FASIT Program

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FASIT Teams develop strategies to improve workplace climate

FASIT Team presents Action Plan to improve workplace climate











Workplace climate affects how employees feel about their jobs and each other.  Numerous studies have found a correlation between positive workplace climates and various measures of organizational success such as employee well-being, involvement, retention, and productivity.  In order to foster a Psychologically Healthy Workplace (the underlying, evidence-based framework of the ADVANCE Program), academic departments are engaging faculty and staff as partners in building a positive workplace climate.

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What is the FASIT Program?
Who are ideal candidates for FASIT Teams?
What are FASIT Teams’ responsibilities?
What is the focus of the FASIT Workshop?
What is the role of the Department Head?
What are the benefits of participating?
What departments are already participating?

What is the FASIT Program?

The TAMU ADVANCE Center’s Faculty and Staff Interaction Team (FASIT) Program aims to improve workplace climate at the department level by focusing on the relationship between faculty and staff.  The core strategy of the program is to establish FASIT Teams in each department.  Teams are composed of equal numbers of faculty and staff.  The size of the teams is driven by the size, location, and climate of the individual departments.  The purpose of these teams is to transform departmental culture.

Members of FASIT Teams:

  • enhance their understanding of the roles of both faculty and staff;
  • develop skills for working effectively together;
  • transform interactions between faculty and staff;
  • advance their understanding of bias inherent in academia; and
  • take the information they learn back to their respective units and work to improve workplace climate.

Who are ideal candidates for FASIT Teams?

Ideal FASIT Team candidates are men and women faculty and staff who:

  • are opinion leaders among their peers;
  • already model positive faculty-staff relationships;
  • understand a long-term vision for lasting change;
  • are available for a two year commitment; and
  • are open to learning about bias that impacts the faculty-staff relationship.

Team members should not be in an evaluative role with one another.

What are the FASIT Teams’ responsibilities?

FASIT Team members are asked to:

  • attend a 4-hour FASIT Team development workshop;
  • attend 2-hour quarterly FASIT Team Meetings;
  • develop an action plan to improve their departmental culture;
  • serve as liaisons for faculty and staff interaction-related issues to ADVANCE, their unit, and their college;
  • develop their own knowledge base regarding bias that impacts the faculty-staff relationship;
  • promote concepts and conversations related to issues that impact the faculty-staff relationship;
  • assist ADVANCE in the development and distribution of FASIT-related materials; and
  • coordinate faculty and staff in their unit for FASIT-related events.

What is the focus of the FASIT Workshop?

The FASIT Workshop is interactive and dynamic and focuses on faculty and staff cultures. Participants spend time learning from one another and engaging in activities that surface issues related to faculty-staff interactions. The workshop contains 3 main modules:

  1. Understanding Faculty and Staff Roles
  2. Strategies for Working Effectively Together
  3. Unintentional Bias in Academia

The FASIT Workshop has an evidence-based curriculum.  In late 2011, the FASIT Program Committee conducted four focus groups to explore the nature of the interactions between TAMU faculty and staff, identify potential viable interventions to enhance interactions between faculty and staff, and elicit baseline information.  Findings from this qualitative research are the foundation of the FASIT Program and can be viewed here.

What is the role of the Department Head?

Department Heads are asked to:

  • assist with the identification of FASIT Team Members;
  • act as advocates for the FASIT Program;
  • attend one quarterly meeting with their department’s FASIT Team; and
  • work with FASIT Team members to formulate and implement strategies to improve faculty-staff interactions and workplace climate.

Additionally, Department Heads may invite FASIT Program Facilitators for department-level presentations/workshops on faculty-staff interactions and workplace climate improvement.

What are the benefits of participating?

Departments that are participating in the FASIT Program have reported greater awareness of faculty-staff interactions and the importance of working together to improve the workplace climate. Further, each FASIT Team has a venue for developing and disseminating best practices for faculty-staff interaction and consequently improving the climate in their units. Finally, participation on a FASIT Team is reportable on their unit’s annual diversity report which is submitted annually to the Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity.

What departments are already participating in the FASIT Program?

As of May 2015, the below departments have established FASIT Teams.  FASIT Team members are also listed.

Animal Science
Biochemistry & Biophysics
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering
Compuater Science & Engineering
Ecosystem Science & Management
Electrical & Computer Engineering
Hispanic Studies
Mechanical Engineering
Medical Physicology
Molecular & Cellular Medicine
Neuroscience & Experimental Therapeutics
Nuclear Engineering
Petroleum Engineering
Physics & Astronomy
Political Science
Soil & Crop Sciences


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ADVANCE (979.862.4526).

ADVANCE FASIT Program Committee