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    Geosciences Professor Nancy Ross
    Geosciences Professor Nancy Ross
    Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Carin Roberts Wollmann
    Human Nutrition, Food, and Excercise professor Debby Good with students
    Biological Sciences professor Ann Stevens
    Biological Systems Engineering professor Tess Wynn in the lab


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.

Graduate Student Lunch Seminars

AdvanceVT hosts seminars for graduate students and postdoctoral associates to help them prepare for careers in academe.

Leadership Lunches

AdvanceVT Leadership Lunches bring together women faculty from across the university to meet and talk informally with leaders at Virginia Tech.

Advancing Diversity Workshops

The 2016 Advancing Diversity workshop was held on Tuesday, January 12, 2016, at the Inn at Virginia Tech. 

AdvanceVT leads Virginia Tech's efforts to support faculty members' ability to balance career and home responsibilities.

Tenure clock extension
Modified duties
Part-time tenure-track
Guidelines for dual career hiring
Dual career assistance program
Work/life resource center
Dependent care

Upcoming Events

Spring 2016 Leadership Lunches:

Wednesday, February 24, noon - 1:30 pm, Latham Ballroom, Inn at Virginia Tech

Dr. Elizabeth Spiller, Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences
Please register no later than February 19

Tuesday, April 19, noon - 1:30 pm, Latham Ballroom, Inn at Virginia Tech

Dr. Karen Roberto, University Distinguished Professor and Director, Institute for Society, Culture, and Environment
Please register no later than April 15

2016 Advancing Diversity Workshop

The thirteenth annual Advancing Diversity at Virginia Tech workshop was held on Tuesday, January 12, 2016, from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm at the Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center. 


Dr. Menah Pratt-Clarke delivering keynote address Video Recording of the 2016 Advancing Diversity Keynote

AdvanceVT Newsletter 42 Nov 2015 (PDF | 367KB)
2015 University Statistics (PDF | 653KB)

Visiting Scholars

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.

Contact Us

330 Burruss Hall (0132)
Blacksburg VA 24061