UVa CHARGE 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.


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

Tournament of Ideas Proposal Submissions Represent a Diverse Group

Thank you for your Tournament of Ideas proposal submissions! We are proud to have a great cross section of the university represented and such a diverse group submitting proposals. We received proposals from many schools to include SEAS, A&S, Batten, Med/Law, Law, Curry, and SCPS. Many groups were also represented to include faculty, staff, grad students, and alumni. I'm sure the competition will be stiff, good luck to all tournament contestants! Finalists for Tournament of Ideas Will be Announced November 1st.


Contest Deadline Extended!

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U.Va. Becomes More Inclusive and Encourages a Diverse Workforce

The Cavalier Daily: University. Extends Spousal Benefits for Same-Sex Partners

>> Just released: U.Va. CHARGE Newsletter - October 2014

STEM and SBE women faculty:
Applications for Enhancement Funds are now being accepted!

Enhancement funds are small grants for the purpose of supporting women’s career advancement in the STEM and SBE disciplines. Career advancement activities include: research, teaching, scholarship, and professional development.  All full-time, permanent tenure and tenure track STEM and SBE women faculty at U.Va. are eligible to apply.  Since time to full rank may be longer for women compared to men tenured faculty in SBE departments, SBE faculty are especially encouraged to apply for resources to enhance their advancement from associate to full professor. Please see the U.Va. CHARGE Enhancement Fund Web page for a detailed description and application. 

Tournament of Ideas Newsbrief

The U.Va. CHARGE program seeks to generate innovative solutions, policies, or practices to address the challenges faced by dual career academic couples and the institutional challenges of hiring and recruiting them.

These ideas will be collected via a Tournament of Ideas competition.  The best ideas will be presented to the University community on November 18th. Submissions from the entire university community (faculty, staff, students, alumni, and spouses or partners thereof) are sought.   The top two ideas, as judged by a panel, will receive $3,000 and $1,500 respectively.

More about the dual career issue and the Tournament of Ideas

>>Outreach and Travel Funds Available<<

U.Va. CHARGE is 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. Read more about this important initiative and fill out an Active Recruitment & Outreach Fund request form.


Three faculty talkingU.Va. CHARGE Sponsors
Faculty Search Committee Seminar

Faculty: September 8th
Department Chairs: September 9th

Faculty Search Committee Seminar Details and Registration

On a search committee this year or is there one in your professional future?

  • Discover recruitment and evaluation tools tested by U.Va. faculty that make the process easier

  • Learn how to handle committee dynamics

  • Learn best practices for conducting fair and inclusive searches that get the best applicants

Academic Search Portal Released

U.Va. Beta Academic Search PortalUniversities 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.

>> 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.  <<

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.

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

Life-friendly Faculty Guide
Web version | PDF version

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.

© Copyright 2012-2014 by the Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia

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 uvacharge@virginia.edu. Feedback and suggestions are also welcome.

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