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UMASS ADVANCE: Innovative Program Hits the Mark for Faculty Equity

UMass Amherst has put major muscle behind ADVANCE, a collaborative quest begun in 2018 to transform UMass into a place where every faculty member, regardless of gender, race/ethnicity, or sexuality, feels respected and has equal professional opportunities.


Through the power of collaboration UMass ADVANCE transforms the campus by cultivating faculty equity, inclusion and success. ADVANCE provides the resources, recognition and relationship building that are critical to equitable and successful collaboration in the 21st century academy.

UMass ADVANCE is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), which is advancing gender and racial equity for faculty in science and engineering.

UMass Amherst Receives Second Place Award in NSF Taking Action: COVID-19 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Challenge

For its efforts to support faculty during the pandemic, UMass Amherst has been awarded second place in the STEM Faculty category of the National Science Foundation’s Taking Action: COVID-19 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Challenge.

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Study Examines Gendered and Racialized Perceptions of Faculty Workloads

The team of interdisciplinary researchers, including sociologist and lead author Joya Misra of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, observed that workload transparency and clarity, and consistent approaches to assigning classes, advising and service, can reduce perceptions of inequitable and unfair workloads among women, among numerous other findings.

New ADVANCE Research Presented at International Gender Summit

Laurel Smith-Doerr, recently presented initial findings from her research on faculty governance and equity at the Gender Summit 2021 Europe. The new study by Smith-Doerr and ADVANCE team members Ethel Mickey and Ember Skye Kanelee uses multiple research methods to investigate ways to recalibrate faculty governance for more equitable outcomes and actual transparency.

Inside Higher Ed

Universities Should Look in the Mirror on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Colleges have excellent faculty who are contributing new knowledge on equity and inclusion, but sadly that knowledge is rarely applied to the institutions ... we must establish internally facing research and development units on campuses that allow universities to look in the mirror on equity.

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UMass ADVANCE is funded by a five-year (2018-2023) $3.1 million National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grant to advance gender equity for UMass Amherst faculty. The grant is titled Collaboration and Equity: The Resources, Relationships, and Recognition (R3) Model for Advancing Women and Underrepresented Faculty in Science and Engineering. National Science Foundation #1824090 & #2136150. Read more about the UMass NSF ADVANCE grant.