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Research institutions form alliance to explore equitable career advancement

A three million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation has been awarded jointly to Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), Johns Hopkins University and New York University to fund the development of a new model of advancement, Project ELEVATE, through the Alliances for Graduate Education and Professorship (AGEP). Beginning in the summer of 2022, the institutions will partner to develop a new model that promotes equitable advancement of early-career engineering faculty from underrepresented groups in STEM.

The ELEVATE project (Equity-focused Launch to Empower and Value AGEP Faculty to Thrive in Engineering) will focus on three main areas:

  • Equity-focused institutional change designed to bring about structural changes that support the advancement of AGEP faculty
  • Develop and maintain an infrastructure that facilitates impactful mentorship of junior AGEP faculty in support of career advancement
  • Inclusive professional development that equips all engineering faculty and institutional leaders with the skills to implement inclusive practices and support career advancement.

Carnegie Mellon University will serve as the lead institution for the work, and Alaine Allen, CMU’s associate dean of engineering for diversity, equity, and inclusion, will champion the efforts as principal investigator. The full project team is made up of:

Carnegie Mellon University

  • Alaine Allen, Principal Researcher
  • Shelley Anna, Co-Principal Investigator
  • Linda DeAngelo, Co-Principal Investigator
  • William Sanders, Co-Principal Investigator
  • Neetha Khan, Project Manager

Johns Hopkins University

  • Sridevi Sarma, Principal Researcher
  • Darlene Saporu, Co-Principal Investigator
  • Ed Schlesinger, Co-Principal Investigator

New York University

  • Elisa Riedo, Principal Researcher
  • Jelena Kovačević, Co-Principal Investigator
  • Yao Wang, Co-Principal Investigator (Co-PI)

The ELEVATE project will provide a framework for institutional change in highly selective private research institutions to enable all professors to be members of a collaborative community.

A representative from the University of Pittsburgh, School of Education, will serve as the internal evaluator for this project.

– This press release was provided by College of Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University