The mission of AdvanceVT is to assist Virginia Tech in preparing, recruiting, and retaining high quality and diverse faculty. To accomplish this mission, our programs are designed to facilitate success in scholarship, teaching, engagement and administration for a wide range of audiences. These programs target graduate students preparing for faculty careers, new faculty just starting out, senior faculty preparing for leadership roles, search committees, department heads, and senior administrators. AdvanceVT began in 2003 with a grant from the National Science Foundation to promote and enhance the careers of women in academic science and engineering through institutional transformation. Grant funding continued until August 2010. High impact initiatives continue with support from university partners, and have been expanded to include faculty in all disciplines.
AdvanceVT hosts a variety of events for the university community throughout the year.
AdvanceVT hosts seminars for graduate students and postdoctoral associates to help them prepare for careers in academe.
The 2015 Advancing Diversity workshop was held on Monday, January 12, 2015, at the Inn at Virginia Tech with a keynote address by Wayne Robinson, member of Virginia Tech's Board of Visitors and recipient of the university's Alumni Distinguished Service Award.
AdvanceVT leads Virginia Tech's efforts to support faculty members' ability to balance career and home responsibilities.
A series of "lightning talks" will be held to highlight current inclusion and diversity initiatives on campus as well as breakout sessions on the new InclusiveVT initiatives proposed by senior university leaders. Most of the event will be streamed online for those unable to attend.
The Visiting Scholars Program provides funding to departments for short campus visits by potential faculty candidates to attract their interest in future faculty positions. Proposals are accepted throughout the year.
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