ADVANCE Project TRACS
MSU has received a $3.4 million grant to help broaden the participation of women faculty members by improving the work environment for the entire campus. Funding is from the National Science Foundation's ADVANCE Institutional Transformation program for "Project TRACS: Empirically Investigating Transformation through Relatedness, Autonomy, and Competence Support". award news
The research team includes Jessi Smith, Psychology Department, as the PI. President Waded Cruzado, Provost Martha Potvin and Tom McCoy, Vice President for Research, Creativity and Technology Transfer, and Sara Rushing, Political Science, are serving as Co-PIs.
We are located in Room 319 Leon Johnson Hall, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT. For more information please contact Jessi Smith or call 994-4690.
new ADVANCE Project TRACS web site
MSU ADVANCE Leadership
"Big Sky Leadership Initiative to ADVANCE Women Into Careers in Research Leadership", NSF grant awarded to MSU, August 15, 2006 through July 31, 2010.
PIs are: Sue Monahan, Anne Camper, Gwen Jacobs, Cathy Whitlock, and Paula Lutz
The overall objective of the project is to advance women into leadership positions in research administration in higher education through on-going professional development, network building and a cascading system of mentoring. Funding will be used to support the development and delivery of intensive training workshops, the initiation and development of mentoring relationships on MSU campus for mid-career women faculty, and travel to facilitate mentoring relationships between senior women faculty and outside mentors.
Past ADVANCE activities:
ADVANCEnetwork Workshop: "Cultures of Leadership"
May 4-5, 2010, Museum of the Rockies
Toni Schmader, University of British Columbia - “Knowing is Half the Leadership Battle: The Science of Unconscious Bias”
Linda Carli, Wellesley College - “Through the Labyrinth: How Women Become Leaders”
Chrysti Smith, KGLT-FM - “The Language of Leadership”
Today's Scientific Leaders: Ways of Doing Science
Ways Leaders in Science Emerge from Service: How to Engage and Thrive
Don't Just Sit There, STAND for Something
Co-sponsored by Women's Faculty Caucus
Workshops on Leadership:
1) The Art of Influence - October 12, 2009, 3-5 pm, 168 SUB.
This workshop focused on how faculty can use the art of influence to lead, irrespective of their formal authority.
2) Communicating for Results - February 1, 2010, 3-5 pm, 235 SUB.
This workshop focused on communication issues in leadership, including communicating expectations, avoiding breakdowns in communication and providing constructive feedback.
by Paul Bentley, Director of the Leadership Program, MSU's Extended University
"Science and the Public Interest" Workshop -- May 3-4, 2009, Gallatin Gateway Inn
Kristin Bennett, The Implementation Group (Washington, DC)
Kelly Fryer-Edwards, University of Washington School of Medicine
Doing Research Across Disciplinary and Institutional Boundaries
Communicating With the Media
Scientists and Public Policy
"Science and Place" Workshop -- May 4-5, 2008, Gallatin Gateway Inn
Suzanne Lewis, Superintendent of Yellowstone National Park
Debra Friedman, Dean, College of Public Programs, Arizona State University
Research in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
Health Care Research in Montana
MSU as (Institutional) Place and (Social) Space
Meet your colleagues: 60-second introductions
"The Future of Science" Workshop --
August 19-21, 2007, Gallatin Gateway Inn
This inaugural workshop paired an examination of the future of science, from both disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives, with collaborative work with senior researchers and outside experts on post-tenure career assessment and planning.
M.R.C. Greenwood, U-C Davis - "Women in Science and Higher Education Careers"
Amy Philipson, ResearchChannel and Streaming Media and TV Technologies - "Connections and Connectivity"
Panel discussions were held on:
The Science and Economics of Climate Change
Science and Economic Development
The Art of Negotiation
Women in Bioinformatics seminar series -
(A series of speakers sharing their groundbreaking Science and their journeys as women in a predominantly male subject area.)
January 14, 2008 -- Janet Thornton, Head, European Bioinformatics Institute, Cambridge, UK.
Dr. Thornton is a leading expert in relating protein sequence to structure and function. She has worked extensively in knowledge-based approaches to sequence analysis. She is a member of the Royal Society.
March 8, 2008 -- Laura Elinski, Head, Genomic Functional Analysis Section, Genome Technology Branch NHGRI/NIH.
Dr. Elinski uses experimental and Bioinformatic methods to discover non-coding functional elements in the human genome.
March 28, 2008 -- Adriana Briscoe, Assistant Professor, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology.
Dr. Briscoe brings a unique perspective to science; she is trained in both Biology and Philosophy. She uses experimental and Bioinformatic approaches, specifically phylogenetic reconstruction and homology modeling, to study the evolution of vision.
May 2, 2008 -- Helen M. Berman, Director, Protein Database (PDB)
Dr. Berman internationally renowned for her development of protein and nucleic acid databases. Her research interest is in the application of Bioinformatics to protein structure.
Sponsored by NSF/EPSCoR & NSF/ADVANCE Leadership Grant; NIH/National Library of Medicine & National Cancer Institute, R13 award to M.A. McClure. For more information contact Marcie McClure at 994-7370.
ADVANCE Leadership Award Grants for Mid-Career Women Faculty
As part of our ADVANCE grant, we proposed a mid-career track, one of three tracks for advancing women into research and research leadership in multidisciplinary venues. As part of this track we are developing a competitive grant program for course buyout or other support to allow the faculty member to participate in this program. The focus is threefold: (1) to enhance research productivity, (2) to facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration or entry into new research areas, and (3) to support the development of effective mentoring relationships. Request for Proposals
These funds may be used for a variety of purposes including course buy-outs, travel for research or collaboration, hiring graduate or undergraduate research assistants, equipment purchases or any other use that advances your research program and facilitates development of collaborative relationships with other researchers.
2009 Awardees: Jessi Smith, Psychology; Linda Young, Political Science; Lisa Davis, Mathematical Sciences, and Laura Black, College of Business
2008 Awardees: Beth Burroughs, Mathematical Sciences; Tamela Eitle, Sociology & Anthropology; Jennifer Luebeck, Mathematical Sciences; Christa Merzdorf, Cell Biology & Neuroscience; and Kristin Ruppel, Native American Studies
2007 Awardees: Christina Campbell, Health & Human Development; Cathy Cripps, Land Resources & Environmental Sciences; Mary Miles, Health & Human Development; and Beth Quinn, Sociology and Anthropology