Dr. DePass has amassed an extensive background in student and faculty development, research, grant writing, program management/evaluation, and issues of equity in the sciences.
A former university administrator, he serves as a professor of biology at Long Island University. He has nearly 20 years experience with more than $25 million in external funding as principal investigator or co-principal investigator on grants for biomedical research and to expand and enrich the development pipeline for academic scientists.
On the national level, Dr. DePass served as principal investigator of the American Society for Cell Biology’s T36 MARC grant and as chair of that organization’s Minorities Affairs Committee. In those capacities, he implemented professional development activities spanning the undergraduate to the professional levels for participants from more than 140 institutions. In addition, Dr. DePass co-chaired the NRC committee (National Academies of Sciences) on Interventions that Encourage Minorities to Pursue Research Careers. The activities associated with that committee’s work has since evolved into him leading annual conferences on Interventions that Broaden Participation in Research Careers. These conferences serve as venues for the dissemination of scholarship and training related to interventions research and evaluation. More recently, Dr. DePass served on a similar committee within the NRC that examined the status of minority women in academia.
Dr. DePass is the lead author on assessment for the recently published “Vision and Change in Undergraduate Education – A Call to Action,” and he served as a member of the faculty for the American Association of Colleges and Universities’ Summer Institute on General Education and Assessment.
Dr. DePass currently serves as an external evaluator on several funded training programs, and through service on review panels for the NIH, NSF, USDA and other non-federal organizations, he has reviewed numerous grants and chaired several site visit teams in the assessment of many programs. His multiple experiences on federal and foundation grant review panels provide him with an invaluable perspective on how to create successful proposals and effective programs.