Congratulations to Nick Henriksen for receiving a Faculty Fellowship from the U-M ADVANCE Program. The award is part of a 2022-2023 pilot program designed by ADVANCE to strengthen their ability to adapt to researchers’ needs in a complex and changing environment.

Henriksen will use the grant to expand on the previous work of the RLL Gender Diversity Committee. While Henriken’s work on the Gender Diversity Committee is student-centered, his work for the ADVANCE Faculty Fellowship is entirely faculty-focused. The deliverables of this new project include: (i) ​​a resource kit that departments can use to address the topic of gender diversity and to practice the use of inclusive pronouns in common academic settings; (ii) a series of workshops that Henriksen will facilitate to provide guidance for departments across campus; and (iii) procuring materials for gender inclusion to be updated in ADVANCE’s online materials.  

Henriksen will also present the project and central concepts of the RLL Gender Diversity Committee to STRIDE and RISE committees, Research and Evaluation staff and student employees, and other ADVANCE staff.

Henriksen joined RLL in 2012 as an assistant professor and was promoted to associate professor in 2018. His courses focus on Spanish linguistics, phonetics and second-language phonology. He also researches in the Speech Production Lab and runs a large-scale collaborative research project, entitled “From Africa to Patagonia: Voices of Displacement.”

According to the UM ADVANCE fellowship website, “the ADVANCE Program focuses on four areas relevant to the success of a diverse and excellent faculty: recruitment, retention, climate, and leadership development. Together, these encompass not only multiple stages of faculty careers but also multiple mechanisms by which faculty diversity and excellence at U-M are enhanced.”