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 Karen McDonald (Co-PI), and Vice Provost of Academic Affairs Maureen Stanton (Co-PI) who is chair of the UC Davis ADVANCE Steering Committee.
In addition to Chair VP Stanton (Co-PI), Co-PI Rodriguez, Faculty Director McDonald (Co-PI), and Associate Director Bisson, the Steering Committee consists of a Faculty Leader from each STEM college and the Co-directors of each of the six initiatives that comprise our ADVANCE project.
Six committees formulate and direct the activities and advance the goals described for the six UC Davis ADVANCE initiatives. Each committee has 1-2 co-directors and 2-9 additional faculty participants. The membership of these committees includes representatives from each of the STEM colleges and they reflect the demographic and career-stage diversity of UC Davis faculty. Each committee meets 3-4 times each quarter to develop, implement, and evaluate the programs and activities that advance 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 gap.
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 McDonald, Associate Faculty Director Bisson, Project Manager Barbu and Office 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.
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.