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 the 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 the academic professions.

Promotion and Tenure Forum with the ADVANCE @ CSU Team
March 24, 2022
Forum Slide Presentation

CSU Faculty Equity Advocates
Call for Faculty Advocates: March 23, 2022 Email

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

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 university-wide.

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

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

The ADVANCE @ CSU Leadership Team

  • Team Leader/Principal Investigator: Ruth Hufbauer (Agricultural Biology)
  • Program Manager: Jen Dawrs (Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President)
  • Team Members: Meena Balgopal (Biology), Gregg Dean (Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology), Emily Fischer (Atmospheric Science), and 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)

Jen Dawrs, ADVANCE Program Manager

Grant Documents & Presentations

Information will be shared in the Spring 2022 semester on how STEM faculty across the university can engage in the ADVANCE at CSU Program. For further information, please contact Professor Ruth Hufbauer at