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 Massachusetts Society of Professors (faculty union), 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 (Currently Online)

Documenting Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Faculty Careers

September 3, 2020 from 1:00-2:00pm, Zoom    
With Amel Ahmed, James Allan, Michelle Budig, Laurel Smith-Doerr and Eve Weinbaum (UMass Amherst)

Resources for this Workshop

Faculty work has been impacted by COVID-19 in a variety of ways, including moving classes online, and having research programs abruptly interrupted. It is likely that this impact will be felt more powerfully by faculty doing life-saving work that takes them away from more traditional kinds of faculty productivity. Early studies show greater impacts on women, faculty with primary caregiving responsibilities, along with Black, Indigenous and Latinx faculty who are supporting the health of their communities in this time. This workshop will cover how faculty can document COVID-19 impacts on their Annual Faculty Review (AFR), or through impact statements about the COVID-19 pandemic for their personnel cases. This session will also address guidance to Personnel Committees and external letter writers, and equity-minded approaches for addressing the impact of COVID-19.

This workshop is presented in partnership with the Provost's Office, Office of Faculty Development, and the MA Society of Professors.

Strategies and Tools for Managing Effective Collaborations

September 9, 2020 from 9:30 - 11:00am, Zoom
With Martina Nieswandt and Ian Raphael (UMass Amherst)

In this interactive webinar we will discuss key strategies for developing a culture of collaboration that is built on common values and goals; embraces trust, transparency, creativity, and a safe and equitable environment for all team members; and allows for collective and personal growth. Building on such framing principles, we will explore a variety of tools that support collaborative teams during their work processes and finish with a first attempt creating a checklist for successful collaborations.

This workshop is presented in partnership with UMass Research and Engagement and the Office of Faculty Development.

Interdisciplinary Research, Equitable Teaming, and Collaboration Best Practices

September 14, 2020 from12:30-2pm
With Dessie Clark and Karen Whelan Berry (UMass Amherst)

Scholarly work and research have become increasingly collaborative. Effective teamwork and collaboration are essential for projects to succeed. This workshop will provide best practices for planning and implementing equitable teams for more effective collaborations.

This workshop is presented in partnership with College of Natural Sciences.

Massachusetts Society of Professors (MSP) Workshops for Department & College Personnel Members

September 21, 2020 or September 22, 2020 from 12:00-2:00 pm

Resources for this Workshop

Every year MSP gets questions from faculty and librarians concerning the roles and responsibilities of DPC and CPC members, and how to conduct fair evaluations of their colleagues.  This workshop has been designed to assist and inform Personnel Committee members and committee chairs as they go about making important decisions concerning tenure, promotion, PMYR, issues concerning NTT faculty, etc.  We’ll be especially focused on explaining new MSP contract language and how to go about this important work amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and we will have plenty of time for questions and answers.  This workshop is also a great opportunity to find out how other departments conduct their business and to share best practices with each other.

This workshop is presented in partnership with UMass ADVANCE. 

Equitable Practices for Evaluating Faculty Amid COVID-19 (With LEAD+ for Heads and Chairs)

October 2, 2020 from 12:30-2:00pm, Zoom
With Beth Mitchneck, Professor Emerita at the University of Arizona and former National Science Foundation Program Officer for ADVANCE

Faculty members are evaluated at regular intervals during their careers. Are those evaluations fair? Can we make them fairer?  This workshop focuses on 1) the research on how we practice faculty evaluation and an assessment of how equitable our standard measures are, and 2) tools to conduct equitable evaluations across gender, race, rank, subdiscipline, and discipline. Learn about hidden bias in review letter writing, research metrics, and service participation, and how to counteract the effects of documented biases in evaluation practice. The workshop includes concrete tools for heads, chairs, and directors to consider their own role in faculty evaluation and how to provide leadership to one’s department on conducting equitable evaluations.

This workshop is presented in partnership with the Academic Personnel Office and Office of Faculty Development.

Creating and Maintaining a Diverse Department

October 7, 2020 from 11:15am-12:15pm, Zoom
With Adia Harvey Wingfield, Associate Dean for Faculty Development, Professor of Sociology, Mary Tileston Hemenway Professor of Arts & Sciences Washington University in St. Louis

Resources for this Workshop

While many academic departments profess an interest in having more racial diversity among their faculty, they often struggle to achieve this goal. In this workshop, Professor Wingfield addresses common missteps departments take in trying to create more racial diversity, and offers some research-based solutions that can produce different outcomes. Professor Wingfield also discusses the importance of establishing an organizational culture that is color-conscious rather than color-blind. 

This workshop is presented in partnership with the Sociology Department

Equitable Practices for Evaluating Faculty Amid COVID-19 (For Department and College Personnel Committee Members)

October 8, 2020 from 1:00-2:30pm, Zoom
With Beth Mitchneck, Professor Emerita at the University of Arizona and former National Science Foundation Program Officer for ADVANCE

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Faculty members are evaluated at regular intervals during their careers. Are those evaluations fair? Can we make them fairer?  This workshop focuses on 1) the research on how we practice faculty evaluation and an assessment of how equitable our standard measures are, and 2) tools to conduct equitable evaluations across gender, race, rank, subdiscipline, and discipline. Learn about hidden bias in review letter writing, research metrics, and service participation, and how to counteract the effects of documented biases in evaluation practice. The workshop includes concrete tools for personnel committee members to consider their own role in faculty evaluation and how to provide leadership to one’s department on conducting equitable evaluations.

This workshop is presented in partnership with the Academic Personnel Office, Office of Faculty Development and the MA Society of Professors.

Inclusive Departmental Practices

November 12, 2020 from 3:00-4:00pm, Zoom
With Caitlyn Butler (Civil and Environmental Engineering), Curt Griffin (Environmental Conservation), and Greeley Kyle (Journalism) UMass Amherst

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Inclusive and equitable departments don't just happen automatically but are the result of practices by the faculty in those departments. Research at UMass has shown that women faculty are less likely than men colleagues to feel respected and included in their departments, engaged in positive professional interactions with colleagues, and consulted and heard by their department Heads and Chairs. Chairs and faculty members can set the stage for greater inclusivity in their department in many ways. These efforts may require investing time into developing more inclusive practices – but they pay rich dividends, as faculty are more likely to succeed, develop collaborations, and contribute when their departments are inclusive. Departments may need different kinds of practices depending on their field. Learn from panelists from across three colleges who have been particularly successful at building a sense of inclusion and community in their departments at UMass.

Successful Research Collaboration Across All Career Stages

November 16, 2020 from 1:00-2:30pm, Zoom
With Monica Gaughan, Professor, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Arizona State University 

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Collaborations are central to the modern academic science enterprise, but they require skills and strategies that are not typically developed in formal educational systems. Students are evaluated as individuals, faculty are evaluated as individuals, and systems of promotion (whether educational or professional) are organized around individual achievement. At the same time, these individual achievements are only possible through ethical behavior, appropriate mentoring, and effective collaborations. In this workshop, we discuss stage-appropriate strategies for developing collaborative skills, including managing collaborators, understanding contributorship, and negotiating credit.

This workshop is presented in partnership with the Graduate School, as part of the Empowering Future Leaders for an Inclusive Academy series, and by the Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR).

Implicit Bias Training and Holistic Review of Graduate Applications

November 17, 2020 from 1:00-2:30pm, Zoom

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Whether you are aware or not, we all hold biases in the forms of stereotypes and implicit biases. In order to advance our mission to increase diversity, and promote inclusion and a positive campus climate, we need to address implicit bias as early as in the graduate application review process. Join us as we define implicit bias, provide ways to combat it, and introduce practical steps to promote holistic review of graduate applications.

This workshop is co-sponsored by the Graduate School Office of Inclusion and Engagement, the UMass ADVANCE Program, and the Office of Faculty Development. 

Mentoring Faculty Colleagues

December 8, 2020 & December 9, 2020 from 10:00am - 12:30pm, Zoom (5 hours over two days)
With Jennifer Normanly, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Linda Tropp, Psychological and Brain Sciences, UMass Amherst

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Mentoring faculty colleagues effectively is key to ensuring retention, a good departmental climate, and faculty success. In this session, based on the National Research Mentoring Network curriculum, we will identify effective strategies for mentoring colleagues through a series of active learning exercises. The training addresses establishing effective communication, working through issues of equity and inclusion, fostering self-efficacy, and promoting balance and networks.
 


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.

Previous Workshops - Spring 2020

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.

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.

Postponed - 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.

Postponed - 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.

Mentoring Faculty Colleagues

May 13, 2020 & May 14, 2020 from 10am-12:15pm, Zoom (4.5 hour workshop over two days)
With Joya Misra, and Jennifer Normanly, UMass Amherst

Mentoring faculty colleagues effectively is key to ensuring retention, a good departmental climate, and faculty success. In this session, based on the National Research Mentoring Network curriculum, we will identify effective strategies for mentoring colleagues through a series of active learning exercises. The training addresses establishing effective communication, working through issues of equity and inclusion, fostering self-efficacy, and promoting balance and networks. 

Workshopping Departmental Mentoring Plans, 12:30-1:30pm

Mentoring Colleagues in Times of Change, 1:30-2:00pm

(Presented in collaboration with the Office of Faculty Development)

May 15, 2020 from 12:30-2:00pm, Zoom
With Michelle Budig and Joya Misra, UMass Amherst

Please join us for a short session aimed at faculty members and Chairs/Heads workshopping department mentoring plan. The session will briefly present best principles, offer you a series of prompts to begin writing or revising your department mentoring plan, and provide you with examples of excellent department mentoring plans. Our goal is for you to leave the workshop with a draft or revised mentoring plan to present to your department. We will answer the following questions: How do departmental mentoring plans differ from individualized mentoring plans? What elements need to be in place to receive approval from the Provost's office? What are the best practices in departmental mentoring that lead to retaining faculty and creating positive departmental cultures? 

Following the workshop, we will host a conversation on mentoring colleagues during times of change. Many faculty members recognize that the uncertainty of the current moment has been destabilizing, particularly for pre-tenure and NTT faculty members. What are some approaches to share with colleagues to help create a more resilient community?

Recognizing the Impact of COVID-19 in Evaluating Faculty: A Conversation with Provost John McCarthy, Dean Sanjay Raman, and Dean Tricia Serio

June 4, 2020 from 2:00-3:00pm, Zoom

Faculty work has been impacted by COVID-19 in a variety of ways, including moving classes online, and having research programs abruptly interrupted. It is likely that this impact will be felt more powerfully by women, faculty with primary caregiving responsibilities and members of underrepresented groups across campus. This ADVANCE-sponsored session connects faculty with Provost John McCarthy, Dean Sanjay Raman of the College of Engineering, and Dean Tricia Serio of the College of Natural Sciences, to discuss how the institution will take these disruptions into account. This session will address guidance to Personnel Committees and external letter writers, approaches to documenting the impact of COVID-19 on faculty careers, and equity-minded approaches to addressing the impact of COVID-19.   

Collaborative Research Seed Grant Information Session

June 15, 2020 from 1:00-2:00pm, Zoom

ADVANCE is pleased to announce a second round of a collaborative research seed grant funding to foster the development of innovative and equitable collaborative research projects among UMass Amherst faculty. A letter of intent is due on September 8th and the full proposal is due on September 15th. Announcement of awards will be made on November 1st and funding will be available Spring 2021. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to attend this session to learn more about the grant opportunity and how to apply.