Experts by Expertise: Higher Education

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  • Portrait of Luis A. Colón, University at Buffalo separation science, analytical chemistry, and STEM diversity expert.

    Luis A. Colón

    A. Conger Goodyear Professor of Chemistry

    Expertise: analytical chemistry, separation science, liquid chromatography, diversity in STEM, mentoring students of color

    Phone: 716-645-4213


  • Head shot of Nathan J. Daun-Barnett, University at Buffalo expert on college access and financial aid.

    Nathan J. Daun-Barnett

    Associate Professor of Higher Education Administration

    Expertise: college access, financial aid policy, college transition

    Phone: 716-645-1096


  • Head shot of Helen A. Nellie Drew.

    Helen A. “Nellie” Drew

    Director of the Center for the Advancement of Sport

    Expertise: sports law, including student-athletes’ name, image and likeness (NIL), antitrust laws, collective bargaining, discipline of athletes, drug testing, NCAA compliance and Title IX; diversity in sport

    Phone: 716-645-2071


  • Head shot of Erin Hatton, University at Buffalo labor, workforce and gig economy expert.

    Erin Hatton

    Professor of Sociology

    Expertise: labor movements, gig economy, job security, coerced labor, pay for college athletes, minimum wage, workfare

    Phone: 716-645-8476


  • Portrait of Mara Huber, University at Buffalo experiential learning expert.

    Mara Huber

    Associate Dean for Undergraduate Research and Experiential Learning

    Expertise: experiential learning, study abroad, virtual study abroad, university-community partnerships

    Phone: 716-829-2834


  • Shamim M. Islam.

    Shamim M. Islam

    Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics

    Expertise: pediatric infectious diseases, antimicrobial stewardship, global antimicrobial resistance, local and international infectious disease control, tropical medicine, medical and public health education


    Contact: Shamim M. Islam can be reached through Ellen Goldbaum in University Communications at 716-645-4605 or, or Douglas Sitler in University Communications at 716-645-9069 or

  • Portrait of Tiffany Karalis Noel, University at Buffalo education expert, with expertise in multiculturalism, social inequity and belongingness in education.

    Tiffany Karalis Noel

    Clinical Assistant Professor of Learning and Instruction

    Expertise: sociocultural inequity in education, teacher preparation and retention, mentoring in higher education

    Phone: 716-645-2455


  • Head shot of Xiufeng Liu, University at Buffalo expert on STEM education.

    Xiufeng Liu

    SUNY Distinguished Professor of Learning and Instruction

    Expertise: STEM education, including student achievement, assessment and evaluation, and STEM teaching in colleges and universities; science and the public

    Phone: 716-645-4050


  • Portrait of David A. Mmilling, University at Buffalo medical education expert.

    David A. Milling

    Senior Associate Dean for Student and Academic Affairs in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

    Expertise: medical education; clinical skills; multicultural affairs and cultural competency in medicine; diversity in the medical profession

    Phone: 716-829-2802


    Contact: Milling can also be reached through Ellen Goldbaum in University Communications at 716-645-4605 or, or Douglas Sitler in University Communications at 716-645-9069 or

  • Head shot of Raechele L. Pope, University at Buffalo multicultural education expert.

    Raechele L. Pope

    Associate Dean for Faculty and Student Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer in the Graduate School of Education

    Expertise: multicultural education; equity, diversity and inclusion in higher education; campus climate; campus unrest; race, racism and race relations

    Phone: 716-645-1098


  • Amy Reynolds, faculty expert on multiculturalism in education.

    Amy Reynolds

    Professor of Counseling, School and Educational Psychology

    Expertise: multicultural issues, college student mental health

    Phone: 716-645-1112


  • Head shot of Margaret Sallee, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy.

    Margaret Sallee

    Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy

    Expertise: university work environment, work/family policies, work/life balance, faculty diversity, gender on college campuses, graduate student experience

    Phone: 716-645-1091


  • Portrait of Matilde Sanchez-Pena, University at Buffalo engineering education and equity faculty expert.

    Matilde Sanchez-Pena

    Assistant Professor of Engineering Education

    Expertise: engineering education, cultures of wellbeing, institutional diversity, faculty advancement, equity in the engineering field, women in STEM, intersectionality

    Phone: 716-645-5861


  • Portrait of Stephen Santa-Ramirez, University at Buffalo higher education access and equity expert.

    Stephen Santa-Ramirez

    Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy

    Expertise: access and equity in higher education; race, ethnicity, im/migration and Latinx collegians' educational experiences; undocumented and DACA students in higher education

    Phone: 716-645-5236


  • Portrait of Letitia Thomas, University at Buffalo STEM education and STEM diversity expert.

    Letitia Thomas

    Assistant Dean for Diversity in the University at Buffalo School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

    Expertise: STEM education and pipelines; women and students of color in STEM; sociology of education; social justice; social networks; microaggressions

    Phone: 716-645-3071