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ADVANCE Department Chair Workshops & Resources

The goal of these workshops is to provide chairs with information and skills that will have a positive effect on faculty development and departmental climate, and increase awareness of issues of diversity and gender to improve the recruitment, retention, and promotion of women faculty.

  • New Department Chairs Orientation, Sep 2010
    Presented by Professor G. Tayhas Palmore, Director of ADVANCE, this presentation provides information on the status of STEM women faculty at Brown and information on ADVANCE at Brown initiatives. See our brochure for additional information.
  • Recognizing Gender Bias in Letters of Recommendation, Oct 2009
    Presented by Dr. Michele Cyr, Brown University and Dr. Barbara Silver, University of Rhode Island, this presentation addresses research on gender bias in recommendation and nomination letters, and generates ways to minimize the impact of gender bias in hiring and promotion practices. See also our guide entitled, Increasing the Retention and Advancement of Women and Minority Scientists.
  • New Department Chairs Orientation, Sep 2009
    Presented by Professor G. Tayhas Palmore, Director of ADVANCE, this presentation provides a comparison of national data on the status of women scientists in the academia to Brown University as well as a description of ADVANCE initiatives and upcoming events.
  • Increasing the Retention and Advancement of Women and Minority Scientists: A Guide for Department Chairs, Sep 2009
    This Guide provides information about practices in hiring and promotion that, while unintentional, can put women and minorities at a significant disadvantage for success in academe. Specifically geared to department chairs in STEM disciplines, this guide offers suggestions on how to avoid unconscious bias in evaluating faculty during recruitment and promotion, as well as how to structure departmental procedures to yield the highest quality research and teaching.
  • Mentoring Faculty on Proposal Writing, Apr 2008
    Lead by Dr. Clyde Briant, the Vice President for Research, this workshop addresses the role of department chairs in mentoring new and mid-career faculty in the area of research funding opportunities. Topics included campus resources for assisting with the grant proposal writing process, the changing funding environment, conflict of interest, and broader impact issues.

ADVANCE Visiting Scholars Program

The visitors address a variety of issues including helping chairs become more effective leaders around recruiting and retaining women in the sciences, working with departments to create mentoring programs and conducting leadership workshops for women and others. See also, information on additional visiting scholar sessions.

Leadership Development Toolkits

  • APA: Improving the Climate for Women Site Visits
    The APS has had a long-standing interest in improving the climate in physics departments for underrepresented minorities and women. The Committee on the Status of Women in Physics (CSWP) and the  Committee on Minorities (COM) both sponsor site visit programs.  In recent years, the visits have been expanded to include national labs as well as universities. The site visit program was initially developed to investigate the climate for minorities, and later extended to investigate the climate for women in physics.

See Also

  • Brown University Dual Career Resources
    Compiled by the ADVANCE Program at Brown University, this page includes information the Family Friendly Policies of the Office of the Dean of the Faculty. There are also extensive links to local and national employment resources as well as additional research on dual career issues and universities responses.
  • Brown University Dependent Care Resources
    Compiled by the ADVANCE Program at Brown University, this page includes information on Brown University resources for child care support, information on local area childcare centers and primary & secondary schools. There are also links to internal funding resources and an extensive bibliography of research on university dependent care policies & practices.
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