Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Development and STEMM and director of the Women in STEMM

FIU Provost and Executive Vice President Kenneth G. Furton announced the appointment of Yesim Darici as Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Development and STEMM and director of the Women in STEMM in a memorandum sent on Thursday, October 15, 2020.

Darici continues her faculty role as the professor of physics and Co-Principal Investigator (Co-PI) of the National Science Foundation sponsored Institutional Transformation ADVANCE grant. This new appointment will allow Darici to continue her efforts to support faculty success, scientific inventions/innovations and diversity and inclusion at FIU.

Darici received her Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1985. She also held positions as a scientist at Amoco Research Center in Naperville, IL, and as a post-doctoral research associate at West Virginia University before joining FIU in 1987. Darici’s research focuses on understanding the structure of surfaces at the atomic level and their interactions with the outside world. Over the past three decades Darici, has developed, patented and perfected tools that contribute to state-of-the-art research in surface science, nanotechnology and biochemistry. In her role as Co-PI of two NSF ADVANCE grants, Darici has been involved in institutional research and collaborations with social science colleagues aimed at identifying trends in hiring, promotion and retention of women faculty, as well as evidence-based interventions to improve the status of women in STEM fields.

Darici has held a number of important leadership, teaching and service roles throughout her 33-year career at FIU, as well as in her role as Center for Women and Gender Studies director for the past nine years, during which she secured over 5 million dollars in research and philanthropic funds. She helped pave the way for FIU to be recognized locally and nationally as a powerful advocate for women and minorities, providing impactful guidance and mentorship through projects and initiatives like Women in STEM, Gender-based Violence Prevention, FIU’s 100 Women, the NSF ADVANCE grant and projects earmarked for the advancement of women faculty. Additionally, enrollments in CWGS courses grew more than 600 percent since 2011, from approximately 500 students in 2010-11 to over currently over 3,000. Widely-recognized as an educator, scientist and activist, Darici has helped raise more than $10 million in external funds for FIU. Her awards and recognitions include the FIU medallion for University Service, the “In the Company of Women” Outstanding Women in Science and Technology Award, the FIU President’s Access and Equity Award, the Florida International University Foundation “Excellence in Teaching” Award and the Florida State University System “Teaching Incentive Program” Award.