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Peer Networks

Peer networks are faculty learning communities organized by different identities and faculty rank/appointment type. Peer networks meet on a regular basis to discuss issues of career development, create opportunities for collaboration and partnership, and give faculty participants strategies for navigating campus.

Current Faculty Peer Networks (2023-2024)

  • ADVANCING Faculty Diversity (AFD)

    ADVANCING Faculty Diversity is a year-long peer network that is designed for faculty and postdocs of color and from racially minoritized groups of all genders. The network is facilitated by Dr. Akua Asa-Awuku, Professor in the A. James Clark School of Engineering.

    In 2023-2024, AFD will host six professional development seminars (three in the Fall 2023 semester and three in the Spring 2024 semester)  and one networking reception (Aug 22, 2023). Each seminar will focus on specific aspects of career and scholarly development, networking, and other topics identified by participants.

    Registration for 2023-2024 academic year is closed.

  • PTK Women in Leadership (WPTK)

    PTK Women in Leadership (WPTK) is a year-long peer network designed for professional track faculty who identify as women. Dr. Sylvette La-Touche Howard and Dr. Dawn Culpepper serve as facilitators. 

    This year-long peer network (3 meetings per semester with optional meetings between) will focus on enhancing the leadership skills and efficacy of women professional track faculty at UMD. Through interactive skill-building sessions and exercises, group and panel discussion, and group mentoring, participants will generate an understanding of what it means to be a leader in today’s academic environment and the skills that can be leveraged to pursue leadership roles.

    The 2023-2024 PTK Women in Leadership Registration has been closed. 

Other Peer Networks

ADVANCING Together Workshops (AT) – A year-long peer network for associate professors who identify as women. This peer network is designed to provide knowledge of the promotion to full process, tips on dossier preparation, and discussions of critical career decisions.

Keeping Our Faculties (KOF) – A year-long network of pre-tenure assistant professors who identify as women created to enhance agency in career advancement.