Past Initiatives

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Leadership Excellence for Academic Diversity (LEAD)

national workshops offer leadership development for department chairs, deans, and emerging leaders in STEM. This workshop series was offered from 2007-2009 and addressed departmental and university culture and the professional development of faculty. Over 200 chairs, deans and faculty leaders from over 40+ institutions attended 3 national workshops.

LEAD was funded through a National Science Foundation grant Partnerships for Adaptation, Implementation and Dissemination (PAID). LEAD grew out of 2 pilot national workshops, funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Past workshop materials and presentations are available online.

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On-Ramps into Academia

is a series of national workshops offered for women Ph.D.s in STEM fields, currently working in industry and interested in transitioning to an academic career. Speakers are women who have already made successful transitions into academia, and topics addressed include transferring skills and strengths to the academic environment, creating a C.V., building a research program and more.

On-Ramps is funded through a National Science Foundation grant Partnerships for Adaptation, Implementation and Dissemination (PAID). Workshops are free, and the next workshop is scheduled for May 15-17, 2011.

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Interrupting Bias in the Faculty Search Process

is a film and facilitation guide for faculty search committees. It illustrates common instances of bias that often occur during faculty hiring. The DVD and facilitation guide packet will make it possible to disseminate this teaching tool to programs across the country.

The film was first shown at the UW ADVANCE LEAD Workshop in June 2009, and the DVD and facilitation guide packet are funded through a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation.

Women Evolving Biological Sciences (WEBS)

is an annual three-day symposium aimed at addressing the retention of female scientists and issues related to the transition of women from early career stages to tenure track positions and leadership roles in academic and research settings.