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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. The committee leads workshops for faculty and administrators involved in hiring.


The Committee on Strategies and Tactics for Recruiting to Improve Diversity and Excellence (STRIDE) offers Faculty Recruitment Workshops for faculty members with an important role in faculty recruitment efforts. These workshops provide both background information as well as concrete advice about practices that make searches more successful – for example in producing diverse candidate pools and in hiring selected candidates. These workshops are open to all faculty. 

Faculty Recruitment Resources

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.

STRIDE Recommended Readings

These are a portion of the scholarly works that the STRIDE committee has read since 2002. They have been instrumental in developing the Faculty Recruitment Workshop, as well as other workshops and resources hosted by the ADVANCE Program. They cover many topics and are an excellent resource.

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.

Search is a Verb

This handout from STRIDE’s Faculty Recruitment Workshop illustrates an active search process.

STRIDE’s Top 10 Best Practices

This handout from STRIDE’s Faculty Recruitment workshop summarizes key practices.

Ensuring that All Faculty Candidates Feel Welcome

This handout from STRIDE’s Faculty Recruitment Workshop contains ideas and suggestions for addressing the needs of faculty candidates.

Michigan’s 2006 Proposal 2 Law and Hiring

For information from UM’s Office General Council (OGC) on how Michigan’s 2006 Proposal 2 law affects hiring of faculty and staff, please refer to the OGC web page on Proposal 2. Note that the faculty-centric questions start with “Has U-M changed its employment practices to comply with Proposal 2?” and continue for 5 questions.

An Evidence-Based Faculty Recruitment Workshop Influences Departmental Hiring Practice Perceptions among University Faculty

This paper examines two studies that test the individual- and department-level impact of a faculty recruitment workshop (FRW) on faculty attitudes toward evidence-based, equitable hiring practices.

Frequently-Asked Questions: Dual Career Issues

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

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 provides information about practices that created a positive impression for job candidates as well as practices that contributed to their decisions.

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.

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.

Family Friendly Policies, Programs, Services and Benefits

The University of Michigan is proud to provide a comprehensive set of policies, programs, services, benefits, and resources for faculty members and their families.

Giving and Getting Career Advice: A Guide for Junior and Senior 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.

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.

Making STRIDEs: Diversity and Excellence in Faculty Recruiting.

STRIDE often receives requests to visit campuses to share the workshop they have developed in addition to discussing how to develop a similar local campus effort. Because STRIDE’s capacity to accept these requests is limited, we have developed a different way to share STRIDE’s work. This winter the STRIDE Committee shared its advice with a national community of colleagues at a conference held in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Making STRIDEs: Diversity and Excellence in Faculty Recruiting conference began on Thursday, January 18, 2018 with a welcome dinner and a CRLT Players theater sketch on “Navigating Departmental Politics”. The conference continued all day on Friday, January 19.

STRIDE Committee

STRIDE Committee members are senior faculty drawn from across campus.

Bart Bartlett


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Bart Bartlett is Professor of Chemistry, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. He received his AB in Chemistry from Washington University in St. Louis, graduating summa cum laude. He earned his PhD in Inorganic Chemistry from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was a post-doctoral fellow at University of California, Berkeley. He served as the Associate Director for Science and Technology at the UM Energy Institute from January 2014 – December 2019. He is the recipient of many awards for his research and teaching including LSA Class of 1923 Memorial Teaching Award, the Seyhan N. Eğe Faculty Development Award and the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts Excellence in Education Award. His research focuses on understanding chemistry-related basic science needed in the large-scale production of clean, efficient, renewable fuels. His research program addresses these problems in synthesizing compounds that will have immediate impact in fundamental science needs for energy conversion and storage: 1) semiconductor materials that are stable under extremely oxidizing environments under a wide-range of pH to generate solar-derived fuels; 2) high stability electrolytes for next-generation magnesium batteries. Beyond these energy implications, a unifying theme of this research is the synthesis of solid-state materials with well-defined, but easily-tuned structures and compositions that allow electrons or ions to flow within the solid.

Sarah Burgard

Sociology, Epidemiology and Public Policy

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Sarah Burgard is a professor of Sociology and by courtesy, of Epidemiology and Public Policy at the University of Michigan. She is also a Research Professor in the Population Studies Center (PSC). She earned a BA at Reed College and MA and MS degrees in Sociology and Epidemiology and a PhD in Sociology at UCLA. She has been a faculty member at UM since 2005. She studies the life course social determinants of health and wellbeing and related health disparities, and has received funding for survey data collection in these areas from the National Institutes of Health and private foundations. She has been deputy editor or an editorial board member of the American Sociological Review, Demography and the Journal of Health and Social Behavior. At UM she has served as Director of Graduate Studies in Sociology and co-directed the PSC postdoctoral program, was Implementation Lead of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategic Plan for ISR, and will be director of the Population Studies Center starting in July 2020. She has received multiple teaching and mentoring awards including the John Dewey Award for long-term commitment to undergraduate education from the College of LSA, the Rackham Distinguished Graduate Mentoring Award, and the Mentoring Award from the Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health (IAPHS).

Lilia Cortina

Psychology, Women's and Gender Studies

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Lilia Cortina is Professor of Psychology, Women’s and Gender Studies, and Management as well as Associate Director of ADVANCE for the College of LS&A. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Pomona College and A.M. and PhD. in Psychology (with a graduate minor in Quantitative Methods) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Cortina has been a faculty member at UM since 2000. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Using survey and experimental methods, she researches sexual harassment and incivility in the workplace. In addition, Dr. Cortina occasionally serves as an expert witness in forensic venues, translating findings from the scientific literature to inform law and policy.

Mike Liemohn

Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering

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Mike Liemohn is a Professor of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering. He teaches SPACE 101, Introduction to Rocket Science and SPACE/CLIMATE 405-002, Data Analysis and Visualization for Geoscientists. His research focuses on plasma transport in the ionosphere and magnetosphere of the Earth and other solar system bodies. As of March 2019, Mike has authored or co-authored 204 peer-reviewed publications in print, press, or submitted. He currently serves as Chair for the NASA Heliophysics Advisory Committee, a member of the NASA Science Committee, and he is an Executive Committee Member for the AGU Space Physics and Aeronomy Section. He also currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief for JGR-Space Physics journal.   His awards include the U-M College of Engineer Ted Kennedy Family Team Excellence Award, the 2018 U-M College of Engineering Monroe-Brown Foundation Education Excellence Award, and the 2002 U-M Outstanding Research Scientist Award.

Jennifer Linderman

Chemical Engineering & Biomedical Engineering

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Jennifer Linderman is the Pamela Raymond Collegiate Professor of Engineering, Professor of Chemical Engineering and Professor of Biomedical Engineering.  She has served as Director of the UM ADVANCE Program since 2016.  She is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and a recipient of the Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award and a Rackham Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award. Her research centers on developing mathematical and computational models that integrate different types of experimental data, typically over multiple scales, to address fundamental questions about cell signaling pathways, the diseases of cancer and tuberculosis, pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics, and drug delivery.

Marc Peters-Golden

Internal Medicine

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Marc Peters-Golden is a physician-scientist and Professor of Internal Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine (PCCM). He joined the UM faculty in 1984 after obtaining his M.D. from Duke University, his Internal Medicine residency training at Tufts-New England Medical Center, and his clinical and research fellowship training in Pulmonary Medicine at Johns Hopkins. He served from 1996-2011 as Program Director for the fellowship program in PCCM, and currently serves as Associate Program Director for research training; he has also served as Associate Director of the Division’s NIH T32 Training Program in Lung Biology. He has served on numerous editorial boards and as a section editor for the Journal of Immunology, chair of the program committee for the Assembly on Asthma, Immunology, and Inflammation of the American Thoracic Society (ATS), and member of the Research Advocacy Committee of the ATS. Dr. Peters-Golden was elected to the American Society of Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians, received the ATS Recognition Award for Scientific Accomplishment, and was recognized as one of the “Best Doctors in America.” He has mentored 35 postdoctoral research fellows, lectured at more than 50 universities around the world, and published more than 250 scholarly articles and book chapters. His research seeks to gain novel insights into cellular and molecular determinants of lung injury, inflammation, immunity, repair, and fibrosis, and to identify new strategies for therapeutic targeting.

Sara Pozzi

Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences

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Sara Pozzi is Professor of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences at the University of Michigan. She earned her M.S. and Ph.D. in nuclear engineering at the Polytechnic of Milan, Italy in 1997 and 2001, respectively. Professor Pozzi is the founding director of the Consortium for Verification Technology, a consortium of 12 universities and 9 national laboratories dedicated to the development of new technologies for nuclear treaty verification. Her research interests include the development of new methods for nuclear materials detection, identification, and characterization for nuclear nonproliferation, safeguards, and national security programs. Her publication record includes over 350 papers in journals and international conference proceedings. She was invited to give over 70 talks, both nationally and internationally. As the DNNG leader, she advises 15 doctoral students, many undergraduate students, and several research staff members. She is the recipient of many awards for her research and mentoring.

Deborah Rivas-Drake

Psychology & Education

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Deborah Rivas-Drake is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Education at the University of Michigan. She received her B.A. from Pace University and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. Dr. Rivas-Drake has been a faculty member at UM since 2013. Together with the CASA Lab, Dr. Rivas-Drake’s research examines how schools, families, peers, and communities influence the development of ethnic and racial identity, and how such identities inform youths’ academic and socioemotional development. Her research appears in Child Development, Developmental Psychology, and Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, among others. Dr. Rivas-Drake recently completed a term as an Associate Editor for Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology and is currently an Associate Editor for Developmental Psychology. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, Spencer Foundation, Russell Sage Foundation, and AERA Grants Program. She recently completed a Spencer Midcareer Fellowship.

Laura Ruetsche


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Laura Ruetsche, Professor of Philosophy, earned BAs in physics and philosophy from Carleton College (which she attended on a Pell Grant) in 1987, a B.Phil. in philosophy from Oxford University (which she attended on a Rhodes scholarship) in 1989, and a PhD in philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh in 1995. Before joining the philosophy department at the University of Michigan in 2008, she held tenure track appointments at Middlebury College (1994-96) and the University of Pittsburgh (1996-2008), as well as visiting appointments at Cornell and Rutgers. Philosophy of physics, with an emphasis on quantum theories, is the primary focus of her research; her Interpreting Quantum Theories (Oxford, 2011) was co-recipient of the 2013 Lakatos Prize in the philosophy of science. The UM philosophy department dates to the 1830s; she was its first woman chair, serving from 2011 to 2014.

Patrick Schloss

Microbiology & Immunology

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Patrick Schloss is a Professor of Microbiology & Immunology. He received his B.S. in 1997 and his Ph.D in 2002 from Cornell University in Biological and Environmental Engineering. He then pursued postdoctoral training at the University of Wisconsin. In 2006 he joined the Microbiology faculty of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. In 2009, he moved to the University of Michigan Medical School. His research investigates the role of gut microbiota in preventing bacterial infections and the formation of colonic tumors. In 2014 he was named the Frederick G. Novy Collegiate Professor of Microbiome Research. He is a member of the American Academy of Microbiology. Beyond his research, Dr. Schloss has helped create a community of learning and peer-to-peer teaching around the development of computational skills through the development of a local chapter of the Carpentries Organization.

Isis Settles

Psychology & Afroamerican and African Studies

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Isis Settles is Professor of Psychology and Afroamerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan. She received her BA from Harvard College and her PhD in Psychology from the University of Michigan. After working at Michigan State University for 15 years, Dr. Settles joined the faculty of UM in 2016. Using an intersectional framework, her research focuses on the experiences, perceptions, and consequences of unfair treatment (e.g., sexual harassment, racial discrimination) directed at devalued social group members (e.g., racial minorities, women). Dr. Settles is a fellow of the Society for the Psychology of Women, the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, and the Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race. Her research has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Science Foundation.

Kristen Verhey

Cell and Developmental Biology

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Kristen Verhey is the A. Kent Christensen Collegiate Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology in the Medical School and Professor of Biophysics in LS&A. She received her B.S. from the University of Michigan and her Ph.D. from Harvard University where she also did her postdoctoral work. She has been on the UM faculty since 2002. She served as Interim Chair of Cell and Developmental Biology and is currently the Associate Chair. She serves on several editorial boards, study sections, and committees for the American Society of Cell Biology and the Biophysical Society. Her research interests include the role of cytoskeletal filaments and motor proteins in cellular organization, chemomechanical coupling in kinesin motor proteins, and assembly and function of primary cilia.

Divakar Viswanath


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Divakar Viswanath is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Michigan. He holds a bachelor’s degree from IIT Bombay and a PhD from Cornell University, both in Computer Science. His research interests are in numerical analysis and applied mathematics. He recently completed a book titled Scientific Programming and Computer Architecture which will be published in 2017. He is a past recipient of a fellowship from the Sloan Foundation.