Funded by NSF (National Science Foundation), 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
2) Review structures, policies and procedures that impact women and/or equity among faculty in STEM
3) Develop and disseminate a STEM Faculty Equity Planthat aligns with the university-wide Strategic Plan and Inclusive Excellence Plan