ADVANCE: Moving Beyond Boundaries

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Moving Beyond Boundaries to Promote Inclusive Faculty Success is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) through the ADVANCE program and is designed to promote success for women and underrepresented minority faculty in our campus NSF-supported fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and Social, Behavioral, and Economic (SBE) sciences.

Demographic data, climate study results, and input from focus groups were used to identify two key equity and inclusion challenges here at Marquette University: 1) Recruiting women and underrepresented faculty effectively from limited candidate pools, and 2) Improving diversity climates at the department level.

Our Latest Event

See below for a video recording of our most recent event, Pushing Forward: Solutions for Retaining Underrepresented Faculty in STEM/SBE.




The broader impact of this ADVANCE project will be to create systemic institutional change that will underpin an increase in the number of women faculty and other underrepresented groups, their professional success, and the diversity of Marquette University STEM faculty. An important broader impact of the proposed project will be creation of an environment that enables all members of our STEM community to thrive, thereby enhancing the educational experience of our faculty and students and strengthening our contribution to the STEM talent pipeline. Our long-term goal is creating institutional change that will improve faculty success in all areas of campus.




Through ADVANCE we will be providing training seminars, speakers and department specific activities based on the needs and goals of each department. We will be working with and leveraging existing programs and partners at Marquette as well as other successful ADVANCE programs at institutions across the country. We will have the opportunity to look closely at the climate study data and what it means for your department.

Funds will be made available through ADVANCE for sending faculty representatives to attend meetings where women and diverse graduate students and postdocs are presenting their work. Additionally, supplementary travel funds will be made available for faculty to attend break-out sessions and meetings focused on the promotion of women and minorities within their own discipline specific conferences.



Moving Beyond Boundaries will:

  • Develop a culture of continuous and collaborative approaches for equitable and inclusive faculty recruiting.
  • Improve understanding and gain insight into the ways intersecting identities affect faculty experience in order to implement strategies for improving department climate. 

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The ADVANCE Program at Marquette University is supported by the National Science Foundation ADVANCE program award 1936148,“Moving Beyond Boundaries to Promote Inclusive Faculty Success.” The funding runs from October 1, 2019 - September 30, 2022.    



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