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Workshops, Events, and Networks

Workshops and invited speakers focus on specific topics suggested by U-M faculty and leadership, ADVANCE’s work on campus, and research. Programs change somewhat from year to year, but consistently focus on faculty development and success. While free to attend, faculty workshops typically require prior registration.

Programs for U-M Faculty

Faculty interested in expanding knowledge of a particular professional topic are encouraged to attend one or more workshops. The workshops are primarily offered to all faculty, unless otherwise indicated, and are often offered in conjunction with other units.

More information about ADVANCE’s STRIDE Committee Faculty Recruitment Workshops can be found here.

All of our workshops and events can be found by selecting the “All Events” link below.

Faculty Networks

Network To Advance Women Scientists And Engineers

This network provides members with opportunities to define collective goals and to get to know one another. The Network meets several times a year for events featuring a speaker or topic relevant to women in STEM or for discussion of books and articles of interest. A number of ADVANCE activities – leadership development activities, the mentoring initiatives, the annual report to the campus about our progress – have emerged from Network discussions.


“I was so grateful to ADVANCE for providing me with a cross-campus network when I was starting my faculty position and I continue to depend on ADVANCE to enhance my network as my career progresses. From meeting new scientific collaborators to learning valuable skills, ADVANCE has certainly bolstered my U-M experience.”

-Julie Biteen, Chemistry and Biophysics

Single Faculty Network

The ADVANCE Program worked 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.  Past events have included volunteering, attending a concert or play, visiting an art gallery and networking during a social hour.


“Whether it is caring for family without a partner to share the load, to finding friendship networks that are not oriented to couples, to loneliness in an area where many social activities are geared towards families with children, single faculty can use the support of others who face the same challenges. The Single Faculty Network is also a wonderful way to meet faculty in different disciplines and other parts of campus. I have thoroughly enjoyed our group activities, which have included sorting food for Food Gatherers, visiting museums and art galleries in the metro area, and zoom sessions just to check in.”

-Ann Lin, Public Policy

Network to Advance Faculty of Color

The Network to Advance Faculty of Color is a collaboration between the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI) and the ADVANCE Program. The Network was created in 2015 with the hope that opportunities to meet and share experiences would be valuable. The Network meets several times a year, allowing network members to get to know one another in a social setting.


“I’ve been delighted by the meaningful connections I’ve made through ADVANCE!”

-Tiffany Ng, Carillon

U-M LGBT Faculty Alliance

ADVANCE is collaborating with the U-M LGBT Faculty Alliance on several networking events. The U-M LGBT Faculty Alliance was started in 1992 and focuses on LGBT university policies, curriculum development, students’ academic/career needs and faculty support. All U-M faculty are welcome to join the Alliance. To join the private e-mail group, please send an e-mail to:


“The ADVANCE networking dinners have been a wonderful way to build community among LGBTQ faculty.”

-Sally Oey, Astronomy

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 day-long seminars, one for recently promoted associate and one for recently promoted full professors. These 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. At these seminars, representatives from upper administration speak to the core values, goals and challenges of academia. Interactions with peers, colleagues, and facilitators deepen the discussion and consideration of the impact of these faculty transitions.

Note: This program is on hold for Academic Year 20-21.