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2019: A Year in Review

2019 has been an eventful year for The ADVANCE team. Over the course of the past year, we have launched our Advanced Career Management and Advocates and Allies adaptations, added 3 new team members, and established a resource center on campus. The ADVANCE Resource Center can now be found on the first floor of the Van Pelt and Opie Library in room 102B, just to the right of the IT Technical Assistance Center. The Resource Center is open Monday-Thursday from 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM and staffed by our Program Coordinator, Brad Wells. Brad is available to assist with any of your ADVANCE related questions, locate resources or to check out books from our growing library of diversity, career development, leadership, and gender equity literature. Please feel free to drop by or send us an email at advance-mtu@mtu.edu to learn more.

In August, we added two PhD students, Karen Colbert (Computational Sciences and Engineering) and Betsy Lehman (Cognitive and Learning Sciences) to our team. Both students have been quick to dive into the literature and learn about our work on campus and will be developing projects related to our adaptations in the coming months.

Our Advanced Career Management (ACM) adaptation was the first program to launch. ACM is an adaption of the University of Michigan’s LIFT model and the successful Early Career Management program here at Michigan Tech.The ACM is aimed at developing a strong peer to peer mentoring network and providing resources for mid-career faculty success.

During the summer, the ACM team hosted several focus groups with both mid-career and senior faculty to guide programming efforts. Advanced Career Management officially launched on September 17 with a workshop featuring a panel discussion on career development strategies. This panel was led by Dr. Janet Callahan, Dean of the College of Engineering and Dr. Andrew Storer, Dean of the College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science. A series of three panel discussions followed in September and October: one on Research, Teaching, and Service Balance, one of Research Intensive Careers, and the third on Leadership. Each workshop featured 2-3 distinguished panelists from the campus community. We appreciate the insightful contributions of these panelists: Dr. Shari Stockero, Dr. Nancy Auer, and Dr. John Jaszczak (Research, Teaching, and Service Balance); Dr. Adrienne Minerick and Dr. Zhanping You (Research Intensive); and Dr. Pushpa Murthy, Dr. Audra Morse, and Dr. Lina Ott (Leadership). During the Fall 2019 semester our workshops engaged 40+ participants from across all faculty ranks.

In late 2019, we will be launching the second phase of our ACM program. This portion of the ACM will involve the development of career career affinity groups and the launch of a Canvas course to serve as a resource base for participants. The next ACM event is our Spring Social which will feature career development related table topics and will introduce our “senior guides” and mid-career faculty career affinity groups.  The Spring Social is scheduled for January 23 from 4-6PM in MUB Ballroom B2. In February 2020, we will formally launch the career affinity groups aimed at providing a peer to peer network for discussing career development.

One of the main tenets of the NSF ADVANCE Initiative is to promote gender equity in STEM but the The ADVANCE team team aims to include the entire campus. To do this, we are working to implement the Advocates and Allies program. Advocates and Allies was started by North Dakota State University’s (NDSU) ADVANCE program and works to train men to be knowledgeable and effective allies for gender equity. Our adaptation of the NDSU program expands the aims of this program. For our Advocates and Allies program, we’re aiming to train members of majority groups to be effective allies for those who are not as well represented. The Advocates and Allies program started on campus in October 2019 with two days of Ally workshops facilitated by a training team from NDSU and Auburn University. These workshops were attended by 130 faculty, staff, and academic leadership from across campus and provided a space for men to come together to learn and talk about equity issues facing Michigan Tech. These workshops looked directly at the data from the Assessment of Working, Living, and Learning conducted in 2017 and highlighted issues such as trends in faculty recruitment and retention, the low number of women serving as department chair (5 of 22), and perceptions of campus climate. Simultaneously, women and gender diverse individuals gathered to discuss the equity issues they face on campus.

The Advocates and Allies program is actively seeking women, minorities, and gender diverse individuals to form the Advocates and Allies Advisory Board (AAAB) as well as men to form the initial Advocates team. Both groups will be working closely with the The ADVANCE team team to disseminate knowledge and promote ally-ship across campus. The AAAB will be responsible for selecting, training, and advising the Advocates and applications are due Jan. 9. Applications for the Advocates team are due Jan. 20, 2020. Anyone interested in applying to either should complete our Google Form. Advocates and Allies will host another Ally workshop with the training team from NDSU in April 2020. Dates and times for these events will be forthcoming in early 2020.

Another tenet of the ADVANCE mission is to increase faculty retention. The ADVANCE team is approaching this from two angles: working with faculty (ACM) and with academic leadership.  There’s a saying that employees quit their supervisor before they quit their employer. Making sure that this doesn’t happen at Michigan Tech is key to faculty retention and where our third adaptation comes in.  The Academy for Responsive Leadership (ARL) is based on a training model for deans and chairs from Iowa State University and is in the final planning stages. ARL will engage deans, department chairs, and center/institute directors from across campus in conversations about qualities and practices of responsive leadership. We anticipate a soft-launch of the program in early 2020 with a pilot group before rolling it out to all academic leaders in mid-spring. ARL will host regularly scheduled workshops along with a resource base available through Canvas. As part of this program, academic leaders will be involved in peer to peer discussions and activities related to annual performance evaluations, difficult conversations, the promotion and tenure process, faculty retention, and emotional intelligence among other topics.

As we move into 2020, the ADVANCE team is excited about the future. Our initial programming in Fall 2019 has elicited a strong interest from the campus community and we look to build on that momentum moving forward. The final two years of our grant will be crucial to institutionalizing our programs and engaging the campus community in effective culture change. Participation from faculty, staff, and leadership is critical to effective change so we hop to involve everyone in upcoming events.

Information about ADVANCE at Michigan Tech as well as all of our events can be found on our website (www.mtu.edu/advance) or by visiting the ADVANCE Resource Center in the Van Pelt and Opie Library, room 102B.


PhD GRA Funding Available-ADVANCE Initiative

The ADVANCE Initiative at Michigan Tech is seeking a PhD student to participate in and conduct research on faculty gender and career issues including diversity, equity, and inclusion. Research would be primarily focused on STEM disciplines but may also be expanded to other disciplines. Up to three years of support for tuition and stipend are available (including summer semesters) through this Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) position.

The ideal candidate is either an incoming PhD student with a Master’s degree or a current PhD student in their first or second year. Students may pursue any of Michigan Tech’s PhD degree programs but should have or be willing to take courses in survey methods and quantitative analysis. The research done under the ADVANCE programs will ideally form the core (or a substantial portion) of the student’s dissertation. Familiarity with current diversity and inclusion research in STEM is advantageous but not required.

To apply, please submit:

  1. A cover letter indicating your current academic level
  2. A CV
  3. A statement of interest regarding diversity and inclusion in STEM to Prof. Adrienne Minerick.

A multidisciplinary team of faculty will be reviewing application materials, so please try to minimize technical, discipline-specific jargon. The start date for this position is as soon as possible but no later than August 19, 2019.


AAAS If/Then Ambassadors Applications Open

AAAS is searching for 100 women from a variety of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers to serve as high-profile role models for middle school girls.

The AAAS IF/THEN Ambassadors program furthers women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics by empowering current innovators and inspiring the next generation of pioneers.

The AAAS IF/THEN Ambassadors program brings together 100 women from a variety of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics careers to serve as high-profile role models for middle school girls. STEM professionals use their skills in many fields – including research and development, sports and recreation, finance, fashion, gaming, engineering and manufacturing, entertainment, healthcare, retail, music, and more. The AAAS IF/THEN Ambassadors program highlights women in STEM who are contributing in all these fields, showing girls the different career pathways they can pursue and how STEM impacts their lives every day. AAAS IF/THEN Ambassadors will gather for in-person summits, create personal press kits that highlight their stories and take their outreach to the next level, be featured in original entertainment and media content, and engage with middle school girls in formal and informal educational spaces.

For more information about the program click here. To check eligibility click here. For a list of required materials click here.

If you have questions, find FAQs here or email us. Follow us on Twitter @MeetAScientist.


Flynn and Heikinen Named Directors of the Elaine Bacon Literacy Program

Elizabeth Flynn (HU) and Denise Heikinen (HU) have recently been named directors of the Elaine Bacon Literacy Program. They succeed Andrea Hauge-Bacon, who was director for twenty years.

The Program aims to improve the literacy of international adults including reading, writing and speaking. Participants come from countries such as China, Iran, Egypt, Russia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, South Korea and Georgia. Free tutoring sessions take place from 10 a.m. to noon on Mondays, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays and 10:30 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays at the Portage Lake United Church and from 1 to 3 p.m. Fridays in the community room of Daniell Heights.

From 10 a.m. to noon on Thursdays students are encouraged to participate in a related organization, International Neighbors. Participants visit local places of interest, take hikes or engage in activities designed to improve vocabulary, fluency or cultural awareness.

Many different instructional techniques are used in the program. Some tutors use a weekly newspaper, News for You, which is directed at students for whom English is not their original language and provides news stories about recent events. Each paper also includes a crossword puzzle, vocabulary and pronunciation. The stories enhance students’ reading abilities, help increase their vocabularies and form the basis for discussions of important national and international occurrences or less
consequential human interest items.

Other class focuses on language structures and conventions, and everyday conversation and the challenges of living in a culture that may be quite unfamiliar. Some students attend all of these classes while others choose those that suit their particular needs or schedules. Students benefit from the tutoring sessions, linguistic and cultural immersion and find that their conversational abilities, as well as reading and writing abilities, improve quite dramatically.

Humanities in Tech Today, April 8, 2019


Megan Frost Selected Chair of KIP

Frost is currently serving this year as interim chair of the department. Her regular three-year appointment begins July 1. Frost received her PhD in Chemistry from the University of Michigan in 2003 and joined Michigan Tech in 2007.

She is a world leader in nitric oxide chemistry and designing nitric oxide releasing polymers. Her research led to her being cofounder and chief technology officer of the startup company FM Wound Care. Its patented technology infuses bandages with nitric oxide gas, which kills bacteria and prevents infection.

David Hemmer, dean of the College of Sciences and Arts, said he was thrilled with Frost’s selection. “Her scholarship is a natural fit for the integrative physiology work in the department,” Hemmer said. “She has done a wonderful job leading the department on an interim basis this year, and I am excited that she will be joining KIP and CSA on a more permanent basis.”

Frost took over last year when former chair Jason Carter moved to the Vice President for Research office. Carter said he was also pleased to learn the news. “KIP has a strong and cohesive identity, both internally and externally, as an academic unit that values excellence in both research and teaching. Megan has demonstrated throughout her career, and in her time as interim chair, that she too espouses those core values.”

Carter added “I look forward to Megan building upon this strong foundation to take KIP to new heights that advance the department’s national and international presence and impact.”

by College of Sciences and Arts, Tech Today April 5, 2019


Program Coordinator Position Open

The Program Coordinator for ADVANCE initiatives at Michigan Tech is open and applications are being accepted. Responsibilities include:

Support initiatives to advance women, underrepresented, and intersectional individuals
to thrive in their careers. Organize, plan, and execute campus-wide events. This
includes advertising, design, communication, data handling, and scheduling. Develop
and maintain marketing products to increase visibility and engagement of ADVANCE
activities and outcomes across campus. Assist in the development of applications for
external funding, and in creating oral and written communication products for a variety
of audiences.

See the full job posting at https://www.jobs.mtu.edu/postings/7641


New Assistant to the Provost for Faculty Development

After a University-wide search, Shari Stockero was selected for and has accepted the position as assistant to the provost for faculty development. Stockero’s role in this position begins immediately. In her new position, she will provide leadership for faculty and will collaborate with others from across campus to promote professional development and career success among early- to mid-career faculty.

While serving as the assistant to the provost for faculty development  Stockero will continue in her positions as professor in the Departments of Cognitive and Learning Sciences and Mathematical Sciences, and director of teacher education at Michigan Tech.

Jacqueline Huntoon, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs says “I am pleased to welcome Dr. Stockero to this position. The Early Career Management program and the Michigan Tech Research Forum are both important initiatives that are bringing faculty together in ways that will support their career success. I look forward to seeing these initiatives continue to move forward under Shari’s leadership.”


Archer Installed on Michigan Lean Consortium Board

Ruth Archer, director of Continuous Improvement at Michigan Tech, was installed on the Michigan Lean Consortium’s (MLC) Board of Directors during the eighth annual Michigan Lean Consortium conference held Aug. 8-10 in Traverse City. This is Archer’s first three-year term on the 10-member board. At the conference, she presented a session titled “Sustaining a Culture of Excellence through Perceptual Engineering.” Archer was also invited to participate on a “Women in Lean” panel during the conference.

The MLC is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that is governed by an all-volunteer board, dedicated to developing and supporting Lean systems thinkers to positively transform Michigan. The MLC has more than 1100 members representing dozens of industries with a broad spectrum of Lean expertise.

Michigan Tech holds a university-wide MLC membership available to faculty, staff or students. If you would like to be listed as a member and have access to member-only benefits from the MLC, send an email to improvement@mtu.edu.

Tech Today, August 23, 2018


GLRC Hires Gagnon to Promote University-Indigenous Community Partnerships in Research

The Great Lakes Research Center announces the appointment of Valoree Gagnon as director, University-Indigenous Community Partnerships.

In this new role, Gagnon serves as a resource for those desiring research partnerships with indigenous communities by providing guidance for creating and sustaining equitable partnerships, supporting growth for mutually-beneficial research design and practices, and by strengthening inclusion of transdisciplinary knowledge. She intends to continue to expand Michigan Tech’s partnerships in the region—across disciplines, jurisdictions and communities—and strengthen m’naademdamowin (respect) and reciprocity for one another.

“I’m pleased to be in a role that allows me to make meaningful connections among people. Building partnerships is an important pathway for advancing research and policy,” says  Gagnon. Her office is located in GLRC 310 and she can be reached by email.

by Great Lakes Research Center


New Assistant to the Provost for Academic Equity and Inclusion

by Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

After a University-wide search, Audrey Mayer (SFRES) was selected for and has accepted the position as assistant to the Provost for Academic Equity and Inclusion. Mayer’s role in this position began Monday. While serving as assistant to the provost, she will continue in her position as associate professor of ecology and environmental policy.

In her new position, Mayer will work with various councils and groups to provide leadership for campus-wide diversity-enhancement efforts and oversee the University’s response to the Climate Study (conducted earlier this academic year). She will also serve as Michigan Tech’s representative for external groups such as the American Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU), the Michigan Associate of State Universities (MASU) and King-Chavez-Parks (KCP).

Provost Jackie Huntoon says, “I am very happy to have Dr. Mayer join the provost’s office team. She has been involved with efforts related to equity and inclusion for many years, and I have come to rely upon her because of her ability to provide me with helpful just-in-time advice. Dr. Mayer will also represent Michigan Tech on some important diversity-related groups and initiatives at the state level.”