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Search Equity Advisors

Emma-Jane Alexander

Emma-Jane Alexander




Emma-Jane Alexander is an associate research scientist in the School of Energy Resources. She manages the multidisciplinary 3D Visualization Center and subsequently spends time with a broad variety of clients and users. The users diverge both in terms of disciplines of expertise, categories of staff/faculty/student/external, and experience levels from early career, to well-seasoned professionals. She appreciates that the teams she works with are diverse in nature, bring high value, and make a strong connection with the end user regarding the tools and technologies developed. Emma-Jane aims to proactively support UW to be truly diverse at its core.

Joseph Holles

Joseph Holles




Joseph Holles is a professor in the department of Chemical Engineering. His laboratory research is in the area of heterogeneous catalysis with a current application of dry reforming of methane. He also performs pedagogical scholarly activity in the area of undergraduate and graduate research with a focus on research ethics, research skills, and research preparation. Joe’s service roles have included: undergraduate curriculum coordinator, graduate coordinator, Associate Editor of Chemical Engineering Education, and ABET (engineering accreditation coordinator). He is also a member of the UW Council on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (CDEI) and teaches for the Honors College.

Paula Martin

Paula Martin




Paula Martin (she/her) is Assistant Dean, User Services in UW Libraries and holds Associate Librarian rank. She has worked in academic libraries for over 13 years in varying roles, serving on many search committees along the way. Paula has a history of forming partnerships with faculty and staff to forward DEI efforts on college campuses, including educational programming, voter registration/campus democracy efforts, equitable hiring practices, campus storytelling projects, and as faculty advisor for student LGBTQIA+ organizations.

Chian Jones Ritten

Chian Jones Ritten




Chian Jones Ritten is an associate professor in the department of Agricultural and Applied Economics. Chian’s research focuses on the how gender and race impact economic outcomes, including how biases influence hiring decisions. She teaches classes on economic decision-making and issues of gender and race in the economy. She is passionate about ensuring diversity and equity in the search process and has served on many search committees at the University of Wyoming, several outside of her department.

John Ritten

John Ritten




John Ritten is a professor in the department of Agricultural and Applied Economics. As part of the Search Equity Advisor program at UW, he would love to help hiring committees work towards attracting a vibrant, diverse applicant pool and bringing highly qualified and exciting candidates to the campus of the university of Wyoming. John aims to bring new ideas and best practices to all aspects of the hiring process including writing inviting job descriptions, working towards eliminating biases in the evaluation criteria, and provide a welcoming environment for all applicants.

Arielle Zibrak

Arielle Zibrak




Arielle Zibrak is an associate professor in the department of English. She began her career at UW Casper in 2014 and relocated to the main campus in 2018. She is the founder and director of The Bruce Richardson Lectures in the Humanities—a series that brings distinguished scholars to speak in both Casper and Laramie—and is committed to bringing a diversity of perspectives to the university and our communities state-wide. Her scholarship on American women’s literature, popular culture, and sexuality has appeared in both scholarly and public-facing venues such as The Los Angeles Review of Books, Women’s Studies, and American Literature. She is the author of Guilty Pleasures (NYU Press, 2021) and the editor of Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence: New Centenary Essays (Bloomsbury, 2019).

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