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By the Numbers: Outreach to Department Chairs

In preparation for this year’s New Department Chairs’ Orientation (sponsored by the Office of the Dean of the Faculty), we prepared graphs to illustrate the status of STEM women faculty both nationally and at Brown.

The first graph shows nationally, women as a percent of STEM doctorates received compared to tenured/tenure-track and full professor positions held.  The second graph shows the percent of women by rank in each division at Brown University.

See our entire presentation as well as our brochure of resources for chairs.


September 21, 2010 at 9:52 am Leave a comment

2010-11 Faculty Mentoring Guide

Our new-and-improved Mentoring Guide is now available!!

Taking into consideration the results of our mentoring program evaluations and what we’ve learned this past year, we updated our Mentoring Guide to better meet the needs of the faculty we serve.  Additions include:

  1. Explicit recommendations for setting short and long term goals, and identifying benchmarks for these aims.
  2. Defining what it means to be an advocate for ones mentee.
  3. Best practices for mentoring women faculty.

The Guide also contains a new and extensive list of faculty development resources for help in framing career goals.  New topics include negotiation and how to say no; research and publishing; intellectual property and copyright; laboratory management; raising your research profile and finding collaborators; writing for publication; teaching; tenure and promotion; and work-life balance.  And, of course, we continue to provide best practices for fostering a productive mentoring relationship and the role of junior faculty and mentors within the parameters of the relationship.


September 16, 2010 at 12:43 pm Leave a comment

Going to the Source

This year in preparing the data indicators for our Annual Report, we expanded our list of sources.  First stop was (and is always) the Office of the Dean of the Faculty.  They have been extremely helpful in providing basic counts of faculty.   Our focus, as an ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Award, is on the status of women faculty in the STEM disciplines.  One of the data indicators we’re looking at this year are the number of non-tenure-track faculty by gender.

reportAs we’ve learned through out the data collection process, the National Science Foundation (NSF) toolkit for data indicators are guidelines that point your program in the appropriate direction.  Specifically defining which faculty and staff are counted is the responsibility of the University, and for the sake of clarity and accuracy, should be clearly defined on each table.  We decided that non-tenure-track faculty include all faculty and staff that hold PhDs and are employed by the department.  For this information, we went to the source, and contacted each department directly (by sending an email to the department chair and department manager).  Example titles of non-tenure-track faculty include Adjunct, (Research) Professor, Investigator, Lecturer, Visiting Professor, Postdoctoral, and Clinical Professor.

To get a faster response, we made a list of all the non-tenure-track faculty (by gender) listed on each departments website.  Then, with our initial inquiry we sent a summary of the results from reading through their websites.  Added bonus–this has prompted some departments to  update their websites.

March 25, 2010 at 12:47 pm Leave a comment

The DOs and DON’Ts of an ADVANCE Program

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Welcome!  Our goal with this blog is to share the lessons we’ve learned managing our ADVANCE program here at Brown University.  Funded by a 5-year grant from the National Science Foundation, the ADVANCE Program at Brown University seeks to increase the retention and advancement of women faculty in science and engineering by making available those mechanisms that promote career success for all faculty scientists—mechanisms including mentoring, grant-seeking support, and tools for becoming leaders in academic and scientific communities.  We also strive to transform the institution by utilizing the social science literature on gender equity in resources provided to department chairs and administrators in order to ensure the retention and advancement of women and minority scientists.  ADVANCE at Brown awards grants for research and professional development, sponsors seminars and public lectures, provides grant librarian support, as well as networking opportunities that seek to foster faculty success.

We are writing this blog to promote awareness, share resources, and identify a space where others can comment and discuss these issues.

February 12, 2010 at 9:18 am Leave a comment