ADVANCE at Michigan Tech

ADVANCE Initiatives

Advanced Career Management

For Associate Professors


Program enhances sense of belonging and aids in retention.

  • Panel Discussions
  • Peer Mentoring Training
  • Career Path Workshops
  • Senior Guide Training
  • Affinity Groups

Advocates and Allies

For all faculty & Staff


Program enhances unit climate and promotes equity

  • Ally Workshops
  • Listening Sessions
  • Gender in Higher Education Workshops
  • Tailor Advocacy Training Models to MTU

Academy for Responsive Leadership

For chairs, deans, & leaders


Program increases retention skills, management skills, and unit success

  • Resources for Leaders
  • Development of Best Practice Guides
  • Interactive Workshops and Learning Modules
  • Inclusively Crafting Unit Climate
  • Collaborative Professional Development

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Speaking Up: How Department Leaders Can Change the Conversation in the Academic Workplace

Have you ever asked yourself "Why didn't I say something?" when a friend or colleague said or did something that was biased or uncivil at work? You're not alone. Deciding whether and how to respond to these moments is complicated. Yet navigating these situations effectively is crucial for academic leaders—including department chairs—who are responsible for creating a respectful climate and culture for everyone in their units.

Limited to just 50 attendees, this dynamic and interactive workshop will teach you what motivates individuals to speak up, the challenges people face when doing so, and strategies for responding that invite self-reflection and constructive dialogue. Attendees will then be invited to apply these strategies directly to resolving everyday incidents of incivility and bias that frequently occur among faculty and staff in the academic workplace.

The discussion will focus on academic leaders' role in changing the conversation to promote inclusive and respectful workplaces. A team of experienced co-facilitators and professional actors will support active discussion and learning to reinforce using these skills beyond the workshop.

Join us Tuesday, October 4, 2022

10 a.m. - 1 p.m. or 3 - 6 p.m. EST

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COVID Impact Statements

The purpose of the COVID Impact Statement is to provide reviewers the information that they need to perform a fair, contextualized review of the faculty member’s performance and contributions.

Check out our page that helps guide you in writing these statements. We also have a printable pdf.


Our Awards

ADVANCE Adaptation—AMP-UP Continuous Improvement Process to Transform Institutional Practices and CultureADVANCE at Michigan Tech: Incluision. Responsiveness. Career Success.

Funding Agency: National Science Foundation, HRD 1760585
Principal Investigator: Adrienne Minerick
Co-PIs: Sonia Goltz, Andrew Storer, Patty Sotirin
Award Amount: $1,000,000
Project Dates: 9/1/18- 8/31/21

ADVANCE Partnership—Joining forces - A Midwestern Partnership for STEM Faculty Success
ADVANCE Partnership: Joining Forces

Funding Agency: National Science Foundation, HRD 1935932
Partnership Team: Cinzia Cervato (Iowa State University), Carla Koretsky (Western Michigan University), Canan Bilen-Green (North Dakota State University), Adrienne Minerick (Michigan Technological University).
Award Amount: $1,000,000
Michigan Tech Subaward: $170,000
Michigan Tech Team: Adrienne Minerick, Sonia Goltz, Patty Sotirin
Project Dates: 9/1/19-9/30/22