Joyce W. Yen, Ph.D.


I am currently the Director of The University of Washington's ADVANCE Center for Institutional Change. This NSF-funded center is working to improve the academic climate and advance women faculty in science and engineering.


As Director, I execute an array of initiatives addressing programmatic goals of the organization and sponsoring agency, namely to increase the participation of women in the sciences, engineering, and mathematics (SEM). In my role I interact with 21 target departments in the College of Engineering, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the College of the Environment as well as with the broader UW community (including the Graduate School, the Provost's Office, the Office of Minority Affairs, and other campus units), and other institutions nationwide to (1) spearhead efforts to advance women faculty in SEM at UW, (2) develop accountability networks for institutional change to ensure advancement of SEM women, and (3) catalyze SEM faculty diversity and professional development.

I have been PI or co-investigator on 18 successful proposals that have brought over $7 million in funding to advance women faculty in science, engineering, and mathematics; to address faculty professional development more generally; and to diversify science and engineering and create a more inclusive climate in engineering. I have facilitated over 100 workshops, retreats, trainings, and other events focused on these topics and also have spoken at dozens of national and international meetings. In addition to my core campus work at UW, my most recent active grant-funded projects include:

Launching Academics on the Tenure Track: an Intentional Community in Engineering - LATTICE LEAD-it-Yourself! Promoting Equity in Engineering Relationships - PEERs Broadening the Representation of Academic Investigators in NeuroScience - BRAINS

Prior grant-funded projects include:

LEAD: Leadership Excellence for Academic Diversity On-Ramps into Academia WEBS: Women Evolving the Biological Sciences Interrupting Bias in the Faculty Search Process - A film and facilitation guide


More details about these programs can be found on the UW ADVANCE initiative page. Through these national workshops and UW campus work, I have worked with hundreds of faculty, postdocs, and students. In addition, I have also trained others and provided leadership in the field by giving over 40 national national and international presentations and facilitated dozens of workshops, retreats, and other events focused on diversity in science and engineering, bias, cultural change in academia, and other related topics.

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For more information, you can view my current CV, a 2019 UW "The Whole U" profile, the 2017 David Thorud Award profile, or a 2008 profile by the Mathematical Association of America.

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Contact Information

362 Loew Hall
Mailing address:
University of Washington
Box 352180
Seattle, WA 98195-2180
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(206) 543-4605 (phone)
(206) 685-0666 (fax) -~- last updated: December 2020