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Best Practices & Training Workshops

Best Practice Seminar Speakers

LEAF sponsors Best Practices Seminars, bringing in leaders in various academic fields, to share insights and facilitate workshops. The purpose is to engage the community of faculty and administration in the top-down process of change.

Seakers include previous ADVANCE program directors and administrators, leaders in industry and local organizations (e.g., Procter and Gamble, GE) that promote equity and diversity in their organizations, and scholars specializing in broadening participation of underrepresented groups in the STEM disciplines.


Administrative Training Workshops 

The Training Workshop series heightens administrators’ and key decision makers’ knowledge and understanding of workforce inclusion and gender issues. Training workshops take place annually at three levels:

  • Council of Deans (spring/summer)
  • Department Heads
    The deans, with support from program staff and advisoryboard members, run a second series of pipeline development workshops with department heads. These annual workshops focus on recruitment, hiring, RPT (late spring), and annual performance reviews (early fall). The workshops help identify challenges to recruitment, bias in hiring and review practices, and the importance of transparency. They assist heads in passing these messages on to their faculties as they supervise orconduct hiring, promotion, tenure, and review processes that will become more STEM women-friendly.
  • RPT Committees (early fall)
    Members of hiring and RPT committees are invited. The workshops includes: program staff, deans, union representatives, provostal staff, and department heads. Committee members will be exposed to best practices that maybe employed across all departments in how to 
    • prepare hiring materials
    • create a diverse pool ofapplicants
    • foster successful and equitable negotiations
    • address dual career and cluster hire challenges
    • identify barriers and problem solving strategies for bias in the evaluation process
    • address work/life issues (i.e., family leave and tenure clock postponements)

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