Changing | Transforming: The Newsletter of the Center for ADVANCING UH Faculty Success

Upcoming ADVANCE Events

The goal of the NSF ADVANCE program is to increase the number and success of women faculty in the science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and behavioral sciences fields by recruiting more diverse faculty, providing clear opportunities for advancement and career development, and providing an inclusive and balanced work environment.


NEWS FROM THE CENTER

  Alicia Monroe, keynote speaker
  Dr. Alicia Monroe, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic and Faculty Affairs at Baylor College of Medicine, delivers the keynote address at the recent Mid-Career Workshop.
  Mid career workshop
  Provost Paula Myrick Short welcomes attendees to the Mid-Career Workshop and encourages them to advocate for their own promotion. 

ADVANCE Mid-Career Workshop Encourages Women to Pursue Promotion

Associate Women Faculty in the STEM/SBS disciplines were invited to attend a workshop hosted by the ADVANCE Center. The workshop, titled Roadmap to Full, encouraged tenured and tenure-track women to pursue promotion to Full Professor.

Provost Short welcomed the attendees and outlined the realities at UH before providing a call to action. She then introduced keynote speaker Dr. Alicia Monroe, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic and Faculty Affairs at Baylor College of Medicine.

The afternoon included sessions on assessing promotion readiness, increasing research visibility, negotiating success, and seeking funding before providing next steps for the promotion journey. During lunch, faculty were presented with common myths surrounding the promotion process, which were debunked.

ADVANCE Faculty Search Workshops Result in More Faculty Applications Per Position

The ADVANCE Center is striving to change the way in which faculty are hired at UH through a search committee training and rubric-based system. The results of their efforts show a marked change in the number of female and underrepresented minority applicants. The applications in STEM-specific disciplines saw an increase in 32.7% overall, with a 24% increase in applications from African American applicants and a 46% increase in Hispanic applicants.

"The success of this recruitment effort is astounding" said Dr. Mark Clarke, associate provost of faculty development and faculty affairs. "It is a testament to the commitment of our faculty search committees and department chairs to enhancing diversity within our faculty ranks, and I believe a direct reflection of the efforts of the ADVANCE initiative in helping to institutionalize these goals."


CELEBRATING THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF STEM WOMEN FACULTY

Daphne Hernandez
Daphne Hernandez, assistant professor of health and human performance in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. Photo courtesy of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.

Daphne Hernandez Wins USDA Grant to Prepare Students for Careers in Obesity and Nutrition
Daphne Hernandez, assistant professor of health and human performance in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, has won a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture to mentor and train undergraduate students for careers in obesity and nutrition. Read the Full Story

UH Physicist Mini Das Will Lead Team to Develop X-ray Microscopy
Mini Das, assistant professor of physics in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, has received a five-year, $620,000 CAREER award from the National Science Foundation to develop and test methods for fast, low-radiation, high-resolution X-ray microscopy. Read the Full Story

Women in Technology: Dr. Holly Hutchins
Holly Hutchins, professor of human resource development in the College of Technology, teaches graduate courses that prepare students to diagnose learning and change needs of organizations, and to design, develop and assess interventions. Read Her Full Interview

Learning by Doing: Inquiry-Based Physics Course for Student Success
Rebecca Forrest, instructional associate professor of physics and Margaret Cheung, associate professor of physics in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, have co-developed a new inquiry-based section of introductory physics through a pilot program as part of the Department of Physics' ongoing commitment to improving student success. Read the Full Story


CONTACT INFORMATION

Paula Myrick Short, Director and Co-Principal Investigator, Center for ADVANCING UH Faculty Success
Christiane Spitzmueller, Managing Director, Center for ADVANCING UH Faculty Success

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