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ADVANCE at WSU Grant Initiatives

The project goals of the ADVANCE at WSU grant are to: (1) increase representation of women in target STEM disciplines at WSU by providing institutional support through programs, policies, procedures and climate change at critical points in the academic pipeline (e.g., recruitment, pre-tenure, and post-tenure advancement and leadership); (2) develop and disseminate innovative strategies that can be applied in similar institutions – research-intensive, rural, land grant universities – as well as other institutions; and (3) put in place an infrastructure that gives these efforts highest institutional support and visibility, and allows for transformation to continue past the lifetime of this grant.

To support these goals we have developed 3 major initiatives:

1.Work/Life Support
2.Leadership Training
3.Institutionalizing Transformation
1) Work/Life Support Initiative

  • Transitions program provides assistance during work/life transition periods to ease stressors and to support faculty in maintaining the excellence of their work.

2) Leadership Training Initiative

  • Expansion of existing Department Chairs Training program addresses climate and leadership barriers to recruitment, retention, and advancement of an excellent, diverse faculty.
  • External Mentor program provides career-development opportunities for STEM faculty of all ranks to work with a noted expert in their discipline in a manner that would help address barriers to involvement of women and underrepresented minorities in STEM disciplines.

3) Institutionalizing Transformation Initiative

  • ADVANCE at WSU centralizes programs and activities; organizes, monitors, and assesses institutional progress; oversees the faculty-friendly policy review and proposal process; and disseminates results and best practices to the broader academic community.
  • ADVANCE Research program provides 1) the dissemination and evaluation of WSU Social Science Research Grants, 2) the collection of National Science Foundation indicator data, and 3) the development and dissemination of ADVANCE grant-related social science research (e.g., Collaborative on the Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) survey dissemination, data collection and analysis, and results dissemination; WSU chair’s interviews).

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