2018-2019 Schedule of Professional Development Seminars

New Faculty Coffee Hours

Join Associate Provosts Annmarie Cano and Boris Baltes for New Faculty Coffee Hours. These Coffee Hours are designed to be informal sessions during which first and second year new faculty can network with each other, share successes and challenges, and learn more about Wayne State resources and strategies for success. Coffee and pastries will be served.

Oct. 19, 2018

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Dec. 11, 2018

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Feb. 6, 2019

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Apr. 23, 2019

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Chair Chat

Join Associate Provosts Annmarie Cano and Boris Baltes and your Chair colleagues for light refreshments during Chair Chats. These informal sessions hosted by the Provost's Office will allow both new and experienced Department Chairs to network and share ideas and best practices with each other, and offer ideas for future career and leadership development programming. For some sessions, university representatives will be present to inform Chairs of new developments and to answer questions about university functions and units.

Oct. 12, 2018

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Dec. 14, 2018

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Jan. 11, 2019

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Mar. 22, 2019

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Seminars

Establishing a Consistent 
Writing Practice:
Tips for Faculty and Staff

Oct. 19, 2018
11:30 – 1:00 p.m.

Have you been disappointed by your progress on your writing projects this semester? It can be a challenge to find time to write when service, teaching, and life happens. In this professional development seminar, we'll discuss best practices to establish a writing routine in the midst of busy-ness, including Writing Accountability Groups (WAGs) and the 14-day Writing Challenge through our institutional membership in the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity. Faculty who are currently participating in WAGs will be on hand to share why it works for them and you'll have opportunities to sign up for new WAGs that are forming, as well as the 14-Day Writing Challenge that begins October 29 (deadline to register for the challenge is fast approaching: Oct 25!). Light refreshments will be provided. 

Bullying in Academia: Impacts on Women Faculty

Oct. 24, 2018
9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

After Professor of Communication and CFPCA Associate Dean Loraleigh Keashly shares her scholarly expertise in academic harassment scholarship, join the discussion on academic bullying behavior and how it affects women faculty. This is first of an ongoing series on faculty diversity, equity, and inclusion. Light refreshments will be provided. This session is co-sponsored with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

WSU NCFDD One-year Anniversary Open House

Nov. 14, 2018
12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Join us in celebrating the one-year anniversary of Wayne State's institutional membership in NCFDD! Participants will be able to network with colleagues who have used NCFDD resources and learn about other professional development resources offered by the Provost's Office and the Office of Teaching and Learning. Participants will also be able to participate in table talks about strategies to support their success including writing productivity, networking and mentoring, unwritten rules of the academy for junior faculty, leadership skills and career paths, and other issues of relevance to faculty and academic staff professional development. A salad buffet lunch will be served. This session is co-sponsored with the Office for Teaching and Learning.

Mentors, Sponsors, and Collaborators: Strategies for Building a Community to Support Your Success

Dec. 3, 2018
12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Your network is important not just for research productivity and external letters of recommendation for promotion and tenure but also as a resource for advice and support on your career journey. Join Emeritus, retired, and senior faculty as they share their wisdom about how to seek out connections to help you thrive on and off campus. Participants will also engage in an interactive activity to explore the gaps in their networks as well as advice on how to build a healthy network. Light lunch will be provided. This session is co-sponsored with Office for Teaching and Learning.

Every Semester Needs a Plan

Jan. 10, 2019
12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Join your colleagues for this popular NCFDD webinar to set ambitious and attainable goals for the semester. Participants will leave this workshop with a clear assessment and plan that includes realistic goals and expectations, clear milestones to assess achievement, and tips on how to re-evaluate as the semester progresses. This session is co-sponsored with Office for Teaching and Learning.

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Promotion and Tenure Panel Discussion (Medical School)

Jan. 29, 2019
1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

The Offices of the Vice President for Research, Provost and Faculty Affairs (School of Medicine) are pleased to offer the Research and Academic Development seminar series for WSU faculty, chairs & directors, postdoctoral trainees & graduate students, and administrators. Topics may include:

  • What it means to be on tenure–track: point of view of your department; what a probationary period means
  • What to do: importance of mentoring with the right mentor; understanding the university
  • P&T process & preparing the case: external reviews & the role of the candidate; professional record; personal statement
  • Details on the assignment and where to go for help and advice: expectations on teaching, research and grants, and service

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Promotion and Tenure Panel Discussion (Main Campus)

Feb. 7, 2019
1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

The Offices of the Vice President for Research, Provost and Faculty Affairs (School of Medicine) are pleased to offer the Research and Academic Development seminar series for WSU faculty, chairs & directors, postdoctoral trainees & graduate students, and administrators. Topics may include:

  • What it means to be on tenure–track: point of view of your department; what a probationary period means
  • What to do: importance of mentoring with the right mentor; understanding the university
  • P&T process & preparing the case: external reviews & the role of the candidate; professional record; personal statement
  • Details on the assignment and where to go for help and advice: expectations on teaching, research and grants, and service

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The Many Faces of Post-Tenure Success

Feb. 22, 2019
12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

After achieving tenure and promotion, many faculty wonder "What's next?" Some answers include: Claim a new role in the discipline or in one's department, switch direction or delve into new scholarly work, or devote time to important pedagogical or service work. Join faculty and staff for a discussion on how to continue or regain momentum after earning tenure and promotion and ESS, including the importance of sabbaticals and professional leaves to recharge and retool one's career. This session is co-sponsored with Office for Teaching and Learning.

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Using LinkedIn to Build Your Network

March 2019
TBA

Building your network of collaborators, mentors, and sponsors is essential for career success. Learn how to use LinkedIn to establish partnerships from the Detroit office of LinkedIn who are coming to campus to give a special workshop on LinkedIn for academics.

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Bullying in Academia: Impacts on Women Faculty

March 27, 2019
12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

After Professor of Communication and CFPCA Associate Dean Loraleigh Keashly shares her scholarly expertise in academic harassment scholarship, join the discussion on academic bullying behavior and how it affects women faculty. This is first of an ongoing series on faculty diversity, equity, and inclusion. Light refreshments will be provided. This session is co-sponsored with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

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Academic Leadership Perspectives

March/April 2019
TBA

What does it mean to be an effective academic leader? Do you need a title to be a leader? Join faculty and staff leaders to discuss these questions and begin to identify your own personal leadership perspective to guide your work. Participants will also learn more about the developing academic leadership academy that will be launched in Fall 2019 and if it is right for them.

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Preparing for Parenthood on the Tenure/ESS Track

April 10, 2018
12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

This two-part session includes an overview of legal and contractual issues in preparing for parenthood. The first hour includes discussion of FMLA and "modified duties" as laid out in the WSU-AAUP contract. The second hour includes a panel and interactive discussion with faculty and staff who will share the everyday challenges and rewards of parenting on the tenure-track. Come for one or both sessions. This session is co-sponsored with Office for Teaching and Learning.

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Every Summer Needs a Plan

May 8, 2019
12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

This popular NCFDD webinar will be a jumping off point for setting ambitious and attainable goals for the summer. Participants will leave this workshop with a clear assessment and plan that includes realistic goals and expectations, clear milestones to assess achievement, and tips on how to re-evaluate as the semester progresses. This session is co-sponsored with Office for Teaching and Learning.

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