Texas Tech University

Members 2018-2019

Council Chair:

Jaclyn Cañas-Carrell, Ph.D. 


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

Jaclyn Cañas-Carrell is a 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.

Vice Chair:

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

Professor & Associate Dean, School of Law 

Wendy-Adele Humphrey is a Professor of Law and the Associate Dean for Assessment and Strategic Initiatives at the School of Law. She also serves as the 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 a member of the national ABA Negotiation Competition committee and serves on the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors. She also serves on the executive committee for the Legal Writing, Reasoning & Research section of the Association of American Law Schools. Dean Humphrey has received numerous awards, including the university-wide Chancellor's Council Distinguished Teaching Award and the Spencer A. Wells Creativity in Teaching Award. She earned her M.Ed. and J.D. from Texas Tech University.

Faculty Members:

Raegan Higgins, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics & Statistics 

Dr. Raegan Higgins

Raegan Higgins is an Associate Professor of Mathematics in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics. Her current research is in time scales; her interests focus on oscillation criteria for certain linear and nonlinear second order dynamic equations. While she is also interested in applications of time scales, Raegan has a keen interest in increasing the number women, especially those underrepresented, in STEM and improving the undergraduate preparation of mathematics majors. She is a proud alumnus of Xavier University of Louisiana. In 2008, Dr. Higgins was one of the first two African-American women to earn a doctoral degree in Mathematics from the University of Nebraska- Lincoln.

A native of Baton Rouge, LA, Dr. Higgins was named one of the 2016 Inspiring Women in STEM by INSIGHT into Diversity. This award recognizes women who work to inspire and encourage the next generation to pursue STEM education and careers via teaching, mentoring, research, and groundbreaking discoveries and innovations. In 2014, she was recognized by the West Texas Association for Women in Science as the Outstanding Woman Leader for her commitment to the education, training, and mentoring of women in STEM. She was named co-director of the EDGE (Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education) Program in 2017. EDGE, which recently received the Presidential Award for STEM Mentoring, aims to strengthen the ability of women students to successfully complete PhD programs in the mathematical sciences and place more women in visible leadership roles in the mathematics community.

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.

Robert Ricketts, Ph.D.

Frank M. Burke Chair in Taxation, Department Head of Accounting


Robert Ricketts is the Director of the School of Accounting in the Rawls College of Business at Texas Tech University. He has been a member of the Accounting faculty since 1988 and has held the Frank M. Burke Chair in Taxation since 1999. Prior to earning his Ph.D., which he received from the University of North Texas in 1988, he worked for the Dallas office of Ernst & Whinney (now Ernst & Young) as a tax senior.

Ricketts' tax scholarship addresses a broad audience. He co-authors several courses on partnership taxation for the AICPA, a leading partnership textbook published by CCH, and a forthcoming book on comparative taxation written by an international group of authors. He also contributes chapters to a leading undergraduate textbook on taxation, and has numerous academic publications on issues ranging from the risks of over-reliance on tax software to the response of multinational corporations to tax holiday legislation. He teaches at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and works extensively with doctoral students. His love for students, and for Texas Tech, is well-known by students, colleagues and alumni across the world.

In his long tenure at Texas Tech, Ricketts has seen the program grow in both size and reputation. The School of Accounting is nationally recognized as a high-quality program, and within the School of Accounting, the tax program has been ranked among the five best in the country. The School of Accounting is well-positioned to broaden the placement opportunities for its graduates and expects to see continued growth.


Staff Members:

Katie Ericson, M.A.

University Student Housing, Manager for Academic Initiatives ericson

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 Purcell

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.


Sofia Chapman, Ph.D.Chapman

Associate 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.

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.

Jessica Spott, B.A., M.A.

Senior Program Administrator for STEM Center for Outreach, Research & Education Jessica Spott

Jessica Spott is the Sr. Program Administrator for the STEM Center for Outreach, Research & Education (STEM CORE). She graduate from Texas Tech with Bachelor degrees in Communications and Spanish and a Masters in Communication Studies. At STEM CORE, she is deeply involved in hosting programs which introduce women and minorities into STEM disciplines, and has received funding for these programs through several foundations. She is currently a second year doctoral student in Educational Psychology. Her current research focuses on women and minorities pursuing doctoral degrees and how they develop their professional identities through their personal and educational experiences. Jessica is passionate about encouraging women to pursue STEM fields and careers and about creating an environment on campus which is conducive to women being empowered to choose a family AND career.

Community Member:

Nancy R. Neal, RN, BSN

Community/Civic VolunteerNancy Neal

Nancy Neal is a graduate of the TTUHSC School of Nursing, '85. Her professional career has been spent more in areas of volunteer and civic involvement rather than a traditional Nursing pathway. She has been a Trustee for the Lubbock Independent School District, serving as President of the Board for 2 years. Following being a School Nurse at Wheatley Elementary, Lubbock, she was named to the Texas State University System Board of Regents, The Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) and the Texas Tech University System Board of Regents. Balancing her service in Public and Higher Education, she has been involved in Health Care Policy. She served as President of the Texas Medical Association and the Legislative Committee of the American Medical Association Alliance. She also served as the Alliance member on AMPAC (American Medical Association Political Action Committee) She was named the 2017 Presidential Distinguished Alumni for the Texas Tech University Health Sciences. She remains actively involved with Texas Tech University and the Health Sciences Center.

Student Members:

Morgan Allen allen

Undergraduate Student, Psychology

Morgan Allen is a senior Psychology major and a Women's and Gender Studies minor. Morgan transferred to Texas Tech in 2015 after spending her first semester at New York University. In 2016, Morgan began working with the Gender Sexuality, Embodiment, Affect, Movement and Space (SEAMS) research team under Dr. Elizabeth Sharp, and thus began her passion for feminist research. In fall 2016, Morgan joined the WLI and helped plan the first Women's Leadership Conference at Texas Tech, held in the spring of 2017. Morgan's involvement with Women's and Gender Studies has helped her form connections with students and student organizations, which in turn has pushed her to become more committed to the Black Student Association, which she joined in 2017, as she is now on the programs committee, as well as join Triota as the first Vice President. After she graduates in Spring of 2019, Morgan plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies or Feminist Studies. She hopes to work in an academic setting to spread the ideas of critical feminist research, and to continue her activism to make college campuses more equal for students, faculty, and staff.


Reynaldo Torres, M.A.

Graduate Student, Business AdministrationReynaldoTorres

Reynaldo Torres is a graduate student currently pursuing a STEM Master of Business Administration at the Rawls College of Business. He has also recently obtained a Master of Arts in Economics from Texas Tech University. Prior to his graduate studies, Reynaldo received his Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, along with a Minor in Economics. He has further certified himself in a variety of multidisciplinary fields including business essentials, real estate, and paralegal studies. Reynaldo hopes to eventually pursue a doctorate degree in Finance, basing his future academic research on game theory. In his free time, Rey likes to create digital artwork and read up on the latest political news.


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


Kimberly Simón

Title IX Administrator


Judi Henry, Ed.D.

Senior Associate Athletics Director/ Senior Women's Administrator

Elizabeth Sharp

Professor of Human Development and Family Studies


President's Gender Equity Council