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This page features events, videos, presentations, and other information specific to Oakland University and its faculty members.

Click the picture below to view the YouTube video of our special event on December 5, 2014.
From Associate Professor to Full Professor: Productive Decision Making at Mid-Career
(Link opens in YouTube)

Click this link for the video of the most recent AAUP Tenure Workshop: AAUP Tenure Workshop (2014)
In the Fall of 2014, WISE@OU supported the AAUP workshop focused on the tenure process. This workshop helps junior faculty develop a better understanding of this process. Faculty who have served on FRPC as well as the Provost participated in this panel discussion and gave tips for preparing dossiers.

Helpful Documents:

Helpful Tips for Grants and Awards:


WISE@OU is pleased to partner with the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) to offer the following STEM-focused workshops.  Workshops take place at noon in 200A Elliott Hall, the CETL Learning Studio.  Register for CETL workshops here.

Working with STEM Teaching Assistants - February 18, 2015
  • In this workshop, WISE@OU will share practical tips for working with teaching assistants in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) classes.  This workshop will focus on tools and techniques to improve interaction with teaching assistants and foster discussion of teaching experiences.
Best Practices in Scientific Writing - March 31, 2015
  • In this workshop, WISE@OU will discuss the best practices for scientific writing.  We will focus on materials for research and grant projects  in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.  Panelists who are skilled in scientific writing will share their tips, and we will also share internal and external resources that can provide support for writing.
For more information from WISE@OU Events, visit the Events page.

Women in Computing Lecture Series:

The "Women in Computing" lecture series is organized by the ACM-W at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering.  The goal of the lecture series is to encourage and support women in computing.  

Featured speakers include successful female and under-represented computer scientists and entrepreneurs.  Topics include job search, academic career, industry career, etc.  Lectures are sponsored by ACM-W, the SECS, and Atomic Object.  Both men and women are welcome.  Lunch/dinner always provided (20 minutes before talk).

2015 lecture dates will be posted soon.

Contact Wenjin Zhou ( if you have any questions about this series.  See more information on the ACM-W OU chapter website at:


For those who were unable to attend the original events, WISE@OU has created videos of workshops and discussions with both the AAUP and Academic Human Resources (AHR).  These events feature important details about OU's policies and procedures, with a specific focus on the tenure process (see Tenure Workshop videos) and policies related to pregnancy, adoption, sick leaves, and similar situations (see AHR video).

CETL Workshop Videos:

WISE@OU partners with the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) to host STEM-related workshops.  Follow the links below for recordings of the workshops.

Mentoring in the STEM Fields  (October 9, 2013)

Exploring Research at Oakland University Video:

WISE@OU team members Kathleen Moore, Leanne DeVreugd, and Sarah Blanchette discuss the role of the WISE@OU program and research on campus.  This video was shown at the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters Conference on February 28, 2014 at Oakland University.


WISE@OU hosts events for newly hired STEM faculty.

In April 2013, the newly hired STEM faculty members gathered for lunch and a discussion of funding opportunities from the National Science Foundation (NSF).  Wenjin Zhou, Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, had recently attended two NSF conferences that related to funding, and she shared her insights with the group. 

A copy of Professor Zhou's PowerPoint presentation about NSF funding can be found here: NSF Funding Presentation

WISE@OU Presentations:

WISE@OU annually attends the national conference for institutions with ADVANCE grants.  These posters have been presented at the conferences.

2014 ADVANCE Workshop Poster

2013 ADVANCE Workshop Poster

Additional Student and Professional Organizations:

Below are some links containing information about different groups on campus for STEM. 

Review of STEM Criteria for Tenure and Promotion:

WISE@OU completed a side-by-side analysis of the criteria and procedures documents for STEM departments at OU (Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Mathematics and Statistics, Physics, and SECS).  Documents include the analysis as well as appendices of each department's criteria.

C. Chemistry (Part 1 / Part 2)