Mary Jo Daniel is the Interim Associate Vice President for Research and the Director of the Faculty Research Development Office (FRDO), leading a professional staff that provides research development support to faculty throughout the university. She also serves as a Co-PI on the NSF ADVANCE at UNM award, focusing on the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women, including minority women, STEM faculty. Since 2015, as the Director of FRDO, Dr. Daniel has assisted the Vice President for Research in implementation of strategic research activities, including the UNM Research Grand Challenges Initiative. As IAVPR, she continues to further UNM’s research mission through strategic communication, fostering interdisciplinary research collaborations, and supporting the university’s research administration.
Dr. Daniel earned a B.A. in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College in 1982 and completed a Ph.D. in Multicultural Teacher and Childhood Education at the University of New Mexico in 2005. She joined UNM in 2010 as the Associate Director of New Mexico EPSCoR, managing over $40 million in external grants over five years and serving as Co-PI or senior personnel on these awards. Dr. Daniel has been an invited presenter at National Science Foundation workshops and conferences that focus on interdisciplinary and inclusive approaches to STEM research and education. She has also served on the internal steering committee for UNM’s CREST project and is a member of the UNM STEM-H Center for Outreach, Research and Education advisory board.
Prior to her work at UNM, Dr. Daniel served as the State Science Specialist and the Math and Science Bureau Chief in New Mexico’s Public Education Department. She has taught and supervised future elementary education teachers at UNM and the College of Santa Fe and provided professional development to classroom teachers in grades K-12. She began her career in STEM education as a middle school mathematics and science teacher in Albuquerque Public Schools and has focused on supporting the STEM achievement of diverse learners and their teachers at all educational levels.