ISU ADVANCE Program was supported by the National Science Foundation through an ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Award (2006-2011). Many of its components have been institutionalized.
The original goal of the ISU ADVANCE Program was to investigate the effectiveness of a multilevel collaborative effort to produce institutional transformation that results in the full participation of women faculty in science, technology, engineering and math fields in the university. That goal has been expanded to include all women faculty and faculty of color.
I currently sere as the ISU ADVANCE Faculty Fellow in the Provost’s Office. I provide leadership for the three institutionalized components of ISU ADVANCE. I coordinate the college Equity Advisors and their work on the faculty search process. I support programs and resources aimed at the professional development of associate professors in their advancement to full professor. Finally I support the Department Enhancement Program (DEP). The DEP is a process whereby a outside faculty facilitator systematically gathers and analyze information about the culture of the department’s work environment. Individual departments have used this process to prepare for self studies and external department/program reviews, to respond to reviews, or to assist new department leadership in understanding their department’s/program’s culture more fully. As of Fall, 2015, 13 departments/programs have gone through the process.
I served as Equity Advisor in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences from 2007 to 2015. I was responsible for leading the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ ADVANCE effort I worked with college leadership to plan, coordinate, and implement ADVANCE efforts in the college. Primarily I implemented best practices for faculty search training for all search committee chairs and members. Other activiteis have included: (a) collecting data to clearly define problem areas and strength areas in the college, (b) presenting to the Chair Council and to the Dean’s Leadership Team to share information with them and suggest strategies, (c) serving in a leadership role in supporting ADVANCE efforts on campus, (d) presenting at the Transformational Change Strategy’s Conference on April 1, 2008, lead, (e) developing and implementing the ADVANCE lectureship committee whereby ADVANCE awardsed departments’ two $1,000 awards and ten $300 awards to departments across campus to bring in female speakers and racial and ethnic minority speakers.