To provide information, guidance and networking opportunities for research and career success of women in STEM fields through both informal and formal programs.
The Mentorship & Networking Initiative focuses on the development of UC Davis internal resources in support of STEM faculty career success, including:
Career skills workshops
Networks to enhance research opportunities and career success
What types of programs for new faculty are supported by the Mentorship & Networking Initiative?
The LAUNCH committee pilot mentoring program for new faculty:
Supports early professional integration and development of new faculty as they begin their careers at UC Davis. The committees typically meet twice per quarter in person or by teleconference, 2-3 months before arrival through the end of the first academic year.
Is composed of faculty members, including (at a minimum):
A senior faculty member in the new faculty member’s department with related research interests
Senior faculty member from outside the department, in a field related to that of the new faculty member
ADVANCE faculty member (convener of the committee meetings)
New Faculty Network
The New Faculty Network is a faculty-led, grass roots organization at UC Davis that welcomes all new faculty to take part in informal monthly networking events to expand professional networks and knowledge of campus and regional culture. The UC Davis ADVANCE program provides listserv maintenance and administrative support. To join the NFN mailing list, visit: https://lists.ucdavis.edu/sympa/subscribe/ucdnfn
New Faculty Reception
Held in collaboration with the Vice Provost Academic Affairs, the New Faculty Reception invites new assistant professors to get acquainted with senior faculty in a relaxed, informal setting.
What types of programs for mid-career and senior faculty are supported by the Mentorship & Networking Initiative?
ADVANCE Scholar Awards
The ADVANCE Scholar Awards is a prestigious award program and lecture series that is held in conjunction with the Faculty Networking Receptions. The events are widely advertised and target a multidisciplinary audience of faculty, post-doctoral scholars and students.
The intent of the ADVANCE Scholar Award program is to encourage research leadership and outreach to underserved communities and/or mentorship of underrepresented students, and to highlight and celebrate the contributions that women STEM faculty at UC Davis have made to their respective fields. Two ADVANCE Scholars are awarded each year, receiving a cash award and delivering a distinguished campus lecture on their research and mentorship activities.
How are ADVANCE Scholars nominated and appointed?
A call for nominations is sent out to all STEM faculty in the spring. The Mentoring and Networking committee evaluates the nominations based on scientific and mentoring contributions.
Does the Mentorship & Networking Initiative provide resources for the broader campus community?
National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity
Through a partnership between UC Davis ADVANCE, the Vice Provost- Academic Affairs (VPAA), and UCOP, an institutional membership in the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD) is available to all Academic Senate and Academic Federation faculty, post-docs and graduate students at UC Davis.
Faculty are also encouraged to participate in the 15-week Faculty Success Program by the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD) and partial funding is available for faculty. The Faculty Success Program provides an intense and heavy-accountability structure through which individual faculty engage with the program and learn to implement the professional skill-sets and techniques that NCFDD teaches through their curriculum.
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.
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.