Texas Tech University

Members 2017-2018



Council Chair:

Wendy-Adele Humphrey, M.Ed., J.D.

Professor & Associate Dean, School of Law

Wendy-Adele Humphrey is an Professor of Law and the Associate Dean for Admissions and Educational Effectiveness at the School of Law. She also serves as a director of the Texas Tech University Pre-Law Academy.Her research primarily focuses on women's decision making rights, with an emphasis on reproductive justice. She is currently the chair of the national ABA Negotiation Competition committee, the president of Law Focused Education, Inc., and a member of the statewide attorney disciplinary board. She also serves on the executive committee for the Legal Writing, Reasoning & Research section of the Association of American Law Schools and is a co-chair for the Legal Writing Institute's Pre-Law Outreach committee. Dean Humphrey has received numerous awards, including the university-wide Spencer A. Wells Creativity in Teaching Award and the TYLA President's Award of Merit for five consecutive years. She earned her M.Ed. and J.D. from Texas Tech University.


Faculty Members:


Dave Louis, Ph.D. Louis

Associate Professor, College of Education, Educational Psychology and Leadership

Dave A. Louis is an associate professor of higher education at Texas Tech University. He earned his PhD at Texas A&M University, master of education degree at Harvard University and a bachelor of arts degree in psychology at Morehouse College. His primary research strand is cross-cultural mentoring in the American Academy. His most recent article is entitled "Listening to our voices: Experiences of Black faculty at predominantly White research universities with microaggression" in the Journal of Black Studies. His most recent book chapter publication is co-authored and entitled "Cross gender mentoring from a Caribbean perspective" in Caroline SotelloViernes Turner's (2014) Mentoring Across Institutions, Class, Gender & Race: Cultivating the Next Generation of Academics of Color. He is the current associate director of the Center for African American Research & Policy in Washington DC and is a member for the Harvard Graduate School of Education Alumni Advisory Council. He is also the recipient of the TTU Alumni Association New Faculty Award in 2015 and the President's Excellence in Diversity & Equity Award.


Jaclyn Cañas-Carrell, Ph.D.

Associate Director and Associate Professor, STEM Core, College of Arts & Sciences


Jaclyn Cañas-Carrell is an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Toxicology. Her research focuses on the fate and toxicity of emerging contaminants in terrestrial and aquatic environments. She also has secured significant federal funding in the area of STEM Education and Outreach to broaden participation in STEM. She is currently the Director of the NIH-funded Plains Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program and an Associate Director the TTU STEM Center for Outreach, Research, and Education (STEM CORE). She is very passionate about mentoring the next generation of science and promoting STEM careers to students from underrepresented groups. She received the TTU Chancellor's Council Distinguished Research Award in 2013, the TTU President's Excellence in Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement Award in 2009 and 2013, and the Susan G. Talkmitt Science Motivator Award for Outstanding and Positive Impact on Science Education in 2013 from CISER. She was named an Integrated Scholar in 2014.


Robin Germany, M.F.A. Germany

Professor, School of Art Photography

Robin Dru Germany, BA (Philosophy-Tulane), MFA (Fine Art-University of North Texas) is a Professor of Photography in the School of Art. Her research investigates the tenuous border between the land and the water, looking simultaneously at the human controlled world above and the undisclosed darkness of the underwater environment. Through the use of underwater photographic cameras and lighting, her images point to the asynchrony between these two environments. Germany has exhibited her research at the Fort Wayne Art Museum; the Center for Photography at Woodstock, at the New York Hall of Science; in Arezzo Italy at the Fotografia Festival, the Art Museum of South Texas in Corpus Christie Texas and in galleries and museums around the country. Her works are held in public and private collections. In her teaching at Texas Tech, she strives to support all students in making honest artwork that reflects their individual world views. She actively guides students to realize their innate skills and abilities and works to broaden their scope of understanding about photographic seeing. She has served on regional and national boards for the Society for Photographic Education and the Texas Photographic Society and continues to provide support for the student-run Tech Photo Club. Germany has served her school as associate director for the past five years.

Charlotte Dunham, Ph.D.

Director of Women's & Gender Studies Dunham

Charlotte Dunham is Director of Women's and Gender Studies and an Associate Professor of Sociology at Texas Tech University. She served as director from 2004 through 2007, and from 2012 until the present. She was president of the TTU Faculty Senate (2000-2001) and was been the chair of the Provost's Gender Equity Committee (2004). She received her Ph.D. at the University of Southern California in 1989 where she was an NIA research trainee in aging, working on the Longitudinal Study of Generations. Her research focuses on the challenges faced by women providing dementia care to a close family member while employed in the labor force, which was supported by a grant from the Texas Work and Family Clearing House. Additionally, she was a co-PI on a NSF ADVANCE-PAID grant, studying challenges faced by women faculty in STEM disciplines. Her most recent publication, "I just need someone who will teach me the ropes" focuses on the mentoring needs of women in STEM. Her most recent research is focusing on the well-being of older adults caring for orphaned children in the Cape Region of South Africa.

Staff Members:



Kate Haenchen, Ph.D.

Operations Division: Planning & Administration

Kate Haenchen is the Associate Managing Director for Operations Division Planning & Administration at Texas Tech University. She has a Bachelor's of Interior Design, a Master's of Science in Environmental Design, and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Interior & Environmental Design, all from TTU. She is also LEED Certified in Interior Design and Construction and is an Instructor in the TTU Department of Design, specializing in introductory courses in Interior Design and Drafting as well as Business Practices and Procedures. Her Team, Space Planning & Inventory (SPI), is responsible for efficient and functional space planning solutions for the 9.5 million square feet owned and operated by TTU while balancing the needs of the university as a whole. SPI is also accountable for the development and maintenance of the TTU Internal Space Model, space performance metrics and key performance indicators for efficiency. This includes supporting the Space Allocation Committee, maintaining the Facilities Inventory, executing Relocation Services, providing Graphics support, managing the Raider Room Classroom Project and overseeing Event Scheduling.



Jason Rinaldo, Ph.D.Rinaldo

Rawls College of Business, Senior Director of Assessment

Dr. Rinaldo received a Clinical Psychology Ph.D. and a Master's degree from the University of Kentucky, and previously received degrees from the University of Tulsa and Texas A&M University. His areas of research interest include individual differences among people, such as personality and ability. He is provisionally licensed as a psychologist in Texas, and works a few hours per week at the Student Counseling Center. He regularly teaches Accounting Ethics in the Master's in Accounting program, among other courses such as MBA statistics and Personnel Selection, Retention, and Recruitment. His work experience includes extensive experience in large-scale measurement and testing, and individual assessment in forensic, neuropsychology, assessment in a variety of community outpatient and inpatient settings and in forensic psychiatric facilities, jails, and prisons in Texas, Oklahoma, and Kentucky. His current primary role is assessment in an academic setting, supporting the ongoing accreditation of the Rawls College of Business.


Katie Ericson, M.A.

University Student Housing, Manager for Academic Initiatives


Katie Ericson is the Manager for Academic Initiatives for University Student Housing at Texas Tech. Katie has worked at Texas Tech University for five years, previously working in as a Pre-Professional Health Careers Academic Advisor and an Academic Counselor in Student Disability Services. Katie graduated from the University of Utah with Bachelor degrees in both Sociology and Mass Communication, and went on to graduate from Ball State University with a Masters of Art in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education. At Ball State University she worked with student veterans, orientation, and with the Ombudsperson on assessment and student retention. Katie has been published in the Journal of College Orientation and Transition, and has an interest in volunteering with veterans and the Lubbock community. Katie currently serves on the Texas Tech Staff Senate, and understands the importance of connecting both students and staff with both the Texas Tech and Lubbock community.


John Purcell, MS, LMFT-A


Student Counseling Center, Staff Therapist

John Purcell is a relationship and family therapist at the Texas Tech Student Counseling Center where he provides individual, couple, and group therapy. His clinical interests include gender and sexuality, masculinity, interpersonal and sexual violence, and LGBTQIA+ issues. He also co-leads a year-long diversity training seminary for counseling and clinical psychology doctoral interns during which doctoral candidates are encouraged to explore how their social location and personal experiences affect their work with clients. His past research has focused on sexual minority youth health and campus/community response to sexual violence.



Judi Henry, Ed.D.

Executive Senior Associate Athletics Director Henry

Judi Henry, Ed.D., has dedicated her career to enhancing the lives of student-athletes as the Senior Associate Athletics Director/Senior Women's Administrator for the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics at Texas Tech University since 1997. Judi has earned three academic degrees from TTU, and has served over 30 years as an administrator with the institution. Judi joined the university staff in 1980 in the Department of Student Affairs, ultimately serving as Dean of Students and Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs.

Since joining the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, she has served as the sports supervisor for several sports programs and she has overseen other areas within the department (strength and conditioning, nutrition, training table, Title IX).

She also works in conjunction with Coach Marsha Sharp in further developing the Leadership Academy. Judi is involved as an adjunct instructor in the Department of Health, Exercise and Sport Sciences. Additionally, she holds appointments on a number of university and Big 12 committees and she is a member of the NCAA Division I Awards, Benefits, Expenses and Financial Aid Cabinet.


Sofia Chapman, Ph.D.

Director of the Office of Student ConductChapman

Dr. Sofia Chapman has over 18 years of educational experience in various roles in both the elementary education arena as well as in the higher education arena. Currently, Dr. Chapman is the Managing Director of the Office of Student Conduct at Texas Tech University in which she oversees campus discipline. Dr. Chapman has served in various administrative roles dealing with issues related to admissions and recruitment, judicial/conduct affairs, Greek life, leadership programs, volunteer programming, financial aid, new student orientation, alcohol education, managing distressed students, multicultural affairs, as well as oversight of auxiliary areas such Student Union facilities. Dr. Chapman graduated in 2012 with her Ph.D. in Higher Education from Texas Tech University in which her research consisted of assessing the success of Latinas who completed the terminal degree process. Dr. Chapman also serves as an adjunct faculty member in the Higher Education program.


Student Members:


Sara Peso White, M.Ed., Ph.D.-ABDWhite

Adjunct Professor in Women's and Gender Studies

Sara Peso White is in her tenth year of teaching at Texas Tech in Women's and Gender Studies through the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and completing a Doctoral degree in Fine Art-Critical Theory and Artistic Practice. Her main focus is in Art and Education across disciplines with an emphasis on Native American education and non-linear Red Pedagogy. She is active in community collaborations working with art in pediatric care, outreach education programs for under-served youth and campus-to-community mentoring. She resides on the Texas Tech University Public Art Committee, which brings public art to Lubbock Texas through the campus one percent capitol project program. Her current interests are in art activisms multi-discipline hybrid learning methods, and proactive sexual health and safety on campus through student lead projects.

Davina Nguyen

Undergraduate Student, Psychology Davina

Davina Nguyen is a Psychology major and Addiction Recovery Sciences minor from Plano, TX, who transferred to Texas Tech University in 2015. She serves as a research assistant in Dr. Elizabeth Sharp's Gender S.E.A.M.S. research team and has worked alongside Samantha Christopher M.A., on a qualitative dissertation regarding college feminist men. Davina will later pursue a doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology after she graduates in May of 2018.

Ex-Officio Members 

Rob Stewart

Office of the Provost, Senior Vice Provost


Grace Hernandez

Chief of Staff & Associate Vice President for Administration 


Charlotte Bingham

Assistant Vice Chancellor for Administration, Managing Director


Jody Billingsley

Assistant Vice President for Human Resources 


Jody Randall

Lead Administrator for LGBTQIA


Kimberly Simón

Title IX Adminsitator 


Elizabeth Sharp

Interim Vice President for Department of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion



President's Gender Equity Council