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.
Newly Released Report on Institutional Indicators of Faculty Diversity
The University of Michigan ADVANCE Program aims to improve our campus environment for faculty in four general areas: recruitment, retention, leadership and climate. It assesses the campus climate through a series of campus-wide faculty surveys as well as individualized assessments of schools and departments. The program also collects and reports on annual indicator data about the state of the faculty at UM. The 2016 annual indicator report is now available.
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
Seven faculty members, including ADVANCE Associate Director Karin Martin, whose service contributes to the development of a culturally and ethnically diverse U-M community, have received the 2017 Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award from the Office of the Provost.
College of Engineering and Computer Science Dean Tony England received the Susan B. Anthony Campus Award in recognition of his longstanding commitment to the advancement of women and girls in the fields of science and engineering. Dean England is a former member of the STRIDE Committee.
"Talent is evenly distributed in society, but opportunity is not. Science will have a bigger impact if people from all backgrounds are able to participate," said Meghan Duffy, associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology. U.S. News & World Report
"Persistent advocacy now by people like me is needed both to reinforce the value of science to all people and to help salvage continuity of scientific progress and careers for the next generation of innovators," said Alice Telesnitsky, professor of microbiology and immunology, who participated in the March for Science in Washington, D.C. The New York Times
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...