Welcome to the ADVANCE Community of Practice!

Welcome to the ADVANCE Implementation Mentors (AIM) Network home page. The AIM Network currently consists of over 100 ADVANCE change agents (e.g., PI’s/Program Directors/Coordinators) representing more than 70 National Science Foundation ADVANCE funded projects throughout the United States.

 AIM Network Goal –  to optimize the efficiency and effectiveness of the national ADVANCE efforts by establishing an ADVANCE Community of Practice (CoP).  To this extent, the AIM Network seeks to provide ADVANCE change agents with information,  mentoring, and professional development.

Women of Color (WOC) Allies and Partners Project Goal –   to provide the ADVANCE community, especially the AIM Network members, with training and tools to be active allies and partners to STEM faculty women of color, thus facilitating academic institutional support critical to the recruitment, retention, and advancement of all STEM faculty women.


Korman & Goodwin Response to Williams & Ceci (2015): Don’t Throw Out those Equity Training Materials Just Yet.

InMindBlogKudos to Korman and AIM Network colleague, Goodwin, for their recent In Mind Blog post in response to Williams and Ceci’s (2015) Proceedings from the National Academy of Science publication entitled, “National Hiring Experiments Reveal 2:1 Faculty Preference for Women in STEM Tenure Track.

Korman and Goodwin (2015) note:

By presenting lifestyle information explicitly, Williams and Ceci (2015) have conducted an impressive and tightly controlled study in which they show that women can be favored in hiring, provided that all other things are equal. But once we introduce some of the “noise” of a real hiring situation, we can no longer be sure that the playing field is equal….

Stellar women do indeed rise to the top of candidate pools, but they must be outliers to do so. [Further] the gap between ratings of stellar and strong female candidates is often greater than the ratings gap between stellar and strong men. As a result, in a real hiring process, strong women can still end up ranked below their equally qualified “…strong” male peers. 

They conclude that although the Williams and Ceci’s results are hopeful, it is “not time to throw out those training materials yet!”

National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity–Post AIM Network Meeting Website!!

National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity--Post AIM Network Meeting Website

National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity–Post AIM Network Meeting Website

Thank you Dr. Kerry Ann Rockquemore!  We had a fabulous meeting on re-thinking mentoring.  Please check out the mentoring resources provided to us through the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity!

Re-Thinking Mentoring with the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD)’s Dr. Rockquemore: AIM Network May 12 Webinar Presenter!

Kerry Ann RockquemoreThe AIM Network is delighted to host Dr. Kerry Ann Rockquemore from the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD) at our next monthly Network meeting, May 12, 2015 (11:30 am ET).  She will facilitate discussion on “Re-thinking Mentoring:  How to Build Communities of Inclusion, Support and Accountability.

Kerry Ann Rockquemore will facilitate discussion about re-imagining how mentoring occurs on our campuses. She will describe the challenges all pre-tenure faculty face on the tenure-track and the unique challenges under-represented faculty experience. This provides the context for discussion about the common problems associated with traditional mentoring programs. The presentation culminates in a description of alternative models for internal and external mentoring programs.

About Our Presenter:  Dr. Kerry Ann Rockquemore

Kerry Ann Rockquemore, PhD is President and CEO of the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity. Her scholarship has focused on interracial families, biracial identity, and the politics of racial categorization. She is author of two books: Beyond Black and Raising Biracial Children, as well as over two dozen articles and book chapters on multiracial youth. After Dr. Rockquemore became a tenured professor (at the University of Illinois at Chicago), her focus shifted to improving conditions for pre-tenure faculty by creating supportive communities for professional  development, writing productivity and work/life balance. Her award-winning work with underrepresented faculty led to the publication of her most recent book: The Black Academic’s Guide to Winning Tenure Without Losing Your Soul. Through the NCFDD, Dr. Rockquemore provides workshops for new faculty at colleges across the United States, writes a weekly advice column for Inside Higher Education, and works with a select group of new faculty each semester in the NCFDD’s Faculty Success Program.

Sensemaking about Why Faculty Leave: Policy Impact on Faculty Outside Offers

O'Meara arms crossedCheck out Kerry Ann O’Meara, Ph.D. and her colleague’s latest work on policy impact and faculty outside offers:  “Half-Way Out:  How Requiring Outside Offers to Raise Salaries Influences Faculty Retention and Organizational Commitment,” and “To Heaven or Hell:  Sensemaking about Why Faculty Leave.”  Kerry Ann will discuss this work at the next AIM Network monthly meeting (Tuesday, February 10, 2015) in a presentation entitled:  Stop, Don’t, Go, Please:  Retention and How our Policies & Work Environments Shape it.  

Kerry Ann is Co-PI and Co-Director of the University of Maryland’s ADVANCE IT grant. KerryAnn’s recent work has focused on the retention and advancement of women faculty, faculty professional growth, reform of promotion and tenure systems, and organizational practices that advance engaged scholarship and equity in faculty workload. Her research has been widely published, appearing in the Journal of Higher Education, Review of Higher Education, Research in Higher Education Journal, and Handbook for Higher Education Research among other venues.