Small Wins Initiatives


Selection of Most Effective “Small wins” Approaches

Based on the results from the Faculty Climate Survey, and from the survey results from other ADVANCE IT and PAID institutions on the most effective initiatives at their institutions, several initiatives were identified to be implemented at Auburn University.  

Small Wins Initiatives at Auburn University

Several “Small wins” initiatives were implemented at Auburn University during this year, including progress in child care needs, the Women’s Leadership Series, mentoring programs for women faculty, and addressing dual-career and work-life issues.

First, the Child Care Needs Report was submitted to the President of Auburn University, who approved a task force to identify options for a university-supported child care facility. A team of representatives from Bright Horizons, a company that specializes in assessing child care needs and developing plans for child care facilities, visited a child care facility in the community that will potentially be used for providing for child care needs of Auburn University employees. 

Secondly, there were three mentoring initiatives, including the Women’s Leadership Seminars; the AU Women Faculty Mentoring Program, and the establishment of a university-wide mentoring initiative. The Women’s Leadership Seminars brought four noted female academics to campus to present technical seminars, serve as role models to women faculty, and to explore issues faced by women in academia. All of the speakers were co-sponsored with other campus programs, including the new WISE Institute, the Graduate School, the Women’s Resource Center, the College of Science and Mathematics, and the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs. The speakers were Dr. Lynn Francesconi, Hunter College; Dr. Judy Kennedy; Lamar University, Dr. Kathryn Thornton, University of Virginia, and Dr. Jo Handelsman, University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

The AU Women Faculty Mentoring Program held informal networking coffee and tea gatherings throughout the year, and sponsored luncheons with guest speakers on the topics of work-life balance, stress management techniques, pre-tenure guidelines, and mentoring. 

A new Auburn University New Faculty Mentoring Program was initiated, and the Provost at Auburn University appointed Dr. Sollie, PI for this grant, as the coordinator of the program. This program, which is university-wide, will include all tenure-track faculty members hired for the 2009-2010 academic year, and will integrate existing mentoring efforts across campus in addition to adding new programs. Current programs for new faculty members at Auburn University include the faculty development program at the Biggio Center for Teaching and Learning, and the AU Women Faculty Mentoring Program provided by the Office of Women’s Initiatives in the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs. New programs will be provided by the Office of the Vice President for Research and by the Office of University Outreach.  

Finally, work is advancing on addressing dual-career and work-family concerns.  The current Provost is working with the Faculty Senate and with Dr. Sollie, PI for this grant, to identify cost-effective ways to address these topics.

Last Updated: 11/1/2012