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Seattle University ADVANCE

Our mission is to support the recruitment, retention, advancement, and professional growth of a diverse faculty. We seek to achieve institutional, cultural and structural transformation that brought promotion standards, perceived expectations and mentoring processes fully into line with the values-based educational mission of Seattle University.

Reimagining the Professoriate

Originally funded by a National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Award in 2016, SU ADVANCE program overall goal is institutional, cultural, and structural transformation to align our expectations and faculty reward structures with our educational mission. The work focused on cultivating institutional changes necessary to implement a sustainable faculty development path toward advancement that includes recognition and reward of traditionally hidden or under-valued work. Key milestones from our original work included the successful revision of the Seattle University guidelines for promotion to full professor, as well as the implementation of workshops and mentoring sessions for faculty. 

The program continues with Seattle University, Gonzaga University and Saint Louis University jointly received a $1 million ADVANCE Partnership award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to increase the recognition and inclusivity of faculty promotions processes with the overarching goal of encouraging change across all 28 members of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU).


Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Care

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The program is designed to foster gender and racial equity through a focus on the identification and elimination of organizational barriers that impede the full participation and advancement of diverse faculty in academic institutions.

SU ADVANCE Leadership Team

SU ADVANCE Faculty Fellows

SU ADVANCE Fellows provide recommendations and feedback to the Leadership team about ADVANCE programming and liaise with their Colleges to promote ADVANCE programming and to extend ADVANCE work done under the NSF-funded ADVANCE-IT grant and to support and institutionalize programmatic elements of the IT grant.

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