Mission and initiatives

ASU ADVANCE is a five-year institutional transformation award of $3M to improve equitable outcomes in the academic life course, with a particular focus on women and faculty of color.

The National Science Foundation initiated the ADVANCE program in 2001; since then there have been 67 Institutional Transformation awards.

Mission statement
ASU will become a higher education leader in inclusion and diversity at all levels of the university, from undergraduates to academic leadership. The ASU ADVANCE project focuses on realizing this vision, particularly at the faculty level.

Three initiatives

  1. Public values; promotion and tenure guidelines: Ensure that faculty and administrator procedures on recruiting, promotion, evaluation, and retention explicitly address how to improve equity and diversity in an interdisciplinary structure.
  2. Digitally Enhanced Professoriate: Provide appropriate and accessible professional development and mentoring opportunities for STEM women and members of underrepresented groups across the entirety of the academic life course. 
  3. Digital Dashboard tracking faculty through P&T and workload: Design, implement, and evaluate digital administrative systems to monitor equity-related processes, and empower administrators to intervene to ensure equitable opportunities and outcomes. 

Social Science Research Project
What is the impact of an interdisciplinary academic structure on the academic life course with a focus on equity? 
A mixed-method approach to answer how intersectionality and interdisciplinarity work together to structure the academic life course at ASU and beyond.