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ADVANCE Project TRACs

Montana State University
P.O. Box 173095
Bozeman, MT 59717-3095

Tel: (406) 994-4690
E-mail: ADVANCE@montana.edu
Location: 319 Leon Johnson

Primary Contacts

Jessi L. Smith, Ph.D.
Special Assistant to the Provost/
Director of ADVANCE
jsismith@montana.edu

Sara Rushing, Ph.D.
Co-Director of ADVANCE/
University Family Advocate
srushing@montana.edu

Theresa Marchwick
Project Manager
tmarchwick@montana.edu

Micaela M. Young
Grant Submission Training Coordinator
micaelayoung@montana.edu

Becca Belou
Equity Data Analyst
rebeccabelou@montana.edu

Co-PIs

Waded Cruzado, Ph.D.
President
Montana State Univerity

Martha A. Potvin, Ph.D.
Provost & V.P. for Academic Affairs

Montana State University | ADVANCE Project TRACS

Enhancing Cultural Attunement

Enhancing Cultural Attunement Team Leaders Ian Handley and Diane Letendre

ADVANCE  promotes respectful communication, sensitivity to the dynamics of relationships within a culture, and respect for the values and beliefs of cultures. It comes from the active and vigilant practice of maintaining cultural humility, and represents active attention and ongoing mindfulness. To realize this, we will implement diversity depth hires, build an equity search toolkit and equity advocate program, and continue to engage the MSU community in unconscious bias education.

Click here to view Cultural Attunement Resource List

Diversity Depth Hires

To create an incentive for a department to increase the depth of diversity within their faculty, the department that has only one or two women faculty members may submit a proposal to perform a diversity search (diversity as a required characteristic) for a second or third woman faculty member. That department may propose to search immediately and "pay for" the hire when a faculty line in the department comes open (as a mortgage of sorts). The goal of diversity depth hiring is to reduce the isolation that single members of an underrepresented group often feel. We have commitment by the Provost to sustain four such hires, one of which is donated by the Montana EPSCoR project. Funding will be tapered off each year, with all of the funding for the line being assumed by the department by the end of the grant.

What we will do

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Hypothesized Need-support

Diversity Depth "Hire-Now" Program

  • Create forms: Depth Hire Request and Bridge Partner Requests for Departments to submit
  • Committee to review requests established
  • Provost and Deans approve forms
  • Forms finalized November 28, 2012
  • Provost send out forms to Dean's for distribution
  • Follow our successes in hires. Click Here.
  • Now reviewing proposals and transforming through hires! Apply today!

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Search Tool kit

With the assistance of H.R. and best practices from other ADVANCE grant programs we will create a Search Committee Tool Kit that provides training modules for committee members; equity advisors; assistance with creation of ads/solicitations; 'de-bugging' of department websites to highlight commitment to diversity; and guidance for campus visits and offer letters.

What we will do

Timeline

Hypothesized Need-support

Development of Diversity Search Tool Kit

  • Initial "kit" given to Committees Fall 2012
  • Research other University Tool Kit's
  • Create Committee to work on expanded toolkit
  • Draft Toolkit
  • Implement and test effectiveness of toolkit with randomly selected searches
  • Read results analyzing the effectiveness of toolkit. Click Here.
  • 50% of the new faculty hires made in 2012-2013 in STEM/SBS were women. Follow our successes in hires. Click Here.
  • Seek campus feedback on toolkit
  • View the "Guide for Transforming the Culture of MSU by Enhancing its Diversity". Click here.
  • Get your copy of the WISELI "Searching for Excellence and Diversity: A Guide for Search Committees".
  • Create and institutionalize search record form
  • Work with HR to institutionalize search toolkit
  • Providing more than 130 one-on-one meetings with potential job candidates
  • Providing assistance to more than 40 search committees
  • Provide your candidates with information on work-life integration. Click here
  • Contact ADVANCE to assist with your search today!

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Institutional Education/Training

MSU will continue to engage in campus-wide conversations about unconscious bias in general and specific places in which gender bias is prevalent (e.g., work-life issues). These workshops and programs will be on-going with the entire university four-campus community (not just faculty). Such a program includes: 1) bringing a professional workshop facilitator or invited speakers to campus; 2) the development of a website that can serve as an information portal for Deans and Department Heads across campuses; and 3) the dissemination of printed materials to be provided as a packet at various critical employment or family junctures, including information for candidates during the course of campus interviews, information for faculty members at new hire orientations, information for faculty members at the time of a relevant "major life transition", as well as information for members of hiring committees, annual review committees and promotion and tenure committees. We have secured commitment from H.R. to provide supplemental support for these programs.

What we will do

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Institutional Education Campaign

  • Information and orientation one-on-one meetings with all MSU Bozeman Deans and Department Heads and Department Chairs
  • Project TRACS - How we can all contribute to Institutional Transformation (DEAL presentation) presented by Dr. Jessi L. Smith and Dr. Sara Rushing on March 21, 2013 from 3 - 5 pm
  • Opportunities for Enhancing Research Capacity: Learn What INBRE/EPSCoR/ADVANCE Can Offer You! on March 26, 2013 from 11:45 - 1 pm in SUB 235
  • Join us for the Climate Data Charrette April 9, 2013 at 3:00 pm in the Leigh Lounge in the SUB.
  • Check out the Climate Data Charrette Posters. Click here.
  • Join us for the Second Climate Data Charrette April 15, 2014 from 3:30 - 5:00 pm in the Leigh Lounge in the SUB.
  • STRIDE: Strategies and Tactics for Recruiting to Improve Diversity and Excellence presents a Workshop on Faculty Recruitment for Diversity and Excellence - April 29, 2013 from 9:00 - 10:30 am in SUB 233.
  • Check out a video of the Workshop on Faculty Recruitment for Diversity and Excellence - click here!
  • Join us for two days of Workshops on Hastening Diversity at MSU: A Workshop with Dr. JoAnn Moody on September 17th & 18th. Click here for more information.
  • Join us for a presentation by Dr. Toni Schmader on October 25th from 12 - 1. Click here for more information.
  • Snack with TRACS meetings with new faculty women in STEM/SBS.
  • Small group meetings with all women faculty at MSU Bozeman with ADVANCE directors.
  • Implement "First Lecture" introductions for new faculty women in STEM/SBS. Click here for more information and video.
  • Research/Schedule additional workshops/trainings.
  • Research availability of the CRLT Acting Troupe
  • Schedule CRLT (Center for Research on Learning and Teaching)
  • CRLT (Center for Research on Learning and Teaching) will be at MSU on February 24, 2014.

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Equity Advocate

MSU will establish a program of (male and female) equity advocates who receive specific training in diversity awareness and cultural attunement. They would not have decision making authority, but would specifically contribute a voice that values diverse perspectives to all personnel (e.g., search, P&T) and budget committees and serve as general advocates for equity and diversity on campus. They would be compensated for their efforts and highly trained. We have commitment by the Director of Faculty Development and H.R to assist with the organization and training of the Equity Advocates.

What we will do

Timeline

Hypothesized Need-support

Create Equity Advisor Program

  • Collaboration and communication with ADVANCE Director and Faculty Development
  • Identify best practices from other Universities
  • Initial Call for Nomination by Department Head/Chairs for Advocates
    Nominate yourself or someone today! Click Here.
  • Selection of first Equity Advocate Cohort
  • Create Equity Advocate Program
  • Create Equity Advocate webpage and information portal. Click Here.
  • Train Advocates on program
  • Mobilize Equity Advocates
  • Second Call for Nomination by Department Head/Chairs for Advocates
    Nominate yourself or someone today! Click Here.
  • Selection of additional Equity Advocates
  • See a list of all Equity Advocates. Click here

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Equity Data Analyst

Completely funded by the Office of the President, we will hire a part-time analyst responsible for ongoing data collection and analyses to monitor gender equity among faculty and disseminate findings. Importantly, the analyst would set up a system so that such data would be transparent, publicly available, and accessible for investigation.

What we will do

Timeline

Hypothesized Need-support

Hire New Equity Data Analyst

  • Equity Data Analyst hired August 6, 2012.
  • Collecting data! Contact us!

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Diversity in Department Head/Chair Reviews (Departmental Self-Study)

We will implement a new policy that requires all departments to outline a strategic plan regarding diversity; specifically for overcoming weaknesses and celebrating successes. All departments will be asked to present data each year on how well the plan is being met. This portion of the department's evaluation will be submitted each year to the chair of the President's Commission on the Status of University Women for evaluation and feedback.

What we will do

Timeline

Hypothesized Need-support

Require departments to include enhancing diversity in Departmental Reviews

  • Develop worksheet.
  • Attend meeting with all DH/DCs to present worksheet.
  • Template distributed to all DH/DC.
  • Form the subcommittee from the Commission to review.
  • Completed forms due March 2013
  • Review and discussion with all MSU Bozeman Deans with invitation to all Department Heads and Department Chairs regarding Spring 2013 self-studies
  • See Supportive Feedback. Click here.
  • Panel discussion on diffusing diversity into department missions March 2014
  • Annual Self-Study due by the deadline set by your Dean. The deadline for Deans to submit to the Office of the Provost is April 10, 2014. Access the Self-Study form here.

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Women in Science Distinguished Professor:
Life, Natural, Engineering, and Social Sciences

We will recognize and honor the accomplishments of outstanding women science faculty members who have created, maintained, and/or championed diversity. We will target STEM and SBS alumni for fundraising, with a financial goal of $5 million to be truly transformative. The selection criteria for winners include national and international recognition of scholarly research, a record of excellence in teaching and mentoring, and outstanding contributions to the State of Montana, or to Montana State University. The faculty member chosen as the Distinguished Professor will receive an annual award commensurate with the endowment, but for $4,000 annually for two years of the grant. The winner will be required to give one public lecture on the value and contribution of diversity to their scholarship and experiences and will serve as a voice and role model for others on campus via panel discussions and workshops.

What we will do

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Hypothesized Need-support

Establish Women in Science Distinguished Professor: Life, Natural, Engineering, and Social Sciences

  • Conference call with Foundation to discuss fundraising in Oct 2012
  • Coordinate with foundation on endowment fundraising
  • Funds Secured from President's office to support award.
  • Secured generous gift for award!
  • THINK BIG Think Tank challenge: "Women in STEM/SBS The Montana Pipeline Initiative" submitted to foundation for possible fundraising
  • Create Award Nomination Call
  • Nominate someone for the award today. Click Here. Nomination Deadline October 31, 2013
  • Assemble esteemed review team to select winner.
  • Learn about the history of the award and meet the current winner. Click Here.

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