The National Science Foundation ADVANCE Program seeks to increase the participation of women in the scientific and engineering workforce through the increased representation and advancement of women in academic scientific and engineering careers.
The ADVANCE Program takes systemic/institutional approaches to increase the representation, full participation, and advancement of women in academic careers in science, technology, and engineering, thus contributing to a more diverse workforce, locally and nationally.
Georgia Tech’s (GT) ADVANCE Program (2001-2007) was one of the nine institutions to receive an NSF Institutional Transformation award in the first cohort of awardees. The GT ADVANCE Program is now institutionalized. It extends across all six colleges of the Institute, and continues to take an integrated institutional approach to the advancement of women faculty.
Georgia Tech ADVANCE takes continuing action—in initiatives, practices, and policies—to support a workplace that it equitable, diverse, and inclusive.
- Build and sustain an inter-College network of ADVANCE Professors to support the community and advancement of women faculty, and create liaisons with Deans of the Colleges.
- Foster equity in tenure and promotion through clarity of documents and practices and through awareness of bias in evaluation.
- Strengthen and expand the scope and impact of work-family practices including “active service/modified duties,” the GT daycare center, and job placement for spouses/partners of faculty.
- Make accessible and transparent means toward advancement through an annual Career Coaching event, as well as Workshops in key areas such as securing grants, building a research program, and publishing across career-stages.
- Create effective partnerships across Colleges through initiatives including the annual Chairs’ Workshop focusing on recruitment, retention, and advancement of faculty.