ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers

The goal of the National Science Foundation's (NSF) ADVANCE program is to increase the representation and advancement of women in academic science and engineering careers, thereby contributing to the development of a more diverse science and engineering workforce. ADVANCE encourages institutions of higher education and the broader science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) community, including professional societies and other STEM-related not-for-profit organizations, to address various aspects of STEM academic culture and institutional structure that may differentially affect women faculty and academic administrators.

SF State has received two ADVANCE Awards that together comprise our SF State Transforms grant:

  • IT Catalyst: Evaluating the Impact of Service on Career Advancement of Women Faculty at SF State (2016-2021, PI Rosser).
  • ADVANCE Adaptation: SF State TRANSFORMS - Advancing Equity in Faculty Workload and Professional Development (2021-2024, Co-PIs Domingo and Mamo).

The Current NSF ADVANCE project: SF State TRANSFORMS is built on the prior data collection efforts of IT-Catalyst.

Timeline of IT Catalyst, Transform, and Pilot phases, from 2016 into future with NSF logo

The National Science Foundation began supporting ADVANCE initiatives in 2001, and has awarded over $130M in funding for a variety of programs. The most significant efforts seek to create permanent institutional transformation.