Professorial Advancement Initiative (PAI) - Mentors

Diversity at all levels is important to the progression of URM students from college to graduate school to postdoc positions and finally into the university faculty ranks. The composition of university faculty plays a significant role in this progression, as faculty influence career choices made by undergrads, graduate students, and postdocs.

Our approach is to create and cultivate a mentoring-based professorial advancement initiative for URM Big Ten Academic Alliance postdocs, with the mission of training a new generation of exceptionally well-prepared scholars to populate the Big Ten Academic Alliance faculty ranks.

Resources and Curricula for PAI Mentors:

University of Illinois  •  Indiana University • University of Iowa  •  University of Michigan  •  Michigan State University  •  University of Minnesota  •  University of Nebraska-Lincoln  •  Northwestern University  •  Ohio State University  •  Pennsylvania State University  •  Purdue University  •  University of Wisconsin-Madison

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under AGEP-Transformation #1309028 and #1309173. 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.

NSF-PAI-LOGO 1309028, 1309173


AGEP Transformation Alliance projects are collaborative research projects representing new strategic alliances of institutions and organizations to develop, implement, and study evidence-based models to transform doctoral education, postdoctoral training, and faculty advancement for historically underrepresented minorities in specific STEM disciplines and/or STEM education research fields. Embedded social science and education research contributes to the knowledge base about how transformational models eliminate or mitigate negative factors and promote positive policies and practices for historically underrepresented minorities.

Big Ten Academic Alliance Staff Contact

Charity Farber
Assistant Director
Academic Programs

Campus Contact

Training Team