Advocate Advisory Board

Last Updated:   9/7/2022

Contact Name

Margaret Ptacek, Director, TIGERS ADVANCE


This committee is a cohort of women faculty members who work to sustain the ADVANCE goals of gender equity, retention, and support. The primary goal is to provide oversight for the Senior Tiger Advocates, a committee of men faculty who provide gender bias training for men advocates and work to address gender inequities across the university. MISSION STATEMENT The Advocate Advisory Board (“the Board”) is a cohort of women faculty members at Clemson University who formed to realize and sustain the ADVANCE goals and objectives. The Board’s primary goal is to advise, coordinate, and provide oversight for the Senior Tiger Advocates, as well as to structure their leadership composition and establish an institutionally-validated role for their service. The Board will institutionalize the Tiger Advocates program, publicizing and garnering credit for advocates’ work duties as a mechanism to address ingrained inequities. The committee works directly with the administration to support the mission of Tigers Advance to transform the institution through gender equity, retention, and support. PURPOSE & IMPLEMENTATION The Board exists for several reasons, the most important of which is to coordinate with, advise, and provide resources, women’s perspective, and guidance to the Senior Tiger Advocates at Clemson University. The Board will ensure that the Tiger Advocate activities correspond to and align with the ADVANCE goals and objectives. In addition to selecting the new Senior Advocates through an internally-established vetting process, the Board will serve as the liaison between the Tiger Advocates and the ADVANCE team, other women faculty on campus, senior University administration, and the Office of Access and Equity. The Board will generate and advance policies that promote a gender-sensitive and more egalitarian working environment at Clemson University. The Board will also guide the Tiger Advocates. The Board will collect case studies from Clemson faculty and staff that exemplify the campus climate surrounding gender equity, and will share these experiences with the Senior Advocates and ADVANCE initiative to inform workshops and policy initiatives.

This committee is authorized by the Clemson University Committee on Committees. Changes to its description or composition should be initated with the Faculty Senate Office.

Membership Composition

The chair of the Board will be elected by the rest of the Board. The chair will serve a three-year term, one as a chair-elect, assisting the acting chair, one as the chair, with the assistance of the chair-elect, and one as past chair, assisting the acting chair. The immediate past chair will be eligible for reappointment.

Membership Composition - Advocates Advisory Board
Seat Type Quantity Term Length Date of Term Initiation Seat Filling Mechanism Voting or Non-Voting Other Factors
Tenured Faculty Member (Must be a woman (tenured or administrative faculty)) 5 3 years August 1 Selected by Current Members Voting  

Membership List (Last Updated: 9/7/2022 10:26:03 AM)

Changes to the current chair and membership list should be initiated with the Faculty Senate Office.


Chair List - Advocates Advisory Board
Name Chair Type Email* College or Division Department Term Start Term End


Member List - Advocates Advisory Board
Name Seat Type Email* College or Division Department Service Start Service End
Caitlin Dyckman Tenured Faculty Member cdyckma CAAH City Planning and Real Estate Development 8/1/2018 7/30/2022
Denise Anderson Tenured Faculty Member DANDER2 CBSHS Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management 8/1/2190 7/30/2022
Heidi Zinzow Tenured Faculty Member hzinzow CBSHS Psychology 8/1/2017 7/30/2022
Martine LaBerge Tenured Faculty Member laberge CECAS Bioengineering 8/1/2017 7/30/2025
Marian Kennedy Tenured Faculty Member mskenne CECAS Materials Science and Engineering 8/1/2020 7/30/2025
Mary Ann Raymond Tenured Faculty Member MAR CoB Marketing 8/1/2018 7/30/2021
* Emails are unless noted
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