Events

IDS Health Diversities & Disparities Research Group Online Seminar

Location
Zoom
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Hosted by: Institute of Diversity Sciences

Researchers from across different schools and colleges at UMass and the Five Colleges come together online to discuss diversities and disparities in the health group. Typically, 2 faculty or graduate students and sometimes staff each present for 20 minutes followed by 15 minutes of discussion. It is an excellent forum to hear about work on health taking place across campus share your work receive feedback and forge new collaborations across disciplines.

If you are interested in attending, please email ids@umass.edu.

Speakers will be determined at a later date.

For more see: www.umass.edu/diversitysciences.

Time to Focus: Working Accountability Group - 9/25

Location
Zoom
Start Date
End Date

Facilitator: Christiane Healey, Chancellor’s Leadership Fellow, Office of Faculty Development, and Senior Lecturer of Biology

These virtual accountability sessions offer dedicated time and facilitated support to work on your project, whether it is to write a proposal or manuscript, or to design a unit for your online course. The sessions will begin with a small group 15-minute check-in, with each participant introducing themselves, their project, and specific goals for the session. For the next 60 minutes, faculty will turn off microphones and video feed, to work together in their own protected environment. In the final 15 minutes, participants will rejoin their small groups to discuss their progress, challenges, and to set goals for the coming week. Open to all faculty: lecturers, instructors, research, clinical.

These sessions are offered each month on a Friday afternoon. You may choose to attend any or all of the sessions.

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Eldercare Support Group 9/30

Location
Zoom
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Hosted by: Workplace learning and Development

This five week group is for anyone who could use some support in navigating the logistics and stressors of caring for an aging loved one. Group members will be expected to make best efforts to attend all five meetings and no new members will be added after the second meeting.  The format will include a few guest speakers who have expertise in various aspects of elder care.  A schedule of speakers will be provided at the first meeting.

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Flattening the Mental Health Curve: A whole-community approach to campus mental health

Location
Zoom
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Hosted by Wellbeing, Access and Prevention/Student Affairs and Campus Life

According to the most recently available data from the Centers for Disease Control and the National Center for Health Statistics adults reported considerably elevated adverse mental health conditions associated with COVID-19. Not only are students age 18-24 showing the most elevated levels of distress, but recent articles in our professional literature suggest conditions are rife for faculty and staff burnout.  This interactive workshop/forum will first attend to faculty and staff wellbeing with opportunities for conversation and focus on resources.  Second we will explore the state student mental health in COVID, review programs and supports already offered, and highlight ways to integrate wellbeing into all aspects of campus life.

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Weekly Meditation 10/1

Location
Zoom
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End Date

Hosted by: Workplace Learning and Development

Join us for a weekly goodwill meditation.  Offer compassion to yourself and to your community in this brief, beginner friendly meditation.  Meditations will last 10-15 minutes and there will be time for questions afterwards.

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First Year First Friday - 10/2

Location
Zoom
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Hosted by the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Office of Faculty Development

How will I know if it’s really working? Course reflection strategies for the busy professor 

In this CTL-moderated session, faculty will engage in a supportive community discussion about what’s working well in their courses, how they know that those strategies are working for everyone, and ways to integrate reflective teaching practices into their course planning this semester and in the future.

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LEAD+ Equitable Practices for Evaluating Faculty Amid COVID-19

Location
Zoom
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Sponsored by: Academic Personnel Office, UMass Amherst ADVANCE Program, and the Office of Faculty Development

LEAD+ is a professional development and support program for heads and chairs, offered by the Academic Personnel Office and the Office of Faculty Development. The sessions cover topics of common concern to department leaders. The session is open to all heads and chairs.

This session’s presenters include Beth Mitchneck, Professor Emerita at the University of Arizona and former National Science Foundation Program Officer for ADVANCE, and Michelle Budig, Vice Provost for Faculty Development.

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, sub-discipline, 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.

Please email Vice Provost Michelle J. Budig at budig@umass.edu to register for this event.

The Revolution Will be Backward Designed - Inclusive Practices in The Higher Education Classroom

Location
Zoom
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End Date

Hosted by: UMass Howard Hughes Medical Institute Inclusive Excellence Program and a Mutual Mentoring Award to the Department of Microbiology.

We are inviting you to join us for a virtual keynote address and workshops around creating inclusive classrooms, research labs, and working spaces for our students and ourselves. 

Facilitated by Dr. Bryan Dewsbury (University of Rhode Island), a nationally known scholar on inclusivity in academics, this dynamic and high impact program will provide you with the skills and strategies for inclusive course design and improving the sense of belonging of our UMass community. 

Mark your calendars and register for: 

Tuesday, October 6th 12:00 PM 

Keynote address: “The revolution will be backward designed - inclusive practices in the higher education classroom” 

Tuesday, October 6th  2:30-4:00 PM  

Workshop 1: “A Chance at birth - power, privilege and their impacts on the higher ed classroom” 

Friday, October 9th 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM 

Workshop 2:  “We are talking about practice! - Considering specific strategies for your classroom” 

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Parent Support Group for Faculty and Staff 10/6

Location
Zoom
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End Date

Hosted by: Workplace Learning and Development

Come share advice, support and compassion with other working parents. Over the course of 3 sessions, get to know other parents, share your struggles and help come up with solutions!

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A Chance at Birth - Power, Privilege and Their Impacts on The Higher Ed Classroom

Location
Zoom
Start Date
End Date

Hosted by: UMass Howard Hughes Medical Institute Inclusive Excellence Program and a Mutual Mentoring Award to the Department of Microbiology.

We are inviting you to join us for a virtual keynote address and workshops around creating inclusive classrooms, research labs, and working spaces for our students and ourselves. 

Facilitated by Dr. Bryan Dewsbury (University of Rhode Island), a nationally known scholar on inclusivity in academics, this dynamic and high impact program will provide you with the skills and strategies for inclusive course design and improving the sense of belonging of our UMass community. 

Mark your calendars and register for: 

Tuesday, October 6th 12:00 PM 

Keynote address: “The revolution will be backward designed - inclusive practices in the higher education classroom” 

Tuesday, October 6th  2:30-4:00 PM  

Workshop 1: “A Chance at birth - power, privilege and their impacts on the higher ed classroom” 

Friday, October 9th 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM 

Workshop 2:  “We are talking about practice! - Considering specific strategies for your classroom” 

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Creating and Maintaining a Diverse Department

Location
Zoom
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Hosted by UMass ADVANCE

A Panel Discussion With:

  • Adia Harvey Wingfield, Associate Dean for Faculty Development, Professor of Sociology
  • Mary Tileston Hemenway Professor of Arts & Sciences Washington University in St. Louis

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. 

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Weekly Meditation 10/8

Location
Zoom
Start Date
End Date

Hosted by: Workplace Learning and Development

Join us for a weekly goodwill meditation.  Offer compassion to yourself and to your community in this brief, beginner friendly meditation.  Meditations will last 10-15 minutes and there will be time for questions afterwards.

Register