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STRIDE Workshops

Image of several faculty discussing the implicit bias literature during a STRIDE workshop

Overview

STRIDE (Strategies and Tactics for Recruiting to Improve Diversity and Excellence) is a two-hour, interactive workshop designed to provide attendees with strategies and tactics that will maximize the likelihood that well-qualified and diverse candidates will be identified and recruited for faculty positions at Texas A&M University.  Each workshop is co-facilitated by faculty who are members of the STRIDE committee. During the workshop, participants learn about best practices to ensure a fair and equitable search process and to minimize the influence of implicit bias. The workshops are intended for search committee chairs, search committee members, and department heads. All faculty serving on a faculty search committee are required to complete the workshop within three years of the time they are appointed to a search committee.

The STRIDE Handbook is designed to help faculty search committee members with the search process.  The objective of the handbook is to provide evidence-based practices to increase the diversity of applicant pools, to ensure the fair and equitable review of all candidates, and to demonstrate that Texas A&M University is committed to creating an inclusive, welcoming, and supportive environment for all faculty, staff, and students.

The STRIDE Refresher Video is a 15-minute video that provides the top 12 tips for conducting a faculty search.

 

STRIDE Workshop Resources:


STRIDE Handbook for Faculty Search Committee Members (Revised 8-2021)

 

STRIDE Workshop Handout on Texas A&M Faculty Demographics (Revised 4-2020)

STRIDE Workshop - Sample Hiring Plan and Pool Certification Documents (Revised 4-2020)
 

Frequently Asked Questions about STRIDE 

The university requires all members of faculty search committees to complete search committee training prior to the beginning of a search. Search committee members who have completed STRIDE and/or DOF search committee training within the past three years do not need to complete the training again. (Note: Search committee members are encouraged to view the STRIDE refresher video if it has been more than one year since they completed the workshop.)

 

Yes, all faculty serving on a faculty search committee are required to participate in a STRIDE workshop if they have not completed a DOF (or STRIDE) search committee training workshop within the past two years. This includes searches for department heads, deans, and APT faculty. 

All STRIDE workshops for faculty based in College Station are delivered in person and incorporate active learning techniques, including small group discussions.
 

Faculty who are based in other locations have the following options:
 

(a) Attend an in-person workshop. In-person workshops are occasionally offered in Galveston, Doha, and Dallas-Fort Worth (College of Dentistry & School of Law). Interested faculty should check the schedule to see if any workshops are scheduled. Administrators in these locations may contact advance@tamu.edu to see if it is possible to set up a workshop. 


(b) Participate in a Zoom-based workshops. Zoom-only workshops are occasionally offered for faculty based at off-campus location. All participants attend the workshop via Zoom, and are assigned to virtual chat rooms for the interactive components of the workshop. Interested faculty should check to see when the next Zoom-only workshop will be offered.


(c) Participate in a College Station workshop via TTVN or Zoom. This option is not available for all workshops in B/CS. The distant location must be supported by TTVN or Zoom, and ideally there should be a minimum of 4 participants at the same distance location. (Note: The workshop experience is not the same via TTVN.) 

Department heads and deans are encouraged to participate in a STRIDE workshop, but they are not required to do so unless they are serving on a faculty search committee.
 

As of August 2019, completion records are being maintained through TrainTraq. Faculty can enter TrainTraq to view their completion records in TrainTraq for all workshops taking place in August 2019 and later. Department heads and other administrators are also be able to view the completion records of faculty within their respective units.

 
Records prior to August 2019 are maintained by ADVANCE. Any questions regarding previous completion records for STRIDE or DOF search committee training should be directed to advance@tamu.edu.

The STRIDE workshops are more interactive, and there is more emphasis on recruiting for diversity and excellence. The workshops emphasize steps that committees can take to ensure a broad pool of qualified applicants, and to ensure a fair and equitable review process for all applicants. 

Ideally, yes, all faculty members would participate in the STRIDE workshop prior to the posting of a job ad. We recognize, however, the current schedule for workshops may make that difficult in some cases. If that is the case with your department, we recommend that one or more search committee members complete the training prior to the launch of the search, and all other search committee members complete the training prior to the review of candidates.

There is a maximum capacity for each workshop based on the size of the room. We often are able to accommodate faculty who are on the waitlist. We typically contact wailisted participants when space opens up, but feel free to inquire about your status by sending an email to advance@tamu.edu.



 

Image of the Dean of Faculties Blanca Lupiani co-facilitating a STRIDE workshop

 

How to Register for a Workshop

Below is our current workshop schedule for Fall 2021.

  • Monday, August 9th, 9:00 am - 11:00 am (via Zoom)
  • Monday, August 23rd, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm (via Zoom)
  • Wednesday, September 8th, 8:00 am - 10:00 am (via Zoom)
  • Wednesday, October 13th, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm (via Zoom)
  • Monday, October 25th, 8:00 am - 10:00 am (via Zoom)


All workshops are currently offered via Zoom. Each workshop will be scheduled for up to 50 participants. 

In the near future, STRIDE workshops will be offered in two formats:  Zoom or in person. For in person workshops, all participants will need to participate in person.

All participants need to register in advance through TrainTraq. To register for a STRIDE workshop, faculty need to log into SSO, click on the link to TrainTraq, and search for the course name:  2113874 STRIDE Workshop.  All available sections will be displayed.  (When searching, be sure to change the Category to "All" and ensure that that TAMUS Member Field is "M-Texas A&M University.")

Completion records are available in TrainTraq for workshops completed after July 2019. Faculty (and their supervisors) are able to access this information.  For completion records prior to July 2019, please email advance@tamu.edu.
 

how to bring STRIDE Program to Your University

The Texas A&M ADVANCE Office offers consulting services for other universities that are interested in developing a comparable program for faculty hiring. The consulting package includes a two hour meeting with members of your team who want to learn about the logistics of setting up a STRIDE program, a copy of the powerpoint presentation slides used in the Texas A&M's STRIDE program, and the opportunity for up to 12 members of your team to observe the Texas A&M STRIDE workshop (via Zoom).  This package is available for $2,000, and is set up as a contract with the ADVANCE office at Texas A&M.