SU ADVANCE Faculty Formation & Mentoring

Because the overall goal of SU ADVANCE was institutional, cultural, and structural transformation to align our expectations and reward structures with our educational mission, we focused on both procedural and cultural change within Seattle University.

Cultural change is arguably the most difficult component of institution transformation because it involves upending core beliefs within the academy itself. A reimagined professoriate challenges the ways in which faculty think about themselves, their work, and their expertise.

One way that SU ADVANCE systematically pursued cultural change at Seattle University was through holistic faculty formation and mentoring opportunities. Pilot training sessions hosted by SU ADVANCE began in early 2021 and continued until the end of the grant cycle in mid-2022.

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Upcoming Workshops, Listening Sessions, and Events

The NSF-funded SU ADVANCE Grant ends August 2022, but initiatives to implement ADVANCE-related objectives will continue under the grant PI, Jodi O'Brien. Dr. O'Brien will be leading this work in her role as Special Assistant to the Provost. Future workshops and sessions will be held beginning in Fall 2022 under the auspices of the Provost's Office and in collaboration with entities like the Center for Faculty Development.

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Past Workshops, Listening Sessions, and Events

I am so happy to see that this program is not doing a thing to fix women! Instead, it is focusing on structural change.

-A Member of our 3rd Year NSF Review Team at the end of their October 2019 visit