The ACE Partnership for Adaptation, Implementation, and Dissemination (PAID): Awareness of, Commitment to, and Empowerment of Women Scientists at FIU.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant #1106992. Funded by the National Science Foundation, 9/1/11-8/31/14, for the amount of $573,419. The grant is in its 2nd extension year providing leadership training, a stride comm and workshops on faculty hiring.


(ACE Team, L to R) PI: Suzanna Rose, & Co-PIs: Yesim Darici, Rosemary Hickey-Vargas, Asia Eaton

The ACE (Awareness, Commitment, and Empowerment) project is a partnership between FIU and the University of Michigan, funded by the National Science Foundation, that will facilitate the hiring, retention, and promotion of women scientists using education and changes in departmental practices.

The goals of the three-year project are:

  • Awareness: to educate faculty and administrators at FIU about the problems facing women academics in the fields of science and math
  • Commitment: to increase the hiring, retention and promotion of women scientists and mathematicians at FIU
  • Empowerment: to develop skills using innovative workshops to address issues identified by the 2010 faculty climate surveys conducted at FIU.

The main project activities are:

1. The formation and activities of a STRIDE (Strategies and Tactics for Recruiting to Improve Diversity and Excellence) committee at FIU which will educate and assist in faculty hiring and promotion processes

2. Educational theatre sketches performed by UM’S CRLT (Center for Research on Learning and Teaching) theatre group, and using innovative workshops to empower and educate women in math and science

3. Innovative faculty skill-development and career planning workshops to address issues identified by the 2010 climate surveys conducted at FIU.

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ACE Project Team (4)

Suzanna Rose, Professor, Psychology,
Yesim Darici, Associate Professor, Physics,
Rosemary Hickey-Vargas, Professor, Earth and Environment,
Asia Eaton, Assistant Professor, Psychology & Women’s Studies,