TAMU ADVANCE Center http://advance.tamu.edu/
The Texas A&M ADVANCE program is an interdisciplinary collaboration among departments in STEM fields of study (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and is funded by the National Science Foundation. We are guided by the American Psychological Association's evidence-based Psychologically Healthy Workplace (PHW) practices. We are focused on creating a better workplace for everyone by promoting faculty growth and development, health and well-being, involvement, recognition, and work-life balance.
Not all TAMU colleges/departments are eligible for funds from the NSF ADVANCE program. However, two main goals of the program are to change the campus culture and institutionalize successful activities over the life of the five-year grant so that all faculty across campus will benefit. Therefore, if colleges/departments that are ineligible for NSF ADVANCE funds would like to be recognized as a Target Department for participation in ADVANCE activities during the grant period (2010-2015), they may provide f
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Dr. Darensbourg is a chemist, a native of Kentucky, and enjoys horses. She is one of five current Texas A&M University faculty members in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Dr. Dunbar is a chemist. She was born in Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylvania. She is single, has three rescue dogs and a cat, and enjoys gardening, reading, and music. In 2011, she was named an American Chemical Society Fellow in recognition of her excellence in chemistry and service to the society.
Dr. Economides is a petroleum engineer. She was the first American woman to earn a PhD in Petroleum Enginieering. She spent part of her career working in industry in France. In 2003, she became a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
Dr. Kocharovskaya is a physicist originally from Russia. She and her husband, Vitaly Kocharovsky (also a TAMU physicist), have one son and enjoy traveling, hiking, fishing.
Dr. Wooley is a chemist. Her husband, Mark, is a teacher. She has three sons: Issac, Gabriel, and Iain. Her interests are biking and sewing.
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The aim of this program is to give tenured women STEM faculty experience in College- and University-level leadership, with the long-range goal of significantly increasing the participation of female faculty in University leadership.
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This activity provides an opportunity for women STEM faculty at the associate or full professor level to serve as an ADVANCE Administrative Fellow through developmental assignments in the offices of the Provost, Deans of targeted colleges, Vice President for Research, VP and Associate Provost for Diversity, and the Dean of Faculties. Fellows are selected based on a proposed project, jointly developed by the faculty member with the college or administrative office, and supported jointly by the ADVANCE projec
The main objectives of the ADVANCE Scholar Program are to provide mentors for underrepresented women STEM faculty (e.g. women of color, GLBT) and to establish a national conference specifically for women who are marginalized along multiple dimensions.
The three major objectives of this activity are to:
foster faculty success by giving women faculty, advanced graduate students, and postdocs at Texas A&M the opportunity to network with prominent women scholars;
improve the workplace climate by exposing the Texas A&M community to eminent women scholars who not only have credibility by virtue of their scientific work but also have placed great importance on diversity in STEM; and
enhance the recruitment and retention of women faculty by providing an addition
The aim of this activity is to provide an avenue for ADVANCE Target Departments to improve the work climate for women faculty and support departments in their diversity efforts.
Mini-grants for innovative projects are being awarded to individual departments based on how well the proposed projects support the goals of the ADVANCE program. This initiative is meant to support departments in their diversity efforts and to provide an avenue for innovative strategies to promote the success of women STEM faculty.
The main goal of the Workshop is to assist Department Heads in ADVANCE Target Departments in the recruitment and retention of women STEM faculty. Department Heads will recommend candidates for the Workshops; they will also host their candidates for one afternoon and evening during the Workshop.
The Mission of the ADVANCE Center for Women Faculty is to transform Texas A&M University (TAMU) by enhancing and sustaining gender equity and improving representation of women faculty in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).
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There are 12 ADVANCE activities that are designed to transform Texas A&M University by increasing gender equity for women STEM faculty. Each activity is aligned with one or more of the Psychologically Healthy Workplace (PHW) practices – the underlying, evidence-based framework for this initiative. The activities are organized into 3 broad categories: Climate Change, Success Enchancement and Recruitment and Retention.
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Dr. Christine Stanley, the Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity, and her Advisory Council annually assess the progress made by each university unit (academic colleges and offices) toward reaching diversity goals. The ADVANCE team is working with Dr. Stanley’s office to leverage this new institutional practice to further the goals of the ADVANCE program.
The ADVANCE Center for Women Faculty is partnering with theater performers to develop interactive experiences that address student’s implicit biases, prejudices, and stereotypes of women and minorities. The goal of this activity is to further educate students that respecting all faculty is part of the culture of Texas A&M.
The ADVANCE Speaker Series has two goals. First, the ADVANCE Center for Women Faculty is working to bring in one or two senior women scientists and engineers per year who have also been active in gender and diversity issues to speak. The speakers meet with smaller groups (including Department Heads and senior faculty) to discuss issues related to diversity in STEM. The second goal is to bring in mid-career and senior women scientists and engineers that are nominated by STEM departments for recruiting purp
The strongest predictor of success in recruiting women is the inclusion of women in search committees. The ADVANCE Center for Women faculty, in conjunction with the Dean of Faculties, is expanding existing gender bias training for all members of search committees, committees making decisions on tenure and promotion, and committees making decisions on university and college awards.
This activity is focused on highlighting the success of women STEM faculty. In collaboration with the Dean of Faculties office, the Women’s Faculty Network, the Women Engineering Faculty Interest Group, the Women Administrators Network, and the Vice President of Research, the ADVANCE Center for Women Faculty is organizing events to recognize and publicize the achievements of women faculty.
The ADVANCE Center for Women Faculty is organizing mentoring groups centered on personal and professional interests. This activity functions as a complement to existing one-on-one mentoring (Women’s Faculty Network, the Mexican American Latino Faculty Association and the Black Faculty Alliance) and facilitates the development of social connections among women faculty.
In addition to the evaluation component of the ADVANCE program, 6 social science research studies are being conducted in concert with a subset of the 12 ADVANCE activities.
The underlying conceptual framework for the ADVANCE program is the American Psychological Association's Psychologically Healthy Workplace (PHW) initiative.
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The National Science Foundation awarded Texas A&M University (TAMU) $3.5 million for a five-year program entitled: Promoting the Success of Women Faculty through a Psychologically Healthy Workplace on October 1, 2010. The award is part of NSF's ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Program which aims to develop systemic approaches to increase the representation and advancement of women in academic STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) careers
On March 1, 2011, the ADVANCE Program Office conducted the First Year Site Visit at Texas A&M University. The program officer in attendance was: Amy Rogers.
External Evaluation Report for Texas A&M ADVANCE -Year 1, May 2011 by Sandra Laursen
Engagement Across the Institution - Building a Critical Mass for Texas A&M’s ADVANCE Program
A Circle of Advocates – Rallying Around the Mentor-Protégé Relationship
Quantity, Quality, and Satisfaction with Mentoring: What Matters Most?
This study identified some personal and situational characteristics of faculty members associated with the perceived need for mentoring and determined that less experienced employees, women and ethnic minorities reported significantly stronger needs for all mentoring functions. Employees who experienced incivility or discrimination reported a significantly higher need for psychosocial mentoring
In this study, we identified some personal and situational characteristics of faculty members associated with the perceived need for mentoring and determined that less experienced employees, women and ethnic minorities reported significantly stronger needs for all mentoring functions. In addition, employees who experienced incivility or discrimination reported a significantly stronger need for psychosocial mentoring.
The TAMU ADVANCE-IT initiative incorporates the facets of APA’s model of a Psychologically Healthy Workplace (PHW) to guide the activities towards creating a work culture that is supportive and free from bias for all individuals.