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Resources

Below you will find numerous resources that ADVANCE has developed over the years. These resources use ADVANCE-collected data in their development, and also receive input from faculty.

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Faculty Recruitment (STRIDE)

Handbook for Faculty Searches and Hiring

The handbook reflects the work of the Strategies and Tactics for Recruiting to Improve Diversity and Excellence (STRIDE) Committee and lays the foundation for accomplishing the University’s goal of a diverse faculty of the highest caliber. It provides guidance on every phase of the faculty search and hiring process to ensure fair and consistently applied practices.

Applicant and Candidate Evaluation Forms

The applicant evaluation tool is designed for reviewing applicants’ files, and the candidate evaluation tool is intended for job candidate evaluations following the job talk. Both templates are provided with the expectation that departments will tailor them appropriately to meet individual needs.

Positive and Problematic Practices in Faculty Recruitment

Data gathered from interview studies of individuals who turned down faculty offers, as well as new faculty hires in CoE. This data was provides information about practices that created a positive impression for job candidates as well as practices that contributed to their decisions.

Frequently-Asked Questions: Dual Career Issues

FAQ designed to offer clarity to those departments who experience dual career issues.

Guidelines for Writing Letters of Recommendation

Helpful both to experienced faculty letter-writers concerned about writing fair letters, and to new letter-writers who value some guidance in the process.

Faculty Mentoring, Evaluation Processes, and Climate

How to Help New Faculty Settle In: Common Problems and Alternative Solutions

Identifies some common difficulties, and suggests alternative approaches. In most cases, these approaches were actually offered by other new faculty members who had also directly experienced the issues.

Frequently-Asked Questions: Retention of Science and Engineering Faculty who are Women and/or Members of Racial/Ethnic Minorities

FAQ designed to give guidance re: climate and its effect on the retention of faculty that are women and/or members of racial/ethnic minorities.

Giving and Getting Career Advice: A Guide for Junior and Senior Tenure-track Faculty

Examines the many types and sources of assistance available and how they may be structured. Also provides detailed information on establishing and managing advising relationships, on clarifying expectations, and specific ways to help propel the advisee’s career.

Giving and Getting Career Advice: A Guide for Junior and Senior Research-track Faculty

Examines the many types and sources of assistance available to research track faculty, and how they may be structured. Also provides detailed information on establishing and managing advising relationships, on clarifying expectations, and specific ways to help propel the advisee’s career.

Creating a Positive Departmental Climate: Principles for Best Practices

Important general principles of effective leadership.

Developing Anti-Harassment Programs in Academic Societies and Meetings: A Resource Guide

The University of Michigan ADVANCE Program has compiled this information as a resource for those wishing to develop an anti-harassment program within their own scholarly or scientific society, meeting, or other professional setting.

Faculty Annual Review Form Template

This sample template for an annual review reporting form, was developed by the Faculty Evaluation and Development Committee in 2004. It can be modified to suit the needs of different fields.

Faculty Annual Review Guidelines

Compiled by your colleagues, these guidelines derive from the current literature as well as first-hand experience and are presented as those principles specific to the process and practices identified as essential for consistent and fair annual reviews.

Faculty Awards and Leadership Guidelines

This resource details both the principles of an unbiased awards process and specific committee practices to employ for successful outcomes. It encourages the consideration of creative, entrepreneurial, and outreach activities in faculty evaluations and awards and provides several concrete examples of those areas outside of traditional scholarship that enhance conventional measures.

Third Year, Tenure, and Promotion Review Guidelines

The guidelines for this critical review process were identified by the STRIDE and FASTER committees and are presented as essential principles and practices. Designed to ensure consistency among reviewers, the guidelines cover establishing and communicating evaluation criteria, as well as the transparency and accountability inherent in the process. Issues pertaining to letters are also covered in depth.

Creating Work-Life Friendly Departments

Handbook created to show how policies, resources, and cultures that are work-life friendly are key to the University of Michigan for the recruitment, promotion, and retention of top scholars.

Parenting Resources

University Policies and Resources

Links from across campus that may answer many questions.

Summer Camps

A non-exhaustive list of area summer camps.

New Mom’s Support Group

Informational flyer from the Faculty and Staff Counseling & Consultation Office (FASCCO).

Retirement Resources

Retirement Resources

ADVANCE sponsored a workshop on planning for retirement in Ann Arbor in January 2018. This workshop focused on personal visions of retirement, the landscape of organizations and activities in Ann Arbor and beyond, volunteer opportunities, and one’s own learning and enjoyment in retirement. The agenda and materials from this workshop are below.

Faculty Career Advising Resources