Provost's Message

Promoting Gender Diversity in the STEM Fields

On behalf of Michigan Technological University, I'd like to thank you for your interest in the ADVANCE program. As a STEM-intensive university, Michigan Tech is especially aware of the value in building a gender-diverse campus community. With generous support from the NSF, our ADVANCE team explores and authors best practices in hiring, mentoring, and promoting women faculty on our campus.

The ADVANCE team consists of a diverse range of people from across the university, from graduate students, to faculty, chairs, deans, directors, and the Provost. The team works to focus people and resources on building a body of best practices in recruitment, retention, and promotion which can help Michigan Tech build a rich faculty pool, with particular attention to the advancement of women in the STEM fields of academia.

Current initiatives include 1) Increasing the diversity and quality of the faculty applicant pool 2) Increasing the number of women hired into STEM tenure-track positions, and 3) Retaining our excellent faculty, once hired, by helping them achieve successful careers through mentoring and other practices which ensure a diverse, rich, and welcoming campus community.

Michigan Tech is a forward-thinking institution and firmly committed to the diversity which distinguishes it as a leader in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The ADVANCE team and I welcome your suggestions and participation in this important and continuing work.

Max Seel
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs