The National Science Foundation’s ADVANCE program is making a significant impact on the recruitment and retention of women faculty at the University of Delaware.
Between 2008 and 2013, UD held an ADVANCE PAID (Partnerships for Adaptation, Implementation, and Dissemination) grant jointly between the College of Engineering and the College of Arts & Sciences. Two workshops were developed under this program and held annually: (1) Best Practices in Faculty Recruitment, aimed toward faculty search committee members; and (2) Mentoring the Mentors, aimed toward senior faculty assigned as procedural mentors to junior faculty.
This grant laid the groundwork for more comprehensive and effective strategies to be developed and left a measurable impact: Following the workshops, the number of women hires more than doubled in targeted departments; no pre-tenure women faculty left the ADVANCE-supported STEM departments; and promotion rates were higher.
Building on the ADVANCE PAID program, the ADVANCE Institutional Transformation (IT) grant, awarded to the University of Delaware in 2014, strengthens UD’s commitment to creating a sustainable model of promotion among a diverse faculty. UD is one of only four institutions to receive the prestigious award in 2014.