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 2022

Collaborative Leadership

January 20, 2022 from 12:30-3:30, Zoom
With Manya Whitaker, Colorado College

Registration Required

This workshop is designed for faculty hoping to expand their understanding of shared governance and learn how to implement collaborative governing practices. While useful for everyone, it should be particularly useful for chairs, heads, associate chairs, members of personnel committees.  Participants will engage in a 3-hour virtual workshop during which we will review the prerequisites for shared governance, explore shared governance models, and practice strategies for shared decision-making. Through a combination of presentation, case studies, role play, and small group dialogue, we will collectively develop a tool for shared decision-making that can be adapted for unique departmental contexts.

Dr. Manya Whitaker is an Associate Professor and Chair of Education at Colorado College where she also directs the faculty development center. She is a developmental educational psychologist with expertise in social and political issues in education. Her research on the stability of teachers’ diversity-related belief systems across time and settings has generated multiple publications including Schooling Multicultural Teachers: A Guide for Program Assessment and Professional Development, Learning from the Inside-Out: Child Development and School Choice and Counter Narratives from Women of Color Academics.  Her forthcoming book is Public School Equity: Educational Leadership for Justice.

Mutual Mentoring Grant Information Session

February 02, 2022 from 12:00-1:00pm, Zoom
With Donna Baron and Wendy Varner

Registration Required

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.

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

Setting the Stage for Equity in Department Decision-Making (LEAD+)

February 4, 2022 from 12:30-2:00, Zoom
With Laurel Smith-Doerr and Ethel Mickey, UMass Amherst

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

This workshop is open to department heads and chairs.

Making decisions fairly and equitably has an enormous impact on departmental climate. This 90-minute workshop will utilize data-driven case studies to provide faculty members with ideas of best practices for how their departments can make changes to how decisions are made, in ways that will lead to greater transparency and equity and decisions that do not simply reflect the loudest voices. 

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

Setting the Stage for Equity in Department Decision-Making

February 11, 2022 from 12:30-2:00, Zoom
With Laurel Smith-Doerr and Ethel Mickey, UMass Amherst

Registration Required

This workshop is open to all faculty.

Making decisions fairly and equitably has an enormous impact on departmental climate. This 90-minute workshop will utilize data-driven case studies to provide faculty members with ideas of best practices for how their departments can make changes to how decisions are made, in ways that will lead to greater transparency and equity and decisions that do not simply reflect the loudest voices.   

Equity Minded Workload Reform, Part 2 (Policies)

February 18, 2022 from 10:00-12:00pm, Zoom
With Joya Misra, UMass Amherst

Registration Required

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 will discuss a variety of workload systems such as rotation of time-intensive roles, performance benchmarks by rank, or differentiated workload that can help departments create fairer workload for all faculty. This session follows on 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.

Identify Your Needs & Expand Your Mentoring Network

March 1, 2022 from 1:00-2:30, Zoom
With Michelle Budig, UMass Amherst

Registration Required

In every stage of your academic career, your needs for mentoring change. Clarifying your current needs and mapping a diverse array of mentors to meet them are keys to your academic success and well-being.  As we continue to adapt to work and life disruptions, it is important to ensure that you are connected to mentors whose expertise matches your development goals.  At this session you will clarify your current career goals and challenges, develop an enriched map of your mentoring network, and create strategies for expanding this network. 

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

Annual Distinguished Lecture
"The Hierarchy of Knowledge in Machine Learning and Its Consequences"

March 22, 2022 from 4:00-6:00pm, Zoom
With Dr. Timnit Gebru, Founder and Executive Director of Distributed Artificial Intelligence Research Institute (DAIR) and co-founder of Black in AI

Registration Required

Timnit Gebru is the founder and executive director of the Distributed Artificial Intelligence Research Institute (DAIR) and co-founder of Black in AI, an organization dedicated to increasing the presence of Black people in the field of artificial intelligence. She was fired by Google in December 2020 for raising issues of discrimination in the workplace. Prior to that she was a co-lead of the Ethical AI research team at Google. She received her PhD from Stanford University, and did a postdoc at Microsoft Research, New York City in the FATE (Fairness Accountability Transparency and Ethics in AI) group, where she studied algorithmic bias and the ethical implications underlying projects aiming to gain insights from data.

The ADVANCE Annual Lecture is hosted by UMass ADVANCE in collaboration with the Manning College of Information and Computer Sciences and the Office of Equity and Inclusion and is co-sponsored by the College of Engineering, College of Natural Sciences, College of Social & Behavioral Sciences, Computational Social Science Institute, Institute for Social Science Research, and the Office of Faculty Development.

Writing Pandemic Impact Statements (Reappointment, Tenure, Promotion): For Assistant Professors

April 6, 2022 from 10:00-11:00am, Zoom
With Joya Misra, UMass Amherst

Registration Required

This workshop will provide faculty members with templates about how to write their pandemic impact statements and give them time to write their own statement and run their statement by colleagues in break out rooms. 

This workshop is co-sponsored by Associate Provost of Equity and Inclusion - Faculty Diversity

Writing Pandemic Impact Statements (Reappointment, Tenure, Promotion): For all Faculty Members

April 8, 2022 from 1:00-2:00pm, Zoom
With Sergio Breña, UMass Amherst

Registration Required

This workshop will provide faculty members with templates about how to write their pandemic impact statements and give them time to write their own statement and run their statement by colleagues in break out rooms. 

This workshop is co-sponsored by Associate Provost of Equity and Inclusion - Faculty Diversity

Panel Discussion on the Possibilities (and Challenges) of Social Scientists Leading Large Interdisciplinary Collaborations

April 27, 2022 from 4:00-5:30pm, Zoom
With Jennifer Lundquist Professor of Sociology & Senior Associate Dean for Research, College of Social & Behavioral Sciences (presider) And Panelists:

  • Carolina Aragón, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture
  • Ina Ganguli, Associate Professor of Economics & Co-Director of the UMass Amherst Computational Social Science Institute
  • Laurel Smith-Doerr, Professor of Sociology & PI for the UMass ADVANCE Program
  • Ethan Zuckerman, Associate Professor of Communication, Computer Science, and Public Policy, and Director of the UMass Initiative for Digital Public Infrastructure
     

Registration is Required

Interdisciplinary collaboration is becoming more common across all fields. Typically, social and behavioral scientists and humanities scholars have been the ‘trailing’ disciplines on large funded collaborations led by natural scientists and engineers. Faculty equity in interdisciplinary collaboration by discipline and by gender, race, and rank makes for a better project, but can be hard to achieve. This panel of researchers with experience on interdisciplinary projects will discuss the possibilities (and challenges) of equitable social science-led interdisciplinary collaborations, from different viewpoints by field and rank.

Why now?

Now is a key time for social science led interdisciplinary collaboration as large amounts of new external funding from NSF, NIH and other federal and foundation funders are being allocated to support research aimed at solving hard societal problems, including equity and inclusion.

Why?

Social sciences have the tools to understand grand societal challenges, and can especially provide better ways of understanding and promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in research and education. Receiving large amounts of resources to support the work of social science faculty and students doesn’t sound like a bad thing, either.

This event is co-sponsored by the the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, UMass ADVANCE, Computational Social Science Institute, and Institute for Social Science Research at UMass Amherst

Intergroup Dialogue Workshop for Faculty

May 31, 2022 and June 1, 2022 from 8:30am-4:30pm, Amherst Room, Campus Center, 10th Floor
With Dr. Kristie Ford, Washington & Lee University and Dr. Charles Behling, University of Michigan (retired)

Application by May 6th is Required

Are you a faculty member who is invested in learning ways to help create deeper and more productive conversations about race and diversity on campus?

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.

This workshop, 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), aims to engage faculty who are committed to promoting social justice and addressing marginalization based on social identities. The workshop is both theoretical and experiential – emphasizing learning by doing. 

Due to the cumulative nature of this workshop, participants must be able to attend both days of the workshop.
 

Intergroup Dialogue Workshop for STEM Heads, Chairs and Deans

June 2, 2022 and June 3, 2022 from 8:30am-4:30pm, Amherst Room, Campus Center, 10th Floor
With Dr. Kristie Ford, Washington & Lee University and Dr. Charles Behling, University of Michigan (retired)

Application by May 6th is Required

Are you a faculty member who is invested in learning ways to help create deeper and more productive conversations about race and diversity on campus?

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.

This workshop, 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), aims to engage faculty who are committed to promoting social justice and addressing marginalization based on social identities. The workshop is both theoretical and experiential – emphasizing learning by doing. 

Due to the cumulative nature of this workshop, participants must be able to attend both days of the workshop.


Fall 2021

On the Line: Equity in Tenure and Promotion 

September 14, 2021, from 1:00 - 2:30pm, Zoom 
With AWED Theater Company, Florida International University

Resources for this Workshop

Please join UMass ADVANCE and AWED Theater Company for an interactive performance and workshop on mitigating bias and promoting equity in tenure and promotion practices.  

On the Line is a performance and workshop focused on a living case study that interactively engages participants in ways they can mitigate bias and promote equity in tenure and promotion practices. In the first half of the workshop, professional actors portray a subtle and complex scenario involving a department's executive committee formally discussing whether one of their junior colleagues should be awarded tenure. Guided by a facilitator, post-show interaction allows audiences to unpack issues and practice interventions. 

Mentoring Faculty Colleagues (With LEAD+ for Heads and Chairs) 

September 17, 2021, from 12:30 - 2:00pm, Zoom 
With Joya Misra and Jennifer Normanly, UMass Amherst

Resources for this Workshop

This session identifies a number of effective mentoring strategies that Chairs and Heads can use that help ensure retention, a good departmental climate, and faculty success. This session will identify concrete approaches for Chairs and Heads to use in mentoring colleagues, and also use small group discussion to collaboratively develop strategies that work for different kinds of departments. 

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

Evaluating Pandemic Impact Statements for AFR, Reappointment, Promotion, and Tenure for members of Personnel Committees and Heads and Chairs

This workshop is being offered twice:

September 23, 2021, from 1:00-2:30pm, Zoom 
September 24, 2021, from 10:00-11:30 pm, Zoom 

With James Allan and Joya Misra, UMass Amherst

Resources for these Workshops

This workshop will provide members of Personnel Committees and Heads and Chairs an opportunity to consider how to take pandemic impact statements into account when assessing AFRs and reappointment, tenure, and promotion cases.  The session will include presentation, case studies, and small group discussion to collectively identify strategies for assessing statements fairly.  

Writing Pandemic Impact Statements for Assistant Professors 

September 29, 2021, from 10:00-11:00, Zoom 
With Joya Misra, UMass Amherst

Registration Required 

This workshop will provide faculty members with templates about how to write their pandemic impact statements and give them time to write their own statement and run their statement by colleagues in break out rooms. 

This workshop is co-sponsored by Associate Provost of Equity and Inclusion - Faculty Diversity

Writing Pandemic Impact Statements for Lecturers

September 30, 2021 from 1:00-2:00, Zoom 
With Ethel Mickey, UMass Amherst

Registration Required 

This workshop will provide faculty members with templates about how to write their pandemic impact statements and give them time to write their own statement and run their statement by colleagues in break out rooms. 

This workshop is co-sponsored by Associate Provost of Equity and Inclusion - Faculty Diversity

Writing Pandemic Impact Statements for All Faculty 

October 1, 2021 from 2:00-3:00, Zoom 
With Sergio Breña, UMass Amherst

Registration Required

This workshop will provide faculty members with templates about how to write their pandemic impact statements and give them time to write their own statement and run their statement by colleagues in break out rooms. 

This workshop is co-sponsored by Associate Provost of Equity and Inclusion - Faculty Diversity

Equity Minded Workload Reform, Part 1 - Dashboards 

November 5, 2021, from 10:00-12:00, Zoom 
With Joya Misra, UMass Amherst 

Registration Required

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. 

Mentoring Faculty Colleagues  

December 9 & 10, 2021, from 10:00-12:30, Zoom 
With Joya Misra and Karen Whelen-Berry, UMass Amherst

Registration Required 

Mentoring faculty colleagues effectively is key to ensuring retention, a good departmental climate, and faculty success. In this two-day workshop, 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. 

Writing Pandemic Impact Statements for Lecturers and Research Faculty

December 14, 2021 from 12:00-1:00pm, Zoom 
With Ethel Mickey, UMass Amherst

Registration Required 

This workshop will provide faculty members with templates about how to write their pandemic impact statements and give them time to write their own statement and run their statement by colleagues in break out rooms. 

This workshop is co-sponsored by Associate Provost of Equity and Inclusion - Faculty Diversity