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.


The U.Va. CHARGE program will implement five initiatives over a five year period to achieve this goal at the University:

Link to full NSF ADVANCE proposal
Link to U.Va.'s NSF ADVANCE abstract
U.Va. CHARGE Brochure

News and Events

>> Beta Academic Search Portal is Released <<

Academic Search Portal 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.

>> The portal is currently a beta model, so please help us by providing feedback at uvacharge@virginia.edu or from the beta site.   We look forward to hearing from you and meeting the needs of search committees.  <<

Grant Opportunity - Marion Milligan Mason Awards for Women in the Chemical Sciences

Online Application site will open July 1, 2014
Proposals are due on or before September 15, 2014

The objective of the Mason Award is to kick-start the research career of promising future senior investigators in the chemical sciences. The Marion Milligan Mason Fund will provide three grants of $50,000 every other year to women researchers engaged in basic research in the chemical sciences. Awards are for women who are starting their academic research careers. In addition to research funding, the program will provide leadership development and mentoring opportunities. Please click here for more information.

Related News from The Chronicle of Higher Education: Top Biology Labs Run by Men Hire Fewer Female Scientists

Related News from Columbia Business School: New Research Proves Gender Bias Extraordinarily Prevalent in Stem Careers


Award-Winning Computer Scientist Opens Door to Women

Mary Lou SoffaMary 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.

UVa CHARGE leadersUVAToday: "U.Va. Engineering Professor Working to Attract More Women to Computing"

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.


>> Available Now – Dual Career Salary Fund for STEM/SBE New Hire <<

We are now accepting requests for dual career funding to support one annual salary and fringe benefits for a dual career hire partner of a STEM/SBE woman tenure-track/tenured faculty hire to start in AY2014-2015. Read more info here or fill out a request form here.

September 2013 - UVAToday: Faculty Focus on Recruiting Strategies for Attracting New Colleagues to U.Va. At the symposium sponsored by U.Va. CHARGE, “Recruiting the Most Qualified Candidates Using Effective, Fair Searches to Hire Excellent Faculty,” President Sullivan encouraged the audience of about 100 department chairs and faculty members who are serving on search committees to find the best candidates to ensure U.Va.’s future excellence. Read the whole story at UVAToday.

U.Va. ADVANCE sponsors Life-Friendly Faculty Guide.

Life-friendly Faculty Guide
Web version | PDF version

Related news : Gender Summit 3 - North America, November 13-15, 2013, Washington, D.C. The aim of the 3rd Gender Summit, which is focused on North America, is to interconnect all relevant stakeholders in a Call to Action to achieve positive change towards greater diversity in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) workforce and leadership, and greater inclusion of biological sex and gender considerations or the "gender dimension" in research content and process. More information

>> Outreach and Travel Funds Available <<

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.

First Cohort
UVATODAY - First Cohort of U.Va. Female Scientists and Scholars Receives Career-Enhancing Grants


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

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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.

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This is an ambitious effort that will require the assistance of many! If you are interested in getting involved, we welcome your participation. Please send an email to the team at ADVANCE@virginia.edu. Feedback and suggestions are also welcome.

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