National Science Foundation


Advancement Initiative


  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.
  4. Grants. Several funding opportunities are available through existing institutional programs, such as the Faculty Research Council grants, the Faculty Development Funding Program, Undergraduate Research Initiative grants, and the Junior Faculty Travel Support Program. ADVANCE funds are used to supplement these programs for those STEM women whose applications for funding have been approved through the normal institutional process. This process expands the total pool of available funds for all faculty.


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