The ADVANCE team is made up of a Leadership Team, Management
Team, Steering Committee, five Initiative Committees, Internal
Advisory Committee, External Advisory Board, Internal Advisory
Board, and External and Internal Evaluators.
The ADVANCE Leadership Team provides leadership and oversight for
the entire ADVANCE program. The team is led by Chancellor Emerita
Linda P. B. Katehi, Professor of Electrical and Computer
Engineering and Gender Studies. Programmatic direction and key
decisions are made in consultation with Faculty Director Linda
Bisson, and the UC Davis ADVANCE Management Team.
Six committees formulated and directed the activities and
advanced the goals for the six UC Davis ADVANCE
initiatives. Each committee had 1-2 co-directors and 2-9
additional faculty participants. The membership of these
committees included representatives from each of the STEM
colleges and they reflected the demographic and career-stage
diversity of UC Davis faculty. Each committee met 3-4
times each quarter to develop, implement, and evaluate the
programs and activities that advanced the initiative objectives.
The EAB includes individuals with national and international
prominence, whose expertise includes interdisciplinary STEM
research, multi-disciplinary center leadership, institutional
change management, experience with past and on-going ADVANCE
Institutional Transformation, and expertise in the study of
faculty diversity in higher education and the experience of
diverse faculty, especially Hispanics. The EAB also represents a
cross-section of the greater California and U.S. populations with
respect to gender and cultural identity.
The IAB includes a cross-section of UC Davis academic and
administrative leaders. It is comprised of the deans of the five
STEM colleges, Chair of the Davis Division of the Academic
Senate, Associate Executive Vice Chancellor (who is the
Affirmative Action Officer at UC Davis and is responsible for
University Community Outreach), and Director of Interdisciplinary
Research Services. This committee is chaired by Professor and
College of Engineering Dean Jennifer Sinclair Curtis.
Dr. Mariko Chang is the external evaluator for our program. Dr.
Chang has a PhD in Sociology from Stanford University and was an
Associate Professor of Sociology at Harvard University from 1998
to 2007 where she published work on occupational sex segregation
across countries, the use of social networks for gathering
financial information and began her work on the gender wealth
Terry Westover, Director of Education and Evaluation Services at
Resourcing Excellence in Education (REEd) (UC Davis School of
Education), and Lisa Sullivan, Senior Evaluation Analyst at REEd,
are our internal evaluators. The EES-REEd team will be
responsible for compiling and analyzing relevant data, and for
helping to prepare reports that will be submitted to the NSF. The
qualifications and planned activities of the Internal Evaluators
are detailed in the UC Davis ADVANCE Evaluation Plan.
The management team oversees daily activities of the project and
is led by PI Katehi, Faculty Director Bisson, Assistant
Director Barbu and Communications and Administrative
Manager Blumenthal. The team also includes a Budget Analyst,
Purchasing & Accounts Payable Specialist, and a Financial Analyst
housed within the College of Engineering.
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.