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Diversity Leadership

Dave FergusonDistinguished Service Professor Dr. David Ferguson was appointed Associate Provost for Diversity effective July 31, 2012. In this role, he works closely with the Provost on matters pertaining to the recruitment, retention, and development of under- represented faculty, staff, and students, as well as on ensuring that diversity and inclusion are cross-cutting intellectual threads in all the University's academic efforts. The Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion's operative priority is to make progress toward the university's strategic diversity interests:

  • increasing access for all qualified students, especially for underrepresented minorities and women in the STEM areas;
  • eliminating the achievement gap between majority and underrepresented students;
  • recruiting and retaining a more diverse faculty and staff;
  • preparing all our students, staff and faculty to thrive personally and professionally in a world that is diverse, global and interconnected;
  • enhancing the campus climate for inclusion.

Dr. Ferguson will continue in his position as Chair of the Department of Technology and Society in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

About Dr. David Ferguson

Throughout his distinguished career, Dave Ferguson has served our University and nation in many capacities. First, for over two decades, he has directed numerous highly successful externally-funded projects, including a dozen NSF projects, aimed at enhancing the participation of underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Currently, he directs an array of diversity in STEM projects, under the umbrella of STEM Smart, within his department and oversees the University-wide Center for Inclusive Education. He has also served on several national panels on STEM education, including a standing panel on Applications of Advanced Technologies of the National Science Foundation. Furthermore, Dave has been a leader in New York State and our nation on education projects--ranging from pre-college through graduate education--with funding as PI or co-PI on grants totaling over $30 million. From 1998 until 2002, Dave served as founding director of Stony Brook's Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT). For his contribution to STEM education, he received the U.S. Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM)--jointly administered by the White House and NSF. In summation, Dave's research and numerous projects have contributed to the current national focus on STEM education and socio-technological decision-making.


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