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Faculty Advocate

Associate to Full Mentorship Program

The Faculty Advocate mentoring program is designed to support faculty of color and/or faculty who are women, transgender, or gender nonbinary at the rank of Associate Professor advance to the rank of Full Professor. To help address the gender and racial disparities at the rank of full professor and in leadership roles, Faculty Advocates will provide 1:1 mentorship for faculty candidates who are interested in submitting their file for promotion to Full Professor. Faculty Advocates will discuss with candidates how to cultivate their professional networks and select external reviewers. In addition, Faculty Advocates will review their mentees’ promotion statements and materials to offer feedback and advice. Post-tenure faculty, particularly women-identified and underrepresented minority faculty, tend to perform more mentoring and receive less mentoring because academic units tend to focus on mentoring and support for junior faculty.

The Faculty Advocate mentoring program supports two of the four goals of the LUC-INSPIRED NSF ADVANCE grant: to create a comprehensive mentoring program to provide a network of professional support to improve the success, retention, and advancement of women, underrepresented faculty, and women of color faculty, and to provide pathways for professional growth for women, underrepresented faculty, and women of color faculty in STEM fields to address gender and racial disparities in full professors and senior administration. Increasing representation of women, underrepresented faculty, and women of color faculty has the benefit of creating a sense of belonging and inclusion through an increased number of representational role models in key leadership positions.

Associate to Full Mentorship Program

The Faculty Advocate mentoring program is designed to support faculty of color and/or faculty who are women, transgender, or gender nonbinary at the rank of Associate Professor advance to the rank of Full Professor. To help address the gender and racial disparities at the rank of full professor and in leadership roles, Faculty Advocates will provide 1:1 mentorship for faculty candidates who are interested in submitting their file for promotion to Full Professor. Faculty Advocates will discuss with candidates how to cultivate their professional networks and select external reviewers. In addition, Faculty Advocates will review their mentees’ promotion statements and materials to offer feedback and advice. Post-tenure faculty, particularly women-identified and underrepresented minority faculty, tend to perform more mentoring and receive less mentoring because academic units tend to focus on mentoring and support for junior faculty.

The Faculty Advocate mentoring program supports two of the four goals of the LUC-INSPIRED NSF ADVANCE grant: to create a comprehensive mentoring program to provide a network of professional support to improve the success, retention, and advancement of women, underrepresented faculty, and women of color faculty, and to provide pathways for professional growth for women, underrepresented faculty, and women of color faculty in STEM fields to address gender and racial disparities in full professors and senior administration. Increasing representation of women, underrepresented faculty, and women of color faculty has the benefit of creating a sense of belonging and inclusion through an increased number of representational role models in key leadership positions.