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.


Spring 2023


Mutual Mentoring Grants Information Session

February 7, 2023, from 10:00-11:00pm, Zoom
With Donna Baron, Program Manager, ADVANCE and Leyla Keough-Hameed, Director of Faculty Development Office of Faculty Development

Hosted by UMass ADVANCE and the Office of Faculty Development

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The Mutual Mentoring Grant Information Session will provide an overview of grant priorities, requirements, and submission guidelines for both the UMass ADVANCE Mutual Mentoring Grant Program and the Office of Faculty Development Mutual Mentoring Grant Program. Both programs provide funding to help faculty develop mutual mentoring networks. 

Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend this session to learn more about the programs, the application process, and ask questions. 


Faculty Mentoring Practices & Plans (National Webinar)

February 16, 2023, from 4:00-5:00pm, Zoom
With Joya Misra & James Allan, UMass Amherst

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Mentoring faculty colleagues effectively is key to ensuring retention, a good departmental climate, and faculty success. This webinar identifies effective strategies for mentoring colleagues including building networks and collegial relationships, establishing effective communication, and creating inclusive, supportive departments. This session covers UMass ADVANCE tools and templates for faculty mentoring plans, mentoring strategies, and inclusive departmental practices.


Equity Minded Workload Reform, Part 2 - Policies

February 24, 2023, from 10:00-12:00pm, Zoom
With Joya Misra, UMass Amherst 

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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. We discuss a variety of approaches to workload equity such as rotating time-intensive roles, reducing and restructuring committees, creating policies for service and teaching assignments, using benchmarks by rank, or developing crediting systems that can help departments create fairer workload for all faculty. This session follows a session in November (Part 1) and focuses on organizational policies and practices that can be adopted to proactively design more equitable workloads and reward systems.


LGBTQ+ Faculty in STEM: Policies to Support Success and Inclusion

March 7, 2023, from 4:00-5:30pm, Zoom
With Ramón Barthelemy, University of Utah

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Queer civil rights in the USA have been hard won from direct activism and organization of a diverse coalition of people, including trans women and men, People of Color, and members of the LGBT+ community more broadly. This talk will explore this history and take an in-depth look at the literature on LGBT+ students, faculty, and people in STEM spaces. Through this conversation central themes from this work will emerge, including the challenges of heteronormativity, exclusionary behavior, and harassment. The talk will end with a discussion of possible policy solutions and approaches to support the success of LGBT+ peoples in STEM. 


Launching New Research Projects & Teams (Within or Across Disciplines)

March 21, 2023, from 2:00-3:30pm, W. E. B. DuBois Library, Room 2601

Hosted by the Office of Faculty Development in collaboration with the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement, the Institute for Social Science Research, and UMass ADVANCE

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Are you launching a new research project or rebooting an existing one? Whether it’s your first time leading a project or you are scaling up an existing one, this panel of faculty from across campus will offer valuable tips and share their experiences on managing projects and inspiring teams. Facilitated by Associate Vice Chancellor for Research & Engagement & Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, Laura Vandenberg, the goal of panel discussion is to help you preemptively navigate potential obstacles building your project and team (within or across disciplines, in person or online), answer questions you have, and connect you with fellow colleagues and campus resources that can support your endeavor. Coffee and pastries will be served.

Facilitator: Laura Vandenberg, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research & Engagement & Professor of Environmental Health Sciences

Panelists:
Nilanjana Buju Dasgupta, Provost Professor, Psychological and Brain Sciences, Director, Institute of Diversity Sciences
Laura Doyle, Professor of English and Chancellor’s Leadership Fellow working on supporting and developing interdisciplinarity at UMass

Shannon Roberts, Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Kevin Young, Associate Professor, Dept. of Economics

The panel will be followed by the launch of incubators for faculty interested in creating mutual mentoring groups on research-related themes (e.g., pre-award; post-award; budgets; hiring; collaboration; student mentoring; public engagement).

This event is open to all UMass Amherst faculty and librarians.


ADVANCE Annual Distinguished Lecture

March 28, 2023, at 4:00pm, Great Hall of the Old Chapel
With Enobong (Anna) Branch, professor of sociology, and senior vice president for equity at Rutgers University. Formerly, she was the first associate chancellor for equity and inclusion and chief diversity officer at UMass Amherst.

Registration is Required

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Equitable Collaboration Practices (National Webinar)

April 4, 2023, from 4:00-5:00pm, Zoom
With Ethel Mickey, California State University, San Bernardino, and Jennifer Normanly, UMass ADVANCE, and Laurel Smith-Doerr, UMass ADVANCE

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Research collaboration is essential in the conduct of science, but many collaborations reflect inequitable practices that undermine the success of the project. In this interactive webinar, we describe how to build collaborations that are transparent, equitable, and allow for creative growth through clear communication and respect for all contributions. This session covers UMass ADVANCE tools and checklists for approaches to creating and crediting equitable research collaboration.


Equitable Collaboration Practices (for Heads and Chairs with LEAD+)

April 28, 2023, from 12:30-2:00pm, Zoom
With Jennifer Normanly and Laurel Smith-Doerr, UMass ADVANCE

This session is open to heads/chairs and associate deans. Please email ofd@umass.edu to register.

Research collaboration is essential in the conduct of science, but many collaborations reflect inequitable practices that undermine the success of the project. In this interactive webinar, we describe how to build collaborations that are transparent, equitable, and allow for creative growth through clear communication and respect for all contributions. This session covers UMass ADVANCE tools and checklists for approaches to creating and crediting equitable research collaboration.


Departmental Mentoring Plans

May 5, 2023 from 12:30-2:00pm, Zoom
With Joya Misra, UMass ADVANCE and Angela de Oliveira, Office of Faculty Development

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This workshop is presented in collaboration with the Office of Faculty Development


Fall 2022


Intergroup Dialogue (IDG) Facilitator Training

September 16, 23, 30, and October 7, 14, 2022, from 1:00-4:00pm,Zoom
With Kristie Ford, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion & Intergroup Dialogue (IGD) Consultant and Charles Behling, University of Michigan (retired)

The IDG Facilitator workshops are by invitation for previous participants of IDG training.

IGD is a nationally recognized program developed at the University of Michigan in the 1980s to address racial tensions and develop competencies around inter- and intra-group relations, conflict, and social justice across a range of social identities. IGD pedagogy helps to foster shared understanding, learning, and engagement in social justice issues, through listening and talking across social and cultural divides. It has the potential to connect people, creating meaningful collaborative communities in hopes of creating a more equitable and inclusive University.

These train-the-trainer sessions are led by Dr. Kristie Ford, Associate Provost for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Professor of Sociology, Washington & Lee University and Dr. Charles Behling, Academic Director of The Program on Intergroup Relations (Retired), University of Michigan, and are for faculty who participated in IDG training in spring 2022. 

These workshops are presented in collaboration with the Office of Equity and Inclusion, the Provost’s Office, and the Deans of the Colleges of Engineering, Information and Computer Sciences, Natural Sciences, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and the School of Public Health and Health Sciences.


Inclusion Through Departments and Collaboration
Belonging@UMass - Faculty Panel

September 13, 2022 from 1:00-2:30pm, Campus Center 165 (In person)
With Ina Ganguli, Associate Professor of Economics, Director of the UMass Amherst Computational Social Science Institute, and former UMass ADVANCE Faculty Fellow and Laurel Smith-Doerr, Professor of Sociology, PI for UMass ADVANCE, and CSSI affiliate

Experts on equitable collaboration will discuss their research and experience related to faculty inclusion and belonging. This session will be interactive, with discussion of practices, tools, and opportunities to discuss ideas for faculty collaborations across units at UMass. Learn more...

This session is presented in collaboration with the Office of Equity and Inclusion and the Computational Social Science Institute.


Equitable Faculty Evaluation Practices and Outcomes: An Argument for Change 

September 28, 2022, 4:00 – 5:30pm, Zoom
With Beth Mitchneck, Professor Emerita in the School of Geography, Development & Environment at the University of Arizona 

We conduct faculty evaluations generally the same way we did 20 years ago even though the academy has changed in dramatic ways and has been greatly impacted by COVID-19. This interactive workshop, presented by Beth Mitchneck, reviews research on how embedded biases may impact the outcomes of evaluation process and argues for making changes in the metrics and processes that we use. The outcomes will be more equitable. The workshop focuses on 1) the research on how we practice faculty evaluation and an assessment of our standard metrics; and 2) tools to conduct equitable evaluations across gender, race, rank, subdiscipline, and discipline. Using case study analysis, the presentation includes concrete tools for faculty and administrators to consider their own role in faculty evaluation and how to provide leadership to one’s department on conducting equitable evaluations.  

Mitchneck is Professor Emerita at the University of Arizona and a long-time faculty success advocate and practitioner and former NSF Program Officer for ADVANCE. 

This workshop is organized by UMass ADVANCE and co-sponsored by the Office of Faculty Development.


Equity Minded Workload Reform, Part 1 – Assessing Workload Challenges

October 7, 2022, from 10:00-12:00pm, Zoom
With Joya Misra, UMass Amherst

View Recording of the Workshop

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. This session will be followed in February by a session (Part 2) that focuses on organizational policies and practices that can be adopted to proactively design more equitable workloads and reward systems.


Equitable Decision-Making (National Webinar)

October 17, 2022, from 4:00-5:00pm, Zoom
With Laurel Smith-Doerr and James Allan, UMass ADVANCE

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Making decisions fairly and equitably has an enormous impact on departmental climate as well as career outcomes for faculty.  This interactive webinar provides strategies for how departments can set the stage for equity in shared decision-making, in ways that lead to greater transparency and inclusive decisions that do not simply reflect the loudest voices. This session covers UMass ADVANCE tools and checklists for approaches to equitable shared decision-making and faculty governance.


The Five-R Model for Pandemic Faculty Inclusion (National Webinar)

November 16, 2022, from 4:00-5:00pm, Zoom
With Joya Misra, UMass Amherst ADVANCE and Dessie Clark, University of Wisconsin-Madison, WISELI

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The COVID-19 Pandemic upended faculty careers and continues to reshape faculty evaluation and inclusion. In this interactive webinar, we introduce our award-winning 5-R Model for pandemic inclusion, identifying the key adjustments universities should make for equitable outcomes. This session covers UMass ADVANCE tools and templates for pandemic statement writing, equitable faculty evaluation, and mentoring for pandemic recovery.


Mentoring for Pandemic Recovery for Heads/Chairs (With LEAD+)

December 2, 2023, from 12:30-2:00pm, Zoom
With Joya Misra & Sergio Breña, UMass Amherst

To Register please contact Mary Ann Donze in the Office of Faculty Development at donze@umass.edu

This session is open to Heads and Chairs

This session identifies strategies that Heads and Chairs can use to help ensure retention, given the challenges created by the pandemic. This session will identify concrete approaches for Heads and Chairs to use in mentoring colleagues, and will also use small group discussion to collaboratively develop strategies that work for various kinds of departments.

This workshop is presented in partnership with the Office of Faculty Development's LEAD+ Program


Mentoring for Pandemic Recovery for Faculty

December 13, 2022, from 10:30-12:00pm, Zoom
With Joya Misra & Sergio Breña, UMass Amherst

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This session identifies strategies that faculty colleagues and members of Personnel Committees can use to help ensure retention, given the challenges created by the pandemic. This session will identify concrete approaches for colleagues to use in mentoring their peers, and will also use small group discussion to collaboratively develop strategies that work for various kinds of departments.

This workshop is cosponsored by the Office of Faculty Development