message from the director



Dear colleagues


The ADVANCE program works to support the recruitment, retention, advancement and professional growth of women and under-represented minority faculty at the University of Maryland. Initially supported by NSF, we are now supported through a campus-wide investment in faculty development and inclusive excellence by the Provost's Office, Office of Diversity & Inclusion, Office of Research and all college deans. You will find on this website a description of our ADVANCE Professors, peer networks for faculty, access to our dashboard, research and evaluation and much more. Since we initiated the ADVANCE Program in 2016 we have been pleased to see:


(a) improvement in the retention of women assistant professor faculty
(b) greater gender equity in time to advancement from associate to full professor
(c) greater retention among the faculty who participate in our peer networks
(d) the initiation of a paid parental leave and modified duties program for
      all faculty in 2012
(e) an 8 to 1 return on investment among faculty who received seed grants
(f)  inclusive hiring practices initiated by 75 faculty search committees and over 400 search committee members

Most importantly, we have found ADVANCE has helped faculty create cross-campus connections, find opportunities to keep growing as learners, leaders, and mentors, create safe spaces to acknowledge implicit biases, improve our faculty hiring practices, and track progress toward equity for all faculty. We hope you become involved with ADVANCE and look forward to your feedback on ways in which we might build a more inclusive campus.

KerryAnn O'MearaSincerely,

Professor KerryAnn O’Meara

Director of the University of Maryland ADVANCE Program



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