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Equity Through Inquiry- ADVANCE at Otterbein

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Otterbein has been selected as one of only eight universities across the country to receive a prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) ADVANCE IT-Catalyst grant.

The project, Equity through Inquiry: ADVANCE at Otterbein, is grounded in the social scientific literature on stereotyping, implicit bias, motherhood penalties, and work-life balance. The assessment will focus on four main aspects of the life of faculty: Bias and Climate; Service Obligations; Work-Life Balance; and Part-Time Faculty and Dual-Career Couples. The ultimate goal of this study is to identify and implement actions that will improve campus climate across all disciplines and for all faculty. As part of the program Otterbein joins The Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) at Harvard University which brings together other schools looking at these issues. The data collected -- and the conclusions they suggest -- will be shared with the campus community at all levels, and at regional and national venues where academic leaders from Primarily Undergraduate Institutions (PUIs) gather who are struggling to confront these issues. We expect to use the data to lead our peer institutions into new best practices.

This Institutional Transformation Catalyst grant is part of the NSF’s ADVANCE program (ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers). One aim of our study is to improve the recruitment and retention of female STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) faculty. Otterbein is one of only a few primarily-undergraduate institutions to ever be recognized by the ADVANCE program.

For more information about this grant, contact Project Director, Dr. Jessica Garrett Mills at jgarrett@otterbein.edu or 614.823.1615.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number (1208986).



Oct 18th: Presentation to the Board of Trustees

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