Faculty Link Forums

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.

Fall 2022 Forums

All forums will be held on Zoom on Fridays from 10:00 - 11:30am. Please register in advance to attend.

From Service to Opportunity: Using department, campus, and professional service to support your career goals

Service is an important part of faculty governance and professional life and an expected responsibility of all faculty members. However, how service is valued or regarded can vary significantly. Some service opportunities are highly visible and career-enhancing; other service efforts contribute to important operations in one’s unit or the campus; some service can be invisible and not always recognized or rewarded in the way it deserves. This Forum addresses issues of balance in service, as well as how to make service more rewarding, consequential, and valued. For example, how can you curate your service obligations and opportunities to meet your own professional goals? How can you shift the balance of your service to better meet your expectations and needs? 

Core Advisors Facilitating Discussion:

  • Grace O'Connell, Mechanical Engineering
  • Mathew Francis, Chemistry
  • Linda Rugg, Scandinavian

Publishing for Broad, Non-Academic Audiences

Many faculty want to move beyond the traditional narrow audience for their academic work to translate their ideas to a broader non-academic audience. Some faculty seek to inform or influence public policy, engage in discourse on major issues of the day, explain the significance of new discoveries, or to broaden the public’s understanding of complex issues. In this Forum, Faculty Core Advisors will share some of the ways in which they have approached this work, including engaging public interest in a new and interesting field; determining the best outlets (e.g., news, podcasts, blogs, speaking tours, non-academic journals, digital media, trade books); making the appropriate connections to garner interest in their ideas; finding a publisher for trade books; and capturing the significance and contribution of these types of activities for merit/promotion.

Core Advisors Facilitating Discussion:

  • Lisa García Bedolla, Education
  • Martin Head-Gordon, Chemistry
  • Special Guest: Alison Gopnik, Psychology

Past Forums

Fall 2022

  • Telling your Story: Making your best case for merits and promotion

Spring 2022

  • What is the "new normal"?
  • Writing the second book: Getting started, getting finished, and everything that happens in between
  • Cultivating corporate or philanthropic funding for your research

Fall 2021

  • What’s my identity?: What do you want to be known for and how do you shape your professional identity
  • Mentorship as a community of practice
  • #$^%*! Now what?? Dealing with rejection in the academy

Spring 2021

  • Finding balance? The gift and the curse of a flexible faculty life
  • Pivoting or pirouetting: Starting a new research project or changing your research course at any point in your career
  • How Does This Campus Actually Work? Demystifying how and where things get done so you can be most successful

Fall 2020

  • Taking Care of the Flock (and Yourself): Mentoring in the time of Covid
  • Navigating Choppy Waters: Promoting healthy relationships with department colleagues

Spring 2020

  • I Need Money: Overcoming Hurdles to Getting Grants
  • Is my summer a total wash?!?! Strategies for maintaining productivity, catching up, or just staying afloat over the summer