NSF ADVANCE Program
The goal of the NSF ADVANCE Program is to increase the participation of women in the academic science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and social, behavioral and economic (SBE) science careers. Since 2001, the NSF has invested over $130 million in over 100 institutions to help affect the underrepresentation of women in these fields.
NSF ADVANCE at U.Va. is U.Va. CHARGE
The U.Va. CHARGE program will implement five initiatives over a five year period to achieve this goal at the University:
News and Events
Faculty: September 8th
On a search committee this year or is there one in your professional future?
Universities are increasingly competing for the same highly accomplished diverse faculty candidates. The UVa Strategic Plan identified recruiting and retaining talented and diverse faculty in research, teaching and service as a priority. The Academic Search Portal provides information, resources, tools and discussions to help search committees leverage the broad spectrum of research and best practices that are proven to attract the best and most diverse faculty candidates.
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Related News from Columbia Business School: New Research Proves Gender Bias Extraordinarily Prevalent in Stem Careers
Mary Lou Soffa, co-PI for the U.Va. CHARGE Program, was recently recognized with the Association for Computing Machinery SIGSOFT Influential Educator Award, presented annually to educators who have made significant contributions to, and impact on, the field of software engineering with their accomplishments as teachers, mentors, researchers, authors and/or policymakers. Read the whole story at UVAToday.
U.Va. CHARGE Co-PI JoAnne Cohoon not only works to improve gender equity for women faculty at the university level, she also leads national workshops for high school teachers on how to diversify their computer-science classrooms. These workshops train teachers how to engage high-school age girls—the pipeline of future STEM faculty.
We are pleased to announce that we are accepting requests for support for outreach and travel to assist with identifying and recruiting highly qualified women tenure track faculty candidates, especially underrepresented women candidates, in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and social, behavioral and economic (SBE) departments. Find out more about outreach and travel funds and U.Va. CHARGE Initiative Four here.
Related news September 2013: The New York Times - Harvard Business School Case Study: Gender Equity
Related news 2nd Quarter 2013: Econ Focus -The Profession: Where are the Women?
>> Salary Study - a quantitative analysis of tenured, tenure track faculty salaries at the University of Virginia.
Related news June 2013: Inside Higher Ed: The Mom Penalty - a review of the book, Do Babies Matter? Gender and Family in the Ivory Tower.
Related news March 2013: LiveScience: Men & Women Alike Struggle With Work-Life Balance
Investing in Our Future
At the University of Virginia, we endeavor to provide an excellent education, create new knowledge, encourage innovation and promote a culture of integrity and equity. The NSF ADVANCE grant, and the programs that will come out of it, are an investment in our future. They provide opportunity and means for all members of our community to participate in realigning our current culture and demographics with our most deeply held ideals and values. With women’s increased Ph.D. attainment in STEM-SBE fields, hiring the highest quality faculty requires that we broaden our networks to attract the best. Both our fundamental commitment to fairness and equity, as well as academic rigor, require that we develop and retain our increasingly diverse faculty. We can only be at our best through the creative problem solving that comes with diverse groups of thinkers. Broadening the participation of women in STEM-SBE fields will strengthen the University’s ability to compete in the increasingly global environment of higher education. U.Va. CHARGE will better enable us to achieve our aspirations as an inclusive institution, to ensure that all individuals, regardless of their gender, have the opportunity to excel.