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 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 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.