Oregon State ADVANCE is a university-wide program supporting faculty and leadership development, institutional transformation, and cultural change. The program was launched in 2014 with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Given the success of the ADVANCE program at OSU—particularly the ADVANCE seminar—in providing a critical foundation for driving positive change, the program will be an integral element in core faculty development, leadership development, and diversity and inclusion programs.

The Office of Faculty Affairs, which is tasked with stewarding faculty excellence, will lead Oregon State ADVANCE, with Susan Capalbo, Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs serving as Director.

 

Advance Journal COVID-19 Special Issue: A Conversation with Susan Shaw, Co-Editor

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended higher education’s typical mode of operation and given rise to an unanticipated and unprecedented array of personal and professional impacts on faculty. The ADVANCE journal’s mission is to provide an open access outlet for peer-reviewed articles related to institutional transformation concerning inclusion, equity and justice in higher education.  Recognizing that COVID impacts are not uniform, the editors of the ADVANCE journal invited brief essays from faculty women, especially women in STEM fields, about impacts in areas such as research productivity, advancement, family life, and much more, across a broad spectrum of social difference. The result was a special issue published in December 2020.

Dr. Susan Shaw, co-editor of the ADVANCE journal, noted that while they asked for personal essays, she was surprised by just how personal the submissions were. Shaw said, “Authors wanted to address the emotional impact of the pandemic. We saw a great deal of honesty and bravery from people who are used to writing research papers. Clearly, they appreciated the opportunity to write in a more engaged and inclusive level about how it feels to be a faculty member during COVID-19.” 

All of the articles in the special issue address inequities in pandemic impacts, whether in academic publishing during the pandemic, the ability to conduct field research or research during a pandemic sabbatical, teaching to students also experiencing isolation, and even the experience of being an international PhD student far from home. Members of the ADVANCE-IT team from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, specifically discuss some of their efforts to ensure the disparate impacts on caregiving faculty, often women, and communities of color, do not lead to negative outcomes for STEM women in terms of their own advancement.

Further, the ADVANCE journal has invited submissions for a second special issue addressing ongoing challenges of the pandemic. In the second special issue, they continue to invite submissions about impacts on women faculty, but are especially interested in submissions about institutional strategies and results for addressing issues raised by the pandemic whether related to promotion and tenure, teaching loads and evaluations, lab operations, graduate student mentoring and/or childcare.

A second COVID-19 special issue is in the works! Please see the call for submissions. For full consideration for the April 2021 issue, please submit essays by February 1, 2021. Essays submitted after February 1st will be accepted for consideration in a later issue.

The ADVANCE journal is part of ongoing efforts by OREGON STATE ADVANCE. Dr. Susan M. Shaw, Dr. Rebecca Warner, and Dr. Sarina Saturn are the ADVANCE journal’s co-editors, and Kali Furman is the managing editor.

Oregon State ADVANCE is a university-wide program supporting faculty and leadership development, institutional transformation, and cultural change. It seeks to address gendered environments for female and underrepresented faculty, thereby increasing the diversity of OSU faculty in STEM disciplines.

Oregon State ADVANCE was launched in 2014 with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The national ADVANCE network provides outstanding connections to proven research and best practices related to enhancing gender equity and attracting, retaining, and supporting a diverse, world-class faculty. The NSF ADVANCE network gives OSU access to an extended community of peers at other ADVANCE institutions and within national and international research agencies.

Given the success of the ADVANCE program at OSU—particularly the ADVANCE seminar—in providing a critical foundation for driving positive change, the program will be an integral element in core faculty development, leadership development, and diversity and inclusion programs. This will maximize the program’s impact on building an inclusive university community where all faculty—and particularly women and underrepresented faculty in the STEM fields—receive the support and mentorship they need to advance professionally in their careers.

To that end, the Office of Faculty Affairs, which is tasked with stewarding faculty excellence, will lead Oregon State ADVANCE, with Susan Capalbo, Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs serving as Director.