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Northwestern Receives AGEP Transformation Alliance Award

Modified: October 21, 2016

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced $5.9 million in funding for three new alliances consisting of 14 partner universities as part of NSF’s Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) program. Each award is for five years and will support the alliances as they develop, reproduce, implement, and study models that can transform pathways for historically underrepresented minorities to careers as professors in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Northwestern University will collaborate with Iowa State University, Boston University, Cornell University, Howard University, Michigan State University, University of Buffalo, University of Georgia, University of Maryland College Park, and University of Texas Arlington to develop, build and test the impact of a model using a "networked improvement community" approach to improve the experiences of students in the dissertator phase of doctoral education with the goal of reducing the effect of negative climate on their interest in faculty careers. AGEP Transformation Alliance: CIRTL AGEP Improved Academic Climate for STEM Dissertators and Postdocs to Increase Interest in Faculty Careers is led at Northwestern by Primary Investigator Dr. Bennett Goldberg, Director of the Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching, Assistant Provost for Learning at Teaching, and Professor of Physics and Astronomy, together with Co-Investigator Dr. Jennifer Hobbs, Assistant Dean, Graduate and Postdoctoral Training and Development, The Graduate School.

The project includes activities with both faculty and graduate student groups to address behavior and knowledge about mentoring, advising, and mitigating implicit bias and micro-aggressions, as well as activities to support dissertators through workshops, cohort building and peer mentoring. A super-structure of the ten alliance members will work together to produce and share information, execute rapid improvement cycles, and disseminate change more broadly. 

For more information, visit NSF’s website.