I am a Research Scientist at Acuity Insights, and have the honor of being a part of the Acuity research team! Acuity Insights promotes diversity in higher education, empowering institutions to look beyond book smarts and also take into account non-cognitive competencies such as empathy and collaborativeness when making key academic decisions. At Acuity, I research assessment tools, equity in admissions, ethical AI, and I work with faculty and staff in higher education to learn from and improve the admissions process.


I am also a researcher on two UEFISCDI funded projects, one at the Linguistics Institute of the Romanian Academy led by Ion Giurgea, and one at the University of Bucharest led by Adina Camelia Bleotu.  The project led by Ion concerns the syntax and semantics of definiteness in Romanian (PN-III-P4-PCE-2021-0042), and the project led by Camelia is on the acquisition of disjunction in Romanian (PN-III-P1-1.1-TE-2021-0547).


I have obtained my PhD in Linguistics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2020. Dissertation available online @  UMass ScholarWorks  and OSF. Here's a link to a recording of my dissertation defense: https://osf.io/xbruf/ 

For an overview of my research and teaching, here's my academic CV!

For a compact version of my experience, here is my resume!


 🏳️‍🌈 I am also working with Gender Talk Romania and Identity Education to help promote gender neutral language awareness in Romanian. If you'd like to help out, get in touch with us! 🏳️‍🌈

Most Recent Output

January 2023: Akbari-Kamrani et al. in Teaching and Learning in Medicine

Mortaz-Hejri et al. (2023) - Social Dynamics of Advice Seeking A Network Analysis of Two Residency Programs.pdf


You may reach me by email at this preferred email address:


[at] gmail.com

My Acuity Insights email is:

rivan [at] acuityinsights.com

My U of T email is:

rodica.ivan [at] utoronto.ca

Academic CV