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Faculty Resources 

General Programs and Policies

Resources for faculty on mentoring guidelines and career advising.  In addition, resources for diverse recruitment and retention, as well as climate issues and leadership development. Reports on UM faculty equity, institutional diversity, and university policies and practices.

Faculty Ombuds
The University Faculty Ombuds provides information, options, impartial review, and help in resolving conflicts, and they offer feedback and recommendations for system change to senior administration. Each school/college also has their own Ombuds.

Office of the Provost
Academic Policies for Faculty (see “Faculty Information” section) including faculty handbook, promotion guidelines, university family-friendly policies, joint academic appointments, dual career program, and use of research and discretionary accounts.

Teaching and Research

Center for Global and Intercultural Study (CGIS)
This is the study abroad office for students, but also provides opportunities for faculty to teach abroad (both semester and summer), and provides funding to incorporate overseas components to UM courses (through the Global Course Connections program).

Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT)
Strategies for teaching, including tips for using technology in teaching and working in a multicultural classroom. Information on UM grants for enhancing teaching and learning. Lots of links to other UM teaching resources.

Center for Statistical Consultation and Research (C-SCAR)
Provides free consulting on statistical analysis and research design; long term consulting services also available by arrangement.

Faculty Exploratory (in the Hatcher Graduate Library)
Free workshops on eResearch (IRB), finding grant money, using Ctools and clickers, building websites and electronic bibliographies

MPublishing and Author-Publisher Liaison (APL)
Consultation services on copyright  and digital publishing issues. Also maintain a list of editors (email for a current list). The APL will provide publishing-related services and guidance on such aspects as approaching acquisitions editors, manuscript submissions, identifying the market, and understanding subventions, permissions, and contract terms. Faculty can contact Rebecca Sestili at any time (i.e. even right when you arrive) to have either a casual or substantive conversation about any part of the publishing process.

Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR)
Internal funding/support for research, scholarship, and creative activities in all fields.

Dual Career Resources

Dual Career Program
Information on UM's Dual Career Program which recognizes dual career partner assistance as a crucial element in recruiting and retaining its excellent faculty.

HERC (Higher Education Recruitment Consortium)
Website with listings of jobs in regional institutions of higher education (e.g., Oakland University, Eastern Michigan University, University of Detroit Mercy); Good for those with dual career issues. 

Human Resources Dual Career Resources
UM site with information on local employers besides the University, as well as resources for international families.

Beyond Work

Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FASAP)
Free, confidential, short-term counseling services for faculty—dealing with personal or workplace issues such as grief, relationships, substance abuse and stress.

Work/Life Resource Center
Information on local childcare (both centers, and home-based daycare) and eldercare resources, as well as a listing of family helpers (for running errands, yardwork, pet sitting, etc).

Kids Kare at Home is a back-up child care program for families at the University of Michigan. It is a back-up option when your child is sick and cannot be sent to school/child care or your regular child care is not available. A trained caregiver who will come to your home and you will be charged a sliding scale hourly rate.

Working with Students

Emergencies/Critical Incidents

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
Free short term and crisis counseling for students on the 3rd Floor of the Michigan Union. They have a counselor on duty for walk-in emergencies. 

Some tips/faqs for dealing with students here

Dean of Students
Critical incident management--student emergency outside of the academic setting; Dean of Students office will coordinate services and support.

Department of Public Safety (DPS)
Campus police. If in doubt, CALL 911 from any campus phone, or 734-763-1131 for non-emergencies.

Good place to refer students to if they are having a problem or conflict involving the University and don’t know how to proceed – or if you are trying to avoid escalating a problem into a serious conflict.

Psychiatric Emergency Services
University of Michigan Hospital's Psychiatric Emergency Services (PES) provides emergency/urgent walk-in evaluation and crisis phone services available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for people of all ages. 734-936-5900

Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center (SAPAC)
The crisis line (734-936-3333) is available 24-hours a day and is staffed by professionals, who provide confidential crisis intervention, information and referral services to survivors of sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, sexual harassment and stalking.

Classroom Issues

Academic Integrity
General resources about plagiarism and cheating; each school/college has different policies for dealing with academic integrity:


Grade Grievance
Guidelines for dealing with student grade grievances in LSA and Engineering; generally starts with the instructor, and then to the department before moving to the College level.


Office of Services for Students with Disabilities
If you have a student who needs accommodations in the classroom, SSWD is the office that works with students to determine (and receive) needed accommodations.

Financial Issues

Center for the Education of Women (CEW)
CEW has “critical difference” grants available for current UM Ann Arbor campus students; grants are for unforeseen/emergency situations. Students must make a (free) appointment to see a counselor to determine eligibility.

Financial Aid
Loans, grants/scholarships, work-study, as well as special funding such as: emergency loans for international students, child care subsidies.

Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows

Academic and Staff HR Services
Provides advice and consultation primarily to academic administrators, but also to faculty, particularly with regard to graduate student appointments 

Benefits Office
UM Benefits Office info, which is applicable to "Research Fellows" who are employee trainees of UM. (Between 10-15% of UM's postdocs are classified as scholar trainees because of the way they are funded. Most scholar trainees are eligible for the same benefits as employee trainees; see PACWI Memo on Postdocs pages 2 and 4)

Mentoring Others Results in Excellence (MORE)
Resources for faculty who are mentoring graduate students

PACWI Recommendations for Postdocs 
Includes recommendations and resources for postdoc appointments, including a checklist for hiring and onboarding new postdocs.  Recommended reading for faculty and new postdocs. Also a link to the University's Standard Practice Guide (SPG) for Research Fellows.

Finding Your Way Around Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor City Guide (includes info on schools, neighborhoods, religious and cultural centers, local government) 

- Publishes a monthly magazine Ann Arbor Observer which should be delivered to all Ann Arbor residents for free

Campus Maps and Transportation (but lots of links that will give you information about Ann Arbor area as well)

Events on campus

Michigan Road Scholars A unique opportunity to meet other faculty and learn about the State of Michigan on a one week road trip across the state. Applications due annually in early December.

University Musical Society (UMS) Connects audiences with performing artists from around the world in uncommon and engaging experiences. 

Other WOCAP Recommendations


MCard Discounts (you can get discounts on everything from airport parking to cell phone plans with your MCard)

Hair and Beauty

Brow Art 23 at Briarwood Mall (next to California Pizza Kitchen); eyebrow threading

Mark Nine (Nessa specializes in natural black haircare and styles) 320 Miller, Ann Arbor 604-0211

Penthouse Hair Designs (for black hair) 561 North Hewitt Road, Ypsilanti 434-6419

Popular daycare options

Community Day Care (not-profit preschool, with sliding scale tuition)

Gretchen’s House (7 Centers in Ann Arbor with infant care, some with transportation to aftercare from some elementary schools)

UM Early Childhood Programs (4 Centers in Ann Arbor, serving different ages--including infant care--and schedules)

YMCA (preschool and transportation to aftercare from some elementary schools)

Running a household

ArborParents (great Ann Arbor email group--information on everything from childcare, camps, parenting, housecleaning, service provider database.). 

What’s Cooking (prepared meals delivered to your home, or pick up locations around town)


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(Updated 2/05/16)