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   ..:: Policy & Recruitment ::..

Policy and Recruitment focuses on two areas: recruitment and retention of women faculty.


Members of the ADVANCE team meet with the female and dual career candidates who visit campus to interview in ADVANCE departments. In the fall of 2003, the total number of female tenure-track faculty in ADVANCE departments was 38. Since 2003, 34.3% percent of the tenure-track/tenured faculty hires in ADVANCE departments have been women. In fall 2005, the total number of female tenure-track faculty in ADVANCE departments was 53.

ADVANCE has facilitated the hiring of twelve dual career couples in these departments.A Human Resources staff member now meets with all candidates who have partners who need help finding jobs in the region. Dual career placement is now an open part of the hiring process, and a handbook based on the experiences of the first two years is in development.


ADVANCE conducts an annual competition for Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA) awards, which consists of granting funds to GRAs for the purpose of conducting research and to help them progress in their Careers. ADVANCE has provided over $280,000 to support 60 Graduate Research Assistants.


ADVANCE team members have actively worked on a number of policy initiatives that affect recruitment and retention by being involved in:


All four colleges that house ADVANCE departments have initiated a formal third-year review. A handbook that summarizes these policies is in development.

A policy for extending the tenure clock is now included in the Handbook of Operating Procedures.

ADVANCE provided:

  • Additional start-up funds to new hires
  • Travel support for female candidates
  • Additional funds to hire dual career couples
  • Travel support for faculty to attend training and awareness sessions

NSF ADVANCE - Institutional Transformation for Faculty Diversity * Burges Hall 418
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