The ADVANCE Scholar Award and lecture series highlights and celebrates the contributions women STEM faculty at UC Davis have made to their fields through outstanding scholarship and mentorship. The three ADVANCE Scholars have been be selected for 2016-17:
Thank you for serving as a LAUNCH committee member!
Serving on a LAUNCH Committee
LAUNCH committees provide support and guidance to new junior faculty as they begin their careers at UC Davis. The committees meet with the new faculty member from the time of hire until the end of the first academic year and aim to facilitate the early professional integration and development of the new faculty member. This program is modeled after similar and very successful efforts at Case Western Reserve University and The University of Michigan.
Associate Professors make up approximately 20% of our UC Davis faculty and serve a vital role in our campus community. Throughout the academic year, the Office of Academic Affairs sponsors a number of brown bags, workshops and other programs to assist associate professors at UC Davis faculty in their professional development.
The National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD) is an independent professional development, training and mentoring community for over 40,000 faculty, post-docs and grad students, dedicated to supporting academics in making successful transitions throughout their careers. They offer workshops, professional development training and intensive mentorship programs.
NCFDD training teaches concrete, empirically tested strategies for increasing productivity and pays special attention to the challenges of underrepresented faculty. In addition to monthly training workshops, NCFDD provides an opportunity for individual scholars to become more effective.
UC Davis Institutional membership provides relevant professional development training, support from highly trained and successful mentors, a confidential “safe space” for problem solving, and downloadable formats for self-paced learning.
Benefits to Faculty
Resources for greater success in publication and securing external funding for your research
Strategies that instill confidence as an independent researcher
Tips for fostering better working relationships with departmental colleagues
Increased interactions with both campus-based and external mentors, sponsors, and collaborators
Increased job satisfaction and the ability to truly enjoy the academic life you’ve worked so hard to create
The Monday Motivator (weekly productivity tips email)
Guest expert worshops
Private networking forum
Moderated writing challenges
Library of workshop recordings, slides & transcripts
NCFDD Career Center
How to Activate Your Institutionally Sponsored Membership
To access the UC Davis institutional membership, register to become a NCFDD member at NCFDD.
This “handbook” of advice was written by the late Dr. Evelyn M. Silvia, Professor of Mathematics and a STEM faculty leader at UC Davis. It offers practical, actionable advice drawn from her own experience and from the advice of members of the Faculty Women’s Research Support Group. Although the advice was gathered in the 1970s and 1980s, it applies equally for women faculty in the 21st century.
The National Science Foundation began supporting ADVANCE initiatives in 2001, and has awarded over $130M in funding for a variety of programs. The most significant efforts seek to create permanent institutional transformation.
Professional disciplinary groups allow members to meet, engage, and share knowledge. This effort is particularly important to foster supportive, collaborative networks among scientists from under-represented groups.
We have compiled multiple publicly available databases of the published research related to NSF ADVANCE program efforts to increase diversity in STEM education and the STEM labor force. These include the literature on implicit bias, mentorship and other topics.
Balance is real challenge facing many faculty, particularly women with children. The perception (and reality) of the inflexibility and rigor of an academic career is one cause for the lack of diversity in STEM disciplines.