ADVANCE Transforms Scholarship Hub

2023-2024 ADVANCE Fellows

Ashmi Desai, Communications Studies (LCA)

Eileen Gonzales, Physics & Astronomy (CoSE)

Qun Wang, Computer Science (CoSE)

Alyssa Kubota, Computer Engineering (CoSE)

Juliana Parma, Kinesiology (HSS)

Supriya Misra Public Health (HSS)

Navi Kaur, Criminal Justice Studies (HSS)

Rochelle Jan Reyes, Public Health (HSS)

Cathy Samayoa, Biology (CoSE)

Angelica Camacho, Criminal Justice Studies (HSS)

Shubhi Sachdeva, Child and Adolescent Development (HSS)



2022-2023 Fellows: Building Solidarity and Community

Leia Bernardi Bagesteiro —  Kinesiology, CHHS  

Tiffany Caesar —  Africana Studies, CoES  

Jaime Chaves — Biology, CoSE  

Luella Fu — Mathematics, CoSE  

Marcela Garcia-Castanon —  Political Science, LCA  

Aakash Gautam — Computer Science, CoSE  

Zubaida Qamar — Nutrition Sciences, CHHS  

Shriti Raj — Computer Science, CoSE  

Anusha Sundarrajan — Speech, languages, and hearing, CoE  

2021-2022 Fellows: Equitable Collaboration in STEM

Leia Bagesteiro — Kinesiology, CHHS

Anoshua Chaudhuri — Economics, CoB

Dawn-Elissa Fischer — Anthropology, LCA

Valerie Francisco-Menchavez — Sociology & Sexuality Studies, CHSS

Melissa Hagan — Psychology, CoSE

Colleen Ingram — Biology, CoSE

Michelle Jungbluth — Estuary & Ocean Science Center & Biology, CoSE

Ornella Mattei — Mathematics. CoSE

Zena Mello — Psychology, CoSE

Ayse Pamuk — Urban Studies and Planning, CHSS

Charli Sakari — Physics and Astronomy, CoSE

Daphne Stannard — Nursing, CHHS

Building the ADVANCE Hub model

SF State faculty have reported little supports for scholarship and especially little support for interdisciplinary collaboration. In Year 1, the ADVANCE hub began with theme of Equitable Collaboration in STEM designed as a model to create structures of scholarship support for our faculty, starting with an intentional focus to meet the limited support for faculty scholarship that is collaborative, service-oriented, interdisciplinary and focused on social change.

Equitable collaboration in STEM held the goals to:

  • Decenter the individual scholar as the privileged producer of knowledge, arguing instead for interdisciplinary and community-based collaborative scholarship.
  • To lead with care and community-building and the values of equity — of position, voice, perspective, approach, and discipline.
  • To addresses power relations and status hierarchies in ways that level power dynamics to work toward retain and promote leadership among white women and women faculty of color.


Year 2: Building Solidarity & Community

As COVID-19 in person transitions gathered momentum, faculty felt isolated and also in need of flexibility as they worked hard to "return" and continue.SF State Faculty Fellows in the ADVANCE scholarship hub reported the Hub impact as providing avenues for connection, problem solving, and building shared experience as they sought to navigate the challenges and opportunities as faculty. Transforms set the goal of Year 2 as building community to advance faculty in STEM as we refine and institutionalize the hub model.  


Year 3:  Building New Relationships, Fostering a Community of Care

Focus on retention - As economic austerity measures seem to be the default approach to lower enrollments among universities across the US, SF State faculty feel the pressure of further isolation as workloads increase and job satisfaction decrease with resources limited for most activities associated with scholarship and intellectual recognition. We chose to focus efforts on incoming and new faculty as retention emerged as a significant factor. 


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