The ADVANCE Center facilitates peer mentoring groups known as Success Circles for women faculty based on professional and personal interests. This activity functions as a complement to existing one-on-one mentoring (e.g. in departments, the Women’s Faculty Network) and facilitates the development of social connections among women faculty. Currently, peer mentoring is focused on three areas: academic writing, motherhood, and departmental leadership. See the ADVANCE Calendar for scheduling.
Academic Writing Groups
Several writing groups of women faculty meet regularly and feature informational/writing/reviewing sessions, peer mentoring, and accountability. Many members attend the Stress-Free Writing Workshop that is offered periodically by Drs. Pat Goodson and Dominique Chlup, directors of the P.O.W.E.R. Writing Support Services in the College of Education and Human Development. (P.O.W.E.R stands for Promoting Outstanding Writing for Excellence in Research.) Contact Linda Stelly, ADVANCE Program Coordinator, for more information.
The TAMU Moms Group meets regularly to discuss strategies for balancing the demands of academia and family life. The ADVANCE Center hosts an event for this group each semester and provides administrative support to this group. Contact Dr. Karen Vierow for further information or to join the group. Additional parenting resources are available here.
Women Department Heads
TAMU has almost 80 departments in College Station. Currently, fewer than 15 department heads are women. This group meets for lunch regularly and rotates locations to share institutional information and provide peer-mentoring centered on departmental leadership. The ADVANCE Center hosts an event for this group each semester and provides administrative support. Please contact Dr. Evelyn Tiffani-Castiglioni for further information.
For inquiries, please contact the ADVANCE Program Coordinator, Linda Stelly (979.845-1235).