ADVANCE Program Team

Christine Shea

Christine Shea, Ph.D.

Special Assistant to the Provost for UNH ADVANCE & Co-PI
Acting Chair of the ADVANCE Leadership Team
Professor of Technology and Operations Management

Dr. Christine Shea (Ph.D. Business Administration (1995) from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the 
University of Western Ontario) is the Special Assistant to the Provost for UNH ADVANCE, and Professor of Technology and Operations Management at the Peter T. Paul College of Business. Prior to coming to UNH in 1994, she spent ten years in management in the aerospace industry, including contracts, materials, project, and operations management. Her research has 
focused on leadership and innovation performance. As Associate Dean of Graduate Programs and Research 
from 2008 to 2012, Dr. Shea oversaw the school’s MBA, MSA, MSMOT, MA and PhD programs and supported the faculty in their research. Since 2007, Dr. Shea has worked with UNH colleagues to support women faculty in the STEM disciplines. She is co-PI on the $3.4 million ADVANCE grant received from the National Science Foundation in October 2012 for the transformation of UNH into an institution free of bias in its recruiting, retention and promotion policies and practices towards underrepresented minorities.

Christine Shea

Karen Graham, Ph.D.

ADVANCE, Executive Director & Co-PI
Faculty Fellow for ADVANCE Faculty Career Advancement
Professor of Mathematics and Statistics

Dr. Karen Graham is the Executive Director of the UNH ADVANCE Program and a Professor of Mathematics in the UNH Department of Mathematics and Statistics. She was appointed to serve as the inaugural director of the Joan and James Leitzel Center in January 2003. She received her Ph.D. in Mathematics Education from UNH in 1986. She taught mathematics in Pine Plains, NY prior to beginning work on her doctorate and taught at Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo, MI) prior to joining the faculty at UNH. Dr. Graham also directs the UNH Master of Science for Teachers (MST) in mathematics program. Her professional and scholarly interests include the teaching and learning of calculus and mathematics teacher development. Dr. Graham has served as the project director of many state and federally funded projects. She has presented numerous workshops at local, state, regional, and national conferences. Dr. Graham received the Richard H. Balomenos Mathematics Education Service Award from the NH Association of Teachers of Mathematics in 1999 and the UNH Alumni Association Award for Excellence in Public Service in 2008. She has served on several national and regional committees/professional boards and was elected to a three-year term on the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Board of Directors beginning in April 2012.

Kate Hester

Kate Hester Siler

UNH ADVANCE Program Coordinator

Kate Hester Siler is the UNH ADVANCE Program Coordinator. She has a rich background in STEM education, serving both as a high school science teacher for six years and a lecturer at the Shoals Marine Lab for the Marine Environmental Science course. In addition to Kate's STEM background, she has grant and university program management experience having managed the NSF-funded Engineering is Elementary program at the Museum of Science, Boston and then serving as the Director of Education at Harvard Medical School's Center for Health and the Global Environment. She received her B.S. in Environmental Science from UNH and a MEd in Curriculum and Instruction from Cornell University.

Dana Gioia

Dana Gioia

UNH ADVANCE Research Assistant

Dana Gioia is a research assistant with 
the UNH ADVANCE program. In this role she augments the program initiatives from within the UNH ADVANCE office.  This includes information gathering for both the ADVANCE program coordinator and the ADVANCE faculty fellows as well as assisting with the implementation of ADVANCE events and programmatic updates. Dana 
holds a Masters
 degree in American Studies from
 Utrecht University and a Bachelors 
degree in History from the Pennsylvania State 


Past Team Members

Jennifer Jones

Jennifer Jones

UNH ADVANCE Program Support Assistant

Jennifer Jones is the UNH ADVANCE Program Support Assistant. Working with the ADVANCE program coordinator and program team, Jennifer supports the administrative operations of the ADVANCE office and initiatives.  This includes programmatic, logistical, and public relations support for program and event implementation. Jennifer has extensive experience in nonprofit and STEM program management, having worked many years managing the promotion of events and offerings at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center. She pursued studies in English, medieval studies and astronomy at Plymouth State University and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Communications.

Justin Young

Justin Young, Ph.D.

UNH ADVANCE Postdoctoral Researcher

Justin Young is a Postdoctoral Researcher for UNH ADVANCE. He provides support for data collection and analysis, as well as helping to disseminate findings from the faculty climate survey to the university community. Justin received his PhD in Sociology from the University of New Hampshire, where he worked for the Carsey School of Public Policy prior to joining ADVANCE. His dissertation examined social capital in diversifying neighborhoods, including the role voluntary organizations play in fostering civic life, social connectedness, and reciprocity among residents. More broadly, he is interested in various forms of inequality (including racial/ethnic and gender) in social networks, neighborhoods, and labor markets.

Yamini Jha

Yamini Jha, Ph.D.

UNH ADVANCE Postdoctoral Researcher

Yamini Jha is a former UNH ADVANCE Post-Doctoral Researcher. As a Post-Doctoral Researcher, she collaborated with other UNH ADVANCE Research team members on developing and implementing the Faculty Climate Survey. She received her PhD in Public Administration in May 2013 from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research interests include Social Network Analysis, Gender in Science, Science, Technology, and Public Policy, and Survey Methods. Her research has been published in Research Policy. She has presented her research at the International Sun- belt Social Network Conference, Public Management Research Conference, Atlanta Science and Technology Conference, and Midwest Political Science Annual National Conference. Her dissertation focused on the effects of collaborative network on satisfaction of academic scientists in six fields of science and engineering.