Advancing Female Faculty in STEM

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Advancement of Female Faculty: Institutional climate, Recruitment and Mentoring (AFFIRM)

To further NSF’s objective of diversifying the faculty landscape of STEM subjects, the University of San Diego created the Advancement of Female Faculty: Institutional climate, Recruitment and Mentoring (AFFIRM) program. It aims to boost the University of San Diego’s recruiting efforts of female faculty, especially those of color, in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

USD's AFFIRM project is a collaborative effort with its College of Arts and Sciences and Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering

About ADVANCE

"The goal of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) ADVANCE program is to increase the representation and advancement of women in academic science and engineering careers, thereby contributing to the development of a more diverse science and engineering workforce. ADVANCE encourages institutions of higher education and the broader science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) community, including professional societies and other STEM-related not-for-profit organizations, to address various aspects of STEM academic culture and institutional structure that may differentially affect women faculty and academic administrators. As such, ADVANCE is an integral part of the NSF’s multifaceted strategy to broaden participation in the STEM workforce, and supports the critical role of the Foundation in advancing the status of women in academic science and engineering.

Since 2001, the NSF has invested over $130M to support ADVANCE projects at more than one-hundred institutions of higher education and STEM-related not-for-profit organizations in forty-one states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, including twenty-four EPSCoR jurisdictions."

Source: NSF website

About NSF

"The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense…" With an annual budget of about $6.9 billion (FY 2010), we are the funding source for approximately 20 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America's colleges and universities. In many fields such as mathematics, computer science and the social sciences, NSF is the major source of federal backing."

Source: NSF website

"Women, especially those of color, are underrepresented in the STEM disciplines nationally. Here at USD, we are committed to creating a new norm"
Andrew T. Allen, PhD
Vice President and Provost