This symposium is presented to you by UC Davis ADVANCE. The ADVANCE Scholar Award Program is a prestigious award program and lecture series that encourages research leadership and outreach to underserved communities and/or mentorship of underrepresented students, and highlights and celebrates the contributions that women STEM faculty at the University of California, Davis have made to their respective fields.
Where: Student Community Center, Multi-Purpose Room
When: Wednesday, November 9, 2016 from 2:30pm-5:00pm
This lunch-and-learn empowered postdoctoral scholars and graduate students with the knowledge, skills and best practices needed to navigate the academic interview process from start to finish. They learned skill-building answers to key questions: What does it take to make the “short list”? What are search-committees looking for? What skills are needed to make the in-person interview successful?
In this interactive workshop faculty members learned about the benefits of instituting programs like the UC Davis ADVANCE LAUNCH program and how to create a similar program in their college or school. They also learned about resources available to all UCD faculty members through UC Davis’ institutional membership with the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity as well as information on their 12-week Faculty Success Program.
To foster learning and create community, instructors need to effectively manage the classroom. This session will focus on evidence-based practices to ensure discussions are civil and lively, activities are engaging, and learning is active. At this brown bag, participants will gain practical teaching skills and learn strategies for establishing a positive classroom atmosphere conducive for student learning and success.
On January 13, 2016 UC Davis ADVANCE hosted the ADVANCE Scholar Award Symposium to celebrate the outstanding mentorship and research of ADVANCE Scholar awardees: Tina Jeoh, Associate Professor of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, Judy Callis, Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology, and Gail Patricelli, Professor of Evolution and Ecology.
The ADVANCE Scholar Award is a prestigious award program and lecture series that encourages research leadership and outreach to underserved communities and/or mentorship of underrepresented students, and highlights and celebrates the contributions that women STEM faculty at the University of California, Davis have made to their respective fields.
The workshop was presented by Mindi Thompson, PhD, HSP, the NCFDD Faculty Success Program Head Coach. Dr. Thompson started a new type of discussion about mentoring by describing the common problems that pre-tenure and post-tenure faculty members experience and why traditional mentoring programs fail to meet those needs. She proposed an alternative framework for mentoring that focuses on needs assessment and shifts the idea of mentoring from a relationship between two faculty members towards building a broad network of support, community and accountability. In addition. Dr. Thompson presented best practices in mentoring pre-tenure, under-represented and mid-career faculty.
Over 100 faculty members attended the UC Davis Welcome Reception for Women Faculty, on October 26, 2015. They were provided with an opportunity to welcome new faculty members to campus and reconnect with colleagues from across campus. This event was sponsored by UC Davis ADVANCE and the Office of the Vice Provost-Academic Affairs, and was hosted by Chancellor Linda PB Katehi.
On September 30, new faculty members had the opportunity to get acquainted with other new faculty as well as senior faculty from across disciplines in a relaxed, informal setting at the annual NFN Welcome Reception.
NFN stands for the New Faculty Network and it is a faculty-led, grass roots organization at UC Davis that welcomes all new faculty to take part in informal monthly networking events to expand professional networks and knowledge of campus and regional culture.
The National Science Foundation began supporting ADVANCE initiatives in 2001, and has awarded over $130M in funding for a variety of programs. The most significant efforts seek to create permanent institutional transformation.
Professional disciplinary groups allow members to meet, engage, and share knowledge. This effort is particularly important to foster supportive, collaborative networks among scientists from under-represented groups.
We have compiled multiple publicly available databases of the published research related to NSF ADVANCE program efforts to increase diversity in STEM education and the STEM labor force. These include the literature on implicit bias, mentorship and other topics.
Balance is real challenge facing many faculty, particularly women with children. The perception (and reality) of the inflexibility and rigor of an academic career is one cause for the lack of diversity in STEM disciplines.