Texas Tech University

Members 2020-2021

Council Chair:

Sofia Chapman, Ph.D. 

Sofia HeadhsotAssociate Dean for Student Life at Texas Tech Law

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. Dr. Chapman is the Associate Dean for Student Life at the law school. Formally, Dr. Chapman was the Managing Director of the Office of Student Conduct at Texas Tech University in which she oversaw 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.


Faculty Members:

Stephanie J. Jones, Ed.D.

Professor, Program Coordinator of Educational Psychology and Leadership 

Stephanie Jones HeadshotDr. Stephanie Jones is a Professor and Program Coordinator for the Higher Education program at Texas Tech University. She graduated from TTU in 2006 with a doctorate degree in Higher Education. She has been a faculty member at TTU since 2008. Prior to her employment at TTU, she worked in higher education academic administration in the areas of distance learning, dual enrollment, instructional technology, faculty and student support, grant administration, as well as in faculty and department chair roles. She has served in project director and activity director roles for Title V and Title III grants, as well as various THECB grants, where she both developed and directed the initiatives. She currently serves as the PI for the TTU NSF-ADVANCE grant, Advancing Equity through Systemic Strategies to Improve Leadership, Departmental Collegiality, and Data Transparency at Texas Tech University

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.

Aretha Faye Marbley, Ph.D.

Professor of Educational Psychology & Leadership

ArethaMarbley HeadshotDr. Aretha Faye Marbley is Professor and Director of Community Counseling in Counselor Education at Texas Tech University. She is a critical global multicultural social justice womanist activist, scholar, storyteller, servant, transdisciplinary scholar and morally engaged researcher whose multicultural-social justice work has spanned over four decades. As a helper, healer, and advocate for those marginalized, she critically examines the intersectionality of multiple social identities and listens to the experiences, voices, and counternarratives of marginalized women, communities, and people trapped in oppressive social structures, locations, and statuses. She is the recipient of numerous awards for her work including national human rights, social justice anti-oppression, and research award.

Amelia E. Talley, Ph.D.

Associate Professor; Associate Chair; HDFS & STEM Core Affiliate

Amelia Talley HeadshotAmelia Talley is an Associate Professor, housed within the Experimental-Social Area in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Texas Tech. After receiving her bachelor's degree in Psychology at Texas A&M University in 2001, Amelia headed up "North" to complete her Ph.D. in Social/Personality Psychology at the University of Missouri. After receiving her doctorate in 2009, she became a post-doctoral researcher and then a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri before joining the faculty at Texas Tech University in 2013.

Broadly speaking, Dr. Talley's research looks at whether how we view ourselves or what situations we find ourselves in influences our health-related decision-making and behaviors. Her research specifically tries to understand the ways in which threats to one's self-concept and the stigmatization individuals may encounter will affect their health and well-being. The core goal of her work is to identify factors that potentiate health disparities among marginalized and privileged individuals; by identifying important factors that contribute to poorer health and well-being, she aims to eliminate or reduce these disparities. Her current research interests are focused on the investigation of sexual self-concept ambiguity, or a state in which one's sexual orientation is viewed as ill-defined, in transition, or incongruent with other aspects of the self, and in particular, its associations with substance use, suicidal behavior, and other health-related disparities.

Kirsten A. Cook, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Accounting 

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Kirsten A. Cook is an Associate Professor in the School of Accounting at the Rawls College of Business at Texas Tech University. After graduating with a BBA and MAcc from Baylor University, he worked in the Tax Division at Jaynes, Reitmeier, Boyd & Therrell, PC in Waco, Texas before earning a PhD from Texas A&M University. Cook taught for five years at the University of Arizona before joining the faculty at Texas Tech in 2013. He teaches undergraduate income tax accounting, graduate income tax research and planning, and a doctoral colloquium in tax accounting research. Cook has served on the dissertation advisory committees of more than a dozen doctoral students, chairing two. He also holds leadership positions in the American Accounting Association Diversity Section and the American Taxation Association. At Texas Tech, he serves on the Faculty Senate Campus Climate Committee, the President's Gender Equity Council, as a Teaching Academy member, a Women's & Gender Studies affiliated faculty member, and as a Rawls Co-Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.


Staff Members:

Amy Heard

Senior Associate Athletics Director /Strategic Engagement

Amy Heard HeadshotAmy Heard was named Senior Associate Athletics Director for the Red Raider Club in September 2016. Responsible for nearly 30 percent of the department's revenue generation through annual fundraising programs, Heard sets the long-term and strategic plan for all Red Raider Club, Double T Varsity Club and annual/premium seating contribution programs. Nationally recognized, Heard serves as a member of the National Association of Athletics Development Directors (NAADD) Executive Committee, is a Women Leaders in College Sports (formerly NACWAA) Executive Institute graduate and currently serves as a Women Leaders in College Sports Development Circle Leader. She has also presented nationally at the NAADD convention, served as a faculty member for the NCAA/Women Leaders in College Sports, Institute for Administrative Advancement and was selected as the Texas Tech Big 12 Diversity Representative in 2010. Heard earned her bachelor's degree in Business Administration in 2000, a Master of Science in Sports Management in 2001 and is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in higher education, all three through Texas Tech University. 

Samuel Farley, Ph.D.

Sam Farley

Staff Psychologist, Student Counseling Center

Samuel Farley received his doctoral degree in counseling psychology from Oklahoma State University in 2018. He currently works as a staff psychologist at the student counseling center serving students seeking mental health counseling. His clinical interest areas include eating disorders, LGBTQIA, intimate partner violence, and mood related disorders. Samuel also enjoys training students learning how to engage in therapy and works to help facilitate the diversity seminar as part of the internship program

Kristin Messuri, Ph.D.

Associate Director, Graduate Writing CenterMessuri png

Kristin Messuri is the Associate Director of the Writing Centers of Texas Tech; directs the Graduate Student Writing Center. In this position, she develops initiatives to enhance graduate and postdoctoral writing and research, including consultation services, writing groups, workshops, thesis and dissertation boot camps, and responsible conduct of research training. She is a co-founder and co-director of Texas Tech's Women Faculty Writing Program and a recipient of the 2019 President's Excellence in Gender Equity Award. Dr. Messuri's current research explores affect and writing initiatives, examining the workings and efficiency of writing groups, the implementation of diversity and inclusion initiatives in writing centers, and the intersection of writing center work and disciplinary research for graduate writing consultants.


Archie Pitsilides, M.B.A., M.A.

Director, Grants and Outreach

Archie Pitsilides is the Director of Grants and Outreach for the Jerry S. Rawls College of Business Administration. Archie joined the Rawls College in 2005 and is a 2011 Fulbright Alum of the U.S. Department of State's International Education Administrators Program. As Director, Archie works to develop and secure funding opportunities for both faculty and students in the areas of business education, research, and outreach. In this role he facilitates and manages the grant proposal and award processes with both federal and state agencies, private foundations, and corporate partners. Previously, Mr. Pitsilides worked in private industry for 15 years directing customs and logistic operations for global trade enterprises.

LoriAnnGarcia HeadshotLori Ann Garcia

Executive Administrative Associate, Office of the President

Lori Ann Garcia serves as the Executive Administrative Associate to the Chief of Staff and Associate Vice President of Administration. She supports many administrative functions, human resource needs, the university's preparations for Board of Regents meetings, executive position searches and other administrative duties. Lori has previously assisted other administrative leaders in the President's Office. Prior to arriving in the President's Office, Lori was the Executive Associate to the Director of Athletics. Early in her university career, she worked for the Associate Vice President for Operations as well as in the office of Quality Service & Professional Development, where she began her Texas Tech career in 2008. Her passion is to serve in many capacities related to her faith and other extra-curricular activities. The loves of her life are her husband, her two beloved and beautiful daughters, her grandson, and her family and all her cherished friends.

Janice Lytle

JaniceLytleHeadshotExecutive Administrative Associate, Office of Institutional Diversity 

Janice Lytle serves as Executive Administrative Associate to Dr. Carol Sumner, Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.  Janice began her career at Texas Tech in the Office of the President before moving to the Office of Diversity.  She holds a bachelor's degree in Education from Wayland Baptist University and a master's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Texas in Dallas.  Prior to joining Texas Tech, Janice spent 23 years in public education. She and her husband, Kent, love to hike and camp with their dogs. They also keep busy attending their grandchildren's many activities. When she can find a few minutes to herself, Janice enjoys sewing and designing quilts.

Student Members:

Sarah Louis, M.A.

Doctoral Student, College of Education

Sarah Louis is a fourth-year doctoral student in Higher Education Research at Texas Tech University while concurrently pursuing a minor in Women and Gender Studies. She was a member of the 2017- 2018 Postdoctoral and Graduate Student Mentoring Program, sponsored by the President's Gender Equity Council. As a graduate assistant at Texas Tech she has engaged in numerous studies which have resulted in peer-reviewed publications as a collaborative co-author. Her most recent publications are "Reflection, realization, and reaffirmation: Voices of black and white faculty members' engaged in cross-racial mentoring" in Multicultural Perspectives (in press); "Contentious dialogue: University presidential response and the 2016 election" in the Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management; and "Listening to our voices: Experiences of Black faculty at predominantly White research universities with microaggression" in the Journal of Black Studies.Her current research agenda explores the disparity between women and men at achieving full professorship, gender equity for university faculty, and race in education.

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

Director for the Office of LGBTQIA Education and Engagement 


Kimberly Simón

Title IX Administrator


Carol A. Sumner, Ed.D.

Vice President of the Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion | Chief Diversity Officer



President's Gender Equity Council