ADVANCE Professors

  • Pamela Abshire, ADVANCE Professor for the A. James Clark School of Engineering

    Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Pamela Abshire received her B.S. degree in Physics with Honor in 1992 from the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, CA.  Between 1992 and 1995 she worked as a Research Engineer in the Bradycardia Research Department of Medtronic, Inc. in Minneapolis, MN.

  • Patricia Alexander, ADVANCE Professor for the College of Education

    Distinguished University Professor, Human Development and Quantitative Methodology

    Dr. Patricia Alexander is the Jean Mullan Professor of Literacy and Distinguished Scholar-Teacher in the Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology. A former middle-school teacher, Dr.

  • Amelia Arria, ADVANCE Professor for the School of Public Health

    Professor, Behavioral and Community Health

    Amelia M. Arria, Ph.D. is a Professor and the Director of the Center on Young Adult Health and Development in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health at the University of Maryland School of Public Health.

  • Shannon Dill, ADVANCE Professor for the University of Maryland Extension

    Principal Agent, University of Maryland Extension

    Shannon Dill is the Agriculture Extension Educator for University of Maryland Extension in Talbot County.  She has been a faculty member of the University of Maryland, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources since 2001.

  • Jessica Enoch, ADVANCE Professor for the College of Arts & Humanities

    Professor, Department of English

    Jessica Enoch (she/her) is Professor of English and Director of the Academic Writing Program at the University of Maryland.

  • Clara Irazabal, ADVANCE Professor for the School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation

    Professor and Director, Urban Studies and Planning Program

    Clara Irazábal is the Director of the Urban Studies and Planning Program (URSP) in the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (MAPP) at the University of Maryland (UMD), College Park, in the Washington DC area.

  • Ginger Zhe Jin, ADVANCE Professor for the College of Behavioral & Social Sciences

    Professor, Department of Economics

    Ginger Zhe Jin received her PhD in 2000 and is currently Professor of Economics at the University of Maryland, College Park. In 2015-2017, she was on leave at the Federal Trade Commission, serving as the Director of the FTC Bureau of Economics from January 2016 to July 2017.

  • Karen Lips, ADVANCE Professor for the College of Computer, Mathematical & Natural Sciences

    Professor, Department of Biology

    Karen Lips is a Professor of Biology in the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences. She holds a PhD from the University of Miami and a B.S. from the University of South Florida.

  • Shanna Pearson-Merkowitz, ADVANCE Professor for the School of Public Policy

    Professor, School of Public Policy

    Shanna Pearson-Merkowitz is a Professor in the School of Public Policy.

  • Linda Steiner, ADVANCE Professor for the Philip Merrill College of Journalism

    Professor & Director, Philip Merrill College of Journalism

    Linda Steiner is a professor at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism and director of the University of Maryland's ADVANCE program, which is part of the Office of Faculty Affairs. She facilitates two peer networks for ADVANCE and leads other program initiatives.

  • Mega Subramaniam, ADVANCE Professor for the College of Information Studies

    Professor, College of Information Studies

    Dr. Mega Subramaniam is a Professor and the Associate Dean for Faculty at the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland.

  • Lisa Taneyhill, ADVANCE Professor for the College of Agriculture & Natural Resources

    Professor, Department of Animal & Avian Sciences

    Dr. Lisa Taneyhill received her B.A. in Chemistry and Biochemistry from McDaniel College and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from Princeton University. Dr.

  • Vijaya Venkataramani, ADVANCE Professor for the Robert H. Smith School of Business

    Associate Professor, Department of Management & Organization

    Vijaya Venkataramani is an Associate Professor of Management & Organization at the R.H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. She is a former Associate Editor at the Journal of Applied Psychology.

  • Colleen Worthington, ADVANCE Professor for the PTK Faculty (campus-wide)

    Clinical Professor, Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences

    Colleen K. Worthington is a clinical professor and Director of Clinical Education in the Department of Hearing & Speech Sciences.  She has recently taken on the role as director of the HESP master’s program and teaches a graduate course in Diagnostic Principles and Methods.