ADVANCE Research Group

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ADVANCE-Purdue and the Center for Faculty Success are part of a project to promote the career success of women STEM faculty members. This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0811194. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation. More information is at

Dr. Pawley is a co-PI and Research Director for ADVANCE-Purdue. We have two major research studies we are conducting as a part of ADVANCE.

Current studies

Academic Career Pathway (ACP)

How can we uncover different career metaphors from diverse faculty to supplement our increasingly insufficient models of “chilly climate” and “pipeline”? In particular:
  1. What metaphors/models do people use when telling their own career stories? and
  2. What can we learn about diverse career paths and needs from these career stories?
Participants: STEM faculty reaching critical career points (new faculty, faculty approaching or completing a 3rd year review, faculty approaching tenure, faculty post-tenure decision, faculty approaching promotion to full, faculty post-promotion). Women and men.
Methods: semi-structured interviews.

Institutional Ethnography (IE)

How do we understand institutions (Purdue STEM colleges) through the lived experiences of STEM faculty who inhabit them? How do STEM faculty “activate” the institutions via their written policies policies? What disconnects can we uncover through their experiences? In particular,
  1. How do STEM faculty experience the October 2008 parental leave (PL) and promotion and tenure (P&T) policies? and
  2. Where are the disconnects between the intent of the policies and the experience of them?
Participants: STEM faculty users or faculty eligible to use the PL policy, STEM faculty preparing their (P&T) cases (see overlap with ACP study), and administrators of the PL or P&T policies. Women and men.
Methods: semi-structured interviews, document analysis.


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