Texas Tech University

Interdisciplinary Researchers Awarded NSF Grant to Improve Faculty Equity, Success

By: Amanda Castro-Crist 

A team of Texas Tech University researchers, led by principal investigator Stephanie J. Jones, has received a $976,103 grant from the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Organizational Change for Gender Equity in STEM Academic Professions (ADVANCE) program. The grant will allow the team to study and implement strategies that foster a more equitable, inclusive and diverse environment to encourage full participation and advancement of diverse faculty within the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at the university.

The three-year grant, which began Sept. 1 and was awarded through the NSF-ADVANCE "Adaptation" funding track, will establish the team's project, "Advancing Equity through Systemic Strategies to Improve Leadership, Departmental Collegiality and Data Transparency at Texas Tech University."

Joining Jones, a professor of higher education in the College of Education, are four colleagues: Kayla Tindle, assistant vice president in the Office of Research & Innovation; Jaclyn Cañas-Carrell, a professor in the Department of Environmental Toxicology and director of the STEM Center for Outreach, Research & Education (STEM CORE); Kayleigh Millerick, an assistant professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental, & Construction Engineering; and Michael Galyean, provost and senior vice president of academic affairs.

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