Category: AMP-UP

These blog entries are specifically for AMP-UP in the Advance Initiative

Dual Career

Tasks in process.

  • Telephone survey of Search Chairs regarding current practice.  I expect results any day now.
  • An electronic survey has been drafted for Deans and Chairs to determine current state centered around interview and negotiation phase.  This will be going out soon.
  • Patty Sotirin will be holding some focus groups for partners currently slated for early March.
  • A Kaizen has been proposed to standardize process for partners of tenure track faculty who desire a faculty appointment.

Climate Survey

Michigan Tech desires to hold another University Climate SURVEY of which Jill Hodges and Beth Lunde are the leads. This will include all faculty, staff (union and non-union), and students. The committee is leaning toward hiring externally to do this study and based upon discussions held in the Unit Climate Group (AMP-UP) is also leaning toward a confidential survey instead of an anonymous survey. A confidential survey will get at the unit issues in a way that an anonymous survey will not.

AMP-UP: Current Status

The Advance Matrix Process-University Programs (AMP-UP) teams have been established and there has been two rounds of meetings held for the Initiative teams and one round for the Process Teams. A google web-site has been established to assist these team with agendas, minutes, reference materials, and task management.

All teams have discussed the importance of setting data standards (i.e. define how to group STEM departments, define reporting of Faculty, Academic Administrative, Tenure and Non Tenure, etc). The University Climate Study Committee and the Unit Climate AMP-UP team met together to begin coordinating their efforts. The Programs Team is starting to create an inventory of internal department level programs in each of the three areas (Scholarship/Research, Climate, Dual Careers) as well as benchmark with programs at other universities. The Continuous Improvement Team has three requests in place. One for a dual career focus group, one for dual career data collection, and another to hold a kaizen to standardize the administration of data for research, teaching, and other.