ADVANCE Workshops

Great Expectations: Mentoring Graduate Students
November 10, 2017, 10:00 am –12:00 pm
Great Lakes Central, Palmer Commons

(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. Co-sponsored by LSA.
Host: Fiona Lee, LSA Associate Dean for DEI and Professional Development


The Art of Leading a Research Group
December 1, 2017, 9:30 am -12:00 pm
Great Lakes Central, Palmer Commons

(open to all faculty campus-wide)

This workshop is designed to provide assistant professors with helpful information about successfully managing an effective research group, whether large or small. New principal investigators are usually surprised by the many different demands that go into leading a research group: juggling managing a project, their time, a laboratory, administrative tasks, and lab personnel, including graduate and undergraduate students as well as paid staff. In this workshop we will explore ways to lead your research group that support the outstanding teaching and research you want and need to do, without requiring your attention 24/7. Several faculty will share their experiences and best practices in this workshop. Co-sponsored by LSA.
Host: Fiona Lee, LSA Associate Dean for DEI and Professional Development
Moderator: Robert Kennedy, Chair, Department of Chemistry
Panelists: Terri Conley (Psychology/Women’s Studies), Nate Szymczak (Chemistry), and Sarah Veatch (Biophysics)
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Planning for Retirement in Ann Arbor
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
3:00-4:30pm Workshop, 4:30pm Reception
Palmer Commons, Great Lakes North Central


If you plan to retire in A2, or did so recently, please join us for a discussion about how to make your retirement meaningful and fulfilling. This discussion will not concern finances or a post-retirement continuation of your academic career. Instead, we will consider various visions of retirement, the landscape of organizations and activities in A2 and beyond, how to access volunteer opportunities, and where to find programs for your own learning and enjoyment. Following this ADVANCE program, there will be a reception where you can connect with other faculty with similar post-retirement goals.
Host: Constance Cook, retired associate vice provost, executive director of CRLT, and clinical professor of higher education
Facilitators: Neel Hajra, president and CEO of the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation; Pam Smith, president and CEO of the United Way of Washtenaw County; Craig Regester, associate director of the U-M Semester in Detroit; and Mary Morgan, founder and executive director of The CivCity Initiative
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Distress Signals: Supporting Students Facing Mental Health Challenges
January 12, 2018, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Great Lakes Central & South, Palmer Commons

(open to all faculty campus-wide)

This workshop asks instructors to consider their roles and responsibilities in supporting students who face mental health challenges. Built around a scenario that presents a situation and dynamics teachers commonly encounter with their students, the session will guide participants to proactively shape their pedagogical practices with an awareness of student mental health concerns. Participants will assess their current comfort and skills interacting with students who may be experiencing distress related to mental health concerns; gain general information about the current landscape of mental health in higher education; and learn a range of specific strategies that will help them anticipate and respond--with both compassion and appropriate boundaries--to student mental health challenges. Co-sponsored by LSA.
Host: Fiona Lee, LSA Associate Dean for DEI and Professional Development
Presented by the CRLT Players
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Promotion of Tenure-Track Faculty: Associate to Full
Thursday, February 15, 2018, 6:00 -7:30pm
Weiser, 10th Floor

(open to LSA faculty only)

This session for associate professors offers an opportunity for informational exchange and candid dialogue regarding the promotion to full professor review process in the College. Co-sponsored by LSA.
Host: Andrew Martin, LSA Dean
Panelists: LSA Divisional Associate Deans, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, LSA Executive Committee Member


Grant-Writing for the Rest of Us: Strategies for Humanities and Social Science Researchers
Thursday, February 22, 2018, 3:30pm-5:00pm
Michigan Union, Pond Room


Presenter: Jocelyn Stitt, Ph.D., Program Director for Faculty Research Development, University of Michigan Institute for Research on Women and Gender (IRWG)
How can faculty get started in grantwriting? What are the best sources for research funding in the social sciences and the humanities? How can collaboration create more successful grant proposals? How is writing a grant different than writing a journal article? How can you improve your process of seeking funding if you have experience in writing grants?

Topics Covered Will Include:

  • Game-changing steps for grantwriting
  • Top 5 mistakes even experienced grantwriters make
  • How do faculty collaborate across disciplines to write a successful proposal?
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Getting Your Book Published: Publishers’ and Authors’ Perspectives
March 9, 2018, 9:30-12:00 pm
Anderson Room D, Michigan Union

(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. Co-sponsored by LSA.
Host: Fiona Lee, LSA Associate Dean for DEI and Professional Development
Panelists: Eric Schwartz (Columbia University Press), Chuck Myers (University of Chicago Press), and UM faculty member TBA.


NSF CAREER Proposals Workshop
March 23, 2018, 12:00-2:00 pm
Forum Hall, Palmer Commons

(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. Co-sponsored by LSA.
Host: Fiona Lee, LSA Associate Dean for DEI and Professional Development


Promotion of Tenure-Track Faculty: Pre-Tenure to Tenure
Thursday, April 5, 2018, 5:30-7:00pm
Michigan Union, Pendleton Room

(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. Co-sponsored by LSA.
Host: Andrew Martin, LSA Dean
Panelists: LSA Divisional Associate Deans, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, LSA Executive Committee Members


2016 Events

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 31, 2017, 1:00-2:30 pm

(open to all faculty campus-wide)

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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 Program Proposal Workshop
Friday, April 21, 2017, 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Register Here  by Monday, April 17

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, a successful LSA CAREER recipient, an LSA research administrator, and outreach coordinators.
NSF CAREER site


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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