NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Grant



Our vision is to develop an inclusive research institution whose faculty are supported by a system that promotes career-long excellence for all—irrespective of gender. We focus on work/life transition points—especially those that disproportionately impact women—and any obstacles to recruiting, hiring, retaining, and advancing an exceptional, diverse faculty.

Project goals:
  • Increase representation of women in target STEM (science, engineering, technology, and mathematics) disciplines at WSU. This is to be accomplished by providing institutional support through programs, policies, procedures, and climate change relevant to critical points on the academic career path (e.g., recruitment, pre- and post-tenure advancement, and leadership).
  • Develop and disseminate innovative strategies that can be applied at other institutions 
  • Implement an infrastructure that gives these efforts highest institutional support and visibility and allows transformation to continue past the lifetime of the NSF grant.

To support these goals we have developed 4 major initiatives:

1. Work/Life Support
2. Preparing and Recruiting a Diverse Faculty
3. Leadership Training
4. Institutionalizing Transformation
Candis Claiborn
"STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) careers represent great opportunities for young people, and young women need to be able to visualize such opportunities for themselves."

-Candis Claiborn, Principal Investigator; Dean, College of Engineering and Architecture

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Program Update (pdf)
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