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ADVANCE-ing gender equity

In 2010, Lehigh was one of seven recipients of a National Science Foundation (NSF) ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Grant. The five-year, $2.6 million grant aimed to increase the ranks of women in academic science and engineering careers.

Lehigh’s ADVANCE grant focused on harnessing the strengths of interdisciplinarity to enhance recruitment, retention and the advancement of women faculty in STEM fields at Lehigh. Though the active funding period will come to an end this summer, ADVANCE will continue its work to promote gender equity among faculty.

Toward this end, Lehigh applied for and was awarded a second ADVANCE grant. Lehigh will partner with Georgetown University, Bucknell University, Lafayette College and the United States Military Academy and will be joined by the United States Naval Academy on a project titled “Patriot League Institutions Mentor Associate Professors WISEly (MAPWISEly).” The goal of the project is to examine if emerging best practices for mentoring new women associate professors in STEM fields positively impact measures of career satisfaction and serve as indicators of advancement across a diverse network of Patriot League institutions. Kristen Jellison, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering and faculty director of Lehigh’s ADVANCE grant, also serves as a co-PI on the most recent grant.

Story by Lori Friedman
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