The STRIDE Committee provides information and advice about practices that will maximize the likelihood that diverse, well-qualified candidates for faculty positions will be identified, and, if selected for offers, recruited, retained, and promoted at the University of Michigan.
The ADVANCE Program began in January 2002 as a five-year, NSF-funded project promoting institutional transformation with respect to women faculty in science and engineering fields. The program has since expanded to promote other kinds of diversity among faculty in all fields. The ADVANCE Program aims to improve the University of Michigan's campus environment in four general areas:
Recruitment - focuses on development and use of equitable recruiting practices
Retention - focuses on preemptive strategies to prevent the loss of valued faculty
Climate - focuses on improvement of departmental climate
Leadership - focuses on support for development of leadership skills and opportunities as well as on support for development of skills among all academic leaders to encourage supportive climates
In the News...
Drs. Evelyn Alsultany, Valeria Bertacco, and Deborah Goldberg are among the six faculty members honored with Thurnau professorships. Criteria for Thurnau professorships include a strong commitment to students and to teaching and learning, excellence in teaching, innovations in teaching and learning, a strong commitment to working effectively with a diverse student body, a demonstrable impact on students' intellectual or artistic development, and contributions to undergraduate education beyond the classroom, studio or lab.
Dr. Meghan Duffy has been named a 2017-18 Public Engagement Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. According to AAAS, the fellows have demonstrated leadership and excellence in their research careers, as well as an interest in promoting meaningful dialogue between science and society.
Congratulations to Dr. Ellen Arruda, Mechanical Engineering, for being named to the National Academy of Engineering, one of the highest honors bestowed on engineers in the United States. Dr.Arruda researches polymer and tissue mechanics and their application in innovative commercial products.
Jennifer Linderman has been named director of ADVANCE.
Dr. Linderman is the associate dean for graduate education in the College of Engineering. She will take over Sept. 1 from ADVANCE founding director, Abigail Stewart, who will return to the faculty. Dr. Stewart is the Sandra Schwartz Tangri Distinguished University Professor of Psychology and Women's Studies.
You do not need to work 80 hours a week to succeed in academia
by Meghan Duffy, Associate Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
There is a persistent myth (some might even call it a zombie idea) that getting tenure in academia requires working 80 hours a week. There's even a joke along the lines of "The great thing about academia is the flexibility. You can work whatever 80 hours a week you want!" The idea that you need to work 80 hours a week in order to publish or get grants or tenure is simply wrong...