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-January 27th, 2015

There are many positive changes taking place for ADVANCE at WSU in 2015. First, ADVANCE at WSU wants to sincerely thank our former Director, Professor Nancy Magnuson and her assistant Sandy Watson, for their many years of dedicated service promoting and supporting women faculty in STEM at Washington State University.  The second change is one that Nancy was instrumental in overseeing. It was the transition of this department from an organization devoted solely to the recruitment and retention of women faculty in STEM disciplines at WSU (as funded by NSF ADVANCE) to its new mission which includes working to increase the numbers of under-represented minority faculty members in all disciplines at WSU.  We are very excited by this new mandate from the Provost and Deans of the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences, and the College of Veterinary Medicine.

We will continue our grant opportunities and programs including the External Mentor Program, PRO-NET, and the Transitions Grant programs.  You are eligible to apply for these programs if you are a woman faculty member in a tenure-track position in a STEM discipline or an under-represented minority faculty member in any discipline at WSU. Please contact us at if you have any questions.

This year we have a complete change in staffing. I have just come on board as Interim Director following Nancy Magnuson’s retirement.  And in my new role, I am happy to welcome and introduce our new administrative assistant, Barbara Lyon. She’s learning the ropes from Sandy Watson, who will be sorely missed as she has fully transitioned to her role as Assistant to the Vice-President of Research.

Finally, we are closing out the last year of our NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grant (NSF 0810927). We will continue to pursue opportunities related to this funding and welcome any ideas or suggestions you may have!  ADVANCE at WSU has established outstanding opportunities for women faculty in STEM disciplines and we look forward to offering these programs to our under-represented minority faculty starting this year.

With best wishes for an exciting and successful new year,

Dr. Laura Lavine

Interim Director, ADVANCE at WSU
College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences
Assistant Director of the Agricultural Research Center
Washington State University
Pullman WA 99164-6382

Goals of ADVANCE

  • Increase the percentage of women faculty in target science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines and under-represented minority (URM) faculty in all disciplines.
  • Support policies and practices to enhance recruitment, retention, and advancement of women and under-represented minority faculty.
  • Foster a positive, inclusive work environment through programs and career-development opportunities that include support at critical work/life transition points for all faculty.
  • 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.

Last updated: 04 February 2015 08:11