UD ADVANCE is an Institute focused on faculty development and success. Originally funded by NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation award HRD 1409472, we are now supported by the University. Read about UD ADVANCE activities under the NSF award from 2014-2021 here.

Our broad goals are to diversify and strengthen UD’s faculty as well as to foster positive departmental climates. Explore the menu items below to learn more about our work. Feel free to contact us at ud-advance@udel.edu.

To access the full suite of resources developed by the ADVANCE team on faculty success areas such as recruitment, retention, evaluation and promotion, and mentoring, please access the ADVANCE Institute’s Resource Site.

Robin Andreasen, Ph.D.

Professor, Linguistics and Cognitive Science

102B Pearson Hall
ADVANCE Institute

Heather Doty, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering

102B Pearson Hall
ADVANCE Institute

Shawna Vican, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Sociology and Criminal Justice

102B Pearson Hall
ADVANCE Institute

These interactive sessions are for faculty who would like to learn tips from their faculty colleagues on how to put your best foot forward when being evaluated. These informal sessions will be in person in the ADVANCE office (102B Pearson Hall). Space is limited so please R.S.V.P. as new events are added.

Registration information will be added as new events are scheduled.

Navigating Faculty Evaluation: Appraisal, Peer Review, P&T 

This interactive session is for faculty who are relatively new to the university and are thinking about the peer-review and promotion processes. Learn about practices to help prepare for writing your dossier.


Strategic Approaches to Promotion & Tenure 1 

This faculty panel with Q&A is geared toward faculty ~2-3 years before the promotion to associate professor. Learn tips from faculty colleagues who have recently gone through this process.


Strategic Approaches to Promotion & Tenure 2 

This faculty panel discussion with time for questions is for assistant professors who are ready to go up for promotion to associate professor in the next 1-2 years.


Planning for Promotion to Full Professor

This interactive session is for associate professors who are planning to apply for promotion to full professor. Listen to insights and guidance from colleagues who have recently been promoted to full professor.

The UD ADVANCE Institute has developed workshops on faculty evaluation geared toward members of faculty review committees (P&T or 2-/4-year review).  Workshops are based on results from the COACHE Faculty Satisfaction Survey and UD ADVANCE interviews with faculty on their experiences of P&T at UD. 

This spring’s workshops will focus on strategies to foster smooth and transparent evaluation processes. Workshops are interactive and will be facilitated by UD ADVANCE Faculty Fellows. Space is limited, so please register as new events are added.

Workshops next fall will highlight ways to reduce bias and other common errors during committee evaluation of dossiers.