Montana State University

ADVANCE Project TRACs

Montana State University
P.O. Box 173095
Bozeman, MT 59717-3095

Tel: (406) 994-4690
E-mail: ADVANCE@montana.edu
Location: 319 Leon Johnson

Primary Contacts

Jessi L. Smith, Ph.D.
Special Assistant to the Provost/
Director of ADVANCE
jsismith@montana.edu

Sara Rushing, Ph.D.
Co-Director of ADVANCE/
University Family Advocate
srushing@montana.edu

Lindsay Murdock
Project Manager
tmarchwick@montana.edu

Micaela M. Young
Grant Submission Training Coordinator
micaelayoung@montana.edu

Becca Belou
Equity Data Analyst
rebeccabelou@montana.edu

Co-PIs

Waded Cruzado, Ph.D.
President
Montana State Univerity

Martha A. Potvin, Ph.D.
Provost & V.P. for Academic Affairs

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Our primary goal is to transform Montana State University and broaden the participation of women faculty in STEM and underrepresented areas of Social and Behavioral Science (SBS). 50% of the new faculty hires made in 2012-2013 in STEM/SBS were women! Currently, MSU's STEM departments are 22.6% women, and SBS departments are 34.0% women. Overall, MSU faculty is 37% women. If you'd like to access or analyze MSU faculty data (by rank, gender, and department) click here.

Our second goal centers on our novel application of Self-Determination Theory’s tenets of “basic psychological need-support,” whereby we will test the process of institutional transformation, thus generating direct empirical evidence for whether and how our initiatives bring about cultural transformation. Our objectives are

  • Enhance Research Capacity and Opportunity

    ADVANCE institutionalizes systematic support for women faculty in STEM/SBS fields through grant pre-proposal assistance, establishes a mentoring network of successful grantees, and establishes needed infrastructures to facilitate women engaging in inter-disciplinary research.

  • Enhance Work-Life Integration

ADVANCE generates new programs, such as a family "care.com" network and dual career assistance program, and builds on existing programs, such as providing more flexible solutions for work-life integration in general and during major life transitions.

ADVANCE promotes respectful communication, sensitivity to the dynamics of relationships within a culture, and respect for the values and beliefs of cultures. It comes from the active and vigilant practice of maintaining cultural humility, and represents active attention and ongoing mindfulness. To realize this, we implement diversity depth hires, build an equity search toolkit and equity advocate program, and continue to engage the MSU community in unconscious bias education.

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Invoking the metaphor of a “runner’s track” suggests women faculty in STEM/SBS frequently find themselves on an “outside” track with hurdles to overcome and a longer distance to run than their male counterparts.

We aim to transform MSU by removing those hurdles and advancing women to an equal staring point.


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