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ADVANCE at the University of Delaware

ADVANCE is a National Science Foundation (NSF) program that aims to increase the representation of, and improve the climate for, women faculty in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. The University of Delaware was recently awarded a five-year ADVANCE Institutional Transformation (IT) grant to form the UD ADVANCE Provost’s Institute: Women faculty to Leadership (W2L).W2L goals and objective are to:

  • Goal 1: Increase the representation of women faculty in all STEM and social science departments.
  • Goal 2: Increase the number of STEM women faculty in leadership positions.
  • Objective 1: Improve departmental microclimates for women faculty, especially women of color.
  • Objective 2: Educate, mentor, and support women STEM faculty, especially women post-tenure and women of color.
  • Objective 3: Increase transparency of policies, procedure, and practices that affect faculty careers and enhance institutional data gathering, analysis, and presentation.
  • Objective 4: Coordinate and draw attention to actions and discussions of diversity around campus.

Download our NSF proposal here.

Our W2L website is in progress and will be available soon!

Between 2008 and 2013 the University of Delaware held an ADVANCE PAID grant jointly between the College of Engineering and the College of Arts and Sciences.

UD ADVANCE: RRR (Resources for Recruitment and Retention) of Women Faculty in STEM Fields

ADVANCE at the University of Delaware seeks to transform the culture for women (and all) faculty in STEM fields by educating STEM faculty and administrators in best practices in the recruitment and retention of faculty. To this end, the ADVANCE team holds two workshops several times each academic year:

Our work builds on collaboration with successful ADVANCE programs at the Universities of Michigan and Wisconsin.


Questions? Email us at ud-advance@udel.edu.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number HRD-0819993.

Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.


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