ADVANCE at the Teaching Academy

The ADVANCE grant at New Mexico State University (2002–2008) was a successful Institutional Transformation grant from the National Science Foundation. This grant worked to extended women’s participation in academic careers in the sciences and engineering. Between 2002 and 2008, the strategies used doubled the number of women scientists hired into faculty positions at NMSU from 17% to 34%.

Building on the success of the first ADVANCE grant, a second NSF grant entitled, “NM–PAID Partnerships for Adaptation, Implementation, and Dissemination,” was funded from 2007–2011. Housed at the Teaching Academy, the NM–PAID grant sought to disseminate the best practices of the NMSU ADVANCE program for department head training and mentoring, as well as for promotion and tenure. These practices were disseminated to three partnering institutions: New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, University of New Mexico, and Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Beginning in 2008, ADVANCE was institutionalized at the Teaching Academy when the program director of ADVANCE was moved permanently to the Teaching Academy. In 2019, one of the key programs of ADVANCE, department head training, was moved to the Office of the Provost. Other programs aimed at enhancing scholarly writing, diversity, mentoring, as well as promotion and tenure remained at the Teaching Academy.


These links allow you to download annual data on gender and faculty at NMSU and the Annual ADVANCE reports to NSF.





 2011  Data
 2010  Data
 2009  Data  Report
 2008  Data  Report
 2007  Data  Report
 2006  Data  Report
 2005  Data  Report
 2004  Data  Report
 2003  Data  Report
 2002  Data  Report

Toolkit 1

Methods and procedures to help you meet NSF reporting requirements for the ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Grant

Toolkit 2

Using Program Evaluation to Ensure the Success of Your Institutional Transformation Grant

Faculty Retention Report

“A Diamond in the Rough”: Faculty Retention at New Mexico State University. A research report exploring why faculty leave NMSU.


The ADVANCE–PAID Program (2007-2011) disseminated best practices from NMSU to its alliance members through training, mentoring and networking. The alliance members included the University of New Mexico, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, and the Los Alamos National Laboratory. In 2007, The National Science Foundation awarded NMSU a three-year, half-million-dollar grant, Partnerships for Adaptation, Implementation, and Dissemination (PAID). The program sought to increase the representation of women in academic careers in the sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in New Mexico. An Alliance for Faculty Diversity (AFD) was formed among New Mexico State University, the University of New Mexico, New Mexico Tech and Los Alamos National Laboratory to share NMSU-ADVANCE best practices of mentoring, promotion and tenure, and department head training as well as improve the transition to the professoriate for students and postdoctoral fellows.

Data from Office of Institutional Research at each institution. LANL is EES Division: student numbers represent postdocs; faculty represents full-time scientists

NMSU is a successful ADVANCE-Institutional Transformation (IT) institution (2002-2007). The percentage of women hired into STEM faculty positions doubled during the ADVANCE award. NMSU successfully disseminated to alliance members the materials and practices effective at increasing representation, participation, and advancement of women in academic science using retreats, distance delivery and face-to-face meetings.


These links allow you to download annual data on faculty and gender at NMSU and the Annual ADVANCE reports to NSF and external evaluators.





 2011  Data  Report
 2010  Data  Report
 2009  Data  Report
 2008  Report
 2007  Report