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Leanne DeVreugd
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WISER (Women in Science, Engineering, and Research) focuses on recruitment, retention, and career development of faculty. Our impact and programming incorporate disciplines across campus. Situated within the scope of the Research Office, Dr. David Stone works closely with the WISER leadership team to support career development initiatives for faculty of all ranks.

WISER transitioned from the grant-funded WISE@OU project. WISE@OU was funded by the National Science Foundation ADVANCE program through a Partnerships for Adaptation, Implementation, and Dissemination (PAID) Grant (Award 1107072) from 2011 to 2016.


WISER and the Research Office host events each Fall and Winter semester for faculty. We welcome all faculty to attend our events. 

Soundings Series

  • "Being a Public Scholar: What's Love Got to Do with It?" with Dr. Terri Orbuch, "The Love Doctor"
    • Details: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 from 3-4:30 p.m.
    • Location: Oakland Room, Oakland Center
    • In OU News: https://www.oakland.edu/research/news/2017/ous-love-doctor-to-share-tips-on-public-engagement-at-soundings-series-event
    • RSVP to Leanne DeVreugd (ldevreug@oakland.edu) for this event.

  • Research and Social Media with Dr. Peter Trumbore and Dr. Terri Towner
    • Details: Wednesday, October 11 from 3-4:30 p.m.
    • Location: Oakland Room, Oakland Center
    • RSVP to Leanne DeVreugd (ldevreug@oakland.edu) for this event.

  • Another Soundings Series event will take place in November/December 2017. Details coming soon.

CETL Workshop

  • Cross Borders: Education & Human Services and STEM Collaborations - WISER and Michael MacDonald, SEHS Associate Dean
    • This workshop will help you incorporate service learning into your STEM research program, bring your Broader Impact to the K-12 student population, and strengthen your grant proposal with solid evaluation.
    • Details: Wednesday October 4, 2017 from noon-1:30 p.m.
    • Location: 200A Elliott Hall
    • RSVP on the CETL website, under " Workshops": https://www.oakland.edu/cetl/ 

WISER publishes a newsletter 3 times per year to highlight faculty achievements, broadcast our events, and distribute helpful tips and resources to faculty members. Our next newsletter will be published in September 2017.


WISER is excited to share resources with faculty members. Here you can find helpful documents, tips for grants and awards, resources for mid-career faculty, and other presentations.


WISE@OU (Women in Science and Engineering at Oakland University) was funded by the National Science Foundation ADVANCE program through a Partnerships for Adaptation, Implementation, and Dissemination (PAID) Grant (Award 1107072). WISE@OU focused on creating a comprehensive recruitment, retention, and career development program for women and under-represented populations in the disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). This program was active from 2011 to 2016. In Fall 2016, the program transitioned to the Research Office and became WISER (Women in Science, Engineering, and Research).

WISE@OU’s program areas focused on:

  • Self-assessment – conducted a climate survey and focus groups to fully understand the campus culture and issues facing women and under-represented populations in STEM
  • Reform of our recruitment effort – promoted continuous wide-sweeping training of decision makers to raise their awareness of issues and provide them with tools to combat biases and address equity
  • Career development – adapted and implemented a portfolio of methods and tools to support career development of faculty in the STEM fields
  • Dissemination – shared our experiences, tools, and results to benefit (i) community and small colleges in Eastern Michigan and (ii) institutions whose politics and procedures are negotiated between the administration and faculty union

WISE@OU accomplishments:

  • Anti-bias training for search committees and faculty review committees
  • Family-friendly information for faculty and faculty candidates
  • Resources for new faculty
  • High-quality cohort mentoring program
  • Proactive pathway to grants program
  • Diverse faculty development workshops
  • Proactive nomination for internal and external awards
  • Development of mid-career faculty resources and workshops
  • Support and resources for department chairs and program directors
  • Dissemination to other 4-year institutions and to community college colleagues
  • Presentations at regional and national meetings
  • Publication of findings

The WISE@OU Leadership Team included:

  • Kathleen Moore (Arts and Sciences, Chemistry)
  • Joi Cunningham (Academic Human Resources, previously Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives)
  • Laila Guessous (Mechanical Engineering)
  • Brad Roth (Physics)
  • Julie Walters (Political Science)
  • Jo Reger (Women & Gender Studies, Sociology)
  • Previous member: Fatma Mill (Computer Science & Engineering, now at Purdue University)

Staff support was provided by Leanne DeVreugd, who now coordinates the WISER program.

The WISE@OU Internal Advisory Committee provided guidance in the early years of the grant program. Committee members included:

  • Hoda Abdel-Aty-Zohdy (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
  • Ferman Chavez (Chemistry)
  • Jia Li (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
  • Gerard Madlambayan (Biological Sciences)
  • Debra McGinnis (Psychology)
  • Dawn Pickard (Teacher Development and Educational Studies)
  • Phyllis Rooney (Philosophy)
  • Mohammad Siadat (Computer Science and Engineering)
  • Anna Spagnuolo (Mathematics and Statistics)

WISE@OU was also guided by an external advisory group consisting of ADVANCE leaders from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, Wayne State University, Michigan State University, and the University of Northern Colorado/Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences.