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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

Walter E. Washington Convention Center

 

Organizer(s): Effie Ioannidou (University of Connecticut, USA), David Drake (University of Iowa, Iowa City, USA)

AADR has submitted a grant application to NIDCR entitled, “AADR Mentoring an Inclusive Network for a Diverse Workforce of the Future (AADR MIND the Future). This grant application is pending but includes this Faculty Development Workshop as part of its proposed annual program. In the event the grant is funded, this program would need to be part of the IADR/AADR/CADR General Session in Washington, DC, March, 2020.

Description: Current evidence has supported the significance of faculty development as a tool for academic retention and advancement. In this process, mentoring holds tremendous significance as it guides post-graduate students towards their career goal and supports junior faculty in their academic growth. A key component of this is learning how to write competitive research grants. In today’s highly competitive environment at NIH and other funding agencies, these skills have become of even more paramount importance for young scientists to establish themselves as independent investigators.

This one-day workshop is designed to support the processes of mentoring and career development in a bidirectional way. First, it focuses on junior faculty and post-graduate students with the goal to enhance their grant-writing skills as part of an overall emphasis on research portfolio and scholarly productivity. Coinciding with this is the importance of building a close look at work/life balance expectations. In a parallel session, the workshop focuses on mentoring the mentors with a goal to promote effective communication skills, to address diversity and unconscious bias, to closely mentor mentees in all aspects of their academic growth and to present techniques to synchronize mentor and mentee expectations. The two parallel sessions will take place in the morning.

During a working lunch there will be a session on communicating science effectively presented by The Alan Alda Center. The Alan Alda Center’s Plenary is a highly interactive session during which participants explore and experience strategies to communicate more effectively about their work/science with people outside their field, including the general public, policy makers, the media, students, potential employers or funders, and prospective collaborators in other disciplines. Through discussion and practice, we will focus on fundamental skills - knowing your audience, connecting with your audience, and speaking clearly and conversationally about your work and why it matters.

In the afternoon, small group interactive sessions will include a thematic menu available to participants. Each table will host one mentor with 4-5 mentees. All the mentors participating are highly experienced scientists. The objective of the small group sessions is to address a variety of topics, including but not limited to: federal or industry funding opportunities, writing a competitive and clear specific aims page, navigation of tenure policies and procedures, departmental requirements and expectations, startup and space negotiations, scholarly productivity (publications and citations), mentor selection, assembling a compelling biosketch, job search and interview process and others.

Learning Objective 1
The workshop aims to mentor the mentors with a goal to promote effective communication skills, to address diversity and unconscious bias and to present techniques to synchronize mentor and mentee expectations.
Learning Objective 2
The workshop focuses on junior faculty and post-graduate students with the goal to enhance their grant-writing skills as part of an overall focus on research portfolio and scholarly productivity.
Learning Objective 3
The small group sessions aim to address a variety of topics related to securing a faculty/research position and securing funding in an interactive and informal manner.


Time Section Presenters/Organizers
7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast and Registration
8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
Welcome/Setting the Stage
J. Timothy Wright, AADR President, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA

Paula Moynihan, IADR President, The University of Adelaide, Australia
8:45 a.m. - 9 a.m.

Workshop Objectives and Process
Organizers: Effie Ioannidou, University of Connecticut, Farmington, USA 

David Drake, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, USA
9 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Strategies to Increase Diversity in Academia
Charlene Le Fauve, NIH/NIDCR, Bethesda, Maryland, USA

Concurrent Sessions I and II

I. Session for Mentors/Senior Faculty

Time Title Presenters/Organizers
10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Mentoring the Mentors
Judith Albino, University of Colorado, Denver, USA
12 p.m - 1 p.m.
Work/Life Balance: What is the Current Model?
Flavia Teles, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

II. Session for Trainees/Junior Faculty

Time Title Presenters/Organizers
10 a.m. - 11 a.m. NIH/NIDCR Funding Opportunities
Chiayeng Wang, NIH/NIDCR, Bethesda, Maryland, USA
11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
The Specific Aims Page: A Vital Window of Your Research Agent
Rick McGee, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, USA
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Manuscript Writing: Guiding Junior Faculty to be Successful
Effie Ioannidou, University of Connecticut, Farmington, Connecticut, USA
1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
LUNCH and Communicating Science Effectively
Elizabeth Bojsza, Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science®, Stony Brook University, New York, USA
2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Small group and table themes:

  • Securing a faculty/research position
    • Job application (personal letter) and process
    • Job interviewing tips and strategies
    • Startup and space negotiations
    • Tenure process and procedures
    • Mentor selection or how do I pick a mentor
    • Scholarly productivity
    • Work/life balance
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  • Securing research funding
    • Peer-review process: training and contemporary tools
    • Writing effective specific aims
    • Design a compelling biosketch
    • Industry funding opportunities and how to navigate
    • Utilizing clinicaltrials.gov
    • Writing clinical protocols with SPIRIT
    • I got a K, now what?

4:30 – 5 p.m.
Wrap-up/Feedback on group discussions and Surveys