National Science Foundation


Advancement Initiative


  1. ADVANCE Leadership Institute. The Institute expects to enroll 20-25 faculty members per year from both STEM and non-STEM disciplines, The Institute creates professional development and leadership opportunities through workshops and other programs. In addition, the Institute includes a formalized mentorship program in which each participant is paired with a mentor. Upon completion, Institute participants receive a $500 stipend and become eligible for the ADVANCE Administrative Fellows Program.
  2. ADVANCE Administrative Fellows Program. In addition to participating in professional development seminars, the Administrative Fellows will assume the duties as detailed by their respective administrators, and will mainly be responsible for coordinating the initiatives/activities associated with a particular administrative office. In return for their service, these Fellows will receive a 9-month stipend worth $4,000. Between 3-5 competitive Administrative Fellowships are expected to be awarded each year. The impact of this initiative will be a larger pool of potential leaders who feel confident in their leadership abilities after having "hands-on" experience.
  3. Expansion of the New Academic Leaders Support Program. Our existing leadership program will be expanded and made available to all faculty and enhanced by offering a leadership curriculum consisting of a number of seminars, such as Franklin Covey's 7-Habits Signature Program, and leadership and communication skills training. The existing program contains a mentoring component, which will be expanded to include all faculty. All mentors who participate in this important program will receive a $500 stipend for their mentoring efforts.
  4. Grant-Writing Workshops and Retreats. The ADVANCE Leadership Institute will conduct grant-writing workshops and retreats where faculty members will work together to develop cross-disciplinary research teams. Faculty members will learn about grant development and best practices for managing research teams and developing programmatic research.
  5. Grants. Several funding opportunities are available through existing institutional programs, such as the Faculty Research Council grants, the Faculty Development Funding Program, and the Undergraduate Research Initiative grants.


Marie T. Mora (Chair)
Professor of Economics and Finance and Vice Provost Fellow for Faculty Affairs
Rebecca N. Mitchell
Associate Professor of English and Vice Provost Fellow for Faculty Affairs
Danika Brown
Associate Professor of English and Director, Undergraduate Research and Service Learning