Initiatives at UW

Faculty Focused Initiatives

UW ADVANCE currently offers four types of regular faculty-focused events for the University of Washington campus. These events focus on leadership development for department chairs, deans, and emerging faculty leaders; career development for pre-tenure and mid-career faculty in STEM fields; and mentoring luncheons on different positions of academic leadership for women faculty in STEM.

The Leadership Development Workshops for chairs, deans, and emerging leaders across the University of Washington campus provides a forum for discussion and networking on strategic planning and effective leadership. Offered three times throughout the academia year.

Pre-Tenure Faculty Workshops for pre-tenure faculty in ADVANCE departments are intended to provide resources, discussion and best practices on issues that address equity and promotion. Offered quarterly throughout the academic year.

Mid-Career Faculty Workshops for mid-career faculty in ADVANCE departments create a campus-wide support and networking opportunity and offer post-tenure professional development.

The Mentoring-for-Leadership Lunch Program, specifically for women faculty in ADVANCE departments, provides a forum for discussion and networking focused on women leaders in academe. Offered monthly throughout the academic year.

Other Activities

UW ADVANCE also coordinates one of the campus lactation rooms and leads the PEERs Program, a program focused on increasing the participation of underrepresented undergraduate students in the College of Engineering by improving the climate for women, minorities, and people with disabilities in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).

Prior Activities

Under the original ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grant, UW ADVANCE also offered the Transitional Support Program (TSP), the Cross-Department Cultural Change Program (CDCCP), the Visiting Scholars Program (VSP), and the Department Transformation Grants (DTG). The TSP program offered grants to outstanding science, engineering and mathematics (SEM) faculty (regardless of gender) who were in the midst of major life transitions, either professional or personal, which could have impeded their career momentum. More TSP information here. The CDCCP program brought groups of faculty from several ADVANCE departments together to build personal leadership skills and work on a department-specific cultural change project. More CDCCP info here. The VSP brought nationally-recognized scholars in STEM or in fields that study STEM workforce issues to UW for a visit. DTGs provided funds to departments to address improving departmental culture through creating opportunities for women and minorities and departmental cultural change.

Since 2007, campus initiatives have been funded from a variety of sources, including from the UW Office of the Provost, the College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Engineering, and the College of the Environment.