The ADVANCE Midwest Partnership- Joining Forces is a cross-institutional effort to promote increased retention and career advancement opportunities for underrepresented women and women with family responsibilities working in STEM. Target audiences for the ADVANCE partnership includes academic leadership, tenured faculty, and under-represented minorities. This program is funded by the National Science Foundation's ADVANCE Partnership program.
In September 2018, NSF awarded a $1 million ADVANCE Adaptation grant to a team of Michigan Tech faculty: PI Adrienne Minerick (SoT) and Co-PIs Sonia Goltz (SBE), Audrey Mayer (SFRES), Patty Sotirin (HU), and Andrew Storer (SFRES). The three-year grant will focus on adapting programs from other ADVANCE institutions to fit the Michigan Tech culture in order to promote faculty success, promotion, and retention.
ADVANCE Matrix Process for University Programs (AMP-UP) is a systematic, data-driven, continuous improvement process instituted to address faculty retention, satisfaction, and career progress. The process was motivated by a proposal submitted for the NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grant; hence, a focus of current efforts is to facilitate female and under-represented STEM faculty success and retention.
The first ADVANCE grant was proposed in January of 2008 and was funded with a start date of September 1, 2008. The original end date was August 31, 2011, and the grant was extended for one year to August 31, 2012. This first grant was aimed at catalyzing change in the gender diversity of the faculty.