Meet Your Campus Faculty Diversity Liaisons
Hazel-Anne M. Johnson-Marcus, Ph.D.
Hazel-Anne M. Johnson-Marcus is the senior director for faculty diversity and inclusion, responsible for leading efforts to build a more inclusive academic community for faculty at Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Dr. Johnson-Marcus is a full teaching professor in the Department of Human Resource Management at the School of Management and Labor Relations where she teaches in the content areas of staffing, diversity and inclusion, and the future of work. A passionate and enthusiastic professor, she strives to engage her students’ critical thinking skills and encourages them to become more socially responsible citizens within their organizations and our broader society.
Dr. Johnson-Marcus's research publications have addressed the topics of emotional labor, emotional intelligence, as well as diversity within mentoring relationships. More recently, her research interests have focused on the well-being of employees, especially those who appear to be neglected or invisible within the literature. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Florida and her master’s and doctoral degrees in industrial-organizational psychology from the University of South Florida.
Humberto R. Jimenez, PharmD, MPH, BCPS, AAHIVP
Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences
Humberto R. Jimenez is the RBHS Director of Diverse Scholar Engagement and Advancement, responsible for enhancing our diverse faculty engagement and advancement efforts with intentional outreach, community-building, and program delivery designed to facilitate faculty academic success. This includes the development of peer networks, social and intellectual spaces, and partnering with the RBHS Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion and the other chancellor-led-unit directors through the Faculty Diversity Collaborative (University Equity and Inclusion Office). He will serve as the lead point person for the RBHS application for the pilot year biomedicine Bronze Award and promote faculty diversity related efforts for the SEA Change (STEM Equity Achievement) Biomedicine initiative of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
Dr. Jimenez is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, maintaining a practice site at a clinic for persons with HIV within St. Joseph’s University Medical Center in Paterson, NJ. Through his role as a clinical pharmacist, Dr. Jimenez works within an interdisciplinary team to improve the health and lives of persons with HIV by providing adherence counseling, addressing medication access issues, answering drug information questions, and optimizing therapeutic plans under a collaborative practice agreement. As an educator, he aims to empower students and residents to think critically, and to provide patient care with compassion and cultural humility. His research interests center around aging in persons with HIV, as well as optimizing care and health outcomes in this population. Dr. Jimenez is also the co-founder and Board Member of Waves of Health, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing medical care to under-resourced communities abroad.
Ashaki Rouff, Ph.D.
Ashaki Rouff is Associate Director of the P3 Collaboratory for pedagogy, professional development and publicly engaged scholarship and is faculty in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Rutgers–Newark. She is an Environmental Geochemist studying contaminants in natural, human-impacted, and engineered systems. Her research addresses local and global issues related to sustainability and urbanization, including waste valorization for nutrient recovery and resource conservation, contaminant sequestration using sustainably sourced sorbents, and heavy metal pollutant profiles and speciation in local urban soils. She leverages her research and professional activities to expand and create opportunities for minoritized groups in the geosciences and other scientific disciplines. In support of initiatives to increase representation in STEM, she has received funding from the National Science Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the Clare Boothe Luce Foundation.
Kwangwon Lee, Ph.D.
Dr. Kwangwon Lee is a Full Professor in the Biology Department in Camden. He will serve as the co-chair for the campuswide DEI council and will work to ensure all efforts align and complement the work of the Office of the Provost. For the past 10 years, he has served as the Director of Undergraduate Biology revamping the 4-year experiential learning curriculum for biology majors. In this role, he has worked to orient Biology students to be more socially conscious and outward-focused. In recognition of his ongoing impact on the Biology curriculum, Dr. Lee received the Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence in 2016.
In the Fall of 2019, Dr. Lee started a group focused on creating sustainable STEM education at Rutgers–Camden and worked on a grant for the HHMI Driving Change Initiative. The group grew to over 60 members representing students, staff, and faculty and went on to receive $60,000 from the initiative to perform a self-study for the equitable STEM climate at Rutgers–Camden. He is also leading an effort to transform the Driving Change group into The Camden STEM Equity Ecosystem (C-SEE) by inviting local high school science teachers and regional industry leaders to the community. In recognition for these contributions, Dr. Lee received the Chancellor's Award for Academic Civic Engagement in 2016 and the Chancellor’s Award for Diversity, Inclusion, and Civic Engagement in 2022.
As a scientific researcher and scholar, Dr. Lee has produced 20 journal articles, 43 abstracts for scientific conferences, and has been invited to 33 seminars as a speaker. He has raised $2,965,290 in competitive federal grants (NIH/NSF/USDA) and $95,960 in internal grants. Dr. Lee’s long-term research topic is studying the ecological and evolutionary biology of complex traits in eukaryotic model organisms. The fungus Neurospora has been his choice organism for addressing questions in circadian/circannual rhythms and carbon metabolism since many genetic and genomic tools are available. For the past four years, we have used Drosophila melanogaster to study circadian/circannual rhythms.