Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation
Dr. Tasha R. Inniss is a tenured Associate Professor of Mathematics and former Vice-Chair of the Department of Mathematics at Spelman College. She is currently on "loan" to the National Science Foundation (NSF), serving as a rotator in the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR). Dr. Inniss is one of the Co-Lead Program Directors who manage the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Program, which is one of the programs in the Human Resource Development (HRD) Division that focuses on broadening participation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
Originally from New Orleans, Dr. Inniss graduated summa cum laude from Xavier University of Louisiana with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics. She earned a Master of Science degree in Applied Mathematics from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Maryland, College Park. She was one of the first three African American women to receive a doctorate in mathematics from UMD. Prior to her tenure at Spelman College, she was a Clare Boothe Luce Professor of Mathematics at Trinity College (now Trinity Washington University) in Washington D.C.
As an Applied Mathematician, her research interests are in the areas of data mining, operations research, and applied statistics. In addition to Dr. Inniss' research interests, she also has a passion for teaching mathematics and encouraging students of color to pursue degrees in STEM disciplines. When she was a junior faculty member at Spelman College, Inniss received a Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching because of her innovative teaching techniques and dedication to helping students to see how mathematics is applied in the real-world.
Dr. Inniss has written and received a number of NSF-funded grants, which support both students and faculty. Just prior to her rotation at NSF, she was the PI and Director of a program at Spelman entitled "Mathematics Research and Mentoring Program", which was funded by the Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS) at NSF. This grant affords math majors the opportunity to receive funding to be exposed to and conduct research in different beautiful areas of mathematics. As a co-PI on workshop grants from the Division of Research in Formal and Informal Settings (DRL), she organized technical assistance workshops for faculty from Minority-Serving Institutions in the southeast region of the United States. Additionally, she spearheaded the development of and served as co-PI for Spelman's originally-funded HBCU-UP grant entitled "ASPIRE: Advancing Spelman's Participation in Informatics Research and Education. "
To learn how to effect change on a broader scale, Dr. Inniss has participated in different leadership development activities that include the HERS Leadership Institute, the Women of Color Leadership Conference, and the STEM Women of Color Conclave.