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    An NSF funded program to improve the climate for UNH faculty through fair and equitable policies, practices, and leadership development.
  • ADVANCE IT- Search Committee Seminar
    GEAR UP with interactive theater: Seeking to improve the faculty search process by educating about micro-aggressions and unconscious bias.
  • Sarah Redfield addressing REAL workshop attendees
    Reaching Excellence in Academic Leadership (REAL) by providing opportunities to further enhance the leadership of chairs and directors through the development of skills and tools to create positive department climates.
  • Abigail D’Ambrosia and Will Clyde
    UNH ADVANCE is committed to mentoring as path to career success.


The goal of UNH ADVANCE is to improve faculty climate and academic leadership through increased fairness, transparency, and clarity of recruitment, retention, and promotion and tenure policies and practices. While the ADVANCE grant is directed at retaining and advancing women faculty in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and the Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS), the overall goal to transform the climate of the university benefits the entire UNH faculty.

ADVANCE Spotlight

Ruth Varner, Ph.D.

Ruth Varner, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biogeochemistry with a joint appointment in Earth Science and EOS, was recently honored by the American Geophysical Union with the 2015 Sulzman Award for Excellence in Education and Mentoring. The award recognizes her more than fifteen years as a dedicated teacher and mentor, highlighting her development of a model of “cascade mentoring” in collaboration with colleagues at Mount Holyoke College and Stockholm University. Dr. Varner is also the Director of the Joan and James Leitzel Center for Mathematics, Science, and Engineering Education here at UNH. She is a UNH ADVANCE Faculty Fellow, co-chairing the Career Progression committee, which is focused on clarifying and improving the promotion and tenure process at UNH, as well as a member of the UNH ADVANCE internal steering committee.  Dr. Varner served as the Program Director for the previous NSF – funded ADVANCE PAID grant and was instrumental in the development of the proposal that led to the current UNH ADVANCE program.


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Climate Survey Results

Based on the results of the 2013 Faculty Climate Survey, UNH ADVANCE has produced two reports on the respondents who took the survey and faculty perceptions on issues of influence, fit, fairness.

Check back soon for additional reports.

"National Academy of Sciences set to have its first female president"

The Washington Post

By Rachel Feltman
July 7, 2015

UNH Center Releases Sexual Assault Prevention Findings to White House

Prevention Innovations Research Center (PIRC) at the University of New Hampshire released a report, “It’s Not Just the What but the How,” prepared for the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. The findings inform strategies for the prevention of and response to sexual violence on college and university campuses.

Cyberbullying Less Emotionally Harmful To Kids Than In-Person Harassment

In a study published by the American Psychological Association, a team of UNH researchers, led by assistant research professor Kimberly J. Mitchell, Ph.D., found that bullying that starts and stays online is no more harmful than in-person bullying.  In fact, the study finds that online bullying tends to persist for a shorter duration than in-person bullying and does not involve significant power imbalances.

UNH Physicist Patricia Solvignon Receives US DOE Early Career Research Program Award

Dr. Solvignon’s research topic is “New Studies of Short-Range Correlations and their Effects on Nuclei.”  She is one of only 44 researchers to receive the Department of Energy Early Career Research Program award this year.

"The Academic Advantage: Gender Disparities in Patenting"

Public Library of Science (PLoS) One

Authors: Cassidy R. Sugimoto, Chaoqun Ni, Jevin D. West, Vincent Larivière
May 27, 2015

We've Moved

UNH ADVANCE has moved to Dimond 356. Please drop by to say hello or to see our new space.

Events & Opportunities


Building Blocks for Your Career

A professional development lunch series for faculty hosted by UNH ADVANCE in partnership with the UNH Research Development Office.

UNH-ADVANCE Visiting Women Scholars Program & Earth Sciences Brown Bag Lunch Series

Presents: Dr. Melinda Smith

Thursday, October 8, 2015
12:40pm in James Hall room 254



UNH ADVANCE is accepting applications for the 2014-2015 STEM Women Visiting Scholars Program. Learn more about the program and application details here.

2015 UNH Bioengineering Symposium

Friday, October 2, 2015
Everyone Welcome with Registration