Renetta Garrison Tull is an Associate Vice Provost for Graduate Student Development and Postdoctoral Affairs at UMBC and Director of PROMISE: Maryland’s AGEP (alliance members: UMBC, the University of Maryland Baltimore, and the University of Maryland College Park). She presents across the U.S. and Puerto Rico on topics ranging from graduate school recruitment, retention, and dissertation completion, to faculty development. She serves as a national coach and mentor for prospective and current graduate students at universities outside of Maryland through invited participation at STEM conferences such as GEM, NSBE, SACNAS, SHPE, and AISES. She is a former Board Member of the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools and currently serves as a Liaison for Institutional Collaboration in the Chancellor’s Office at the Universidad Metropolitana in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Tull earned the B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Howard University, and both the M.S. in Electrical Engineering and the Ph.D. in Speech Science from Northwestern University. She was an Anna Julia Cooper Postdoctoral Fellow and Assistant Professor of Communicative Disorders at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW) and a researcher in speaker recognition technology with the Trace Center (Rehabilitation Engineering) prior to coming to Maryland. She taught Phonetics at Northwestern, UW-Madison, and College Park. Her Speech Technology Lab at Madison focused on analysis and improvement of speech recognition software for talkers who are deaf, and talkers with voices that don't fit traditional prototypes. In her current administrative roles, Tull works to increase community and professional development opportunities for graduate students and postdocs at through targeted PROMISE AGEP programs that include: Professors-in-Training (PROF-it), Dissertation House, and others. Tull is the Principal Investigator for a grant that links PROMISE to the Quality of Life Technology Center (QoLT) at Carnegie Mellon University, a Co-Principal Investigator (Co-PI) for the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) LSAMP Bridge to the Doctorate program at UMBC, Co-PI for NSF’s PROMISE: AGEP for the State of Maryland, Co-PI for an ADVANCE grant to facilitate Hispanic women’s academic networks, and former Co-PI for the Council of Graduate Schools’ Ph.D. Completion Project at UMBC. She is co-author of chapter on pathways for African-American women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, published by Emerald Press, and co-author of “A Formula for Success” which introduces the “Success Equation,” published by Optics and Photonics News. Renetta Tull is an invited speaker on issues of STEM education, graduate education, postdoctoral training, faculty diversity, and collaborative quality of life research. In addition to her affiliations in Maryland, she is a member of the “QoLT” faculty at Carnegie Mellon. She is also an MSRP advisor, and member of the Deeper Engagement Working Group at MIT.

Areas of Interest

  • Speech Science
  • Speech and Speaker Recognition
  • Pathological Speech Patterns
  • Quality of life and uses of technology
  • Phonetics and Phonology


  • Ph.D
    Speech Science, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
  • MS
    Electrical Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
  • BS
    Electrical Engineering, Howard University, Washington, DC

My current service to the University of Maryland College Park includes preparing undergraduate students for graduate school, developing and supporting retention efforts for graduate students, and contributing to training efforts for postdoctoral scholars.

  • National
    Contributed interview in the ASHA Leader, "Speaking Out on the Post-Doctoral Experience"
  • National
    Contributed interview in the ASHA Leader (The value of a postdoctoral fellowship)
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Office Hours
My primary office is at UMBC, but I spend time at both College Park and the medical school at UMB in downtown Baltimore. I am happy to meet with students to discuss career options and professional development.