Lesley Rigg


Lesley Rigg
Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Professor, Geography
Co-Principal Investigator



Rigg is a co-principal investigator and professor of Geography in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Rigg attended the NSF ADVANCE PI meeting in November 2010 and participated in the creation of the campus climate survey and focus group protocol. She has been involved in the analysis of data from the survey and created a presentation summarizing some of the data for the grand advisory committee, as well as for use with focus groups.  As a member of the steering and advisory committees, she is particularly involved in data analysis.

Rigg is an Associate Dean in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. She holds a joint appointment as Professor in the Departments of Geography and Biological Sciences and is a Faculty Associate in Women’s Studies. As a physical scientist, Rigg is completing a 3.5 year, $260,000 grant through NSF and initiating another 2.5 year NSF funded project. She has published in regional, national and international journals. She has mentored female and male undergraduate and graduate students; served as Undergraduate Advisor for Geography (200+ students) for nine years; and been involved in activities associated with women in science. Rigg is a former member of the National Committee on the Status of Women in Geography of the Association of American Geographers. She chaired the Subcommittee on Research for NIU’s Presidential Commission on the Status of Women, was a member of the Provost’s Task Force on Student Success, and she teaches the NIU course on Women in Science on line and in person. In 2008, Rigg won the Wilma D. Stricklin Award for enhancing the climate on campus for women.