Wanda Ward PhD, Director, Office of Integrative Activities, National Science Foundation (NSF), USA
During her tenure at the United States National Science Foundation (NSF), Wanda E. Ward has served in a number of science and engineering policy, planning and program capacities, including Head of the Office of International and Integrative Activities, Senior Advisor to the NSF Director; Assistant to the NSF Deputy Director for Human Resource Development; Deputy Assistant Director for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences; and Deputy Assistant Director, Education and Human Resources. Ward provided critical leadership for development of several NSF-wide activities, including the Human and Social Dynamics priority area, the Science of Learning Centers program, Cyberinfrastructure and the Social Sciences, the ADVANCE program, the Innovation through Institutional Integration activity, and the Career-Life Balance initiative.Ward has also served on the President's National Science and Technology Council subcommittees and interagency working groups in the areas of science education and workforce development, and the social, behavioral and economic sciences.
Prior to joining NSF, Ward was an associate professor of psychology and founding director of the Center for Research on Multi-Ethnic Education at the University of Oklahoma, Norman. She received a BA in psychology as well as the Afro-American Studies Certificate from Princeton University and a PhD in psychology from Stanford University. Ward was awarded a Ford Foundation Fellowship, the 2005 American Psychological Association (APA) Presidential Citation, the 2006 Federation of Behavioral, Psychological and Cognitive Sciences Richard T. Louttit Award, and the 2006 U.S. Presidential Rank Award for Distinguished Executive. Dr Ward Chaired the Organising Committee of the Gende Summit 3 - North America.