UC Davis ADVANCE conducts three integrated empirical studies that
aim to improve our understanding of the barriers that impede, and
specific institutional structures, cultural factors, resources
and processes that facilitate the inclusion and success of
women and Latinas in academic STEM careers.
Administered through the Harvard Graduate School of Education,
the COACHE survey aims to “measure the tenure-stream faculty
population’s levels of engagement in the teaching, research, and
service enterprise at their institutions, and to determine how
supported and satisfied they are with the terms and conditions of
UC Davis ADVANCE engaged COACHE to assess the campus climate,
work-life balance, and other issues that may be barriers to
diversity in STEM faculty on campus. The survey was launched in
the fall of 2012; analysis of the data is currently in
Attracting STEM scholars to the academy: A survey of career
path perceptions among STEM doctorates uses an online
survey fielded to doctoral students to systematically investigate
their perspectives on (1) barriers to entry into and advancement
within STEM faculty positions, (2) ways to remove barriers and
facilitate entry into and success in STEM faculty positions, and
(3) characteristics of ideal work environment.
This study uses in-depth interviews to examine the career
trajectories of all of the Latinas selected for the University of
California President’s Postdoctoral
Fellowships Program (PPFP) since its inception in 1984. The
PPFP was established as a program to attract outstanding
underrepresented women and minority Ph.D. recipients into
academic careers at the University of California.
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.