Senior Advocates

Last Updated:   4/7/2022

Contact Name

Margaret Ptacek, Director, TIGERS ADVANCE


The Senior Advocates are a cohort of Clemson faculty who support the vision of the TIGERS ADVANCE Project, in principle and through action. Our primary goal is to unlock the potential residing in all faculty at Clemson University by fostering and encouraging a more inclusive community via engagement with faculty of Clemson to address existing gender bias and other ingrained inequities. The Senior Advocates are selected by the Advocates Advisory Board and are subject to the governing policies established by the Advocates Advisory Board regarding selection and dismissal. The Senior Advocates will aid and direct a group of faculty who have volunteered to become TIGERS Advocate Facilitators and as such, will aid the Senior Advocates in delivering workshops and other recruiting materials. Advocate Facilitators are chosen from the overall Advocate pool, which is composed of faculty who have taken the TIGERS Advocates Gender Bias and Inequity workshop and are subject to the governing policies of the Advocates Advisory Board. Selection of Advocate Facilitators is by the Senior Advocates, with the approval of the Advocate Advisory Board.

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

Membership Composition

The chair is elected by and from the current Senior Advocates

Membership Composition - Senior Advocates
Seat Type Quantity Term Length Date of Term Initiation Seat Filling Mechanism Voting or Non-Voting Other Factors
Regular Faculty Member 7 3 years August 15 Appointed by Advocates Advisory Board Voting  

Membership List (Last Updated: 4/7/2022 5:20:52 PM)

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


Chair List - Senior Advocates
Name Chair Type Email* College or Division Department Term Start Term End
Harry Kurtz Chair hkurtz CoS Biological Sciences


Member List - Senior Advocates
Name Seat Type Email* College or Division Department Service Start Service End
John Gaber Regular Faculty Member jgaber CAAH City Planning and Real Estate Development 8/15/2021 8/14/2024
Brygg Ullmer Regular Faculty Member bullmer CECAS School of Computing 8/15/2019 8/14/2022
Keri Sather-Wagstaff Regular Faculty Member ssather CoS School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences 8/15/2020 8/14/2023
Michael Childress Regular Faculty Member mchildr CoS Biological Sciences 8/15/2019 8/14/2022
Harry Kurtz Regular Faculty Member hkurtz CoS Biological Sciences 8/15/2017 8/14/2022
* Emails are unless noted
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