NSF AAAS Science and Technology Policy (STP) Fellows


ConSandra McNeil  

Dr. ConSandra McNeil
Office of the Director
Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Class of 2018-2019

ConSandra, a full professor of sociology at Jackson State University in Jackson, MS (JSU), joins NSF as a 2018-2019 AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion within the Office of the Director. With a background and interest in the infusion of sociology in STEM disciplines, ConSandra contributed to curriculum development and research in several multidisciplinary projects, including JSU ADVANCE as Co-PI. Her passion for student retention and success at minority serving intuitions, as well as her advocacy for gender equality and pay equity in higher education motivated her to serve in the JSU Faculty Senate for over fifteen years, on the executive committee and as vice president. Her experience in STEM/SBS research projects led to her serving on national grant review panels, invited presentation panels, and manuscript reviewer teams. ConSandra teaches sociological theory, marriage and the family, race and ethnicity, gender studies, social inequality and substance abuse. Her most recent publication is co-editor of a book entitled Pathways to Resiliency: Black and Latinos and Families in America.

ConSandra received her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and recently completed a Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security from Texas A&M University. She also successfully completed the HERS (Higher Education Resource Services) Institute for Women in Higher Education program in 2009. Aside from her career, she enjoys spending time with her 4-year old grandson, encouraging her daughter who is completing a master’s degree, and pursuing a healthy lifestyle through a routine of physical activity.


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