Karen Graham Named Executive Director of UNH ADVANCE

Karen Graham Named Executive Director of UNH ADVANCE

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Karen Graham, professor of mathematics and the director of the Joan and James Leitzel Center, has been named executive director of UNH ADVANCE, and special assistant to the vice provost for faculty development and inclusive excellence. 

The new position was created in response to the recent $3.47 million National Science Foundation (NSF) ADVANCE award that UNH received for “institutional transformation,” particularly in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields. Like UNH ADVANCE, the goal of the NSF ADVANCE program is to increase the presence of women in academic science and engineering careers, helping to create a more diverse workforce.

In May 2012, UNH joined with the Community College System of New Hampshire in a commitment to increase the number of graduates in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math disciplines, pledging to double the number of STEM graduates by 2025. 

Graham has served as program director for the NSF ADVANCE grant UNH received in 2009, and has been director of the Leitzel Center since 2003. 

"This will enable Karen and the ADVANCE team to continue the important work they have been doing in support of women faculty in STEM since we received the initial NSF ADVANCE grant in 2009,” says Christine Shea, interim vice provost for faculty development and inclusive excellence. “I expect the close collaboration with my office to be very helpful in institutionalizing effective faculty advancement and support practices and incorporating them into broadly applicable university policies.  I very much look forward to contributing to this important endeavor."   

Graham’s appointment will be for three years, with the possibility of renewal for another two years, before an external committee will evaluate the position’s activities, and make recommendations about continuation of the position and associated programs.