Professional Development

Writing (and Implementing) a Five-Year Plan

Goals are more easily accomplished when they are clearly articulated and written down. In this workshop, participants engage in reflective activities to design their next five years of scholarship activities, professional development, and skill development. Examples of five year plans are provided as well as some best practices for making sure the plan is effectively implemented. Participants leave with a first draft of their five year plan. *One-on-one consulting with individual participants is also available.

Juggling Multiple Projects: Strategies and Tips for Success

It can be easy to get overwhelmed when we have multiple projects on our plate. In this workshop, participants learn strategies for getting their ideas and action items out of their heads to create space for creative thinking, explore tips for how to share the load and create accountability for their projects, and receive examples of organizational habits that keep project details at their fingertips. Participants also conduct a project audit and reflect on how best to prioritize their current projects. *One-on-one consulting with individual participants is also available.

Leading Effective Collaborations

Although many academics are not trained to be effective collaborators or leaders of collaborative projects, more team-based work is now required for successful grant writing, research projects, and cross-institutional partnerships. In this workshop, participants have the opportunity to reflect on their leadership skills, communication strategies, organizational strengths, and areas that may need additional development so that they can prepare themselves to be successful while engaging and leading collaborative projects. Concrete tips and strategies for management collaboration are provided and demonstrated throughout the session.

Preparing for the Academic Job Market: Faculty, Administrative, and ‘Alt-Ac’ Positions

This workshop explores some of the differences between faculty, administrative, and “alt-ac” positions that are available to graduate students entering the job market. I discuss the diverse skills and abilities required by the various positions as well as the different kinds of documents that might be requested in job ads. Participants have time to ask questions and discuss a variety of components of the job market such as the job search process, drafting cover letters, crafting CVs and resumes, interviewing via phone and face-to-face, and the negotiation process. *One-on-one consulting with individual participants is also available.

Cover Letters and CVs for the Academic Job Search

In this workshop, participants learn the best practices and common mistakes in the preparation of cover letters and CVs for the academic job market. I provide a variety of examples to review and discuss. Participants also have time to ask questions and discuss additional components of the job market such as the job search process, interviewing via phone and face-to-face, and the negotiation process. *One-on-one consulting with individual participants is also available.

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