Stallings, Dontarie
Science Policy (w.r.t. Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) | Programmatic Evaluation

Contact Information
Assistant Teaching Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Office: Urey Hall 2214
2006 Ph.D., Chemistry, The University of Alabama
2002 B.S., Chemistry, Georgia Southern University
Awards and Academic Honors
Future Faculty Fellowship
Research Interests
Often times, the challenges of equity, diversity, and inclusion are presented as moral and ethical dilemmas. In actuality, obtaining these ideals is a matter of excellence, merit, and global competitiveness. The grand challenge within the scientific community is simple, yet complex. How do institutions prepare their organizations for the coming demographic change while maintaining excellence and collegiality in the near future? My current work revolves around; (i) generating peer-reviewed science-based policy and procedure solutions —that place institutions and individuals in better positions to meet this grand challenge; and (ii) the evaluation of a STEM program’s ability to become sustainable while effectively managing its equity, diversity, and inclusion profile.

Project #1: My current efforts include working to increase the success of underrepresented chemistry and biochemistry majors by assessing the commonalties for success and the barriers to retention among past students. Understanding these commonalties will help guide both my and the department's efforts to proactively provide support for students whose variables indicate they may have difficulties matriculating through the program.

Project #2: The professional climate within departments have a significant affect on the inclusivity and equity experienced by the community —i.e. faculty, staff, PhDs, graduate students, and undergraduate students. My work with OXIDE demonstrated the beneficial effects produced when chemist & social scientist collaborate to produce department specific policies to reduce equity and diversity barriers. My current efforts include a STEM—Social Science collaboration composed of UCSD faculty representatives. The aim of this collaboration is to produce policies and procedures that will affect positive change with respect to the climates within participating STEM departments.

Project # 3: The sustainability of STEM programs is dependent upon their respective abilities to qualitatively and quantitatively assess both their organizational goals and professional climate. My current work entails acting as an external evaluator to STEM programs. In this role I develop program specific instruments which include designing measures, evaluating outcomes, identifying achievement gaps, & collaborating with the program to generate evidence-based policies/procedures aimed at meeting/exceeding the programs organizational goals.
Interdisciplinary interests

Selected Publications