An interdisciplinary Colorado State University team has been awarded a nearly $1 million ADVANCE Adaptation grant from the National Science Foundation. The funding will allow CSU to leverage best practices and high-performing programs from other campuses that have had success in improving gender equity in STEM academic professions. The NSF ADVANCE program goal is to broaden the implementation of evidence-based systemic change strategies that promote equity for STEM faculty in academic workplaces and academic professions.

The ADVANCE @ CSU Team will use NSF grant funding for new support positions in the Inclusive Excellence and Equal Opportunity offices, as well as funding for faculty member and departmental leaders to support equity universitywide.

The initial focus is STEM disciplines as supported by the NSF grant, but the work will extend universitywide as a broader initiative supported by the Office of the Provost. Additionally, programs will also improve equity for other employee groups in addition to the faculty.

The ADVANCE Program will focus on supporting:
  1. Equitable recruitment
  2. Retention of underrepresented groups
  3. Department leadership in their equity efforts
  4. Faculty and leadership to enact change in their own spheres of influence


Promotion and Tenure Forum with the
March 24, 2022
Forum Slide Presentation

CSU Faculty Equity Advocates

Call for Faculty Advocates: March 23, 2022 Email

Grant Documents & Presentations
Project Description
Fall 2021 Presentation to Faculty Council


Read about ADVANCE @ CSU in SOURCE:
ADVANCE @ CSU seeks to foster STEM faculty gender equity, cultivate campus partners

For further information, please contact Professor Ruth Hufbauer at

ADVANCE @ CSU Leadership Team

ADVANCE at CSU team photo
From left to right: (back row) Laura Sample McMeeking, Shannon Archibeque-Engle, Emily Fischer, Sue James; (front row) Gregg Dean, Meena Balgopal, Heather Novak, Ruth Hufbauer
Ruth Hufbauer
Team Leader/Principal Investigator

Ruth Hufbauer
(Agricultural Biology)

Jen Dawrs
Program Manager

Jen Dawrs
(Office of the Provost)

Team Members

Meena Balgopal

Gregg Dean
(Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology)

Emily Fischer
(Atmospheric Science)

Laura Sample McMeeking
(STEM Center)

Sue James
(Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs)

Shannon Archibeque-Engle
(Associate Vice President for Inclusive Excellence)

Heather Novak
(Director for Institutional Research, Planning and Effectiveness)