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    An NSF funded program to improve the climate for UNH faculty through fair and equitable policies, practices, and leadership development.
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    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.
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    UNH ADVANCE is committed to mentoring as path to career success.
  • Building Blocks for Your Career
    Building Blocks for Your Career - a new professional development series for faculty.


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 combined results of the 2013 and 2014 Faculty Climate Surveys, UNH ADVANCE has produced this report on faculty career-life balance at UNH.

North Lakes Found to be Major Source of Methane Emissions

An international team of researchers from the United States and Sweden, including Dr. Ruth Varner from the University of New Hampshire, has found that the naturally occurring emissions of methane from artic and boreal lakes may be larger than previously thought.  According to Varner, as a greenhouse gas, this release of methane is “significant and should be taken into account when talking about understanding climate change.”

UNH Chemist Works to Unlock the Mysteries of the Color-Changing Capabilities of Cephalopods

UNH Chemistry professor, Dr. Leila Deravi is working to identify the components of chromatophores, skin organs filled with pigment-loaded granules that allow cephalopods to camouflage themselves.  This color-changing ability is highly sought after for new materials for displays and textiles.  Dr. Deravi is focusing her attention of the squid Loligo pealeii because of the large size of its chromatophores and it’s easily accessible location off the coast of New England.

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.


Pathways to Tenure

A workshop series for assistant professors to help you identify where you are on the path to tenure, where you want to be, and how you can strengthen your record.


Advancing Chairs as Leaders

A four-session institute on building and reinforcing the strategies, skills, and practices of chairs.