and power in organizations using long-term research methods. With her colleagues from Cal Poly, Louise Soe and Ruth Guthrie, she is currently conducting research on the effect of organizational culture on women and men working in information technology organizations in the U.S. Abstracts for conference papers such as Support Structures for Women in Information Technology Careers and Does Culture Matter? A Study of Cultural Influences on the Success of Women in IT) can be found in the AIS Electronic library. Her fieldwork includes studies of information technology consultants in the U.S. and nuclear power plants in Japan and the U.S. Dr. Daniel Kruger Award from the SLIR Alumni Association at the SLIR 50th Anniversary celebration in 2006, the Excellence in Education Award from the Industrial Relations Research Association (now known as LERA) at their annual meeting in 2002. As an MSU Lilly Teaching Fellow (1998-1999), she developed classroom video teaching techniques to enhance the student learning of so-called "soft" skills For the past several years, she has taught a negotiations course at Seoul National University's Graduate School of Business.