January 9, 2007
Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center


The primary focus for this year’s workshop was successful faculty searches and creating department climates that encourage faculty success.  Invited speakers from other Advance institutions shared examples of how they addressed similar issues. Presentations from the workshop are posted below in .pdf format.

8:30 am
Continental Breakfast
9:00 am

Welcome and Introductions:
Mark McNamee, Provost, Virginia Tech

  • Opening remarks
9:25 am

Opening Panel: Strategies and Tactics for Recruiting to Improve Diversity and Excellence - University of Michigan Advance Program
Katherine Spindler, Microbiology & Immunology
J. Wayne Jones, Materials Science and Engineering

  • UM-ADVANCE presentation
10:35 am
10:45 am
Using Interactive Theater as a Vehicle for Change
Susanna Rinehart, Theater Arts, Virginia Tech
11:00 amPanel: Voices of Department Heads
Beate Schmittmann, Physics, Virginia Tech
Beth Grabau, Plant Pathology, Physiology, and Weed Science, Virginia Tech
Karen Thole, Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, Penn State
1:15 pm

Recruiting a Diverse Faculty: Tactics for Successful Faculty Searches
Katherine Spindler, Univ. of Michigan
Wayne Jones, Univ. of Michigan
Kelly Oaks, Office for Equal Opportunity, Virginia Tech
Nancy Ross, College of Science, Virginia Tech
Andrea Dietrich, Civil Engineering, Virginia Tech
Facilitator: Ellen Plummer,Women’s Center, Virginia Tech


Improving Department Climate: Sharing successful strategies
Eileen Van Aken, Industrial & Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech
Joe Merola, Chemistry, Virginia Tech
Carla Finkielstein, Biological Science, Virginia Tech
Facilitators: Jack Finney, College of Science, Virginia Tech

  • Improving Department Climate Introduction
  • Successful Climate Strategies
  • Department Climate Exercise Instructions
3:00 pmBreak
3:15 pmClosing Session
3:45 pm