Five College of Engineering faculty members are among the 46 UMass ADVANCE Faculty Fellows for 2021-2022. The College of Engineering ADVANCE Fellows are: Seth Donahue, Biomedical Engineering; Ashish Kulkarni, Chemical Engineering; Konstantinos Andreadis, Civil and Environmental Engineering; Michael Zink, Electrical and Computer Engineering; and Shannon Roberts, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering.
UMass ADVANCE is funded by the National Science Foundation, which is working to improve the status of women faculty members, including women of color, in science and engineering. Through the power of collaboration, UMass ADVANCE explains that it transforms the campus by cultivating faculty equity, inclusion, and success. ADVANCE says it provides the resources, recognition, and relationship building that are critical to equitable and successful collaboration in the 21st century academy.
According to UMass ADVANCE, the 46 selected faculty members, each representing different units, will partner with ADVANCE to promote gender and racial equity for faculty at UMass. Through a combination of research, programming, and practices, UMass ADVANCE seeks to understand systemic and intersectional inequalities at UMass and to lay the groundwork for a fairer, more equitable, diverse, and inclusive campus.
Faculty Fellows provide recommendations and feedback to the team about ADVANCE programming and liaise with their departments to promote the ADVANCE program. They also inform ADVANCE about successful equity and inclusion initiatives in their units.
Each year ADVANCE announces a theme related to its focus on collaboration and equity. The theme for the upcoming program year is “Shared Decision-Making and Equity in Faculty Governance.” (August 2021)