A new Center for ADVANCING UH Faculty Success, created with a $3.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation, is working to increase the number of female faculty members in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), as well as to make sure they have opportunities to move into leadership roles.

The five-year grant is part of the foundation’s national ADVANCE program, intended to increase the number of women in academic science and engineering. At UH, the center will strengthen female faculty recruitment in STEM fields, especially women of color.

UH President Renu Khator serves as principal investigator for the grant while Paula Myrick Short, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, is director of the new center.

The center’s goals are considered especially important as more women and minorities enter the workforce, creating a need for more women and minority STEM role models.

“It’s so important that we ensure women are given the opportunity to succeed as faculty members in all disciplines, not just for the University of Houston, but for everyone’s future,” Khator said.

The UH center established an ADVANCE Regional Network, consisting of five Texas-based current or former ADVANCE institutions: Prairie View A&M, Rice University, Texas A&M University, The University of Texas-Pan American and UH. Other activities include training for faculty search committees, mentoring for junior faculty members and workshops on inclusion and diversity.