MSU's IChange team hosted open forums on Nov. 5th and 7th to collect feedback from
campus stakeholders about the goals and strategies they are developing in their effort
to recruit and retain more diverse and inclusive faculty at MSU. If you were not able
to attend a forum, we still want to hear your feedback.
Click here for the information shared at the forums and to provide comments.
Montana State University has been chosen to participate in a new national initiative designed to recruit and retain a more inclusive, diverse faculty in science, technology, engineering and math fields.
Fifteen public research universities were selected to participate in the inaugural three-year effort to help those schools reform their recruitment, hiring and retention practices. The Aspire Alliance’s Institutional Change (IChange) network aims to ultimately increase the participation and success of undergraduate STEM students from underrepresented groups. Aspire is funded by the National Science Foundation. It is led by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning at the University of Wisconsin–Madison with the involvement of several additional universities.
MSU's IChange Team is led by a diverse group of faculty members and administrators. Members of the IChange Team are listed below.
|Robert Mokwa||Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost|
|Tami Eitle||Vice Provost for Curriculum, Accreditation and Assessment;|
|Ariel Donohue||Senior Diversity and Inclusion Officer|
|Craig Ogilvie||Dean of the Graduate School|
|Abbie Richards||Associate Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering; past chair of Faculty Senate|
|Brett Gunnink||Dean of the Norm Asbjornson College of Engineering|
|Diane Debinski||Department Head, Ecology|
|Jeannette Grey Gilbert (represented by Gerre Maillet)||Chief Human Resources Officer|
|Mary Cloninger||Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry|
|Connie Chang||Assistant Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering|
|David Claudio||Associate Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering|
|Chris Fastnow||Director, Office of Planning and Analysis|
|Becca Belou||Senior Data Scientist, Office of Planning and Analysis|
|Dean Adams||Director, Center for Faculty Excellence|
|Nicol Rae||Dean of the College of Letters and Science|
|Michael Babcock||Department Head, Earth Science and Professor, Psychology|
|Nika Stoop||Grant Training Coordinator, Center for Faculty Excellence|
|Sreekala Bajwa (represented by Tracy Dougher)||Vice President and Dean of Agriculture|
|Vanessa Simonds||Associate Professor, Health and Human Development|
To learn more about the IChange initiative, visit