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.
AdvanceVT leads Virginia Tech's efforts to support faculty members' ability to balance career and home responsibilities.
More than 300 attended AdvanceVT's first event in 2014, the Advancing Diversity workshop, co-sponsored by the Office for Diversity and Inclusion. Terrell Strayhorn, who received a doctorate in higher education from Virginia Tech, was the event's keynote speaker.
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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