June 24, 2020
Theodore Caldwell and Tamara Reid Bush appointed to advocacy roles
MSU Engineering Dean Leo Kempel has appointed two Spartan Engineers into new advocacy roles in the College of Engineering. Tamara Reid Bush is the new faculty excellence advocate, and Theodore Caldwell is now the assistant dean for equity and inclusion.
Both appointments come as the college says good-bye to Associate Dean for Inclusion and Diversity Yue Qi, who has accepted a position as an endowed professor at Brown University. She leaves MSU at the end of July.
“Yue has made an indelible mark on our college, both as a faculty member and in her roles as associate dean and faculty excellence advocate,” Kempel said.
In the past two years, the college has established two diversity awards; increased anti-bias training in many different forms; piloted the Dean’s Faculty Pathway Program to develop a pipeline for faculty from diverse backgrounds; dramatically increased the ratio of women faculty (40 percent in 2019 new hires); and won a bronze award from the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) – the highest level of recognition presented by the ASEE Diversity Recognition Program.
“She has demonstrated all the best qualities of our faculty in research, teaching, leadership and service to others. She will be missed,” Kempel continued.
Tamara Reid Bush
Reid Bush, an associate professor of mechanical engineering, will work with Engineering Senior Associate Dean Tom Voice in her new role as faculty excellence advocate. Her assignment includes ensuring a fair and equitable process in hiring, promoting, and managing ranked faculty and academic staff, as well as seeking methods to enhance diversity among our faculty and academic staff.
Kempel called Reid Bush “a valued member of our faculty in the Department of Mechanical Engineering since 2009. She has been recognized for her leadership in not only research, but also in efforts to enhance diversity and accessibility for our faculty and students. She was a co-PI on the NSF ADVANCE grant that among other changes at MSU, established the position of Faculty Excellence Advocate.”
In 2018, Reid Bush was awarded the Inspirational Woman of the Year honor by the MSU Center for Gender in the Global Context. She has been awarded a 2020 Founders Award from the American Society of Biomechanics in recognition of her significant research contributions in the area of biomechanics.
Caldwell’s title will change to assistant dean for equity and inclusion. Caldwell will supervise efforts for the inclusion and diversity of engineering students, and work to increase diversity and inclusion training in the college. All employees previously reporting to Qi will report to Caldwell beginning on July 1, 2020.
Prior to his new role in 2018, Caldwell had led the college’s Diversity Programs Office (DPO) for more than a decade. He has worked for years to diversify the student body and enhance an inclusive culture in the college through strategic leadership. Additionally, Caldwell is a long-time supporter and MSU leader of the statewide NSF-funded Michigan Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (MI-LSAMP).
Caldwell accepted an MSU Unit Award for Excellent Progress Toward Advancing Diversity Within the Community during a university-wide event in 2018. The award was based on DPO’s ongoing contributions since 1960 that have supported the academic success, social well-being, and inclusion of students from historically underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) at MSU.
Kempel said both Reid Bush and Caldwell will be direct reports to the dean.