TIGERS ADVANCE: Transforming the Institution through Gender Equity, Retention and Support, is a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded innovative and systematic institutional transformation approach to reduce gender inequality and improve the status of women faculty. Inclusive of all science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. TIGERS ADVANCE is the result of a comprehensive institutional assessment of the barriers that hinder the recruitment, advancement and retention of Clemson’s women faculty; a thorough assessment of Clemson’s history, culture and climate; an extensive review of lessons learned from ADVANCE institutions; and the tight integration of social science research with project activities to inform and support institutional transformation.
Critical to creating perceptions of fairness and support is understanding time use, as faculty members’ careers are largely determined by how they spend their time. Institutional constraints and implicit biases differentially affect men’s and women’s time allocations. Consequently, TIGERS ADVANCE will contribute to the understanding of the links between time use and unfair workload allocations in academic settings by measuring faculty time allocation via personal diaries, testing predictions made by organizational identity theory, advancing research in organizational psychology and gender studies, tracking the impact of institutional policy changes, and measuring the overall success of TIGERS ADVANCE.
This is an ideal time to achieve a superordinate identity at Clemson—One Clemson—as the university recently welcomed entirely new executive leadership with demonstrated commitment to inclusive excellence.
President Clements and Provost Jones are both committed to sustaining the positive change that will result from TIGERS ADVANCE initiatives and have agreed to institutionalize many of the programs through future resource commitments after the 5-year term of the grant. TIGERS ADVANCE programs will be subsumed under a Center for Faculty Development and Advancement that will be established under the Provost’s office and funded by the university. The TIGERS ADVANCE executive director will be compensated to lead the center, and the program coordinator hired to assist the director will be converted to a full-time, permanent position.
The proposed management plan is organized around the TIGERS ADVANCE Steering Committee that coordinates the implementation teams assembled to achieve the proposed five goals, communication team, the evaluation team as well as social science research team. The Steering Committee will be responsible for project launch, implementation, research, communication, evaluation, and sustainability.
The Steering Committee involves Institutional leadership, Robert Jones, executive vice president for academic affairs/provost and James Clements, president as well as TIGERS ADVANCE leadership including the Director, Sez Atamturktur who will be assisted by a Coordinator Tan Kirby Davis. The TIGERS ADVANCE is a 2-year term-limited position to provide leadership opportunities for more women faculty at Clemson. Once the 2-year term is over, the director steps down to serve as the Past-director for two additional years. The past-director, director and director-elect all serve as part of the steering committee.