The LEADER Team's focus is dedicated to promoting the mission, goals, vision, and values of the Consortium. To accomplish their goals, the Team focuses on establishing communication, internally and externally, on the development of programs and events that benefits STEM Women Faculty among the partner institutions while advocating the institutionalization of successful initiatives.

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PI/Consortium Director


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(937) 775-2655

Dr. David Goldstein

Dr. David Goldstein is Principal Investigator of the LEADER Consortium.  Dr. Goldstein is Professor of Biological Sciences at Wright State University.   He has served as Chair of that department since 2002. 

As Chair, Dr. Goldstein oversees a department with approximately 25 faculty, 50 M.S. and Ph.D. students, and more than 800 undergraduate majors.  Dr. Goldstein has hired more than half of current departmental faculty, and in the process has substantially increased the representation of women in the department.   In addition to the ADVANCE program, Dr. Goldstein’s involvement with diversity initiatives has included several grant-funded efforts to support under-represented students in the sciences.

Dr. Goldstein received the B.S. in Biology from the University of Pennsylvania and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Biology from UCLA.  He subsequently completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Physiology at the University of Arizona prior to joining the faculty at Wright State.  Dr. Goldstein maintains an active research laboratory, supported by the National Science Foundation and focused on mechanisms of water and solute regulation by vertebrates exposed to various environmental challenges.

Program Director


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(937) 775-4517

Dr. Stephanie Goodwin

Dr. Stephanie A. Goodwin is the Program Director for the LEADER Consortium at Wright State University (WSU). As Program Director, she works with PIs, LEADER Council, committee chairs, and others to provide executive administrative support to Consortium initiatives and activities. Her role includes contributing to planning and implementing initiatives, organizing meetings and workshops, preparing reports, and maintaining communications among participants across the consortium's institutions.

Dr. Goodwin is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at WSU where she is responsible for a broad program of social psychological research on social biases (stereotyping, prejudice, discrimination), including projects on implicit biases, impression formation, and social power. Her current research—a collaborative effort funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation—examines hurdles that inhibit people from speaking up when everyday incidents of prejudice occur. Prior to coming to WSU, Dr. Goodwin was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Purdue University where she taught courses related to her interests in diversity and equality in Psychology and Women's Studies. In addition to maintaining an active research program that has been continuously funded for over 10 years, she has actively supported the professional development of women and members of other underrepresented groups in academia via mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, department service activities, and service to professional organizations that support diversity in academia.

Stephanie Goodwin received her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin before completing her M.S. and Ph.D. in Social and Personality Psychology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She completed post-doctoral training in implicit social cognition at Yale University. She has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin and continues to serve as an ad hoc reviewer for these and other journals, including Psychological Science, and Sex Roles. She is a member of several professional organizations, including the Association of Psychological Science, the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, and the Society of Personality and Social Psychology (Div. 8, APA). In recognition of her contributions to social psychology as an empirical science, she was elected Fellow of the Society of Experimental Social Psychology in 2008.

Co-PI, Institutional Coordinator

Dr. Patrick Donnelly

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(937) 229-2245

Dr. Patrick Donnelly

Dr. Patrick Donnelly serves as Co-Principal Investigator from the University of Dayton for the LEADER ADVANCE Program. Since 2011, he has served as a member of the LEADER Council.

Dr. Donnelly serves as Associate Provost for Faculty and Administrative Affairs at the University of Dayton. In this role, he is responsible for faculty affairs processes related to faculty recruiting, interviewing, hiring, evaluation, and promotion and tenure. He also serves as an advocate for campus diversity and inclusion. He is a Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work. His teaching and research interests are in urban sociology and criminology. Dr. Donnelly received his B.S. degree from Saint Joseph’s University and his M.A and Ph.D. from the University of Delaware.

Institutional Coordinator

Dr. Aihua Wood

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(937) 255-3636 ext. 4272

Dr. Aihua Wood

Dr. Aihua W. Wood is the equity advisor and the Institutional Coordinator for AFIT, where she is a professor of mathematics. As AFIT’s equity advisor, Dr. Wood facilitates bias-free faculty searches; reviews annual scorecard data for the institution, alerting the chair and/or dean of inequities based on salary, space and professional development; and implements equity programming aligned with the unique diversity needs of AFIT.

Dr. Wood has served on a number of elective offices of the Faculty. Dr. Wood’s research interests include partial differential equations, electromagnetic wave propagation, and rarefied gas dynamics. Over her academic career, she has presented over 70 invited talks at conferences/ workshops and colloquia, published nearly 50 archival journal articles, and brought in over $1M in research funding. She has guided a number of MS and Ph.D. theses to completion and funded several postdoctoral associates.

Aihua Wood received her B.S. from Peking University, China, M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut in applied mathematics. She served as an Assistant Professor at the Naval Postgraduate School for three years and the Pennsylvania State University at Erie for one year before joining the faculty at the Air Force Institute of Technology in 1994. She has been a Professor of Mathematics since 2002. In her hometown of Qingdao, China, she has established an Aihua Scholarship Fund with the Ocean University of China to promote excellence in mathematics.

Co-PI, Institutional Coordinator

Dr. Suzanne Seleem

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(937) 376-6689

Dr. Suzanne Seleem

Dr. Suzanne Seleem is the Co-Principal Investigator (Co-PI) for Central State University (CSU), where she serves as the Chair of the Natural Sciences Department. As Co-PI, she represents CSU at LEADER consortium meetings, coordinates CSU's Steering Committee activities, facilitates the work of CSU's Equity Advisors, leads the mini-grant proposal process and works with the chair's training committee as well as Thrysa's Svager committee

At Central State University, Dr. Seleem has served on several Senate and University committees such as CSU IRB and academic standards committees. She is a faculty mentor for high achieving STEM CSU students, Banneker Scholars, and is also serving as a mentor for new faculty members in Natural Sciences. Dr. Seleem is an active member of Oakwood Rotary club who is currently serving on both the club and district boards; she is the faculty advisor for CSU Rotaract Club. Dr. Seleem was elected as the American Chemical Society, Dayton Chapter, president; she is also the faculty advisor for CSU ACS student chapter

Dr. Seleem's research interests are in inhibition reactions of illicit drugs as well as nano-particles analysis. In 2010, she published at the Journal of Chemical Education (JCE) solvated electrons in organic chemistry, addressing inhibition reactions. She is a member of American Chemical Society (ACS), The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), Sigma Xi, and The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Co-PI, Research Leader

Dr. Tamera Schneider

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(937) 775-2100

Dr. Tamera Schneider

Tamera R. Schneider, an professor of psychology, is a Co-PI from Wright State University, who helped to develop the 3-tier approach to fostering a more welcoming STEM workplace: 1) uncover implicit bias and its consequence, 2) facilitate more open attitudes toward STEM women, and 3) inter-institutional sharing of progress. Dr. Schneider's biobehavioral model of persuasion serves as a key component for implementing the persuasion research for LEADER, and understanding both implicit and explicit attitudes as they relate to workplace climate. She is responsible for conducting and overseeing the social science research for LEADER across the consortium. As Co-PI, she represents the research at LEADER consortium meetings, facilitates programming, and is a member of WSU's Steering Committee.

While at WSU, Dr. Schneider has acquired over $300,000 in extramural funding as PI, and instrumentally contributed as Co-PI on over 3.9 million in extramural funding. In addition to NSF ADVANCE funding for LEADER research and initiatives, Dr. Schneider is currently funded to expand upon her work on stress appraisals (threat/challenge), emotion, physiology, and behaviors as they relate to discerning deception and to imaging of facial expressions. Dr. Schneider's research interests include psychological and physiological stress resilience, and persuasion for the purpose of promoting health and well-being.

Tamera Schneider received her Ph.D. in Social/Health psychology with a minor in quantitative methods and a focus in psychophysiology, in 1997 from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Prior to joining WSU in 2000, Dr. Schneider served as a Postdoctoral Fellow and Research Associate at Yale University. She has been awarded numerous teaching and research awards, including the Presidential Award for Faculty Excellence in Early Career Achievement in 2004. Dr. Schneider has over 30 publications and 75 presentations.

Internal Program Evaluator

Dr. Marcella Hurtado Gomez

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(937) 775-2046

Dr. Marcella Hurtado Gomez

Dr. Marcella Hurtado Gómez is the Internal Program Evaluator for the LEADER Consortium.

Marcella’s responsibilities include data collection, organization, and analyses, as well as internal evaluation of LEADER events, programs, and initiatives. She is also responsible for coordinating with administrators, external evaluators and key personnel at LEADER consortium institutions, and fulfilling reporting requirements to the Leadership Team and the NSF.

Marcella received her Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Utah. Her years of experience in program evaluation include developing and implementing evaluation plans and instruments, quantitative and qualitative analysis, grant and scholarly writing, and evaluation reporting (written and oral) to community organizations and their executive boards. Across these experiences, she has worked with diverse groups in community and academic settings, including teaching abroad.

Graphic and Web Designer


Contact Information:
(937) 775-2046

Jessica McClary

Jess McClary is the Graphic and Web Designer of the LEADER Consortium.

As Graphic and Web Designer, Ms. McClary is in charge of overseeing the LEADER Consortium website, developing a new social media network slated to roll out before the end of the year, while also being in charge of developing a variety of media pieces for the LEADER Consortium events.

Ms. McClary received her A.A.S in Graphic Design and her B.S. in Web Design from the Westwood College of Technology. Ms. McClary has been working on the internet for 7 years and in print design for 5 years, within the last 2 years she has developed, updated, or created 9 websites. During her education, she volunteered her skills as a graphic designer to the United States Air Force and various organizations on the internet. After completion of her A.A.S. in Graphic Design she was invited to participate in a magazine showcasing work of graduating students and also collaborated with another graduating student on the cover for the magazine. During her courses for her Bachelors, she was invited back to two magazines as a Creative Director plus a workshop designed to assist graduating students display their work on the internet for the purposes of furthering their education or to gain employment. The Gaming|ONLINE magazine was displayed at the Game Developer Conference in 2010.

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The LEADER Consortium is funded by an ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Award from the National Science Foundation Award #0810989).

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