Career-development opportunities include an external mentor program that enables faculty to work closely with chosen experts in their fields. Learn more »

Grants and other assistance are available to help faculty in STEM disciplines maintain excellent work by addressing specific needs arising from work/life transitions. Learn more »

Workshops and seminars provide valuable training and insights for tenured and tenure-track faculty, emerging leaders, search committees, and administrators. Learn more »

ADVANCE at WSU provides tools to proactively recruit qualified female faculty in target disciplines and to equip new hires for success through meaningful preparation and networking opportunities. Learn more »

Funds are available for social science research to explore the policies, practices, & structures that affect gender diversity among faculty in STEM fields & to identify effective practices supporting retention & advancement for all WSU faculty. Learn more »

ADVANCE at WSU assists in formation and support of policies, opportunities, and programs to accommodate many personal and life-event situations. Learn more »

The offices for ADVANCE at WSU coordinate ADVANCE programs and activities, monitor institutional progress, disseminate faculty-friendly policies and results and best practices to the broader academic community. Learn more »

A Message from the Director

MagnusonADVANCE at WSU is very excited to announce that NSF recently approved an additional year for our grant in order to continue our work at WSU!

Therefore, we are extending the availability of our programs for the coming year and encourage all of you to review our existing programs and the support that is offered. You can submit your proposals for program funding and/or questions to

As Director, I am happy the center will be continuing its work and support for STEM women faculty in the tradition that ADVANCE at WSU has established over the last six years. Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you!


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Nancy S. Magnuson, PhD
Eastlick Distinguished Professor,
School of Molecular Biosciences
Director, ADVANCE at WSU

Goals of ADVANCE

  • Increase the percentage of women faculty in target science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines
  • Support policies and practices to enhance recruitment, retention, and advancement of women faculty
  • Foster a positive, inclusive work environment through programs and career-development opportunities that include support at critical work/life transition points
  • Engage the WSU community to further the NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation goals

The material on this site is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) under Grant No. 0810927. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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