The new WPI ADVANCE Program is funded by a three-year $1 million National Science Foundation grant that will bolster the university’s ongoing efforts to promote a diverse faculty. This grant will help WPI reassess the current promotion processes to make them more equitable to all faculty. It capitalizes on recent conversations surrounding promotion and changes to promotion policies for tenured faculty. The results of these efforts will contribute to important change across higher education, giving WPI the opportunity to be a leader in faculty development and diversity.
The grant, ADVANCE Adaptation: Advancing toward Equity for STEM Faculty, will facilitate the following activities:
1. Work with faculty to clarify promotion criteria and policies for tenured and non-tenure track faculty
2. Conduct discussions surrounding biases and ways to mitigate them in the promotion process
3. Develop a mentoring program for associate faculty members from tenured and non-tenure track faculty
The WPI ADVANCE Team includes:
• Jeanine Skorinko, Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of the Psychological Science Program
• Chrysanthe Demetry, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Morgan Teaching and Learning Center
• Natalie Farny, Associate Teaching Professor of Biology & Biotechnology and Associate Director of the Morgan Teaching and Learning Center
• Elizabeth Long Lingo, Assistant Professor, Foisie Business School
• Susan Roberts, Professor and Head of Chemical Engineering
The ADVANCE team needs faculty participants for many of its initiatives. Fill out this survey to indicate your interest in participating in these activities.