Faculty Recruitment & Retention Council (FRRC)

In 2006, Chancellor John F. Carney III formed the Female and Underrepresented Minority Faculty Recruiting and Retention Task Force (FUMFRR). In light of the successes of the FUMFRR Task Force, Chancellor Cheryl B. Schrader envisioned a new direction for the group to include a new name and a new charge.  In August of 2015, FUMFRR became the Faculty Retention and Recruitment Council (FRRC) with the following charge:

"To provide advice and counsel to campus leadership on strategies related to faculty diversity and improvement of campus climate."

Since its inception, FRRC has achieved many of the originally established charges.  The major accomplishments include:

  • Changes to the FMLA policy that allowed extension of the tenure clock insuring that female faculty would not be penalized or need to make up time taken off for family and medical matters.  The University of Missouri System incorporated many of the ideas from the Task Force into their Collected Rules and Regulations.
  • Completion of the Women's survey that encompassed all female professors (all ranks), lecturers and instructors.  The top four responses continue to guide the Task Force on their mission.
  • Two surveys were completed assessing the need for child care, 2007 and 2009.
  • Completion of the Faculty Center located in 104 Interdisciplinary Engineering.  For more information about the Faculty Center, or to reserve the room, please click here .


FUMFRR Group Shot

Grand Opening of the Faculty Center, February 9, 2011



FRRC has numerous ongoing initiatives that include:

  • Continuing the pursuit of a Childcare Center for S&T faculty and staff.
  • Submission of an NSF ADVANCE grant that proposes a comprehensive plan to increase the participation and advancement of women faculty in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).
  • Investigating the possibility of a shuttle service between Rolla and St. Louis through a survey to access the interest and need.
  • Hosting New Faculty Welcomes every semester.
  • Continuing the pursuit of Recruitment of minority faculty.
  • Researching strategies for retention of female faculty.
  • Working with Human Resources on salary equity issues for faculty on the S&T campus.

The FRRC Task Force meets during the academic year on the first Tuesday of every month in 216 Parker Hall from 4-5pm. The Task Force consists of the following members:

Council Members:

Robert Marley, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, marleyr@mst.edu

Melanie Mormile, Special Assistant to the Provost for Faculty Affairs, mmormile@mst.edu

Douglas Bristow, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, dbristow@mst.edu

Richard Brow, Curators' Professor, Materials Science & Engineering, brow@mst.edu

Joel Burken, Chair and Curators' Distinguished Professor; Civl, Architectural & Environmental Engineering, burken@mst.edu

Carlos Castano, Associate Professor of Mining & Nuclear Engineering, castanoc@mst.edu

Mariesa Crow, Vice Provost for Research and Finley Professor of Electrical Engineering, crow@mst.edu

Garry Grubbs, Assistant Professor, Chemistry, grubbsg@mst.edu

Irina Ivliyeva, Associate Professor, Arts, Languages & Philosophy, ivliyeva@mst.edu

Merilee Krueger, Associate Teaching Professor, Psychological Sciences, krueger@mst.edu

Bih-Ru Lea, Associate Professor, Business & Information Technology, leabi@mst.edu

Larry Gragg, Curator's Teaching Professor, History, lgragg@mst.edu

Francisca Oboh-Ikuenobe, Professor, Geological Sciences, ikuenobe@mst.edu

Sahra Sedigh Sarvestani, Associate Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering, sedighs@mst.edu

V. A. Samaranayake, Curators' Professor, Mathematics & Statistics, vsam@mst.edu

Ex-Officio Members:

Stacey Harris, Office of the Provost, harrissta@mst.edu

Rhonda Byers, Director, Human Resources, byersrf@mst.edu