LIFT: Leadership and Integration at Faculty Transitions

The LIFT program facilitates the success, empowerment, and satisfaction of individual faculty, while enabling and informing their contributions as leaders to the departments, disciplines, and other institutional structures that define the academic community. The program includes two seminars offered to new associate or new full professors, and several Core Competency Seminars open to all tenure-track faculty.

LIFT - Transition to Associate Professor & Transition to Full Professor

These day-long LIFT seminars are designed to support newly promoted faculty as they navigate the changes which come with promotion to associate or full professor. The seminars were designed with support from the Provost as well as the Deans of LSA and Engineering who saw the need to clarify and support the subtle and significant changes that occur through tenure and promotion - changes that are often taken for granted or learned only in the trenches, but which have a profound effect on the success and satisfaction of the individual faculty member, as well as the communities and institutions that she or he calls home. Experts in leadership development, academic culture, and organizational change serve as primary resources. Faculty Advisors bring the depth and diversity of their experience to the program. Representatives from upper administration speak to the core values and goals of academia. Interactions with peers and colleagues deepen the discussion and consideration of the impact of these faculty transitions.

Core Competency Seminars

AY 2016-2017

They Say that Speaking Up is Hard to Do: Faculty Bystanders Responding to Everyday Incidents of Bias (Stephanie Goodwin)-September 26, 2016
Participants in this workshop will learn about faculty bystander reactions to social bias and how these reactions can help or hinder decisions to speak up. Workshop activities will include small-group discussion of reactions to everyday incidents of bias in academic settings, as well as strategies for speaking up effectively. Participants will leave with concrete strategies for considering how to address biases across classroom, social and academic workplace settings.

Promoting Yourself via Building Academic Community: A Practical and Hands-on Why-to and How-to (Sari van Anders)-February 2, 2017
In this interactive workshop, we will discuss why we should self-promote and how to do it, using concrete examples of what has worked in the presenter’s experience and how. We will use hands-on activities and exercises (bring your laptop!), and folks will take home individualized examples to jump-start or enhance your own practice. In addition, we will discuss how our own social locations may affect the ways we do and/or don’t self-promote. The workshop’s discussions will be situated within notions of building connectedness and situating you (more) in your discipline and related networks.

Tools in Effective Advocacy: A Practical Guide to Community Engagement (Jenifer Martin)-February 10, 2017
This workshop will help you think about how best to advocate--should you march? Donate? Write? Organize? Participants will learn how to engage the policy process as individual citizens and as faculty experts in their respective research disciplines. Participants will hone their written and oral communication skills necessary for success. Participants will also review steps in effective advocacy strategies and examine several case studies to illustrate those steps, and will focus on preparation of a one¬-pager and testimony, should time permit. Register here.

To register for a Core Competency seminar, or for more information, contact ADVANCE at or 734-763-8706.

AY 2015-2016

Work-Life Balance: Making it Work (Kelly Ward, Washington State University) - March 3, 2016
This seminar focuses on integrating work and life (broadly defined) as part of overall work expectations, especially for those considering academic administration. It will cover a variety of work-life balance topics, including family in all of its manifestations (i.e., having children, caring for aging parents, adult children, and even just a personal life) and discuss cultural influences and how people integrate the two. Participants will have the opportunity to look at cases and can also work on their own schema for managing work and life.

Managing Time Across Multiple Universes: The Life of an Academic (Diana Kardia) - April 19, 2016
Being an academic is a meta-profession, requiring expertise in multiple worlds, each with its own expectations, activities, and skill sets. Time must be managed both within and between these worlds and accomplishing this feat can feel like trying to defy the space-time continuum. Meanwhile, email, administrative duties, funding challenges and other realities seem to be accelerating the spin, threatening to overcome gravity. This seminar looks at innovative ways to apply the principles of time management within the challenges of an academic environment, with guidance about how to create a uniquely individual and academia-tailored approach to getting things done.

AY 2014-2015

Meetings That Matter (Diana Kardia) - November 11, 2014
Objectives include: establishing criteria for productive use of faculty time and attention; identifying strategies for navigating tension, complexity, voting blocks, and other typical faculty dynamics; and discussing meeting techniques aimed at creating more cohesive and intellectually stimulating departments

Navigating Department Politics (CRLT Players) - February 20, 2015
Objectives include: reflecting on common political tensions that emerge in academic units; identifying the stakes of navigating department politics effectively for individuals in different ranks/roles; and considering the pros and cons of different methods of initiating or responding to charged encounters with colleagues

Handling Difficult Conversations (CRLT Players and Diana Kardia) - March 13, 2015
Objectives include: developing an awareness of responses that can make a difficult conversation even more challenging; reconceptualizing what is difficult about "difficult" conversations; and practicing effective strategies for participating in challenging conversations with colleagues

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