Workshops

ADVANCE program workshops are delivered in partnership with units across campus to extend and enhance our existing campus offerings. Our partners include the Provost’s Office, the Office of Equity and Inclusion, the Institute for Social Science Research, the Office of Faculty Development, the Center for Research on Families, as well as the College of Education, the College of Natural Sciences, the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and the School of Public Health and Health Sciences.

Please contact Donna Baron with any questions.

Faculty Development Workshops

Building Equitable Collaboration Networks

February 3, 2020, 12:30-2:00pm, Life Sciences Lab, S330-340
With Julia Melkers, Georgia Tech

While scientists conduct their work in collaborative teams both, locally, nationally, and globally, participation in teams is not necessarily diverse. In some disciplines where women and people of color are severely underrepresented, opportunities to collaboratively engage may experience additional challenges. This workshop builds on existing empirical work to address how academic faculty can more deliberately construct and meaningfully collaborate in ways that are more inclusive and equitable.

Faculty Mentoring: Best Practices

February 7, 2020, 12:30-2:00pm, Life Sciences Lab, S330
With Russell Tessier, Jennifer Lundquist and Nilanjana (Buju) Dasgupta, UMass Amherst

Faculty mentoring has evolved in a variety of ways – with mutual mentoring and team mentoring models gaining ground. This workshop introduces a variety of approaches to effective faculty mentoring programs, providing clear models that can be adopted to different departments and colleges on campus.

The Art of Collaboration (With Office of Faculty and Development)

February 14, 2020, 9:00 – 11:00am, Life Sciences Lab, S330
With Jennifer Normanly, UMass Amherst

Scholarly work and research have become increasingly collaborative. Effective teamwork and collaboration are essential for projects to succeed. In this workshop a panel of faculty members who have successfully engaged in collaborative research discuss various mechanisms for working in effective collaborative teams.

Equity-Minded Faculty Workload Reform 

February 27, 2020, 8:45am-10:30am (Part 1) and 10:45am-12:15pm (Part 2), Campus Center, Amherst Room (10th Floor)
With Joya Misra, UMass Amherst and KerryAnn O'Meara, University of Maryland College Park
This is a two-part workshop. You may register for Part 1, Part 2, or both (recommended)
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Many faculty members report feeling that workload in their department is unfairly distributed; women and faculty of color may be asked to carry out more than their share of work. This session provides clear, evidence-based practices to create better, fairer workloads for faculty through changing the “choice architecture” for the division of labor in departments. For example, dashboards with transparent displays of work activity data ensure that faculty understand performance expectations, and department Chairs and Heads are not making assignments in the dark. Systems such as rotation of time-intensive roles, performance benchmarks by rank, or differentiated workload can help departments create fairer workload for all faculty.

Part 1 will focus on using faculty workload activity or dashboards to increase transparency. 

Part 2 will focus on organizational policies and practices that can be adopted to proactively design toward more equitable workloads and reward systems.

ADVANCE Annual Lecture and Reception

March 30, 2020, 4:00-6:00pm, Old Chapel
With Dr. Shirley Malcom, AAAS

Shirley Malcom is Senior Advisor and Director of SEA Change at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general science organization. She works to support transformative change in teaching and learning, research and practice to improve the quality and increase access to education and careers in STEM fields.

Strategic Collaboration

April 7, 2020, 12:30-2:00pm, Life Sciences Lab, S330
With Beronda Montgomery, Michigan State University

Strategic collaboration is collaboration across disciplines or across career stages to increase research impact, as well as strategic collaboration for entering new areas (e.g. scientists collaborating with social scientists to stimulate new interdisciplinary research). This workshop also discusses the mentoring needed to engage strategically in collaboration.

Open to Chairs and Heads Only, in Collaboration with LEAD +

Faculty Mentoring: Best Practices (With LEAD+)

January 24, 2020, 12:30 – 2:00pm, Integrative Learning Center, N400
Russel Tessier, Jennifer Lundquist and Nilanjana (Buju) Dasgupta, UMass Amherst

Faculty mentoring has evolved in a variety of ways – with mutual mentoring and team mentoring models gaining ground. This workshop introduces a variety of approaches to building effective mentoring programs and encourages Chairs and Heads to consider new approaches to ensuring that all faculty members in their departments receive the mentoring they need.

Previous Workshops - Fall 2019

Getting the Mentoring You Need

October 1, 2019, 11:30-1:00pm, Integrative Learning Center, N400
With Joya Misra, UMass Amherst

While some faculty members have formal or informal mentors in their departments – others do not. Even with faculty mentors, many faculty members do not receive the mentoring, feedback, and advice they need. Asking for mentoring can feel difficult, if not impossible. This workshop explores how to solve these problems, get the mentoring you need, and give you more power to negotiate for the career you want to have.  

Decision-Making Strategies that Work (With LEAD+)

October 25, 2019, 12:30 – 2:00pm, Integrative Learning Center, N400
James Allan, Itai Sher and Eve Weinbaum, UMass Amherst

Departments are in the business of making many decisions each year, around varied questions such as faculty recruitment, graduate admissions, curricular changes, and space allocation. Many departments have been using the same decision-making strategies for decades, even if they are not effective. When decisions are made in ways that faculty members see as fair and inclusive – department cultures improve. This session provides pointers on how to ensure that different voices are heard in decision-making through consensus-building, as well effective voting models.

Leading for Change: Useful Lessons from Theory, Research, and Practice

November 1, 2019, 12:30 – 2:00pm, Integrative Learning Center, N400
With Ann Austin, Michigan State University, and Mary Deane Sorcinelli, AAU and UMass Amherst

Department chairs, faculty leaders, deans, and others in leadership roles often want to advance change goals related to organizational culture, strategies for recruiting and retaining colleagues, or other important issues. But change can be very hard—especially if it requires people to think or work differently or relinquish well-established habits or processes. This interactive workshop will address how to foster and accomplish major change in higher education, giving you tools that allow you to effectively lead for change.

Making Your Vote Count in Departmental Decision-Making

November 8, 2019, 12:30 – 2:00pm, W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Room 2601
With James Allan, Itai Sher and Eve Weinbaum, UMass Amherst

Departments make many decisions each year, around questions as varied as faculty recruitment, graduate admissions, curricular changes, and space allocation. What are the best ways to make decisions collectively? This session provides pointers on how to ensure that different voices are heard in decision-making through consensus-building strategies, as well as models of voting that can lead to better outcomes.

Building Your Mentoring Networks: Make Every Connection Count

December 12, 2019, 12:30 -2:00pm, Integrative Learning Center, N400
With Mary Deane Sorcinelli, AAU and UMass Amherst

Mentoring matters. In this interactive session, you will identify your professional goals, strengths, and skills that you want to develop; explore mentoring as a medium for helping you meet those goals; “map” your own mentoring networks—what they are and could be, drawing on a range of examples; and discuss best practices for seeking, developing, and cultivating a network of mentors.