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Collaboration is essential to academic careers, although most recognition accrues to individual achievement. By focusing interventions around three types of collaborations important in academic environments (collaborative research, inclusive community, and shared decisionmaking), ADVANCE creates more equitable outcomes for faculty members at UMass, Amherst, with a particular focus on women and members of underrepresented groups.


r3 model venn diagram - relationships, recognition, resourcesThe R3 model for supporting faculty collaboration (and equity) focuses on three necessary elements for success: resources, relationships, and recognition. Resources reflect material support available to faculty, relationships capture the development of supportive networks, and recognition identifies how work is evaluated and rewarded.The R3 model suggests that if faculty members, irrespective of gender, nationality, race/ethnicity, or field, have equal access to the resources necessary to do their work, equal access to relationships with colleagues, and equal access to recognition for the work that they do, faculty members will be more successful, and the institution will be more inclusive and equitable.


The National Science Foundation (NSF) ADVANCE program focuses on developing systemic and sustainable approaches to addressing faculty gender disparities across the sciences (including dynamics at the intersection of race and gender) and promote gender equity. The Institutional Transformation (IT) track supports the development of innovative organizational change strategies to produce comprehensive change.

UMass Amherst was awarded a 5-year (2018-2023) $3 million ADVANCE Institutional Transformation (IT) grant to support our efforts at advancing gender equity. 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


Save the date for the ADVANCE Program Launch: Tuesday, March 19, 2019

The Spring Workshop Schedule will be posted in mid-January.