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.


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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Principal Investigators

Lead PI:

Erin Malloy, M.D.
Director, Center for Faculty Excellence
Professor and Director of Medical Student Education, Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine


Robert Blouin, Pharm.D
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Professor, Eshelman School of Pharmacy

Jaye Cable, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Curriculum in Environment and Ecology
Professor, Department of Marine Sciences

Kia Caldwell, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of African, African American and Diaspora Studies

Kelly Ryoo, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, School of Education


Senior Personnel

Patricia Parker, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Communication

Gloria Thomas, Ph.D.
Director, Carolina Women’s Center 

Kevin Guskiewicz, Ph.D.
Interim Chancellor
Kenan Distinguished Professor, Athletic Training, Department of Exercise and Sport Science
Co-Director, Matthew Gfeller Sport-Related TBI Research Center


Additional Personnel

Susan Girdler, Ph.D. 
CFE Faculty in Residence for Faculty Mentoring

Clare Counihan, Ph.D.
Advisor for Intersectionality and Gender Equity

Jonathan Foland, MA
TEAM ADVANCE Research Project Manager


Internal Steering Committee

Rumay Alexander, EdD
Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Vice Chancellor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Professor, School of Nursing

Kevin Jeffay, Ph.D.
Gillian T. Cell Distinguished Professor of Computer Science
Department Chair, Department of Computer Science

Joanne Jordan, M.D.
Executive Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Leadership Development, School of Medicine
Joseph P. Archie, Jr. Eminent Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine
Adjunct Professor, Epidemiology

Leslie Parise, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, School of Medicine

Ron Strauss, D.M.D.
Executive Vice Provost
Dental Friends Distinguished Professor, School of Dentistry
Professor, Department of Social Medicine, School of Medicine


External Advisory Board

Valerie Ashby, Ph.D.
Dean, Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, Duke University 

Christine Grant, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of Faculty Development and Special Initiatives, College of Engineering Professor, Chemical Engineering, North Carolina State University 

Yvette Huet, Ph.D.
Professor, Kinesiology, University of North Carolina, Charlotte
Director, ADVANCE Faculty Affairs and Diversity Office

Jennifer Linderman, Ph.D.
Professor, Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan
Director, ADVANCE Program

Participating Departments and Schools 

College of Arts & Sciences STEM Departments
School of Medicine
Eshelman School of Pharmacy
Gillings School of Global Public Health
School of Information and Library Sciences