Mission of UNC Charlotte ADVANCE Faculty Affairs and Diversity Office

Our History

The UNC Charlotte ADVANCE Faculty Affairs and Diversity Office, which started life as the UNC Charlotte ADVANCE Office, was originally funded through a National Science Foundation Institutional Transformation Award in 2006. The overarching goal of the office was to increase the representation and advancement of women faculty, including women of color, in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math disciplines. At the end of the funding period in 2013, the office was institutionalized, and since that time has been funded through the Office of Academic Affairs. The institutionalization of the office has allowed us to move forward and expand our mission. It has always been clear that our efforts to promote the success of women and minority faculty had a positive impact on ALL faculty at the institution, and consequently the vast majority of our programming has been aimed at the entire faculty community. Our mission reflects this commitment to facilitate the development of ALL faculty at UNC Charlotte. The office was renamed the UNC Charlotte ADVANCE Faculty Affairs and Diversity Office (FADO) to reflect its expanding role at the institution.

Our Mission

The UNC Charlotte ADVANCE Faculty Affairs and Diversity Office builds faculty diversity and promotes faculty success through research and programming on recruitment, re-appointment, promotion and tenure practices; policy reform; mentoring; leadership and career development.

Our Vision

The UNC Charlotte ADVANCE Faculty Affairs and Diversity Office will provide strategies and tools required to enable faculty to be successful during all phases of their academic careers, and will contribute to the recruitment, retention and promotion of faculty from diverse backgrounds and experiences so that that the faculty body mirrors the diversity of the student body at the institution.

Our Values

UNC Charlotte ADVANCE FADO respects the needs of a diverse faculty body and strives to create an institutional environment where all faculty feel valued, safe and supported so they can thrive and be successful at the institution.

ADVANCE at a GLANCE An overview of our inititiaves and a model outlining our path moving forward.


Learn more about Diversity Initiatives at UNC Charlotte, including the Inclusive Excellence Plan, and Innovation in Inclusive Excellence Grants.

Learn about Academic Units’ Efforts To Align with the UNC Charlotte Diversity Plan for Campus Diversity, Access and Inclusion

Diversity Scorecards for UNC Charlotte as a whole and for individual colleges from 2010 to 2020 can be found here

COACHE Faculty Satisfaction Survey Results from 2006 onward can be found here