Tag: Workplace

ADVANCE Weekly Roundup: Safety is everyone’s responsibility

Safety in any workplace, whether corporate or academic, is not achieved  by just providing students, faculty and staff with appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) to conduct their research or work safely. Creating safety in the workplace also includes intentionally crafting a psychologically safe environment where individuals feel they can speak up, express their concerns, and be heard. The author of “The Fearless Organization” describes how the culture of psychological safety is evident when individuals can voice half-finished thoughts, are willing to admit lack of knowledge, listen humbly, and engage in dynamic dialogue to learn and adopt what is best for students, faculty, and staff.

The author notes, “As organizations seek to convert diversity into inclusion and belonging, psychological safety is increasingly important. Without psychological safety, diversity does not automatically mean people can bring their full selves to the work.” Thus, you can think of psychological safety as the PPE for a diverse and inclusive workplace. The difference here is that the entire group provides protection rather than requiring each individual to protect themselves.

Today’s feature was shared with us by the Advocates and Allies Advisory Board (A3B). If you have an article you think we should feature, please email it to advance-mtu@mtu.edu and we will consider adding it to the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup.

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. To learn more about this week’s topic, our mission, programming efforts, and to check out our growing collection of resources, contact us at (advance-mtu@mtu.edu) or visit our website: www.mtu.edu/advance.


ADVANCE Weekly Roundup: Do you promote safe space for discussions of authorship that are fair and equitable?

It is well documented that women are underrepresented in senior author positions on published and scholarly works, and more harshly treated in the peer review process. Women are also more likely to be involved in disagreements about authorship than men, and face greater negative consequences of such disagreements. This is one of the findings reported in this week’s article that focuses on the outcomes of over 5000 survey responses in the fields of social sciences, medical sciences, and natural sciences and engineering. Awareness of these issues is critical if we are to promote more equitable attribution of work, and recognize the need to discuss authorship in an open and fair manner.

Today’s feature was shared with us by Glenn Larkin, Senior Research Scientist in the College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science. If you have an article you think we should feature, please email it to advance-mtu@mtu.edu and we will consider adding it to the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup.

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. To learn more about this week’s topic, our mission, programming efforts, and to check out our growing collection of resources, contact us at (advance-mtu@mtu.edu) or visit our website: www.mtu.edu/advance.


Come Together: Building an Equitable Department Where Faculty Want to Work and Stay

The Department Chair Professional Development Workshop Series aims to strengthen the abilities of department chairs to lead change by cultivating inclusive and supportive work environments for all faculty.  Workshops will address the challenges of faculty evaluation, department culture, work-life integration, and diversity, equity and inclusion, with appropriate attention to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on faculty careers.  Facilitated workshop sessions are open to chairs from all four campuses as a way to share cross-institutional best practices.  

Our virtual workshop is titled Come Together:  Building an Equitable Department Where Faculty Want to Work and Stay.  To accommodate schedules, this facilitated workshop is offered on two separate dates:

Department chairs are invited to sign up for one of the two workshop dates using the corresponding registration links.  Workshop materials will be provided closer to the workshop date. 

Institutional Contacts:

For general information, please contact: Katharine Hensley, ISU Faculty Success Coordinator at  khensley@iastate.edu.


ADVANCE Weekly Roundup: Confronting Ableism and Improving Climate

Beginning a new school year can be a moment for recognizing and challenging ingrained patterns and perspectives in order to create a more inclusive and welcoming campus community. One pernicious aspect of campus life is the pervasive ableism that often goes unacknowledged. Ableism refers to the beliefs, practices, and physical arrangements that disadvantage and stigmatize those with disabilities, whether visible or invisible. One of this week’s articles asks, “Where are the disabled and ill academics?” noting that a higher percentage of students disclose their disability status than faculty. Another article points out that the dominant conceptions of disability make claiming a disability a professionally risky move, especially voluntarily disclosing an invisible disability like a neurodiverse condition. A third article by a professor with a visible disability warns that accommodations may inadvertently impose “unreasonable adjustments” that require “additional unpaid labor.” Crafting a welcoming, inclusive, and accessible campus includes re-examining dominant perceptions and caricatures of disabilities, listening respectfully to experiences of ableism, stigma, and the complexities of accommodation, and working together for more responsive policies and practices.

Today’s feature was shared with us by the ADVANCE team. If you have an article you think we should feature, please email it to advance-mtu@mtu.edu and we will consider adding it to the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup.

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. To learn more about this week’s topic, our mission, programming efforts, and to check out our growing collection of resources, contact us at (advance-mtu@mtu.edu) or visit our website: www.mtu.edu/advance.


ADVANCE Weekly Roundup: Fall Welcome for Diversities and Disabilities

As we return to campus life, keeping everyone safe requires that we recognize how commonplace logistics and behavioral patterns can create difficulties and even barriers to full access and participation for those with disabilities. The University of Washington’s AccessADVANCE focuses on guidelines for making campus life more accessible for and inclusive of those with disabilities, particularly women and under-represented members in STEM. The project is currently compiling lists of guiding questions to facilitate campus capacity-building based on universal design approaches and prioritizing systemic change. Resources such as these encourage us to take a broadly inclusive approach as we develop unit strategic plans for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Accessibility (DEIA) and Belonging. We hope that campus life will prove welcoming for everyone in our campus community this Fall.

Today’s feature was shared with us by the ADVANCE team. If you have an article you think we should feature, please email it to advance-mtu@mtu.edu and we will consider adding it to the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup.

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. These articles are available on the ADVANCE Newsblog (https://blogs.mtu.edu/advance/). To learn more about this week’s topic, our mission, programming efforts, and to check out our growing collection of resources, contact us at (advance-mtu@mtu.edu) or visit our website: www.mtu.edu/advance.


ADVANCE Weekly Roundup: Navigating the Continuing Psychological Pandemic

The Fall semester is about to begin and while we look forward to starting again, we must also acknowledge the lingering grief, trauma, and upheaval of the past year. This week’s article in Inside Higher Ed notes that many faculty, staff, and administrators will continue to serve as front-line support for students and others in the campus community and beyond. The authors call attention to “the significant emotional labor and resulting compassion fatigue that results from providing that level of support over an extended period.” Emotional labor is managing one’s own feelings to prioritize and support other’s feelings.

Compassion fatigue can occur when an individual takes on the trauma others feel, resulting in exhaustion or burn-out and loss of productivity, leaving the individual feeling so overwhelmed that they become numb to new situations. The article identifies several intentional institution-wide strategies for moving forward including acknowledging the short-term and long-term impacts of the last 18 months, moderating expectations to be inclusive of different people’s needs and situations, and encouraging self-care and reflection in order to promote recovery and renewal.  

Today’s feature was shared with us via the Women’s Faculty listserv. If you have an article you think we should feature, please email it to advance-mtu@mtu.edu and we will consider adding it to the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup.

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. These articles are available on the ADVANCE Newsblog (https://blogs.mtu.edu/advance/). To learn more about this week’s topic, our mission, programming efforts, and to check out our growing collection of resources, contact us at (advance-mtu@mtu.edu) or visit our website: www.mtu.edu/advance.


ADVANCE Weekly Roundup: Presidential Executive Order Advancing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility

This last month, President Biden signed an Executive Order Advancing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) in the Federal Government.  The premise is based upon public servants reflecting the communities they serve; this has parallels in academia as well.  ADVANCE at Michigan Tech is very encouraged by these measures to assess DEIA in the workforce and will work with our Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion to support the development of strategic plans for our campus.  The EO expands learning opportunities, addresses harassment in the workplace, equity in professional development opportunities, and advances mechanisms for pay equity.   The DEIA language is deliberately inclusive of individuals with disabilities and LGBTQ+ individuals in addition to gender, race/ethnicity, and socio-economic status. Adopting these foundational values into our DNA will strengthen Michigan Tech for the future.

For further reading on the Executive Order, please look at the Fact Sheet that outlines all of the details of the Order.

Today’s feature was shared with us by the ADVANCE PI team. If you have an article you think we should feature, please email it to advance-mtu@mtu.edu and we will consider adding it to the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup.

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. To learn more about this week’s topic, our mission, programming efforts, and to check out our growing collection of resources, contact us at (advance-mtu@mtu.edu) or visit our website: www.mtu.edu/advance.


ADVANCE Weekly Roundup: Silencing those with lower status.

Why do people who know better stay silent in the face of damaging behaviors? Through engaging stories, this article in the journal Studies in Symbolic Interaction discusses how the angry expression of power over others is enabled through the silencing of those with lower status who witness its expression. Status silencing uses the fear of reprisal for speaking up with different viewpoints and/or about inappropriate behaviors. Gendered roles associated with leadership and power can create forms of toxic masculinity. Thus, status silencing and toxic masculinity are reasons why bystander intervention does not always occur when it should. As the authors note, patriarchy works best when it goes unrecognized; this article may help individuals better recognize these harmful dynamics when they happen on campus.

Today’s feature was shared with us by the ADVANCE PI team. If you have an article you think we should feature, please email it to advance-mtu@mtu.edu and we will consider adding it to the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup.

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. These articles are available on the ADVANCE Newsblog (https://blogs.mtu.edu/advance/). To learn more about this week’s topic, our mission, programming efforts, and to check out our growing collection of resources, contact us at (advance-mtu@mtu.edu) or visit our website: www.mtu.edu/advance.


ADVANCE Weekly Roundup: NSF NCSES tracked diversity gains over the last decade – more needed

A statistical abstract report from the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics at the National Science Foundation highlights that women holding academic jobs in science, engineering and health fields increased from 26% in 1999 to 39% in 2019, and underrepresented minorities now hold 9%.

While we should celebrate these improvements, the reality is that these percentages remain far below the representation of women and underrepresented minorities in the U.S. population. In addition, the report indicates scientists and engineers with one or more disabilities receive lower funding for graduate school and have a higher unemployment rate than that of the U.S. labor force.

Workplace climate, equitable resources, workload and recognition remain at the center of attracting and retaining diverse talent in STEM fields. ADVANCE at Michigan Tech can help with programming, education, and support — contact our team to learn more.

Today’s feature was shared with us by the ADVANCE PI Team. If you have an article you think we should feature, please email it to advance-mtu@mtu.edu and we will consider adding it to the ADVANCE Roundup.

The ADVANCE Roundup is brought to you by ADVANCE at Michigan Tech, an NSF-funded initiative dedicated to improving faculty career success, retention, diversity, equity and inclusion. Past articles are available on the ADVANCE Newsblog.

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ADVANCE Weekly Roundup: Gender Matters: The Unique Challenges Facing Women in Education

Gendered expectations impact nearly every aspect of our professional and personal lives, but we can learn to push back against biases.  This is what Jennie Weiner, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Connecticut, addresses as the guest on Harvard Graduate School of Education’s EdCast with Jill Anderson.  Dr. Weiner is also the co-author of The Strategy Playbook for Educational Leaders (Routledge, 2020). She discusses the gendering of teaching versus leadership roles in American educational institutions (from K-12 to higher ed), the effects of gendered home and caretaking roles on education professionals (especially during the pandemic), and the role of intersectionality in addressing the complex systems of inequity in education work.  The podcast recording and transcript of the discussion are available

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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. These articles are available on the ADVANCE Newsblog (https://blogs.mtu.edu/advance/). To learn more about this week’s topic, our mission, programming efforts, and to check out our growing collection of resources, contact us at (advance-mtu@mtu.edu) or visit our website: www.mtu.edu/advance.