Kelly Mack, Ph.D.
Dr. Kelly Mack is the Vice President for Undergraduate STEM Education and Executive Director of Project Kaleidoscope at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). In these roles, she leads national efforts to reform STEM higher education that are uniquely focused on empowering STEM faculty to implement evidence based/culturally responsive pedagogies and, ultimately, graduate more students who are competitively trained and liberally educated.
Prior to joining AAC&U, Dr. Mack was the Senior Program Director for the National Science Foundation (NSF) ADVANCE Program while on loan from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) where, as a Professor of Biology, she taught courses in Physiology and Endocrinology for 18 years.
Dr. Mack earned a B.S. degree in Biology from UMES and, later, a Ph.D. degree from Howard University in Physiology. She has had extensive training and experience in the area of cancer disparities research, with her more recent research efforts focusing on the genotoxic effects of endocrine disruptors on estrogen receptor positive (ER+) and estrogen receptor negative (ER-) breast tumor cell proliferation.
Dr. Mack has served on numerous boards including: the Board of Governors for the National Council on Undergraduate Research; the National Institutes of Health Review Subcommittee for Training, Workforce Development and Diversity; and the Shimer College Board of Trustees. Currently, Dr. Mack serves as the co-founder and chair of the board of the Society of STEM Women of Color, Inc.
Her work has been highlighted in U.S. News and World Report and Diverse magazine, where she was honored as one of the top 25 women in higher education.