ADVANCE Faculty Networks

Network to Advance Faculty of Color

The Network to Advance Faculty of Color, which is composed of tenure track faculty across disciplines, is a collaboration between the Office of the Vice Provost for Equity, Inclusion and Academic Affairs and the ADVANCE Program. The Network was created in the hope that opportunities to meet and share experiences would be valuable. The Network meets several times each year, providing faculty of color with opportunities to get to know one another and define institutional goals.


Spring Dinner-May 15, 2017
Families are faculty members were included in this event, which featured a photo booth and a scavenger hunt.

Mentoring Workshop-March 22, 2017
Rackham's mentoring committee (MORE) offered a specialized workshop for faculty of color.

Winter Dinner-February 1, 2017
Graduate students of color joined faculty of color to network and share experiences

Workshop-Solo Success: How to Thrive in the Academy When You’re the Only____ in Your Department-October 14, 2016
Participants learned to identify common challenges under-represented faculty face on the tenure track and specific strategies for increasing productivity, serving strategically, teaching efficiently, and building strong and healthy professional relationships.

Fall Dinner-September 14, 2016
Dinner featured a faculty panel made up of senior faculty of color who shared some of their experiences and insights of being a faculty member at U-M.


The Network to Advance Women Faculty in the Medical School, which is composed of faculty with appointments at the assistant, associate, and full ranks on the regular instructional, primary research, and regular clinical tracks, meets several times each year. In collaboration with the Medical School Office of Faculty Affairs & Faculty Development, the Network provides women faculty in the Medical School with opportunities to get to know one another through bi-annual book discussions and also career development events.

Network to Advance Women Scientists and Engineers

The Network to Advance Women Scientists and Engineers, which is composed of tenure track faculty in science and engineering across the entire campus, meets several times each year to interact, to talk about issues the members have in common, and to develop plans for the future. Since its creation in 2002, a number of ADVANCE activities - many of the leadership development activities, the mentoring initiatives, the annual report to the campus about our progress - have emerged from the Network discussions. The Network provides women faculty in science and engineering with opportunities to define collective goals and to get to know one another.


Spring Dinner-April 18, 2017
Professor Erin Cech, an assistant professor of sociology at U-M, discussed her research on professional cultures of STEM and how these cultures can have built within them disadvantages for women, racial/ethnic minorities and LGBTQ persons.

Winter Book Discussion: Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard (Chip Heath and Dan Heath)-March 30, 2017
Participants discussed the difficulties in making lasting changes in their work and home environments.

WINTER LUNCH-January 24, 2017
Professor Elizabeth Armstrong, a sociology and organizational studies professor at U-M, discussed the implications of her book, Paying for the Party: How College Maintains Inequality (Harvard University Press 2013), From her study of undergraduate women at a Midwest university, she observes how few of the women in the study majored in STEM fields. She places this in the larger context of gender and major choice in the U.S., particularly on sociological scholarship on people who "indulge their gendered selves" when choosing majors.

BOOK DISCUSSION (Forget a Mentor) Find a Sponsor: The New Way to Fast-Track Your Career (Sylvia Ann Hewlett)-December 5, 2016
Participants discussed how sponsors can be effective in career development for women.

FALL DINNER-September 22, 2016
Faculty met for a dinner at the Botanical Gardens to network and receive updates on ADVANCE initiatives.

Single Faculty Network

According to many faculty who arrive in Ann Arbor single, or who become single while here, it can be challenging to develop and maintain an active network of friends and people with interests in common. The ADVANCE Program has been working with a small group of faculty to develop a voluntary Single Faculty Network. This network is purely social, and provides an opportunity for single faculty to meet other single faculty who may share interests in a low-key setting. The aim is to make Ann Arbor a more welcoming and inclusive community to this group of faculty who sometimes feel vastly outnumbered by their partnered colleagues.


Volunteer Opportunity with Food Gatherers- Saturday, October 21, 2017, 2:00pm-4:00pm Volunteer Activity, 4:30pm-6:00pm Post-Volunteering Reception at Carson’s Bistro
Food Gatherers rescues several tons of food daily that volunteers help process, inspect, and sort. Volunteers will help sort food, repackage bulk items, help salvage damaged products and keep the warehouse and trucks clean and food-safe. As the food rescue and food bank program serving Washtenaw County, Food Gatherers exists to alleviate hunger and eliminate its causes in our community. Join other faculty and help make a difference! After the volunteer experience, join your fellow volunteers for drinks and refreshments at Carson’s.
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Single Faculty Reception-March 21, 2017
Single faculty met at the newly opened Session Room restaurant and enjoyed drinks and appetizers in a lively setting.

Single Faculty Reception-October 25, 2016
Single faculty were invited to a reception at the Kelsey Museum, where they enjoyed drinks and appetizers in a relaxed and casual setting. They also had the opportunity to visit the exhibits after-hours at the museum.

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