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
>> Beta Academic Search Portal is Released <<
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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 Columbia Business School: New Research Proves Gender Bias Extraordinarily Prevalent in Stem Careers
Award-Winning Computer Scientist Opens Door to Women
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.
>> 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.
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.
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.