February 24, 2022 – Learning Lab is pleased to announce the empaneled Selection Committee for our funding opportunity, Scaling Success to Expand Impact in STEM, designed as an opportunity for existing Learning Lab grantees to increase access to newly developed or redesigned teaching and learning strategies/tools/resources/technology platforms that have proven effective at improving learning outcomes and closing equity gaps.
The Selection Committee includes Frank Gomez, Yvette Gullatt, Kathy Kubo, Mitchell L. Stevens, and Shawn Whalen. Collectively, the Selection Committee members bring decades of experience in higher education research and practice, including expertise in pedagogy, inclusive practices, and department change; leadership and advocacy for STEM equity; and service as practitioners/instructors. Each of them have made significant contributions to the California higher education community through various positions and experiences in higher education philanthropy, private universities, and the California Community Colleges, California State University, and University of California systems. Pursuant to state requirements, the expert Selection Committee will review and make award recommendations to the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research. To see the timeline for RFP activities, visit the Scaling Success RFP page.
Executive Director of STEM-NET, CSU Chancellor’s Office
Frank A. Gomez, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of STEM-NET, the Multi-Campus Consortium, also known as Affinity Group, at the CSU Office of the Chancellor. The vision of STEM-NET is to make the CSU a worldwide leader in increasing the pipeline, preparation, graduation and employment of outstanding, diverse STEM students. STEM-NET enables CSU stem leaders to share expertise and leverage system-wide opportunities to foster the implementation of global best practices for our students and faculty in pedagogy, learning and research related to STEM fields within the CSU system.
Dr. Gomez has served as Professor of Chemistry at Cal State LA since 1994 and has received over $22 million in research funding and published over 130 technical articles and two books on his research. His research group is engaged in developing fundamental and applied research in the area of microfluidics, point-of-care (POC) diagnostic devices, fuel cells, and chemical and biochemical separations. He has mentored over 130 undergraduate, masters, and high school students and 12 postdoctoral fellows and visiting scientists in his laboratories resulting in over 185 student presentations. He is the director of the NSF-funded Cal State LA-Penn State PREM program, co-PI of the NSF CREST Center for Energy and Sustainability, and PI of a W. M Keck Foundation grant for course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs).
Dr. Gomez received his B.S. (1986) and Ph.D. (1991) in Chemistry from Cal State LA and UCLA, respectively and was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Southern California Conferences for Undergraduate Research (SCCUR) and on the Leo Buscaglia Foundation Board of Directors.
Vice President and Vice Provost, UC Office of the President
Yvette Gullatt, Ph.D. serves as Vice President for Graduate and Undergraduate Affairs; Vice Provost for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; and Chief Diversity Officer for the University of California system.
In this role she oversees programs, services and initiatives that maximize baccalaureate and graduate degree attainment. As chief diversity officer for the university, she leads essential efforts to further UC’s aspirations as a diverse and inclusive institution by fostering equitable campus climates for students, faculty and staff.
Prior to joining the Office of the President, Dr. Gullatt served in staff and leadership roles at UC Berkeley. She joined the Office of the President in 1999 as systemwide director for early and immediate outreach and, soon after, became Vice Provost for Education Partnerships. In the latter position, Dr. Gullatt developed key initiatives for expanding UC’s public education role, among them data systems that help schools improve UC and CSU eligibility rates, as well as partnerships with K–12 schools, California higher education institutions and community-based organizations. At the root of all Dr. Gullatt’s work at UC has been the university’s mission of improving academic preparation and higher education opportunity for more first-generation, low-income and underrepresented students.
She received her B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from UC Berkeley; her research interests include early African American life writing and Afro-Christian discourses of community development and nationalism.
Mathematics Instructor, College of the Canyons
Kathy Kubo is a Mathematics Instructor at College of the Canyons. She helped create the college’s statistics pathway, then co-designed and led a faculty training program to support the dramatic increase in section offerings. Canyons’ statistics pathway has been honored by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and the Board of Governors. She participated in a National Science Foundation grant on statistics education, worked with Stanford University’s Open Learning Initiative to revise their Concepts of Statistics courseware, and was a writing team member for the American Statistical Association’s Two-Year College Data Science Summit. She was a 2019 recipient of the American Statistical Association’s Fellowship Program for Two-Year College Teachers. Kubo has worked with the California Acceleration Project and coordinated the Chancellor’s Office Statistics Institute, introducing best practices in pedagogy for teaching introductory statistics at the community college level. She holds a master’s degree in Mathematics from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Mitchell L. Stevens
Professor of Education, Stanford University
Mitchell L. Stevens, Ph.D., is Professor of Education and (by courtesy) Organizational Behavior and Sociology at Stanford University. He studies the organization of US higher education, the quantification of academic performance, and alternative school forms. With Dr. John Mitchell, Dr. Stevens co-directs the Stanford Pathways Lab (pathwayslab.stanford.edu), which uses a variety of methods, data sources, and conceptual frameworks to understand how people make sense of learning experiences; how families, schools and workplaces recognize and reward learning; and how learning opportunities can be made more effective, equitable, enjoyable and humane. He received his B.A. from Macalester College (1988) and his Ph.D. from Northwestern University (1996).
Program Director, College Futures Foundation
Shawn Whalen joined the College Futures Foundation in September 2015. As program director, he leads the development and implementation of the Foundation’s grantmaking strategy in student-centric practices.
Mr. Whalen has extensive experience in higher education as both a faculty member and university administrator. Prior to joining the Foundation, he held the position of chief of staff to the president of San Francisco State University, where he served as a member of the senior leadership team, advised the president on academic policy, student achievement, and strategic planning, and facilitated institutional partnerships. Mr. Whalen is professor emeritus of Communication Studies at San Francisco State University. As a faculty member, he was active in university governance and served three terms as chair of the Academic Senate. He also directed nationally ranked speech and debate programs at two institutions and is a past president of intercollegiate debate’s national governing body, the Cross Examination Debate Association. Mr. Whalen was elected as a public member to the WASC Senior College and University Commission and began his term July 2020.
Mr. Whalen received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from San Diego State University and completed Ph.D. coursework at the University of Utah.