Provost's Welcome

Welcome to the USM ADVANCE IT-Catalyst “Women ADVANCE at USM” project website. Thank you for your interest in USM and our activities to promote diversity and equality among all faculty across the university. This project will investigate the representation and status of women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) and social and behavioral sciences disciplines at USM.

”Women ADVANCE at USM” will help USM better understand the dynamics affecting our ability to attract, retain, and advance women faculty in STEM and social and behavioral sciences. STEM faculty serve as role models and mentors to students, especially returning older women students with families and women veterans. This project is particularly important in enhancing the institution’s efforts to recruit and retain more women students in these disciplines.

The data gathered through this project will help improve various aspects of academic life, including faculty development and advancement, and work-life balance. Recognizing our strengths and limitations with respect to the workplace environment will help the USM develop a cohesive plan that supports equality in all its forms and benefits all faculty members.

As Provost, I look forward to working with the ADVANCE IT-Catalyst team and encourage you participate whenever possible.

Michael R. Stevenson, Provost 

What is ADVANCE?

"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." (ADVANCE Brochure, pg 2)