Montana State University

MSU ADVANCE Programs

NSFADVANCE 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 and Provost Martha Potvin are serving as Co-PIs and Sara Rushing, Political Science is serving as Co-Director.

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 website


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.

Project Summary and Project Description
ADVANCEnetwork Project Evaluation - September 2009


Past ADVANCE activities:

ADVANCEnetwork Workshop: "Cultures of Leadership"
May 4-5, 2010, Museum of the Rockies
ADVANCE 2010

Keynote Speakers:
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”
Panel discussions:
Today's Scientific Leaders: Ways of Doing Science
Ways Leaders in Science Emerge from Service: How to Engage and Thrive
Interactive Session:
Don't Just Sit There, STAND for Something

Co-sponsored by Women's Faculty Caucus

Agenda / Poster / Presentations: Schmader (coming), Carli, Schmader, Kuntz, Ways of Doing Science panel


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
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Keynote Speakers:
Kristin Bennett, The Implementation Group (Washington, DC)
Kelly Fryer-Edwards, University of Washington School of Medicine
Panel discussions:
Doing Research Across Disciplinary and Institutional Boundaries
Communicating With the Media
Interactive Session:
Scientists and Public Policy

Agenda / Poster / Photos / Presentations: Fryer-Edwards, Bennett, O'Mahony/Black, Patten / Video Summaries of 2007, 2008 and 2009 Workshops


"Science and Place" Workshop -- May 4-5, 2008, Gallatin Gateway Inn invite 2008

Keynote Speakers:

Suzanne Lewis, Superintendent of Yellowstone National Park
Debra Friedman, Dean, College of Public Programs, Arizona State University
Panel discussions:
Research in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
Health Care Research in Montana
Interactive Sessions:
MSU as (Institutional) Place and (Social) Space
Meet your colleagues: 60-second introductions

Agenda / Poster / Video Summaries of 2007, 2008 and 2009 Workshops

"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.

Keynote Speakers:
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
Interdisciplinary Roundtables

Agenda / Poster / Video Summaries of 2007, 2008 and 2009 Workshops

  • ADVANCEnetwork Mini-Retreat: August 17, 2009, noon-3 pm - Report from external evaluators and discussion of findings; Reports from mini-grant recipients; and Brainstorming for the 2010 ADVANCEnetwork workshop.
  • "Conflict Management" Workshop: April 2, 2009, 3:30 pm, 168 SUB (with Nancy Dodd, College of Business)
  • Grant-getting seminar: November 25, 2008, 3:00-4:30 pm, 168 SUB (formerly 106E). Panelists include: Anne Camper, Linda Hyman, Gwen Jacobs, Paula Lutz, Adele Pittendrigh, and Joan Broderick. Grant sources handout and funding opportunities handout.
  • Mini workshop: March 19, 2008, "Desperately Seeking Mentoring: Figuring out what you need and how to find it", by Tine Reimers, Co-director, ADVANCE IT, Cornell University, 108 Plant BioScience Bldg., 3 pm.
  • Mini workshop: February 27, 2008, "Finding Work-Family-Life Balance: Faculty Perspectives", by Christina Campbell, Steve Holmgren, Paula Lutz and Dan Moshavi, 108 Plant BioScience Bldg., 3 pm.
  • Internal Steering Committee Planning Retreat: January 11, 2008 - Project updates and planning for the May workshops.
  • Mini workshop: November 7, 2007, "More Negotiating", by Susan Dana, College of Business, 108 Plant BioScience Bldg., 3 pm.
  • Internal Steering Committee Meeting: May 1, 2007 - Project updates and planning for the August workshops.
  • Planning Retreat: January 5, 2007 - The PIs met with the Internal Steering Committee

  • 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


    Other ADVANCE awards made by NSF