The JSU ADVANCE project is a five year grant from the NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Program. JSU ADVANCE is designed to enhance the overall work climate for women faculty in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and the Social and Behavioral Science (SBS) disciplines, while informing the larger academic community about issues that are relevant to women at HBCUs.
• To advance the careers of all women faculty in the STEM and SBS disciplines by reinforcing their career and professional development at JSU in order to increase the number of tenured women at the Associate and Full Professor ranks and in administration at JSU with STEM and SBS backgrounds.
• To develop and support a network of research and career mentors for women faculty in the STEM and SBS disciplines at JSU.
• To foster and sustain a climate and culture which seeks the inclusion of all faculty regardless of gender, race, and other target characteristics at the university and in the department.
• To establish a proactive disposition regarding the assessment of university policies, procedures, and practices, which supports all aspects of diversity and ensures the greatest contributions from all members of the JSU community.