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Hardin, Miles, and Grzanka receive NSF ADVANCE Grant

Primary Investigators and Psychology faculty members Erin Hardin, Joe Miles, and Patrick Grzanka along with Dr. Veerle Keppens of Material Sciences and Engineering and Vice Provost John Zomchick received a National Science Foundation grant of $713,763 for their project entitled “ADVANCE Adaptation – ASCEND: Adaptations for a Sustainable Climate of Excellence and Diversity.  The grant begins September 1, 2018 and goes through August 2021.

Here is an abstract of the project:

ASCEND will adapt proven initiatives from ADVANCE programs at other institutions to transform the institutional context at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UT), and reduce disparities in the recruitment, hiring, retention, and advancement of women faculty in STEM disciplines.

Our ASCEND initiatives target three specific institutional problems identified by women STEM faculty at UT: (1) a culture of implicit bias, (2) experiences of social and professional isolation, and (3) lack of support for work-life integration. To do so, ASCEND will have three tracks, each incorporating multiple strategies:

• UT-CLIMBS (UT Climate Improvement Strategies) will tackle implicit bias and develop equity advocates within individual units

• UT-CONNECTS (UT Collaborating and Networking Strategies) will build social and professional support networks to reduce isolation

• UT-WINS (UT Work-Life Integration Strategies) will enhance work-life integration

Our efforts are guided by aconceptual model that addresses formal policies (e.g., promotion policies) and informal practices (e.g., unwritten norms) in both professional and personal domains. ASCEND’s portfolio is designed to change our institutional culture, rather than trying to change women. In adapting prior ADVANCE initiatives, we will leverage our campus strengths, including our Intersectionality Community of Scholars, an interdisciplinary group of faculty with interest and expertise in intersectional research, theory, and activism.

Congratulations to the PI’s who will be directing this important program that will help transform our campus.

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