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    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

  • A Note from the Director

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    Soon we will be writing, and then reading, many letters of recommendation – for jobs, graduate school, and faculty positions. If you’ve attended a STRIDE Faculty Recruitment Workshop, you know that bias can creep into those letters. As a quick refresher, or if you are new to thinking about this, check out these resources:

    About writing letters and avoiding bias:
    Guidelines-for-Writing-Letters-of-Recommendation.pdf

    You can even try out a gender bias calculator on your letters:
    http://www.tomforth.co.uk/genderbias/

    Here too are examples of the analyses that can be done on letters to better understand how bias creeps in, to keep in mind when you are the letter-reader:

    • Trix and Psenka. Discourse & Society 14: 191-220 (2003).
    • Dutt., et al. Nature Geoscience 9: 805-809 (2016).

    Faculty Blogs

    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...

    Go to the Dynamic Ecology blog

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