Faculty Link Forums

The Faculty Link forums are facilitated by Faculty Core Advisors to discuss a variety of topics related to both scholarship and campus/department/unit climate. They provide opportunities for meaningful discussion and career support, and foster connections and community. 

All forums will be held via Zoom. The first hour will be a discussion with our Core Advisors moderated by Faculty Link program faculty leads, Rudy Mendoza-Denton and Kris Gutiérrez, followed by 30 minutes of optional informal conversation and networking. Please register in advance to attend. Participants will be sent the Zoom link after registering.

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

Spring 2022

Registration coming soon

What is the New Normal?

March 4, 2022, 12 - 2pm 

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:

TBD

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

April 1, 2022, 12 - 2pm 

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:

TBD

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Unlocking the secrets to successfully cultivate corporate or philanthropic funding for your research

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

May 6, 2022 12 - 2pm 

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:

TBD