ADVANCE and the College of LSA
Faculty Development Workshops

ADVANCE and the College of LSA collaborate on many projects regarding faculty recruitment, tenure and promotions issues, departmental climate, retention, faculty development, and leadership coaching. All the faculty development workshops described below are open campus-wide unless indicated otherwise. Please note that registration is required to attend these events. For more information, please contact advanceprogram@umich.edu.


Great Expectations: Mentoring Graduate Students
October 21, 2016, 1:00-2:30 pm

(open to all faculty campus-wide)

The advising relationship has a strong impact on graduate students' educational experiences and their eventual professional outcomes. Differential power dynamics and conflicting expectations, though, can make this relationship difficult for both advisors and their advisees to navigate productively. Using a CRLT Players sketch that explores graduate mentoring from multiple perspectives, participants will consider common tensions that can emerge in these relationships and discuss practices that graduate students and faculty can adopt to anticipate and respond to these challenges.


The Art of Leading a Research Group
November 11, 2016, 1:00-3:30 pm

(open to all faculty campus-wide)

This workshop is designed to provide assistant professors with helpful information about successfully managing a large, effective research group. New principal investigators are usually surprised by the demands of managing a project, their time, a laboratory, administrative tasks, and lab personnel. However, it is possible to design a research group that supports the outstanding teaching and research you want and need to do, without requiring your attention 24/7. Several faculty will share their best practices in this workshop.


Teaching Skills: Preventing and Addressing Disruptive Behavior in the Classroom
November 18, 2016, 1:00-3:30 pm

(open to all faculty campus-wide)

Disrespectful treatment of other students, interruptions of faculty presentations, viewing of inappropriate websites during class: many faculty have felt that such student behaviors are on the rise in recent years. How can you set up a learning environment that prevents such incivilities--and respond effectively as a teacher if they do occur? This workshop will focus on specific research-based strategies for setting up and maintaining respectful classrooms and provide opportunities to practice these approaches.


Getting Your Book Published: Publishers' and Authors' Perspectives
January 20, 2017 1:00-3:30 pm

(open to all faculty campus-wide)

Becoming a published scholarly writer is part of what it means to be a professional academic. But there are specific skills for the academic author to learn-from proposal to manuscript to first book and on to the books that will follow. This session will focus on the professional publishing knowledge every academic writer needs. Experts in academic publishing will address the key issues, review options and strategies, and field questions. Also, a LSA faculty member who has recently successfully navigated the publishing process will sit on the panel to share her/his experience and advice.


A Thousand Cuts: Responding to Student Climate Concerns
February 17, 2017, 1:00-3:00 pm

(open to all faculty campus-wide)

Though U-M aspires to cultivate a climate that is welcoming to the members of our diverse student, faculty, and staff bodies, we know that the lived experiences of many in our community don't always align with these aspirations. In this CRLT Players session, participants will think together about the many forces that shape campus climate and work toward developing or refining a skill set that will allow them to respond productively and compassionately to individual who have negative experiences of climate at our university.

Mentoring Workshop for New Faculty
March 17, 2017, 1:00-2:30 pm

(open to all faculty campus-wide)

As faculty members, we all work hard to develop relationships with our graduate students that enable them to be productive and successful. Have you wondered about what colleagues in your discipline have learned about mentoring through their own experiences working with graduate students? Have you traded ideas about how to handle challenging mentoring situations that sometimes arise? Are you interested in what the research literature says about effective mentoring? This workshop dedicates time to discuss these important questions with your colleagues so as to help you promote the success of the graduate students you work with.

Faculty will identify and discuss norms for faculty-graduate student mentoring within their field(s), in order to discover the range of strategies that faculty across LSA use in advising and mentoring graduate students. Specific discussions will be organized around the professional development of doctoral students, the increasing diversity of the graduate student population, the importance of two-way conversations between mentor and mentee, and the value of written mentoring plans. Mentoring plans can assist faculty and student to develop research directions, establish expectations, and discuss educational and career goals as well as the timing of academic milestones.


NSF Career Proposals Workshop - Natural Sciences
April, 2017, 12:00-2:00 pm (Date TBA)

(open to all faculty campus-wide)

This workshop is designed to introduce the requirements of the NSF CAREER proposals and to provide eligible assistant professors with suggestions for how to successfully apply. It will feature a panel including an NSF program manager, successful LSA CAREER recipients, LSA research administrators, and outreach coordinators.


Jr. Faculty Promotion Session
April 19, 2017, 5:30 -7:00 pm

(open to LSA faculty only)

This session is for pre-tenure assistant and associate professors and offers an opportunity for informational exchange and candid dialogue regarding the tenure review process in the College.


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