The Faculty Development and Diversity Office, led by Vice Provost Karen Cook, supports the faculty through a variety of programs, such as orientation, talks, workshops, and events for new and junior faculty, department chairs and deans, and initiatives supporting faculty diversity.
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.
Who We Are
Karen S. Cook is the Ray Lyman Wilbur Professor of Sociology; Director of the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences (IRiSS); and Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity at Stanford. She conducts research on social interaction, social networks, and trust. She has edited a number of books in the Russell Sage Foundation Trust Series she co-edits with M. Levi and R. Hardin, including Trust in Society (2001), Trust and Distrust in Organizations: Emerging Perspectives (with R. Kramer, 2004), eTrust: Forming Relations in the Online World (with C. Snijders, V. Buskens, and Coye Cheshire, 2009), and Whom Can You Trust? (with M. Levi and R. Hardin, 2009). She is co-author of Cooperation without Trust? (with R. Hardin and M. Levi, 2005) and she co-edited Sociological Perspectives on Social Psychology(with Gary Alan Fine and James S. House, 1995). In 1996, she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and in 2007 to the National Academy of Sciences. In 2004 she received the ASA Social Psychology Section Cooley Mead Award for Career Contributions to Social Psychology.
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 to faculty affairs officers across all Stanford schools on the search and recruitment of new faculty. Yan Li earned a Ph.D. in sociology from Stanford, and was a visiting assistant professor of sociology at Reed College in 2009-2012. Her research areas are social psychology, race/ethnicity, and gender.
Pamm Moore manages the day-to-day operation, finances, facilities, and events for VPFDD. She also manages the vice provost’s calendar and staffs the Emeriti Council and the Diversity Cabinet. Pamm began her career at Stanford in the Graduate School of Education in 1980 and joined VPFDD in 2007. She earned her B.A. in Liberal Arts from Arkansas State University.
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.
Assistant Vice Provost and Director of Programs
Rania Sanford has been the Assistant Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity since 2013. In this new role, she launched the professional and leadership development portfolio of programs for faculty across Stanford's 7 schools. She works with search committees and department chairs on strategies for recruitment, and acts internally as advocate and confidential consultant/coach on matters related to faculty transitions, integration and success. Rania's interests span leadership, organizational change, international education, and adult development. Her collaboration with Amy Kinch at the University of Montana explores the future of faculty needs and demands within a competency framework-- work that she published and presented at the PODNetwork and at the Association of American Colleges and Universities. She is a founding member, and past treasurer, of the Northern California Chapter of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education, and serves on the Provost’s Committee on Postdoctoral Affairs, the Vice Provost of Graduate Education Diversity Steering Committee, the advisory board of the Faculty/Staff Help Center, and the advisory board of the Markaz: Resource Center for Engagement with the Cultures and Peoples of the Muslim World. Rania is a recipient of the 2012 Stanford University Postdoctoral Association Recognition Award. She has been at Stanford since 1995, as Assistant Dean for Postdoctoral Affairs (2009-2012), Assistant Dean for Academic Services at the School of Education (2004-2009), and as the manager of the fellowship programs at the Stanford Humanities Center earlier in her career. Rania has a BA in Journalism and MA in Communication, with emphasis on intercultural communication, an EdD in Organizational Leadership, and is an MBTI Certified Practitioner®.
Senior Associate Vice Provost
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.
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.