IDEAL-N Project to Seed Gender Equity Among Faculty (2015-2019)


Project Description

From 2015 – 2019, IDEAL-N, or Institutions Developing Excellence in Academic Leadership-National, was a project led by Case Western and funded by an ADVANCE grant from the National Science Foundation.  The ADVANCE program at NSF was designed to foster gender equity through a focus on the identification and elimination of organizational barriers that impede the full participation and advancement of all women faculty in academic institutions.  The University of Pittsburgh participated as one of 10 institutions across Ohio and Pennsylvania that partnered with Case Western on the IDEAL-N project.

The focus of Pitt’s effort was the professional development and career advancement of mid-career women faculty, particularly in the STEM disciplines.  Through this effort, the project team worked to strengthen the work environment for all Pitt faculty by reinforcing a culture of opportunity, professional development, support, and success.  Pitt had a number of outcomes from their efforts as listed below.

Key Project Outcomes

IDEAL-N Project Core Team

  • Laurie Kirsch, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, Development, and Diversity, Office of the Provost
  • Anne Robertson, Professor, Swanson School of Engineering
  • Kristin Kanthak, Associate Professor, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
  • Brittany Witoslawski, Faculty Affairs Manager, Office of the Provost

Additional Support for IDEAL-N Provided By:

  • Cynthia Golden, Executive Director, University Center for Teaching and Learning
  • Amanda Brodish, Director of Data Analytics & Pathways for Student Success, Office of the Provost
  • Amy Tuttle, Senior Assistant to the Provost, Office of the Provost

Inaugural WIN-Al Cohort (2019)

Inaugural Celebration of Newly Promoted Women Faculty

3rd Annual Celebration of Newly Promoted Women Faculty