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ADVANCE AU: Assessing Gender & Racial Equity Among STEM Faculty

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under grant number 1937035.

Project Team Members: Monica Jackson (PI), Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy (Co-PI), Meg Bentley (Co-PI), Kathryn Walters-Conte (Co-PI), Darrion Sprueill (Grant Manager), Abigail Puskar, Karen Froslid-Jones, Robin Beads, Carolyn Parker

ADVANCE at American University is an intentional, inclusive and intersectional assessment of university full-time faculty, including the structures, policies and procedures that affect women and underrepresented minority (URM) faculty in STEM fields. NSF’s broad definition of STEM includes physical sciences, life sciences and social and behavioral sciences.

ADVANCE AU, as a precursor to an institutional transformation project, will include the critical analyses of data pertaining to the recruitment, hiring and retention of faculty in STEM fields, with a particular focus on differences in the experiences of tenure-line vs. non-tenure line STEM faculty (i.e., term faculty at AU) and how women faculty identify across multiple identities and dimensions-of-self. An additional intended outcome of this project is to produce a comprehensive plan for ensuring equitable opportunities and improving the work environment for women STEM faculty at AU as well as student access to diverse and excellent STEM faculty.

ADVANCE AU will have three distinct aims:
1) Undertake the collection and synthesis of quantitative and qualitative faculty data (Focus groups were virtually conducted in October, 2020)
2) Review structures, policies and procedures that impact women and/or equity among faculty in STEM
3) Develop and disseminate a STEM Faculty Equity Plan that aligns with the university-wide Strategic Plan and Inclusive Excellence Plan

Save the Date!

The 2020 ADVANCE STEM Summit will be held on Wednesday, December 16th from 10:00 - 11:30 AM. More information will be coming soon.