Faculty Link Forums

Faculty Link Forums will be held on Zoom this semester

Faculty Link forums are designed to bring together faculty from across campus to discuss various elements of the faculty experience in an open discussion. Our faculty co-leads will host the forum and prompt faculty Core Advisor panelists to share their experiences, insights, and tips relating to the forum topic. We encourage attendees to join the discussion and share their own questions, ideas, and expertise. Please register in advance to attend. 

Please note: The forums are currently limited to senate faculty members, adjunct faculty, clinical faculty, and cooperative extension specialists.

Spring 2022 Forums

March 4, 2022

12:30 - 2:00pm

What is the New Normal? 

We often hear about the “new normal” precipitated by the pandemic, but beyond the recognition that things will (or should not) be the same, we have few specifics about what has or needs to change. This forum will provide a space for us– as mentors, teachers, researchers, and people– to consider lessons (being) learned. The emphasis will be on practices or norms that have the potential for benefitting the lives of others, not just ourselves, and on whether we can foster change beyond ourselves. For example, what have we learned about our students that can affect our teaching moving forward? What have we learned about the way that we conduct research, or the balance between family and work? What lessons are there to be learned about mental health?

Core Advisors facilitating discussion:

Rodrigo Almeida, Environmental Science, Policy, & Management

Serena Chen, Psychology

Sanjay Kumar, Biogenineering/Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Matt Welch, Molecular & Cell Biology

April 1, 2022

12:30 - 2:00pm

Writing the *second* book: Getting started, getting finished, and everything that happens in between

The second book can be a daunting proposition, with the possibility of a long and circuitous route from the initial imaginings of the project to its final conclusion and publication. It can also involve serendipity - creating unplanned but fulfilling experiences. During this forum Core Advisors who have successfully completed a second (or third or fourth) book project will share some of their most successful strategies for choosing the next project topic, thinking about the time horizon for research and writing, finding the right publisher, managing the difficult middle period when the project is well underway, and staying focused while also balancing the other aspects of being a faculty member.

Core Advisors facilitating discussion:

Linda Haverty Rugg, Scandinavian

Karen Nakamura, Anthropology

Special guest: Leslie Kurke, Comparative Literature

Special guest: Janet Broughton, Philosophy

May 6, 2022

12:30 - 2:00pm

Cultivating corporate or philanthropic funding for your research

Co-sponsored with the Foundation Relations and Corporate Philanthropy team in University Development and Alumni Relations 

Funding doesn’t have to come from agencies; there is also funding for creative research from foundations, corporations, philanthropic organizations and others. How do you identify foundations or corporations that may be interested in your research ideas? How can you most effectively tailor a great idea for such audiences? Faculty Core Advisors who have successfully received funding of this type will share their experiences with cultivating positive relationships in this arena. Staff from the Foundation Relations and Corporate Philanthropy team will join us to share tips, strategies, and resources available to faculty.

Core Advisors facilitating discussion:

Matthew Francis, Chemistry

Joel Moore, Physics

Special guest: Ramona Naddaff, Rhetoric

Co-sponsor: Sylvia Bierhuis, Foundation Relations & Corporate Philanthropy

Co-sponsor: Aaron Diaz, Foundation Relations & Corporate Philanthropy