• Upcoming Events

    • Our Nation’s Professoriate, Diversity, and Racism: The Five Truths We Don’t Want to Confront

      School of Education
      Marybeth Gasman
      Judy & Howard Berkowitz Professor of Education, University of Pennsylvania
      Director, Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions

      Monday, September 17, 2018
      Prechter Room, School of Education

      Sexual Harassment in Academic STEM Fields, 2018 Panel Discussion Series

      Sexual Harassment in Engineering
      Monday, October 1, 2018
      3:30 pm
      Stamps Auditorium

      Sexual Harassment in Science
      Thurday, October 18, 2018
      4:00 pm
      Rackham Amphitheater

      Sexual Harassment in Medicine
      Monday, November 12, 2018
      4:00 pm
      Kahn Auditorium, BSRB

      STRIDE: Faculty Recruitment Workshops - dates coming soon!

      The Committee on Strategies and Tactics for Recruiting to Improve Diversity and Excellence (STRIDE) offers Faculty Recruitment Workshops for faculty members with an important role in faculty recruitment efforts (e.g., search committee chairs and members, and other key faculty). Workshops will be scheduled for the fall term. The workshop dates and registration link will be posted by August. These workshops are open to all faculty.

    Our Mission

    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:

    You can even try out a gender bias calculator on your letters:

    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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