The UNC ADVANCE-Adaptation grant proposal, Targeting Equity in Access to mentoring (TEAM ADVANCE) is one of the 8 submissions (of 47 received) selected this year by the NSF for funding.  TEAM ADVANCE is fully funded for just under $1,000,000 over the next 3 years to implement the proposal of interventions across the University—from the Provost Office, to Chairs and Deans, to faculty mentors, to junior faculty mentees—to promote effective, intersectionality-informed mentoring for faculty, with emphasis on women and underrepresented groups in STEM fields.  Housed within the Center for Faculty Excellence (CFE), TEAM ADVANCE is dedicated to implementing interventions that are informed by the Carolina Women’s Center (CWC), with regard to intersectionality. The CFE and CWC have taken an institutional change approach to this NSF ADVANCE-Adaptation grant.


TEAM ADVANCE focuses on women, and specifically women of color, due to under-representation of women and women of color in faculty positions at UNC. Women now comprise more than half of the graduate students earning PhDs in STEM fields and almost half of the assistant professors at UNC, but white women constitute just 18% and women of color only 0.9% of UNC’s full professors. Women in the STEM field often face marginalization and barriers to success based on their intersectional identities that slow or prevent career progression. UNC suffers from the same struggles to recruit, retain, and promote women and minorities in the STEM fields as many other research institutions. TEAM ADVANCE will implement and access in-depth, contextual mentoring for all STEM faculty, with interventions along the way to disrupt the alien and isolated environments that women, especially women of color, report that they live and work in. Ideally, the broad impacts of equalizing access to mentoring will improve retention, career advancement, professional achievements, and sustain holistic well-being for women STEM faculty, specifically women of color STEM faculty.

Phase I: Development and Implementation

TEAM ADVANCE is devoting the 2018-19 academic year to team development, as well as the development of the resources, programs, and other interventions needed to ensure quality faculty development and mentoring for implementation in academic year 2019-20.  Existing resources for mentoring and faculty development can be found through the CFE website, and resources for women faculty through the CWC website. Be on the lookout for additional information and updates!

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Resources for Faculty Development and Mentoring

CFE Resources

The CFE offers mentoring and faculty development resources for faculty members at all levels of their career. Click the stage that suits you for more specifics.

Explore more about the CFE’s mentoring resources in Excellence in Faculty Development and Mentoring.

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CWC Resources

The Carolina Women’s Center is committed to offering resources to faculty and staff that specifically address on campus organizations, professional development and educational resources, resources related to gender equality on campus, and family leave.

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Office for Diversity and Inclusion Resources

The Office for Diversity and Inclusion offers opportunities and resources to learn from peers and others about diversity,equity, and inclusion within the Carolina community and beyond.

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