Faculty Leading Change


A Yearlong Program of Positive Change

This program is designed to support small teams of faculty as they implement positive change concerning issues of climate and diversity. Through a combination of interactive workshops and individual assistance from change consultants (bios ), the program supports faculty to plan and implement a change successfully. It will offer best practices based on research and on the experiences of successful change projects implemented at U-M.

Topics include:

  • Strategies and frameworks for designing change projects
  • Research on factors that affect implementation of change in the academy
  • Differing views and perspectives regarding diversity and inclusion
  • Analysis and clarifications of what needs changing
  • Key tactical problems, choices, and solutions in local change-making
  • Creating better team dynamics to assist in moving projects forward

Examples of team projects:

  • Bringing diversity and excellence to graduate student recruiting
  • Balancing the roles of gender and/or race and seniority in departmental hierarchies
  • Addressing the needs of diverse students, e.g. by developing a new program or fostering inclusive teaching
  • Preparing/training senior faculty to mentor a diverse student cadre
  • Improving the climate for diverse students and/or faculty/staff in the department/unit

Step by step assistance in the design and implementation of the team project helps to avoid the difficulties that derail many change efforts and keeps the process moving at a steady pace. This customized assistance will include identification of resources and barriers, overcoming resistance to change, assessment of risks and benefits, and the application of effective strategies and tactics.

Applications for the 2016-2017 program are due no later than June 24th

2016-2017 Program Schedule

  • June 24, 2016: Applications due
  • July 2016: Participant teams notified
  • Workshops (12:00 - 5:00):
    • September 16, 2016
    • October 14, 2016
    • Winter 2016 - Project wrap up - TBA

    Each team will also meet with a consultant throughout the program to assist with application of principles to their project design and implementation. Teams may be composed of a minimum of three people, and the recommended maximum is five members. The teams may include staff and, in some circumstances, students, but must be faculty-led.

    Funding Available
    Up to $5,000 is available to each team. This resource can be used to cover the cost of data collection, climate surveys, focus groups, additional consultant time, or the one time purchase of new resources.

    Next Steps Click here if you would like to send a question to the facilitators Questions for FLC Facilitators

    APPLICATION Click here for the application FLC 2016-2017 APPLICATION

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