At Eastern, Cid has led the development of new majors, promoted undergraduate research and led the academic programming of the university’s new Science Building. She was instrumental in receiving significant grant awards to support improvements in student retention and graduation rates for economically disadvantaged and other at-risk student populations. For the last four years, she has been co-principal investigator to the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences ADVANCE grant from the National Science Foundation, charged with infusing gender equity training in department chairs and deans’ mentoring programs, enhancing leadership training for minority faculty, and improving recruitment and retention of women faculty.
Last year, she received the 2012 Connecticut ACE Women’s Network Distinguished Leadership in Higher Education Award, was named Connecticut’s Latina Citizen of the Year, and received the 2012 Ecological Society of America Diversity Award.
Cid graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in biology from New York University, received her master’s degree in botany from Ohio State University, and a doctorate in plant ecology from Michigan State University. She began her teaching career in 1985 at what is now Truman State University —Missouri’s public liberal arts university — moving to Eastern Connecticut State University in 1987.