ADVANCE Program Announces Equity Initiative
Georgia Tech’s ADVANCE Program has announced a new initiative that is meant to promote more equitable practices when it comes to faculty advancement at the Institute. “Tech has always been committed to excellence and equity in its hiring and promotion practices,” said Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Rafael L. Bras. “But excellence and equity requires constant vigilance and adherence to best practices and clear processes. The work of the ADVANCE professors will help us in our ‘relentless pursuit of institutional effectiveness.’”The ADVANCE Program seeks to increase the participation of women in science and engineering by increasing their representation and advancement in academia; there is an ADVANCE professor based in each of Tech’s colleges. The group suggested the creation of the Equity Program as part of its ongoing commitment to recruit and retain a diverse, world-class faculty at Tech.The program’s focus will be on fair processes for evaluating faculty members for advancement. Potential components of the program, which could be in place as early as Spring 2013, might include the following:
- A means to support awareness of equity such as equity advisors who would provide information and advice on practices that maximize the likelihood of recruitment, retention and the advancement of excellent and diverse faculty members.
- Clear and easily accessible procedures regarding evaluation procedures for reappointment, tenure and promotion.
- Focusing a discussion on equity at the annual department and school chairs orientation.
- A managed mentoring program for assistant professors and a launch committee for each new faculty member hired that would help successfully integrate the person into the institution and ensure a successful start.
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- Created By: Amelia Pavlik
- Created: 07/02/2012
- Modified By: Fletcher Moore
- Modified: 10/07/2016