The goal of the ADVANCE program is to develop systemic approaches to increase the representation and advancement of women in academic science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers, thereby contributing to the development of a more diverse science and engineering workforce. K-State ADVANCE aims to foster institutional transformation and create a university climate that attracts, retains, supports, and advances women in the disciplines of science, engineering, and mathematics (SEM).
What are the goals of the K-State ADVANCE Program?
- Institute changes in existing departmental policies, procedures and practices, and develop new ones as needed to foster a gender-equitable climate within partner departments
- Expand and enhance departmental recruitment practices to attract more women applicants and ensure that candidates are not subject to bias in the search and hiring process
- Implement programs that foster the careers of women faculty and encourage their retention through tenure and promotion
- Disseminate research and policy best practices to aid in the development of policies that increase the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women faculty
WHO IS INVOLVED IN THE PROGRAM?
Originally the program targeted faculty in 27 SEM departments across four colleges – the College of Agriculture, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Engineering, and the College of Veterinary Medicine. In 2007 the program expanded to include women in Social Sciences, the College of Human Ecology, and Social Science and SEM faculty at K-State Salina.
The program is overseen by an executive director and executive committee of principal investigators who are senior university administrators and deans from each of the participating colleges. Members of the steering committee include the ADVANCE executive director, principal investigators, the Women in Engineering and Science Program ESP director and representatives from each of the four colleges. The steering committee meets periodically to guide and advise on program development. For more information about the individuals involved, see People or view the Organizational Chart. [Currently a PDF file, but we’d like to have it in html].
HOW IS THE PROGRAM FUNDED AND HOW LONG WILL IT LAST?
K-State ADVANCE is funded through the National Science Foundation’s ADVANCE – Institutional Transformation (IT) program. We were awarded funds in the second round of ADVANCE-IT funding, and the program began in 2003. Funding from the NSF will end in Fall, 2010. The program will be funded by institutional funds beyond that date.
WHERE CAN I ASK MORE QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS PROGRAM?
The ADVANCE office staff can help answer questions related to the program. To contact the office coordinator, please call 785-532-6088, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit Contact Us for more information about our staff.
WHO ARE OTHER ADVANCE INSTITUTIONAL TRANSFORMATION AWARDEES?
As of March, 2010, ADVANCE-IT awards have been made in four rounds (2001, 2003, 2005, and 2008) to 37 institutions. A complete listing of awardees, by round of funding, can be found here. The most complete source of information about ADVANCE awardees and initiatives is the ADVANCE portal.