The purpose of the Faculty ADVANCEment workshop is to provide all STEM faculty with the necessary information needed to successfully advance through the ranks of academia.
Topics are chosen based on past evaluations of previous workshops, the relevance a topic has to ADVANCE goals, and the current needs/requests of faculty. Workshops over the last seven years have included information to assist with successful tenure decisions, exploring opportunities for leadership with intentionality, grant writing, resource negotiation, department policies, press relations, work life issues, effective communication techniques, lab management, and scientific writing.
The workshops are advertised to STEM faculty by mailing flyers (at least one month prior to the event), by sending an email reminder (one week prior to the event) and by communicating the information in “Insights”, the UMBC on-line community newsletter.
See below for a list of previous workshops.
The goal of UMBC’s Faculty Development Plans is to create a set of clearly defined expectations for tenure and promotion for all newly hired faculty at UMBC, and to establish a relationship with the Chair of the department during the earliest stages of the faculty member’s career. This practice was introduced by ADVANCE as a required activity for the STEM women who received an ADVANCE RA as part of their start-up package.
The Provost drafted a policy and presented it to the Chairs of all of the departments in the fall semester. The policy states that by the end of the first semester all newly hired faculty members will have worked with their Chair to develop a plan that identifies major milestones that must be met in order to have a successful 3rd year review and tenure decision.
The policy for the Faculty Development plans has been incorporated into the written tenure and promotion guidelines required by the Provost from ALL departments.
The ADVANCE program is designed to enhance policies and practices affecting the recruitment, selection, promotion, and transition of women faculty in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) so that female scholars will:
The ADVANCE RA Program will award up to eight RA positions per year. Each award will support one full-time RA position, preferably a Ph.D. student, to support the research activities of the faculty member for 12 months beginning at the start of the academic year. This funding may only be used to support those graduate students who are in good academic standing.
The RA position will include:
The equivalent of this funding can be used to support a postdoctoral Research Associate in conjunction with some other source of funding. Awards are not renewable.
Criteria for Eligibilty Eligible applicants include STEM faculty
Please note, the focus of this criterion is female faculty not students.
Within this group, priority will be given to:
In order to be considered for the ADVANCE RA Program, please submit a completed application along with a letter of support from the Chair of your Department and a llist of your most recent publications (not to exceed 10) to the ADVANCE Program Director, Sherawanda Watkins-Esuke (address below).
The application deadline is 5:00 p.m., Monday, May 7, 2007.
A committee of faculty and staff selected by the ADVANCE Executive Committee and committed to and knowledgeable of issues associated with gender equity in STEM will review all applications and will select those faculty who meet the criterion of eligibility. Of those who meet the criterion, the choice will be based upon the greatest impact the award will have on their career. Decisions will be announced within one month of the application deadline.
Responsibilities of Recipients
Recipients, both the faculty member and the student, supported by this funding are required to participate in ADVANCE activities during the funding period including but not limited to:
The faculty recipient must provide a one-page summary of the work that was accomplished with the funding from this award and the impact it had on advancing your career. Recipients will be contacted at the end of the Academic Year for this report.
UMBC ADVANCE RA RECIPIENTS 2004-2008