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  How to Balance Parenting and Productivity: a Realistic Approach for Faculty with Young Children


January 2017 | Facilitator: Rebecca L. Davis, PhD

This four-week course will foster a supportive, non-judgmental atmosphere to tackle the specific challenges facing academics who are parenting very young children (or anyone else who provides time-intensive and physically demanding dependent care). Each week we will identify specific strategies that will help you enhance your self-care, build networks of support, overcome feelings of guilt and shame, and boost your writing productivity. We will share our ideas and concerns during the calls and in an online community throughout the week. Participants will develop more expansive support networks, realistic strategies for better sleep and self-care, and a broader perspective on how to tackle the daily challenges of this uniquely exhausting—but often also uniquely joyful—stage in life.

    "Being Lazy and Slowing Down:" The Role of Self-Care in Productivity

November 2016 | Facilitators: Riyad Shahjahan, PhD and Kimine Mayuzumi, PhD

This three-week workshop focused on appreciating the tremendous benefits of slowing down and self-care inside/outside the academy. Through weekly calls and exercises, participants will develop skills to center their bodies and slow down without feeling guilty. At the end of this experience, participants will redefine time and meaning of life, develop rituals of slowing down, plan their community/network of support, and strategize one’s sense of worthiness (i.e. one’s body and self-care) in the advent of digital life. Each of these key course components will be chosen and designed by participants to increase their own sense of worthiness and self-care, while also reducing time for shame and guilty feelings. This course is ideal for new or experienced graduate students and scholars who desire to have improved work-life balance and tend to feel guilty when not working.


    Re-Thinking Mentoring: How to Build Communities of Inclusion, Support & Accountability

September/October 2016 | Facilitator: Kerry Ann Rockquemore, PhD

This 4-week course is designed to start a new conversation about mentoring by describing the common problems that pre-tenure and post-tenure faculty members experience and why traditional mentoring programs fail to meet those needs. We propose an alternative framework for mentoring that focuses on needs assessment and shifts the idea of mentoring from a relationship between two faculty members towards building a broad network of support, community and accountability.


How to Navigate the Academic Job Market

August 2016 | Facilitator: Karen Kelsky, PhD

In this 3-week course, Dr. Karen Kelsey will walk participants through the conditions of the current American job market, the most common mistakes made by job-seekers, and the ways to maximize chances of success while looking for a tenure-track job. Participants will learn about the big-picture conditions of the U.S. tenure track job market, how to think like a search committee, how to write the cover letter and CV, major types of questions to can expect in an academic interview, how to prepare answers, how to overcome the most common pitfalls, and much more.


Teaching In No Time: How to Prepare for a Stress-Free Semester

July 2016 | Facilitator: Chavella Pittman, PhD

In this 4-week course you will learn the basics of planning and executing a stress-free course. Through weekly calls and exercises, you will develop the skills you need to teach effectively with less time and stress. Participants can revise a current course or plan a new one. At the end of this experience, participants will have weekly course topics, lesson plans for the first two weeks, and course assignments. Each of these key course components will be chosen and designed by you to increase teaching effectiveness while also reducing preparation and grading time. This Multi-Week Course is ideal for new or experienced teachers at research or teaching universities who want to reduce the anxiety and/or time associated with teaching.


How to Win an NIH Grant

June 2016 | Facilitator: Lucy Deckard

This course is meant for faculty researchers who are new to NIH and will focus on how to compete successfully for funding at NIH. Each week will cover a different topic: 1) Understanding NIH and Finding Your Home, 2) Writing Your Proposal, and 3) Finishing Your Application and Interpreting Reviews. Participants will walk through the stages of identifying funding opportunities, writing a proposal, application submission, and the process of revising and resubmitting, plus much more.


How to Craft and Submit a Winning Book Proposal in 4 Weeks

May 2016 | Facilitator: Badia Sahar Legardy, PhD and 
Danielle Kasprzak

You may have a completed dissertation, a few rough book chapters, or even journal articles you’d like to transform into a coherent book project—but where do you start? The path to getting your book published begins with a clear, well-crafted and persuasive proposal. In this Multi-Week Course, participants will be guided through a step-by-step process to complete a book proposal within four weeks, learn how to translate your research projects for a broader market, and receive invaluable advice about how to approach acquisition editors at academic presses.

  Everything You Need to Know About Grant Writing


August 2015 | Facilitators: Kari Whittenberger-Keith, PhD and Holly Falk-Krzesinski, PhD

In this 3-week course, participants will learn the basics of finding grant funding sources, what grant-funding agencies are looking for, and how to write a successful NIH/NSF grant proposal. Over the course of three weeks, participants will become oriented to grant writing, and we'll demystify the process for finding funding opportunities. Participants will get to examine proposal review criteria from various federal funding agencies, and learn best practices associated with NIH/NSF proposal organization, including the format, proposal narrative and budget.


Writing Science: How To Write Papers That Get Cited And Proposals That Get Funded

June 2015 | Facilitator: Josh Schimel, PhD

As a scientist, you are a professional writer. Your career is built on proposals and papers that teach by telling a clear story, illustrating not just your data but also your novel insights. In this course, we will first explore how to use different story structures—why specialist papers have the punch in the conclusions while in a proposal, “if you haven’t told them in the first two pages, you haven’t told them.” From there, we will move down toward paragraphs exploring how to make writing connect and flow. Finally we will explore how to make writing engaging—activating language and de-cluttering it. The overall goal is to communicate clearly—how to make your writing powerful and professional without being pedantic.


Developing A Strategic Plan To Use Social Media To Enhance Scholarship 

March 2015 | Facilitator: Margarita Mooney, PhD

Have you ever thought you would like to enhance your presence on social media, but either don’t have enough time or don’t know enough? In this three-week course, we will have three online lectures in which I will present ideas on how to build our image on social media, form an online community of scholars, and track qualitative and quantitative measures of how social media enhances our scholarship. Each week, I will send brief articles on social media as a prompt for free writing-exercises on our goals, identity, and challenges in using social media. We will share our reflections with small accountability groups that will meet online once a week. Participants will also log their daily social media usage on a group forum and share ideas on others’ strategies. By the end of this three week course, participants should have developed a plan for to sustain their regular social media presence, build an online community of scholars, and track how social media enhances their research agenda.


Developing The Resilient Writing Spirit: How To Overcome Shame And Imposter Feelings

October 2014 | Facilitator: Riyad Shahjahan, PhD

This is a 3-week course focused on developing one's sense of worthiness to express one's ideas and become prolific as a minoritized scholar. Through weekly calls and exercises, you will develop the skills you need to navigate one's feelings of shame and impostor syndrome as an academic writer. At the end of this experience, participants will redefine their purpose of writing, develop rituals of writing, plan their community/network of support, and strategize to center one's sense of worthiness inside/outside the academy. Each of these key course components will be chosen and designed by you to increase your writing productivity while also reducing 'shame' and 'impostor' time. This course is ideal for new or experienced minoritized scholars at research or teaching universities, and/or writers in general who want to reduce the anxiety and/or time associated with writing.


Department Chair Intensive: How To Transition Into An Administrative Role 

July 2014 | Facilitator: Julie Artis, PhD

Is it your "turn" to become department chair?  Are you newly appointed to the role?  Just like entering your first tenure-track job becoming an administrator is a major career transition.  In this bootcamp, we will focus on various ways you can maintain a sense of balance and wellness during the transition to department chair.  In this four week session,  we will discuss various ways to engage the role of chair while continuing to do scholarship and take care of yourself; brainstorm how to build a strategic network; learn how to engage in "difficult conversations" that will inevitably be part of your job;  and ultimately, create your own personal, realistic definition for a successful term as department chair.


Navigating The Academic Job Market: From Application To Campus Interview 

June 2014 | Facilitator: Badia Ahad, PhD

Approaching the academic job market can be a daunting experience. In a sea of conflicting advice (and often, misinformation), applying for academic  positions can be both stressful and scary. This four-week course aims to demystify the job market and guide you through the entire process from "application to negotiation,” with a special emphasis on clarifying what YOU want, how to present your "best self” in your CV and cover letter, and how to prepare for your in-person, telephone or Skype interview. We will also cover the nitty-gritty of the on-campus interview (what and what not to say/do/wear) as well as basics of contract negotiation (what you can and SHOULD ask for).


How To Seek (And Get!) Foundation Funding 

May 2014 | Facilitator: Lee Carpenter, PhD

The requirements and communications involved in seeking foundation funding are very different than those followed by state and federal funders. In this multi-week course, we will begin with the basics, including a look at how to search for foundation funding and evaluate information on foundation priorities and initiatives, as well as review effective strategies for college/university coordination when approaching foundations.


Scholarly Journal Writing: An Editor's Perspective 

October 2013 | Facilitator: Joycelyn Moody, PhD

This is a three-week course that addresses (Week 1) targeting journals for scholarly writing, approaching editors, and a few Do's and Don't's in the submission process; (Week 2) drafting a smart submission and planning submission time frames; and (Week 3) responding to Revise and Resubmits and handling significant problems with editorial staff members such as no response to email or long delays. 


How To Write Grants And Win Fellowships For Academics In The Humanities 

June 2013 | Facilitator: Shanna Greene Benjamin, PhD

Are you ready to pull back the curtain on the opaque world of writing and winning grants and fellowships in the humanities? In this four-week course, you will learn how to write a project statement that leaps off the page and sells itself. Specifically, you will learn the importance of: fit in fellowships, modeling in preparing application materials, and marketing in writing the narrative portions. By the end of our four weeks together, you will have a completed project description suitable for use in multiple applications.


How To Write A Grant Proposal: STEM & SBES

June 2013 | Facilitator: Lee Carpenter, PhD

Engagement in grant writing/grantsmanship is both an art and science—grants-related skills are best learned early and practiced often. In this four-week course we will: (1) discuss the basics of grant writing and grantsmanship; (2) examine grant opportunities in and grant writing for the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation; (3) and finally wrap up with a discussion of effective strategies for searching for and reviewing grant opportunities, as well as best practices for collaborating with your college research and university sponsored programs offices.



Academic Entrepreneurship

April 2013 | Facilitator: Kerry Ann Rockquemore, PhD

People often ask how I went from a frustrated tenured professor to successful entrepreneur in a short period of time. In this 4-week course, I'll explain the pathway from great idea to up-and-running, with special attention to the most common errors that academics make. Whether you're thinking about starting a new initiative on campus, creating a side-business to increase your income, starting a movement for change, or creating an exit strategy from your university, this course will clarify the necessary steps to move from desire to action.



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