ADVANCE Office of Faculty Development oversees, creates, and assesses faculty development programs while serving as a resource to interested parties on the Northeastern University campus.  The office assists faculty and administrators in accomplishing departmental, college, and university goals with respect to faculty recruitment, retention, mentoring, and advancement.

ADVANCE Office of Faculty Development reports to the Provost through the Senior Vice Provost of Academic Affairs and a twelve member Steering Committee composed of faculty, department chairs and deans. A strong and effective faculty development strategy is part of Northeastern’s institutional mission. The ADVANCE office works in conjunction with the Center for the Advancement for Teaching and Learning Through Research (CATLR), the Office of Research Development (ORD), the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion (OIDI), and the University Decision Support (UDS) to provide programs and trainings to further develop and support a thriving faculty. ADVANCE is conceived as a partner office working with other University offices to achieve the goals as set forth in the Northeastern Long Range Plan:

  • Advance the recruitment and mentoring of women faculty and continue to increase faculty diversity
  • Attract outstanding young faculty to Northeastern
  • Improve faculty mentoring and leadership development
  • Prepare active mid-career faculty to enter the academic leadership pipeline and mentor early-career faculty
  • Develop faculty recognition programs and actively promote faculty for membership in national academies and for highly prestigious fellowships

ADVANCE's specific goals are to:

  • Increase tenure and tenure-track underrepresented faculty members
  • Increase tenure review success rate
  • Increase the cohort tenure rate
  • Increase the representation of women and faculty of color among full professors
  • Continue to promote women and underrepresented faculty members in leadership roles
  • Continue to improve departmental climate