Welcome to MU-ADVANCE Today: Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The Faculty Development Initiative included multiple approaches to help new faculty balance and integrate teaching and research responsibilities, improve time management and life balance, and to foster collaboration among STEM faculty.

The anticipated broader impact was an increase of talented female faculty at Marshall through improved retention. MU-ADVANCE achieved this goal by helping to recruit an additional 20 new female faculty into STEM disciplines. Furthermore, the attrition rate of pre-tenure faculty improved during the MU-ADVANCE years.

Key Personnel: Dr. Beverly Delidow and Dr. Marcia Harrison; partnered with Dr. John Maher and Dr. Sherri Smith.


MU-ADVANCE Faculty Development Resources:

  • Faculty Fellowships were awarded on a competitive basis to non-tenured female faculty in the STEM disciplines to foster their professional development at Marshall while preparing for tenure. Fellowships were used to support reassigned time, research funding to acquire new research skills and advance their research program, student assistants, and travel. Each Fellow received $15,000 in research funding, as well as a stipend to support an external senior collaborator. MU-ADVANCE awarded sixteen Faculty Fellowships.

  • New Faculty Fellowships were awarded to eligible new female STEM faculty during their first-year at Marshall to help ease the transition, as well as to provide immediate start-up funds for their research. Each New Faculty Fellow received $10,000. MU-ADVANCE awarded thirteen New Faculty Fellowships.

  • Mini-Grants were awarded on a competitive basis to female STEM faculty (tenured and probationary) to enhance networking (e.g., travel to national meetings, grant proposal submissions, interdisciplinary research efforts, or manuscript preparation. For non-tenured these activities were expected to tangibly enhance faculty careers. Faculty members were limited to one mini-grant per academic year up to $1,000. MU-ADVANCE awarded forty-four mini-grants.

  • MU-ADVANCE hosted monthly networking events, where discussions were open to female STEM faculty and post-docs. Networking event themes focused on grant preparation, life-work balance, and research and teaching productivity/time management. Participation remained consistent across the 6 years, with women from all STEM colleges and departments in attendance.

  • Grant Chats - These discussions focused on many aspects of the grant-writing process to help faculty work toward increased external funding. Co-sponsored by MU-ADVANCE and MURC, these chats brought together male and female attendees from an array of disciplines to discuss their future grant plans.

  • Tenure and Promotion Resources - MU-ADVANCE developed a web page that lists college and university tenure and promotion guidelines, and provides links to Marshall faculty resource pages. This site also links to online resources that provide guidance for pre-tenure faculty, as well as reports of good practice that support early career faculty for administrators.

MU-ADVANCE helped develop the following brochures:

  • Best Practices: Welcoming New Faculty
    Best Practices: Welcoming New Faculty encourages departments to make community-building a goal. One way to retain faculty is to nurture and support them both academically and socially. This guide offers tips on how to kindle new faculty assimilation and participation within the department.

  • Best Practices: The New Faculty Hire
    Best Practices: The New Faculty Hire is a resource for the hiring department. This brochure provides the Chair and Dean of the hiring unit with a detailed description of their roles and responsibilities in the interview and offer processes. Specifically, the guide highlights important aspects of these processes, such as what information to supply to the candidates, to ensure that both parties understand each other.

  • Quick Start Guide to Tenure & Promotion
    The Quick Start Guide to Tenure and Promotion offers tips and suggestions, from document collection to service commitments, to help ensure faculty members are successful in their quests for tenure and promotion.

  • Best Practices: Encouraging Retention
    Best Practices: Encouraging Retention Best Practices: Encouraging Retention examines how the institution can introduce and orient new faculty members to such things as colleagues, grant opportunities, annual reports, and the tenure and promotion process. Focusing on both the first few weeks and the first year of a new faculty member's career, this guide offers tips on how to help them "fit in" and become successful at Marshall.


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