National Science Foundation

Advancement Component


  1. ADVANCE Leadership Institute. This semester-long Institute started in Spring 2013. The Institute has been enrolling 20-25 faculty members per year from both STEM and non-STEM disciplines. Women and men tenure-track and tenured faculty members are eligible to apply. The Institute provides professional development and leadership opportunities through a series of eight workshops and other events. In addition, the ADVANCE Leadership Institute includes a formalized mentorship program in which each participant is paired with a mentor (where possible, with the faculty member’s mentor of choice). Upon completion, Institute participants become eligible for the ADVANCE Administrative Fellows Program.
  2. ADVANCE Administrative Fellows Program. This Program started in the 2013-14 academic year.  In addition to participating in professional development seminars, the ADVANCE Administrative Fellows assume the duties detailed by their respective administrators and are mainly be responsible for coordinating the initiatives/activities associated with a particular administrative office. In return for their service, these Fellows receive a 9-month stipend worth $4,000. Between 3-5 competitive Administrative Fellowships are expected to be awarded each year. This initiative is creating a larger pool of potential leaders who are confident in their leadership abilities after having "hands-on" experience.
  3. Grant-Writing Workshops and Retreats. The Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs offers grant-writing workshops and retreats where faculty members will work together to develop cross-disciplinary research teams. Faculty members learn about grant development and best practices for managing research teams and developing programmatic research. 


Marie T. Mora
Professor of Economics and Finance and Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Diversity
Elizabeth Heise
Associate Professor of Multidisciplinary Sciences and Vice Provost Fellow for Faculty Affairs and Diversity