The SU ADVANCE Program focuses on equity issues among university faculty, paying particular attention to current inequities in faculty workloads and promotion guidelines.

The National Science Foundation ADVANCE Program began in 2001 and has awarded close to $300 million to over 160 different institutions of higher education in the U.S. 

In September 2016, Seattle University received a 5-year ADVANCE "Institutional Transformation" grant:  What Counts as Success?  Recognizing and Rewarding Women Faculty's Differential Contribution in a Comprehensive Liberal Arts University. Our program is housed under the Office of the Provost.

Our overall goal is institutional, cultural, and structural transformation that aligns our expectations and promotion standards with our educational mission.

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On March 8, 2021, the SU Academic Assembly voted to approve our proposed revised guidelines for promotion to full professor. On June 3, 2021, the SU Board of Trustees adopted a resolution approving the proposed amendments. The revisions go into effect immediately. The adoption of the revised promotion guidelines fulfills our primary programmatic deliverable, and also lays the groundwork for SU's national leadership in revisioning the professoriate for these times.

An excerpt from our newly approved promotion guidelines:  "Seattle University values an inclusive view of scholarship in the recognition that knowledge is acquired and advanced through discovery, integration, application, teaching, and engagement."

To read the full version of the revised guideline, please visit Revised Guidelines for Promotion to Full Professor

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The SU ADVANCE Program is currently in a No Cost Sixth Year Extension. Funding from the National Science Foundation will end Summer 2022.

Contact Us

Sarah Trainer, PhD
Program and Research Coordinator
Casey 420

Reine Mages
Administrative Coordinator
Casey 310