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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

Vicki Banyard, Ph.D

Vicki Banyard, Ph.D, professor of Psychology with an affiliation with the Justice Studies Program, is the UNH ADVANCE Faculty Fellow leading the ADVANCE social science research study including the development and analysis of the UNH Faculty Climate Survey. She is also a research and evaluation consultant with Prevention Innovations. Due to her extensive experience in this field, she was recently given a position with the United States Department of Justice Office of Violence Against Women to do research and evaluation with their Campus Grants Program which aims to end sexual assault, relationship abuse, and stalking.


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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.

Fortune Article

"Equality for women in STEM fields? Easier said than done"

By Molly Petrilla
March 12, 2015

Building a Better Oil Spill Response

Dr. Nancy Kinner, professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and UNH Director of the Coastal Response Research Center, is working with UNH undergraduates and a unique oil flume to find out what happens to spilled oil on the bottom of a body of water. The hope is to improve response to oil spills. This video details some of the work being done by Dr. Kinner and her undergraduate researchers.  

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Synthetic Flame Retardants Linked to Metabolic and Liver Problems

UNH Nutrition professor, Dr. Gale Carey, and her team of more than a dozen graduate and undergraduate students over the course of ten years, have shown that flame-retardants used in everyday household items such as couches and electronics, cause both metabolic and liver problems.  This can lead to insulin resistance, which is a major contributor to obesity, indicating that other factors beyond proper diet and exercise can affect body weight

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UNH Scientists Successfully Overwinter Onions for Spring Harvest

With the use of low tunnels, UNH extension professor of sustainable horticulture production Dr. Becky Sideman and her colleagues were able to overcome the harsh New Hampshire winter to produce bulbing onions planted in the fall rather than the typical springtime planting.  This is a step toward meeting the demand for year-round, locally grown produce.

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We've Moved

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

Events & Opportunities



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

Women’s Celebration Lunch:  Telling Our Stories

Keynote Maggie Fogarty, Co-Director of the American Friends Service Committee NH, will share stories of advocacy for NH residents facing barriers to affordable housing and fair wages for women. She brings us ways to make positive changes.


The Women’s Commission will celebrate the work of two faculty members, Kate Hanson and Mary Moynihan, for their work toward the full participation of women at UNH.

MUB Strafford Room
12:10 - 1:15 PM
Wednesday, March 25, 2015

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Two Decades of Spatial Modeling: Adventures of an Environmental Economist

The UNH ADVANCE Visiting STEM Women Scholars Program and the Earth Systems Research Center present special guest speaker Jacqueline Geoghegan (Department of Economics and Graduate School of Geography, Clark University) to discuss spatially-explicit analysis of a myriad of features related to the causes and consequences of land use and land use change.

Morse Hall, Room 301
10:00 a.m.
Monday, March 2, 2015

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Understanding Natural Resource Use through Applied Economics

The UNH ADVANCE Visiting STEM Women Scholars Program and the Earth Systems Research Center present special guest speaker Sharon Pailler (Department of Economics, Clark University) to discuss role of economics in providing insight into how people use natural resources and guiding effective natural resource management and policy.

Morse Hall, Room 301
1:00 p.m.
Monday, March 2, 2015

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