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Program Institutionalization

Image of a meeting with members of the external advisory board (including Dr. Werner) prior to the institutionalization of ADVANCE


During the NSF phase of ADVANCE (2010-2017), the ADVANCE Center coordinated 12 ADVANCE programs and activities that were carefully designed by committees of Texas A&M faculty and administrators.  Over the years, a few additional programs and activities were added. Each of the programs was designed to increase equity for faculty, particularly for women in STEM disciplines.  Each program and activity was aligned with at least one of the American Psychological Association's Psychologically Healthy Workplace (PHW) practices - the underlying, evidence-based framework for the TAMU ADVANCE initiative.

The activities were organized into 3 broad categories:
(1) Workplace Climate Improvement;
(2) Recruitment and Retention; and
(3) Success Enhancement.

Over the years, Texas A&M University has been taking steps to institutionalize the programs and activities that initiated with the ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Grant. Some of the programs and activities have already become well established in the new "institutionalized" phase of ADVANCE, albeit with newly defined scopes and/or target audiences. Some programs and activities are in the process of being revitalized. And, some programs are suspended for the time being as the future direction of ADVANCE is worked out under new leadership.


Summary of ADVANCE Programs and Activities

This table provides a summary of all of the ADVANCE programs, past and present.


Workplace Climate Improvement
Program Name Description Current Status Current Location Changes
Leadership Excellence for Academic Diversity (LEAD) Periodic workshops for Department Heads on implicit bias, diversity, climate Active. Renamed the Department Head Development Series Dean of Faculties Office Monthly workshops for Department Heads, including but not limited to topics of climate, accountability, equity and diversity
Faculty and Staff Interaction Teams (FASIT) Workshops with small teams of faculty and staff from the same units designed to Suspended, but the knowledge gained from this program has been incorporated into one of the tailored one-hour workshops. ADVANCE New format. Broader audience.
Departmental Mini-Grants Small grants were provided for department-level diversity efforts. Suspended per recommendation in the final report. Most colleges offer funds for department-level diversity initiatives. N/A
Student Diversity Training ADVANCE worked with Student Affairs to develop skits and videos for Fish Camp and New Student Conferences. Active. The videos are available on the ADVANCE website, and this activity has been institutionalized at the university. Division of Student Affairs TBD
Merit Pool Incentives ADVANCE worked with the Office for Diversity to provide additional merit funds for units that demonstrated significant progress towards university diversity goals. Suspended. However the Office for Diversity continues to review unit accountability reports annually. N/A N/A
Recruitment and Retention
STRIDE Search Committee Training Workshops Workshops on implicit bias for members of faculty search committees. Active. This program has expanded considerably. All faculty are now required to take this workshop if they are on a search committee. The program includes a set of resources for search committees. ADVANCE Expanded capacity. New materials. New committee.
Early Career Faculty Workshops (Roadmap) Annual workshops Active. This program has expanded considerably from a small workshop for post-docs and assistant professor women in STEM fields to all tenure-track assistant professors Dean of Faculties Office Expanded target audience. Expanded capacity. New materials.
Generating Professional Success (GPS) Annual workshop Active. Dean of Faculties Office This entirely new program is a "spin-off" designed after the Roadmap Program. It is targeted specifically for Academic Professional Track faculty.
Faculty Recognition ADVANCE collaborated with several other units to recognize and publicize the achievements of women faculty and to promote award nominations for women faculty. Active. Faculty achievements are recognized by multiple units across campus. The Office of External Faculty Recognition assists with award nominations for all faculty on campus. Division of Research/ Dean of Faculties Office/ Office of External Faculty Recognition ADVANCE has plans to expand STRIDE training to provide guidance for awards committees on implicit bias.
ADVANCE Diversity Champions N/A Active. This activity recognizes faculty (as well as staff and students) who make contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion. ADVANCE ADVANCE Diversity Champions are identified and celebrated on the ADVANCE website.
ADVANCE Speaker Series This program helped fund senior women faculty who were actively involved in gender and diversity issues, and mid-career and senior women faculty who were nominated by departments for recruitment purposes. ADVANCE provided funds and helped with event promotion.

Active, but no longer organized by ADVANCE per recommendation from the ADVANCE Final Report.  However, the Office for Diversity coordinates an active Enhancing Diversity Seminar Series and has a funding program for speakers and events. Most colleges also have programs to bring in speakers

Office for Diversity/ Individual colleges ADVANCE is no longer a source of funds for speaker events, as other units have absorbed this function.
Dual Career Program ADVANCE helped "augment" the existing Partner Placement program by securing initial funds to support the Dual Career Program Coordinator. This expanded the program to assist partners who were interested in non-academic careers. Active. This program is fully institutionalized with a full-time budgeted position. Dean of Faculties Office The program continues to expand in capacity, and is considered vital for the success of faculty recruitment.
Success Enhancement
ADVANCE Scholars Program This program provided eminent external mentors and senior internal advocates for women faculty from underrepresented groups. Active. After being suspended for several years, this program has been institutionalized and expanded. Office for Diversity The program is no longer limited to women faculty from underrepresented groups in STEM disciplines. The program is open to all scholars with a strength in and a respect for diversity and inclusion.
ADVANCE Administrative Fellows Program This program provided opportunities for women from STEM disciplines to take on a temporary, part-time administrative role at the college or university level Active. After being suspended for several years, this program has been institutionalized and expanded. ADVANCE The program is no longer limited to women faculty in STEM disciplines. All mid- to late-career faculty are eligible. And, the program now provides funds for leadership development.
ADVANCE NCFDD Faculty Success Fellows Program This is a new program that provides funds for tenure-track faculty to participate in the National Center for Faculty Diversity and Development's Faculty Success Program.
Active. ADVANCE This program is open to all tenure-track faculty. ADVANCE coordinates monthly cohort meetings.
Peer Mentoring Groups (Success Circles) This activity helped organize peer mentoring groups centered on personal and professional interests. Success circles included women faculty united around the followiing interests: Power Writing, Female Department Heads, and New Moms. Suspended per recommendation from the Final Report. N/A ADVANCE is no longer a source of funds for this activity, but some of the groups have continued to meet on their own (e.g. AWESOME writing group, and Female Department Heads).