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FIU ADVANCE is supported by a five-year $3.2 million Institutional Transformation grant awarded in 2016 by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for Florida International University to develop innovative organizational change strategies to produce comprehensive change within an academic institution across all STEM disciplines. Provost Kenneth G. Furton serves as the project PI, and Drs. Suzanna Rose, Yesim Darici, Mike Heithaus, and Ranu Jung are ADVANCE Co-PIs.

FIU ADVANCE is aimed specifically at developing strategies to increase the number of women and minority professors in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM), and the social and behavioral sciences (SBS) at the university. This grant follows FIU’s successful implementation of the NSF-funded ACE Partnership for Adaptation, Implementation, and Dissemination (PAID): Awareness of, Commitment to, and Empowerment of Women Scientists at FIU in 2011-2014.

FIU ADVANCE is overseen by the Office to Advance Women, Equity & Diversity (AWED) and the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (CWGS).

Click here to see the full FIU NSF-ADVANCE website.

The ACE Partnership for Adaptation, Implementation, and Dissemination (PAID): Awareness of, Commitment to, and Empowerment of Women Scientists at FIU

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant #1106992. Funded by the National Science Foundation, 9/1/11-8/31/14, for the amount of $573,419.

The ACE (Awareness, Commitment, and Empowerment) project is a partnership between FIU and the University of Michigan, funded by the National Science Foundation, that will facilitate the hiring, retention, and promotion of women scientists using education and changes in departmental practices.

The goals of the three-year project are:

  • Awareness: to educate faculty and administrators at FIU about the problems facing women academics in the fields of science and math
  • Commitment: to increase the hiring, retention and promotion of women scientists and mathematicians at FIU
  • Empowerment: to develop skills using innovative workshops to address issues identified by the 2010 faculty climate surveys conducted at FIU.

The main project activities are:

1. The formation and activities of a STRIDE (Strategies and Tactics for Recruiting to Improve Diversity and Excellence) committee at FIU which will educate and assist in faculty hiring and promotion processes

2. Educational theatre sketches performed by the University of Michigan's CRLT (Center for Research on Learning and Teaching) theatre group, and using innovative workshops to empower and educate women in math and science

3. Innovative faculty skill-development and career planning workshops to address issues identified by the 2010 climate surveys conducted at FIU.

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NSF Internal Advisory Board

Michelle Ciccazzo, Dean, Public Health and Social Work
Kenneth Furton, Dean of College of Arts and Sciences
Andres Gil, Vice President, Division of Research
Laird Kramer, Director, STEM Transformation Institute
Jaroslava Miksovska, Associate Professor of Chemistry
Amir Mirmiran, Dean, College of Engineering and Computing
Carolyn Runowicz, Executive Associate Dean, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine

ACE Project Team

Suzanna Rose, Professor, Psychology,
Yesim Darici, Associate Professor, Physics,
Rosemary Hickey-Vargas, Professor, Earth and Environment,
Asia Eaton, Assistant Professor, Psychology & Women’s Studies,