GLRC and ADVANCE Co-Sponsor Virtual Coffee Hour for World Water Day

Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center and the ADVANCE Initiative are co-sponsoring two virtual coffee hours next week with World Water Day Keynote Dr. Joellen Russell. Coffee Hours will be held via Zoom. Bring your own coffee. Zoom Links are below.

3/23 at 9am: https://michigantech.zoom.us/j/236505056

3/24 at 10am: https://michigantech.zoom.us/j/768523682


ADVANCE and COVID-19

Due to the closure of the Van Pelt and Opie Library, the ADVANCE Resource Center will be closed until further notice. Our Program Coordinator is still managing email and phones so feel free to reach out if you need to contact us.

Email: advance-mtu@mtu.edu

Phone: 906-487-2519

For more information on Michigan Tech’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak, we encourage you to visit www.mtu.edu/covid-19


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).


Becker Elected AEESP Foundation Chair

Jennifer G. Becker (CEE) has been elected chair of the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP) Foundation. She was elected to the AEESP Foundation Board of Directors in 2019, and her three-year term as chair of the Foundation began last month.

AEESP is an international organization with more than 800 members, most of whom are environmental engineering and science professors. The AEESP Foundation supports and encourages excellence in environmental engineering and science education, outreach, and scientific research by sponsoring a distinguished lecturer series, awarding K-12 educational and outreach grants, and endowing and administering award programs for professors and students.

Becker has a distinguished record of service to the environmental engineering community. She served as a member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Science Advisory Board’s Environmental Engineering Committee from 2016 until the committee was retired in 2018. She was elected by her environmental engineering and science academic peers to the AEESP Board of Directors in 2010. While on the AEESP Board of Directors, Becker was also elected to several AEESP officer positions, including president of AEESP (2013-2014).

Read the full Tech Today story here: http://www.mtu.edu/ttoday/?issue=20200212&s=3#becker-elected-aeesp-foundation-chair


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.