Dean Morton tapped Dr. Estrella Johnson, a faculty member in the Mathematics Department, to be the new Director of Inclusion and Diversity in the College of Science. Dr. Johnson will continue as a faculty member in Mathematics while taking on the halftime duties of the Director when she begins her new duties on May 10, 2020. 

In her email announcing the appointment to the college, Dean Morton wrote:

Inclusion and diversity are core values of our College and this Director position is essential as we work to advance these values for all students, faculty and staff in the College.  Dr. Johnson brings a strong record of commitment and passion to this role.  Currently she serves as chair of the COS Diversity Committee and departmental representative for InclusiveVT.  She has also served on a number of committees focused on equity, diversity and inclusion.  Dr. Johnson’s scholarship includes investigation of marginalizing experiences of students in undergraduate mathematics courses and development of theories on whether and how different active learning approaches are linked to equitable outcomes for different student populations.