About Us

Originally funded by a National Science Foundation grant from 2006 to 2011, the goal of ISU ADVANCE was to improve the university for women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Following the initial grant, ISU ADVANCE has evolved from a focus on women in STEM and subsequent emphasis on underrepresented faculty to an institutionalized program with broad impact across the university community. ISU ADVANCE affects all areas of the university community. 

Today, ISU ADVANCE is housed within the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost and is a prominent vehicle to recruit, retain, and advance all faculty. Our program transforms structures to enrich ISU faculty careers. Our team works with university administrators, faculty, and staff to cultivate policies, practices, and cultures to achieve a diverse and vibrant faculty across the university community. For example, through the work of the ISU ADVANCE team, flexible faculty career policies have been developed and institutionalized and hiring and advancement practices are more consistent and transparent across the campus community.


Tera R. Jordan, Assistant Provost for Faculty Development, collaborates with the Equity Advisor from each academic college, Department Enhancement Program facilitators, and university administrators, faculty, and staff to institutionalize positive changes.

Equity Advisors

Equity Advisors (EAs) promote best practices in recruiting, retaining, and promoting high-quality diverse faculty and develop solutions to campus challenges. All EAs are tenured faculty who report to either the Dean or a member of the Dean’s cabinet. EAs work with their respective deans, diversity committees, department chairs, faculty, and staff in their colleges to implement best practices for faculty searches and transform policies and practices that help faculty succeed in moving through the ranks and being successful.

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences: Susan J. Lamont
Ivy College of Business: Huifang Mao
College of Design: Mônica A. Haddad
College of Engineering: Michelle Soupir
College of Human Sciences: Christa Jackson
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: Javier Vela
University Library: Susan A. Vega García
College of Veterinary Medicine: M. Heather West Greenlee

Key achievements:

  • Cultivate flexible faculty policies at ISU
  • Lead search committee and promotion and tenure committee trainings
  • Facilitate networking and professional development workshops
  • Mentor faculty
  • Lead college-wide faculty development and diversity initiatives 


The DEP (Department Enhancement Program), originally referred to as Collaborative Transformation (CT), began in 2006. Initially funded through the National Science Foundation, DEP is a part of ADVANCE, which helps to transform university structures, cultures, and practices to recruit, retain, and promote a diverse, highly-qualified, and cohesive faculty. DEP is now an institutionalized part of Iowa State University. An innovative action-oriented program suited to improve departmental climates, DEP features a systematic method for collecting and analyzing data from chairs and faculty about the department climate. DEP is useful as departmental leaders and faculty prepare for external program reviews, re-configure departmental structures in response to program development and implementation, develop a greater understanding of their strengths and opportunities for growth and support, and other long-range planning.

Department Enhancement Program Facilitators

Department chairs can request DEP for their units. A trained DEP facilitator conducts separate, confidential 90-minute interviews or focus groups with: 

  • Department chairs 
  • Faculty by rank across term, tenure-track and tenure classifications

In exploring the department’s structures, processes, and climate, interviews cover: recruitment and retention of diverse faculty; responsibilities in research, teaching, extension, outreach, and service; advancement and evaluation; mentoring and leadership development; resource distribution; faculty relations, collegiality and networking; faculty satisfaction; career flexibility; work-life integration; programming and future initiatives; facilities, administrative support, and technical support; and governance and policies.

DEP Facilitators 

Key achievements: 

  • More than 30 departments have participated in DEP since 2006
  • 76.9% of action items were implemented
  • DEP Flier