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Partner Programs


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Each of the programs below have ties to the initial phase of ADVANCE (2010-2017). These programs have been revised, expanded, and fully institutionalized at Texas A&M University. 

Department Head Development Series

The Faculty Affairs Office offers the "Department Head Development Series," a monthly workshop for all department heads.  Topics include conflict management, the evaluation of faculty, faculty retention, and raising faculty profiles. The Director of ADVANCE is consulted on topics that pertain to climate, accountability, equity, and diversity. 

The Schedule of Workshops can be found on the Faculty Affairs webpage. The lead contact person for these workshops is Dr. Heather Wilkinson, Senior Associate Dean of Faculties ( Dr. Wilkinson coordinates the schedule of workshops in coordination with the Department Head Fellows.   

ADVANCE Scholars

The Office for Diversity fully coordinates the ADVANCE Scholars program. This two-year program is open to all early-career, tenure-track faculty on a competitive basis.  The program promotes work-life balance through support and guidance from peers, mentors, colleagues and higher education leaders. Participants benefit from dedicated mentoring, executive leadership coaching, an array of world-class research and productivity resources, and a robust network of renowned scholars from Texas A&M University and across the nation.

More information about the ADVANCE Scholar Program, including information on how to apply to this program, can be found on the Office for Diversity website.  The lead contact person for this program is Dr. Annie S. McGowan, Interim Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity ( 


Roadmap and GPS Workshops

The Faculty Affairs Office coordinates the "Roadmap Workshop for a Successful Academic Career." This two-day interactive and dynamic workshop is an opportunity for ALL tenure-track faculty in their first and second years to learn more about what it takes to be successful in academia. Topics include the promotion and tenure process, securing external funds, writing, and graduate student mentoring.

The Faculty Affairs Office also offers a parallel workshop for faculty in Academic Professional Track (APT) positions.  The "Generate Professional Success" (GPS) Workshop is also a two-day workshop open to ALL APT Faculty. 

The Roadmap and GPS Workshops are offered annually in May.  The lead contact person for these workshops is Dr. Heather Wilkinson, Senior Associate Dean of Faculties (   


Women's Faculty Network (WFN)

The Women's Faculty Network is an organization committed to encouraging and promoting the professional development of women faculty through both formal programming and informal networking opportunities. WFN sponsors professional development opportunities for faculty, addressing such issues as:

  • Expanding Research Opportunities
  • Excellence in Teaching
  • Transition to Administration
  • Retention of Women Faculty

The Steering Committee consists of representatives from each college on the Texas A&M University campus who are selected through annual elections with each member serving a rotating three-year term. There are also three at-large positions and three ex-officio positions: Dean of Faculties, Director of Women's Studies, and Chair of the Faculty Senate sub committee on the status of women.
All members of the A&M community are invited to participate in WFN sponsored activities.

Dual Career Program

Texas A&M University (TAMU)'s Dual Career Program was created to:

  • assist faculty candidates and current faculty in balancing their work with the conflicting demands of life events, and
  • maintain and strengthen the institution's ability to recruit and retain diverse faculty of excellence who are part of a dual-career couple.

The program offers assistance to spouses/partners of prospective and current TAMU facuclty who are interested in:

  • faculty positions at Texas A&M (tenured/tenure-track or academic professional track), or
  • non-faculty positions at TAMU or in the community.

More information about the Dual Career Program can be found on the Faculty Affairs website. The Program Coordinator is Dea Polk (

Student Diversity Training

In order to improve the workplace climate for women STEM faculty, the ADVANCE Center engaged in an effort to teach students that respecting all faculty is part of the culture of Texas A&M University.  The Center worked with Fish Camp and New Student Conferences to address issues of implicit bias, prejudices, and stereotypes of women and minorities. ADVANCE worked with students to put together a skit focused on issues pertinent to women and minority faculty to be performed at all sessions of Fish Camp, and a set of videos focused on issues pertinent to women and minority faculty to be played at New Student Conferences in STEM colleges.  ADVANCE will be working with the Division of Student Affairs in the near future to ensure that these activities are further institutionalized. These efforts are likely to include working again with Fish Camp program and/or having the video added to the new first-year experience initiatives.