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The University of Houston is preparing to resubmit a proposal to the NSF ADVANCE program to create a Center to ADVANCE UH Faculty. The goal of the NSF ADVANCE program, established in 2001, is to increase the participation and advancement of women in academic science and engineering (STEM) careers.  The “Institutional Transformation” proposal directly involves 21 departments from the Colleges of Education, Engineering, Liberal Arts & Sciences, and Natural Sciences & Mathematics. 

The goals and objectives of the UH proposal include successfully recruiting and retaining more STEM female faculty, increasing the number of female STEM faculty in university leadership roles, and creating a collegial and inclusive climate.  The University submitted in 2011 a proposal to the NSF ADVANCE program, and although not successful, was a positive force in initiating change in UH family leave programs.  Another outcome was the creation of the “First Tuesday” luncheon series for UH women faculty. 

The 2012-2013 NSF ADVANCE solicitation differs markedly from the previous version, including the expansion of STEM to include the behavioral, social, and economic sciences.  The broadened base is the result of the agency’s decision to open up ADVANCE to all programs eligible for NSF funding.

Dr. Renu Khator, Chancellor, UH System, President, University of Houston, is the proposal’s principal investigator (PI).  Co-Pi’s include: Dr. Joe Tedesco, dean, Cullen College of Engineering; Dr. Dan Wells, interim dean, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. Dr. Bonnie Dunbar, M.D. Anderson Professor of Mechanical Engineering, director of the new UH STEM Center, and Dr. Holly Hutchins, associate professor, Human Resource Development Program, College of Technology.  Key personnel include: Dr. Elizabeth Gregory, professor, English, director, Women’s Gender & Sexuality Studies, Dr. Chinhui Juhn, professor, Economics, Dr. Libby Barlow, assistant vice president, Academic Affairs.

Data from the 2012–13 COACHE job satisfaction survey of all UH tenure and tenure track faculty will be used to inform the goals of the proposal, in addition to other information gathering activities.

The UH ADVANCE team will be hosting regularly occurring Friday Brown Bag lunches to inform and update the campus community on the development of the proposal. The Brown Bag lunches are open to the campus community.

For more information contact lcrobertson [at] uh [dot] edu (subject: UH%20ADVANCE%202013) (Lisa Robertson), UH ADVANCE project manager.

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Academy of Human Resource Development Faculty Learning and Developement Special Interest Group Blog:

Brown Bag lunches (Summer/Fall Schedule 2013)

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