At Murray State, women represent 37% of Assistant Professors, 23% of Associate Professors and 20% of Full Professors in STEM disciplines. These percentages suggest that not only are women not being hired at comparable rates to their male colleagues, they are not experiencing the same rate of tenure or promotion. We believe unconscious bias in tenure and promotion processes contributes to reduced representation of women and URMs at higher ranks just as it contributes to underrepresentation in the recruitment and hiring of Assistant Professors. We created an implicit bias training for tenure and promotion committees as well as for search committees at Murray State that were held 2020-2022. These interactive theatre plays were written by Constance Alexander, Matthew Crider, and Lissa Graham. The search play is now an online module required of search committee chairs.

Upcoming Workshops


Previous Workshops

  • KerryAnn O'Mera, University of Maryland, Equity-Minded Workloads by Design, Department Chair and Dean Workshop, October 19, 2022, Virtual.
  • Back to Basics Faculty and Staff Mental Health Day Fair October 10, 2022 9:00 a.m- 5:00 p.m
  • "The Hire" Interactive Theatre Presented by The ADVANCE Theatre Team February 22, 2022 2-3:30 p.m.
  • "The Hire" Interactive Theatre Presented by The ADVANCE Theatre Team November 10, 2021 2-3:30 p.m.
  • "When One Door Opens" Interactive Theatre Presented by The ADVANCE Theatre Team September 27th, 2021 2-3:30 p.m.
  • "The Hire"  Presented by The ADVANCE Theatre Team  April 7th, 2021 2-3:30 PM
  • Speaking Up: How Bystanders Can Change the Conversation About Bias Presented by PowerPlay of UNH and Incluxion, Inc. December 7th, 2020 
  • Implicit Bias Interactive Theatre PowerPlay, University of New Hampshire November 22, 2019
  • COACh Workshop on Strategic Persuasion Nancy Houfek January 11, 2019
  • Success Strategies in STEM Christine Grant, CoolSci Productions and North Carolina State University October 8, 2018
  • Bystander Intervention Mary Anne Holmes, University of Nebraska Lincoln February 1, 2018
  • Enhancing Your Career with Networking Strategies Donna Dean, Consultant, Association for Women in Science and American Chemical Society September 28, 2017
  • Survival is insufficient: Seek to Thrive Lydia Villa-Komaroff, Scientist, Executive, Diversity Advocate March 9, 2017 Work-life balance: what do you really want?
  • Joan Herbers, Ohio State University October 20, 2016



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