Core Initiatives

Sam Mukasa


  Faculty Recruiting

Gender Equity and Recruitment of Underrepresented People (GEAR UP)

UNH ADVANCE aims to develop consistent, effective, and unbiased policies and procedures to ensure that UNH continues to attract and retain the best and most representative faculty possible. The GEAR UP committee has created an engaging professional development workshop using interactive theater to highlight the best practices of the faculty search process and the impact of microagressions and unconscious bias on a faculty search.   



Jill McGaughy & Students


  Faculty Career Advancement

Faculty Career Advancement is comprised of three sub-committees, each working on specific initiatives to support goals related to career-life balance, promotion and tenure, and mentoring.

Career Success: Pathways to Tenure

The Career Success subcommittee initiates formal mentoring policies and programs focused initially on, but not limited to, STEM women faculty.  Quality professional development programs will ensure that all faculty members have access to the information and resources they require to thrive at UNH.

Pathways to Tenure is a program developed by UNH ADVANCE for tenure-track assistant professors. The goal of the program is to help new professors jump-start their careers by identifying where they are on the path to tenure and how to strengthen their record in preparation for promotion.


Career-Life Balance

The Career-Life Balance subcommittee works on developing more flexible and family friendly policies that support faculty career advancement.  UNH ADVANCE strives for harmony between work and home life by focusing on family leave benefits and child care resources with the hope of retaining the high quality faculty that have chosen to become part of the UNH community.

In pursuit of career-life balance, UNH ADVANCE has proposed changes to both the University Family Leave policy and the Tenure Extension policy currently in place in the UNH AAUP union contract. Both policy proposals were included in the new UNH contract, which was voted on and approved by faculty in March 2016.  These changes elevate UNH into the top tier of universities nationwide in terms of employee family leave benefits.

Family Leave Policy Proposal

Family Friendly Policies Comparator Chart

Tenure Extension Policy Proposal

In addittion to formal UNH policies changes, the Career-Life Balance subcommittee developed the Wildcat Working Parents Network, which provides a new way for parents to connect with one another, share information and resources, and to create collaborative solutions to challenges facing working families. This is an informal online network that provides a forum for discussion boards, social events, care reviews, and more.

Career Progression: Promotion & Tenure

The Career Progression subcommittee advocates for ensuring transparency and consistency of Promotion and Tenure standards and equitable review processes across departments and colleges.

The ADVANCE Career Progression committee, working in conjunction with the Faculty Senate Ad Hoc committee on P&T standards, developed a set of recommendations for department promotion and tenure guidelines. The goal was to reduce variations in P&T standards across the university, thereby decreasing inconsistency in expectations at the department versus the college level. These guidelines were presented to the Faculty Senate and unanimously approved in March 2015.

Recommendations for Department P&T Guideline Documents

Promotion & Tenure Procedures & Documents



Panel of actors for professional development


  Faculty Leadership Development

Advancing Chairs as Leaders Program

The Advancing Chairs as Leaders Program provides interactive sessions on the challenges of leading an  academic organization. This four-session institute focuses on building and reinforcing the strategies, skills, and practices of department chairs. This program was  jointly offered by the Office of the Senior Vice Provost (SVP) for Engagement and Academic Outreach and the UNH ADVANCE program from 2016 - 2018.


This workshop is currently being offered as Advancing Academic Leaders (AAL)  through the Office of the Senior Vice Provost (SVP) for Engagement and Academic Outreach. 


Reaching Excellence in Academic Leadership (REAL)

The goal of the Reaching Excellence in Academic Leadership (REAL) program at UNH is to provide professional development training for academic Chairs and Program Directors to increase awareness of, and capacity to build, positive climate on campus. 

REAL is a three-part Leadership Development Program for chairs and directors, which includes:

  •    Seminar I: An interactive theater based training workshop offered in the spring semester
  •    Booster Sessions: readings, discussions and exercises during the summer
  •    Seminar II: A second training workshop during the first week of the fall semester

The REAL Leadership Development Grant Program provides funds to support academic Chairs and Program Directors attendance  additional leadership development programs. 

The REAL program is part of the social science research study required of all NSF funded ADVANCE initiatives and was offered from 2013-2016.


Ruth Varner & Student


Research: Tracking Our Success

The UNH ADVANCE research initiatives focus on analyzing and reporting on institutional data and conducting research to assess the impact of UNH ADVANCE initiatives, which include:

  • The annual Faculty Climate Survey evaluates the impact of ADVANCE initiatives on transforming the university and improving the climate for all.
  • The Social Science Research Study will facilitate an understanding of how targeted professional development with department chairs and directors impacts department level climate.
  • The Salary Equity Study will help to indicate areas where policy changes might be recommended
  • The External Evaluation Plan provides an outside source of research data on the effectiveness of the program.