West Virginia University
WVU ADVANCE http://advance.wvu.edu/
Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering
Dr. Leslie E. Tower joined the WVU faculty in 2002. She has a dual appointment in the Division of Social Work and Division of Public Administration. Dr. Tower has published research on women and work, adult learners, and violence against women.
Amy Hessl is an Associate Professor for the Department of Geology and Geography at West Virginia University. Dr. Hessl is interested in the interaction between ecosystem processes, climate variability and human activities in forested systems.
WVU, like many of our peer universities, struggles to retain and advance excellent female faculty in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Fortunately, we have recently secured an ADVANCE grant from the National Science Foundation. This grant is special because, unlike other NSF grants which focus on advancing the research agenda of a particular faculty member or group of faculty, it focuses on transforming the institutional culture to be more supportive and nurturing of
Dr. Marjorie Darrah has over 13 years of experience teaching in higher education. Her research interests are in the fields of algorithm development, artificial intelligence verification and validation, educational technology integration, haptics software development, and educational and program evaluation. Darrah taught ten years at Alderson-Broaddus College where she became the Chair of the Division of Natural Sciences.
Kasi Jackson is an interdisciplinary researcher working in feminist science studies. Although the body of her research is focused on women’s and gender studies, it also extends outside this area (for example, science, technology, engineering and math education and animal studies). Due to the interdisciplinary nature of these areas, she publishes in journals targeted to social science, science and humanities audiences, as well as to interdisciplinary audiences such as women’s and gender studies, among others
In the Fall of 1990, Professor King started his academic career at West Virginia University as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry. He served as the Director of Graduate Studies within the Department of Chemistry prior to his appointment as the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences. He has taught a range of courses in the Department of Chemistry while maintaining an active, externally funded research program generating peer reviewed p
Melissa Latimer is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Adjunct Professor of Women’s Studies at West Virginia University. She received an MA and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Kentucky. Melissa Latimer’s research and publications have focused on the major ways in which gender, race, and class inequality are constructed and reconstructed through labor market processes and welfare policies.
James Nolan is an associate professor in the Division of Sociology and Anthropology at West Virginia University where he teaches courses in the area of crime and social control. His research currently focuses on police procedures, crime measurement, and hate crimes and homicide. Dr. Nolan’s professional career began as a police officer in Wilmington, Delaware. In 13 years with that department, he worked in a variety of divisions, including patrol, community policing, organized crime and vice, and planning a
Katie directs a comprehensive grants development program commensurate with institutional priorities, goals, and activities. She provides professional guidance to faculty to ensure effective and efficient grant proposal development and approvals. Katie facilitates large interdisciplinary projects between the Eberly College of Arts & Sciences, other colleges, and outside collaborators by managing the pre-award application process.
The Working Group: Spotlights at WVU ADVANCE
Principal Investigators at WVU ADVANCE
Internal Advisory Board at WVU ADVANCE
External Advisory Board at WVU ADVANCE
Implementation Team at WVU ADVANCE
Internal & External Evaluators at WVU ADVANCE
Center Personnel for WVU ADVANCE
Organizational Chart at WVU ADVANCE
Our long term goal is to ensure the success of all faculty members by creating a diverse scientific community within WVU that supports constructive interactions leading to professional and personal development. Our specific goal for this program is to transform the WVU organization by developing a collective sense of interdependence and collective efficacy based on a social psychological approach.
List of Faculty Equity Initiatives at WVU ADVANCE
Faculty Equity Initiatives: Existing Child/Family Resources
The WVU ADVANCE Sponsorship Program is an external mentoring program supported by the NSF ADVANCE program for women in NSF funded disciplines in CEMR and ECAS. The WVU ADVANCE project aims to catalyze institutional climate change, promote diversity and inclusivity, support women in science and engineering, and promote the success of all faculty.
Faculty Equity Initiatives: Parental Assignment
The following Lactation Rooms are available for WVU faculty, staff, and students. WVU is in the process of creating permanent Lactation Rooms that will be available across campus for nursing mom’s to express milk. Many of these dedicated Lactation Rooms are in buildings under renovation.
Proposals and Reports on the WVU ADVANCE website
This project aims to provide the policies and support to retain and promote women through the ranks at WVU, thus developing a strong network of female faculty and laying a foundation for further diversification of the faculty, in accordance with PI President Clements’ stated vision for the institution.
Quarterly Report Year One and Quarterly Report Year Two for WVU ADVANCE
Annual Report One for WVU ADVANCE
Year 1 Evaluation Report for WVU ADVANCE
Contact page for WVU ADVANCE
Upcoming Events page for WVU ADVANCE