The Office of Faculty Development, led by Vice Provost Matt Snipp, supports the faculty at different stages of their careers through a variety of programs (such as orientation, talks, workshops, writing retreats, and training support for new department chairs). The office assists in faculty recruitment and retention efforts to ensure that Stanford has an excellent and diverse faculty. The office works with deans, chairs and search committees with outreach efforts in developing talented and diverse applicant pools, and serves as a central resource for all faculty recruits and newly hired faculty in their transition to the Stanford community.
Vice Provost for Faculty Development, Diversity, and Engagement
C. Matthew Snipp is the Burnet C. and Mildred Finley Wohlford Professor of Humanities and Sciences in the Department of Sociology at Stanford University. He is also the Director for the Institute for Research in the Social Science’s Secure Data Center and formerly directed Stanford’s Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE). Before moving to Stanford in 1996, he was a Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin -- Madison. He has been a Research Fellow at the U.S. Bureau of the Census and a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. Professor Snipp has published 3 books and over 70 articles and book chapters on demography, economic development, poverty and unemployment. His current research and writing deals with the methodology of racial measurement, changes in the social and economic well-being of American ethnic minorities, and American Indian education. For nearly ten years, he served as an appointed member of the Census Bureau’s Racial and Ethnic Advisory Committee. He also has been involved with several advisory working groups evaluating the 2000 census, three National Academy of Science panels focused on the 2010 and 2020 censuses. He also has served as a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors for the Centers for Disease Control and the National Center for Health Statistics as well as an elected member of the Inter-University Consortium of Political and Social Research’s Council. He is currently serving on the National Institute of Child Health and Development’s Population Science Subcommittee. Snipp holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin—Madison.
Associate Vice Provost and Executive Director of Programs, Faculty Development, Diversity, and Engagement
Susan M. Drange is the Associate Vice Provost and Executive Director of Programs in the Office of Faculty Development, Diversity and Engagement. She joined OFDDE from Columbia University, where she served as the first Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Diversity in Arts and Sciences (2015-2019), and prior to that, was the first Director, Faculty Diversity & Development in UCLA's Office of the Chancellor (2004-2015). Before working in higher education, Susan was an award-winning training and communication professional with experience in organizational change in the corporate sector. She served as the Director of Disney University, headed the training and development function for Southern California Gas Company, and was the Director of Internal Communications for Hughes Electronics. She holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. from UCLA’s Higher Education and Organizational Change program, an M.A. in Communication from Pepperdine University, and an A.B. in Psychology from Cornell University. Her research interests include leadership development and strategic organizational change to enable more diverse and inclusive institutions.
Jennifer Almquist joins the Office of Faculty Development, Diversity and Engagement from Oregon State University where she served for four years as chief assistant to the president and assistant secretary of the board. Prior to that, Jennifer held a number of positions at Oregon State University, including project manager on a $3.5 million grant funded as part of the National Science Foundation’s ADVANCE program and associate director of the Office of Equity and Inclusion. She also served as affiliated faculty in the School of Language, Culture, and Society, teaching courses in women, gender, and sexuality studies and anthropology. From 2004–2006, she served as assistant director of the University of Michigan’s Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Affairs and as an instructor in The Program on Intergroup Relations. She holds a Ph.D. in applied anthropology, an M.A. in interdisciplinary studies, and a B.A. in liberal studies from Oregon State University.
Organizational Insight Analyst
Chia-Huan Ho is originally from Taiwan and brings over 20 years of higher education experience to Stanford. In his role as Organizational Insight Analyst, he extracts, analyzes, and reports data related to the faculty ecosystem at Stanford, including faculty recruitment, development, and engagement. His analyses of faculty data support Stanford’s diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) commitment and guide senior leadership in strategic planning involving faculty issues by providing actionable insights and data-driven recommendations. Chia-Huan has an extensive background in research, teaching, and administration, including academic program review, institutional re-accreditation, and data analytics. Before joining the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Development, Diversity and Engagement, he was the Academic Policy & Systems Administrator in the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education. Prior to Stanford, Chia-Huan worked as a data analyst in Georgia Tech’s MBA Program Office and Career Center. He also previously worked at UC Berkeley as an Institutional Research Analyst in the Office of Planning & Analysis. He earned his Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction from the State University of New York at Albany.
Melanie supports Matt Snipp, Vice Provost for Faculty Development, Diversity and Engagement, and Susan Drange, Associate Vice Provost and Executive Director of Programs. Melanie has been with Stanford since 2013, and has experience in program & project management, event planning and client support. She coordinates events throughout the year, assists with programs related to key initiatives, and manages student assistants.
Laurita coordinates the professional development and leadership programs, events, seminars and conferences, including those organized by WISE Ventures and the Faculty Women's Forum. She manages all aspects of execution, from planning to logistics, finances, and production of collaterals (brochures, flyers). Her responsibilities also include updating the VPFDD website. She came to Stanford in January 2016 after a career in the technology industry. Laurita is a long-time resident and active member of the community in the Bay Area.