This report summarizes research from the Iowa State University ADVANCE Collaborative Transformation (CT) project, which is one of many components of ISU‟s ADVANCE program. ISU ADVANCE is funded by a 5 year “Institutional Transformation” grant from the National Science Foundation. The National Science Foundation awards ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grants to universities and colleges for the purpose of transforming institutional structures, cultures, and practices in ways that enhance the recruitment, retention, and promotion of women faculty, and when possible, underrepresented faculty of color in STEM disciplines. ISU‟s ADVANCE program goals include “top-down” initiatives, such as the creation of college-level “Equity Advisors” (in 3 colleges presently) and the development, implementation and support of university-wide policies for enhancing faculty members‟ work-life balance. ISU ADVANCE goals also include “bottom-up” initiatives, such as the Collaborative Transformation project. The CT project focuses explicitly on creating departmental structures, cultures and practices that enhance faculty members‟ satisfaction with their careers at ISU; their productivity as scholars; and their contributions to departmental efforts to recruit, retain and promote other excellent faculty members of diverse backgrounds.
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Bird, Sharon R.; Fehr, Carla; Larson, Lisa M.; and Sween, Molly, "ISU ADVANCE Collaborative Transformation Project: Final Focal Department Synthesis Report" (2011). Office of the Provost Reports. 10.