ADVANCE at Michigan Tech

ADVANCE at Michigan Tech is dedicated to promoting faculty retention, career success, and STEM equity with an emphasis on advancing underrepresented individuals with intersectionalities. We are funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and currently are the recipients of 2 ADVANCE grants. Target audiences for ADVANCE programming include academic leadership, tenured faculty, and under-represented minorities.

ADVANCE Advocates Team Supports 55-21 in University Senate Referendum Ballot

The ADVANCE Advocates unanimously encourage tenured and tenure-track faculty to vote in favor of University Senate Proposal 55-21 in the University Senate Referendum Ballot, which would modify the Faculty Handbook to “recognize diversity, equity, and inclusion activities as an indication of a commitment to expanding the educational, research, scholarly, and service related activities of Michigan Tech.”

This provision would benefit the University community and individual faculty members by recognizing and promoting a broader range of work related to diversity, equity and inclusion. It would encourage a stronger diversity and inclusion focus for faculty publications and curricula, and an enhanced sense of belonging across campus. Further, the proposal supports the stated values and long-term goals of the University, which will benefit the University’s reputation and financial standing.

Questions about the proposal should be directed to Sam Sweitz, president of the University Senate, at

Dr. Sonia Goltz, Diversity Award Winner 2021

About the Award

Established in 2014, Michigan Tech’s Diversity Award showcases faculty and staff who demonstrate exemplary commitment to initiatives that forward diversity and inclusion. Their contributions come in many forms, including recruitment, retention, teaching, research, multicultural programming, cultural competency and community outreach. 

"For the past 25 years, Dr. Goltz has devoted tremendous time, energy, and creativity to addressing issues of advancement, equity, fairness and respect. Her scholarship makes a sustained contribution to the literature on DEI in academe. her career contributions to transformative University change are substantial, enduring, and sincere. And her fierce dedication to DEI work is inspiring."Patty Sotirin, Professor of Communications, co-PI for ADVANCE at Michigan Tech

To read more about Dr. Goltz and her amazing contributions to Diversity and Gender Equity, please go to the whole article here.

COVID Impact Statements

The purpose of the COVID Impact Statement is to provide reviewers the information that they need to perform a fair, contextualized review of the faculty member’s performance and contributions. We have created a page to help guide you in writing these statements, or click here for a printable pdf.

Our Awards

ADVANCE Adaptation—AMP-UP Continuous Improvement Process to Transform Institutional Practices and CultureADVANCE at Michigan Tech: Incluision. Responsiveness. Career Success.

Funding Agency: National Science Foundation, HRD 1760585
Principal Investigator: Adrienne Minerick
Co-PIs: Sonia Goltz, Andrew Storer, Patty Sotirin
Award Amount: $1,000,000
Project Dates: 9/1/18- 8/31/21

ADVANCE Partnership—Joining forces - A Midwestern Partnership for STEM Faculty Success
ADVANCE Partnership: Joining Forces

Funding Agency: National Science Foundation, HRD 1935932
Partnership Team: Cinzia Cervato (Iowa State University), Carla Koretsky (Western Michigan University), Canan Bilen-Green (North Dakota State University), Adrienne Minerick (Michigan Technological University).
Award Amount: $1,000,000
Michigan Tech Subaward: $170,000
Michigan Tech Team: Adrienne Minerick, Sonia Goltz, Patty Sotirin
Project Dates: 9/1/19-9/30/22