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 & 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 and Diversity
Susan M. Drange is the Associate Vice Provost and Executive Director of Programs, Faculty Development and Diversity. She joined OFD 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.
Yan Li joined the VPFDD office in 2012. She develops reports on faculty demographics, trends, and peer comparisons, and writes reports on special studies. In addition, she provides resources and support on the search and recruitment of new faculty. Yan earned a Ph.D. in sociology from Stanford, and before joining VPFDD was a visiting assistant professor of sociology at Reed College. Her research areas are social psychology, race/ethnicity, gender, and social inequality.
Carol B. Muller
Executive Director, Stanford WISE Ventures
Carol B. Muller is the Executive Director of WISE Ventures, an internal “start-up” at Stanford, designed to communicate, build networks, and help seed new and needed ventures across the Stanford campus to advance gender equity in science and engineering. She also directs Stanford’s Faculty Women’s Forum. A longtime university administrator, educator, and social entrepreneur, Carol’s past experience includes service as Associate Dean for Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College, where she co-founded a campus-wide Women in Science Project. She founded and was chief executive of MentorNet, a large-scale online nonprofit global mentoring network advancing diversity in engineering and science (1996-2008). At Stanford, she was consulting associate professor of mechanical engineering between 1998 and 2002, collaborating with faculty and staff to create “New Century Scholars: Teaching, Learning, and Your Academic Career,” a summer workshop designed for new engineering faculty members. Carol earned an A.B. from Dartmouth in philosophy (1977), and A.M. (1981) and Ph.D. (1985) degrees in education administration and policy analysis from Stanford, and continues to build upon research in the design and implementation of programs.
Melanie supports Matt Snipp, Vice Provost for Faculty 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.