Category: ADVANCE Weekly Roundup

May 8, 2020 ADVANCE Weekly Roundup: Special Edition

Today for a special edition of the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup, we’d like to highlight some of the challenges facing faculty and staff while working from home during the pandemic. It should be noted that while everyone encounters them, these challenges can have a larger impact on women and primary caregivers. This list has been compiled from faculty comments, our own experiences, or reports in the national news.

Childcare challenges: despite ongoing demands for research and publishing, childcare remains inadequate both during the academic year and throughout the summer. In addition, local schools are unlikely to follow the same timeline as Michigan Tech’s return to work, leaving parents responsible for temporary solutions.

Healthcare challenges: caring for ill family members can drain a faculty member’s energy and focus yet this responsibility is often immediate, demanding, and isolating. 

Underlying conditions: the critical impact of often invisible underlying health conditions has been magnified in the current pandemic but these conditions must be managed daily and often with little or no recognition or support for the challenges involved.

Stress and challenges to mental well-being: there are insufficient resources for faculty and staff both on campus and in the local area for addressing stress, burn-out, and well-being in ways that are confidential, readily available, and move beyond or at least personalize self-help measures to adjust to individual levels of motivation, abilities, and resources.


If you recognize these issues, one avenue for change is through more responsive university policies. It is time to advance concrete proposals for employee support across all campus units. One way to start is to contact your University Senate representative.

The ADVANCE Weekly Roundup is brought to you by ADVANCE at Michigan Tech, which is an NSF-funded initiative dedicated to improving faculty career success, retention, diversity, equity, and inclusion.  Contact us to learn more about this week’s topic, our mission, programming efforts, and to check out our growing collection of resources. (advance-mtu@mtu.edu, website: www.mtu.edu/advance).


May 6, 2020 ADVANCE Weekly Roundup

Over the past several weeks, the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup has highlighted the numerous ways in which the pandemic has impacted faculty and their research and teaching efforts. While it is important that we acknowledge these impacts, it is more important that we understand ways in which we can provide support during these trying times. This week’s edition of the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup highlights a recent publication from ASPIRE, The National Alliance For Inclusive & Diverse STEM Faculty, highlights efforts we can undertake to support faculty both during and after the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order without sacrificing all of the progress we’ve made towards a more equitable campus.  Knowledge of the data and resources included in this article can be valuable in communicating and applying policies in an equitable manner.

http://www.mtu.edu/advance/resources/articles-books/supporting-faculty-during-and-after-covid.pdf

The ADVANCE Weekly Roundup is brought to you by ADVANCE at Michigan Tech, which is an NSF-funded initiative dedicated to improving faculty career success, retention, diversity, equity, and inclusion. Contact us to learn more about this week’s topic, our mission, programming efforts, or to check out our growing collection of resources (advance-mtu@mtu.edu, website: www.mtu.edu/advance).


May 1, 2020 ADVANCE Weekly Roundup

Burnout. That feeling of emptiness coupled with a lack of motivation and emotional and physical exhaustion. By this point in the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” quarantine we’re probably all feeling it in some aspect of our lives. But with at least 2 more weeks left at home, it’s important that we all get through it. Doing just that, beating burnout, is the topic of this week’s ADVANCE Weekly Roundup. From Inside Higher Education, this week we’re bringing you tops on how faculty (and others too!) can beat burnout in this time of upheaval.

https://insidehighered.com/advice/2020/04/28/advice-faculty-help-them-avoid-burnout-during-pandemic-opinion

The ADVANCE Weekly Roundup is brought to you by ADVANCE at Michigan Tech, which is an NSF-funded initiative dedicated to improving faculty career success, retention, diversity, equity, and inclusion. Contact us to learn more about this week’s topic, our mission, programming efforts, and to check out our growing collection of resources. (advance-mtu@mtu.edu; website: www.mtu.edu/advance)


April 24, 2020 ADVANCE Weekly Roundup

From an infection standpoint, CoVid-19 seems to be affecting men more than women. But how is it impacting productivity in academe? Recent data from several journals however are indicating that submissions from women are declining. This edition of the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup focuses on the extra burdens placed on women in academe during this crisis. From extra childcare duties to extra cooking and housework at home not equitably picked up by women to the detriment of time to spend on research and writing seems to be falling behind.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2020/04/21/early-journal-submission-data-suggest-covid-19-tanking-womens-research-productivity?utm_source=Inside+Higher+Ed&utm_campaign=9066666883-DiversityMatters_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1fcbc04421-9066666883-198514129&mc_cid=9066666883&mc_eid=e2ce04109d&fbclid=IwAR0wAVXPwBZhTUo5xImvxWMUfy23ApLW2tsIyKhc3XeMZ4l3-Mib56Cjm20

The ADVANCE Weekly Roundup is brought to you by ADVANCE at Michigan Tech, which is an NSF-funded initiative dedicated to improving faculty career success, retention, diversity, equity, and inclusion.  Contact us to learn more about this week’s topic, our mission, programming efforts, and to check out our growing collection of resources. (advance-mtu@mtu.edu, website: www.mtu.edu/advance).


April 17, 2020 ADVANCE Weekly Roundup

Pause and think about your field – do you know how many major contributions by someone from a marginalized group were overlooked in their time or never credited for the work? In the wake of the novel Hidden Figures and its subsequent motion picture, contributions are increasingly being recognized years later and rightfully attributed to those who did the work. This short article from National Geographic goes into more detail on hidden figures in many of our fields .

https://email.nationalgeographic.com/H/2/v40000017082eb1ac7a16e6bf4bbe5cfc0/cd3ca328-3b74-44c0-b800-d423d4b4cae0/HTML

The ADVANCE Weekly Roundup is brought to you by ADVANCE at Michigan Tech, which is an NSF-funded initiative dedicated to improving faculty career success, retention, diversity, equity, and inclusion.  Contact us to learn more about this week’s topic, our mission, programming efforts, and to check out our growing collection of resources. (advance-mtu@mtu.edu, website: ww.mtu.edu/advance).


April 10, 2020 ADVANCE Weekly Roundup

During the social distancing period that accompanied the Black Plague, Isaac Newton entered a period of his research career known as the annus mirabilis or “year of wonders” due to his prolific productivity during this time. Isaac Newton however, didn’t have to cope with moving to online instruction. Unlike Isaac Newton, most of us don’t have the luxury of focusing solely on our research due to closure of labs, uncertainty of travel for fieldwork, or numerous other factors. This doesn’t have to mean that we abandon our research agendas though! Today’s Weekly Roundup article from Inside Higher Education focuses on how we can reassess, reprioritize, and rethink our research agendas to maintain momentum through these uncertain times.

https://insidehighered.com/advice/2020/04/02/how-continue-push-your-research-forward-while-staying-home-during-pandemic-opinion

The ADVANCE Weekly Roundup is brought to you by ADVANCE at Michigan Tech, which is an NSF-funded initiative dedicated to improving faculty career success, retention, diversity, equity, and inclusion.  Contact us to learn more about our mission, programming, and to check out our growing collection of resources. (advance-mtu@mtu.edu, website: ww.mtu.edu/advance).


April 1, 2020 ADVANCE Weekly Roundup

In this time of social distancing, it’s important to remember and retain the sense of community we all possess when we’re gathered on campus. One way to do this is to participate in online gatherings/communities and contribute to collaborative resources. This week’s article for the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup highlights how we as a university community can work together to help each other during this crisis.

https://insidehighered.com/views/2020/03/25/recommendations-how-colleges-can-better-support-their-faculty-during-covid-19

The ADVANCE Weekly Roundup is brought to you by ADVANCE at Michigan Tech, which is an NSF-funded initiative dedicated to improving faculty career success, retention, diversity, equity, and inclusion.  Contact us to learn more about our mission, programming, and to check out our growing collection of resources. (advance-mtu@mtu.edu, website: ww.mtu.edu/advance).


3/10/2020 ADVANCE Weekly Roundup

Addressing the critical issue of representation of women in STEM Leadership positions, this book examines the policies, inequities, and disparities facing women in higher education. The author reviews the influence of socio-economic events such as the Suffrage Movement and implementation of Title IX and how they have increased access to higher education for women. A copy of this book is available in the ADVANCE Resource Center, Library 102B.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2020/02/25/author-discusses-his-new-book-rise-women-higher-education

The ADVANCE Weekly Roundup is brought to you by ADVANCE at Michigan Tech, which is an NSF-funded initiative dedicated to improving faculty career success, retention, diversity, equity, and inclusion.The ADVANCE Resource Center is located in the Van Pelt and Opie Library, room 102B. Stop by or contact us to learn more about our mission, programming, and to check out our growing collection of resources. (advance-mtu@mtu.edu, website: ww.mtu.edu/advance).


March 2, 2020 ADVANCE Weekly Roundup

Intersectionality is a term used to describe the ways in which people’s social identities overlap and impact their access to resources. Understanding how identities overlap is critical to ensuring that programming and policy designed to promote equity truly achieve their goal.

Time magazine published an interview this week with Kimberle Crenshaw, a law professor who coined the intersectionality term nearly 30 years ago. The interview is a quick read and can encourage each of us to think about the importance of intersectionality in addressing inequalities at Michigan Tech.

https://time.com/5786710/kimberle-crenshaw-intersectionality/

The ADVANCE Weekly Roundup is brought to you by ADVANCE at Michigan Tech, which is an NSF-funded initiative dedicated to improving faculty career success, retention, diversity, equity, and inclusion.The ADVANCE Resource Center is located in the Van Pelt and Opie Library, room 102B. Stop by or contact us to learn more about our mission, programming, and to check out our growing collection of resources. (advance-mtu@mtu.edu, website: ww.mtu.edu/advance).