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2013-2014

The Faculty Mentor Program (FMP) is proud to announce for its third year that the Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work will be joining the program, in addition to the Colleges of Arts & Sciences and Engineering & Computing. The FMP will be partnering with the Division of Research to bring new workshops and speakers on topics ranging from grantwriting and research to publishing and summer planning, as well as the popular networking lunches at the Faculty Club on October 9, 2013 and January 14, 2014.

The well-received University of Michigan CRLT (Center for Research on Learning and Teaching) Theatre group will return again in Spring 2014 with a brand new performance called No Offense. The performance centers on the personal and professional dynamics that occur in a lab setting, and the behaviors that can negatively affect faculty and students, in particular the behaviors that might undermine the success of women in the STEM fields and what is at stake for all.

A variety of mentoring workshops and events were held to assist mentor pairs in achieving a successful relationship. Mentees (new assistant professors) were matched with mentors (established associate or full professors) from different departments who shared research interests or disciplinary demands.

Workshop materials, activities and strategies were derived from academic research on faculty mentoring from successful faculty mentor programs at other universities, including UCLA and University of Michigan. 

Fall 2013 CAS, CEC & Stempel Faculty Mentor Orientations

Tuesday, September 17, 2013
3:30-5:00pm, AHC4-402
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
3:30-5:00pm, AHC4-402
Thursday, September 19, 2013
3:30-5:00pm, AHC4-402

Mentor Lunch at the Faculty Club

Wednesday, October 9, 2013
12:00-1:30pm, Faculty Club

Join us for the Fall 2013 Mentor Program Lunch. Faculty in CAS, CEC and RSPHSW are invited to come with their mentors or mentees for a casual lunchtime gathering with colleagues.

Case Study of a Successful Mentoring Relationship

Thursday, October 31, 2013
2:00-3:15pm, AHC4-402

Drs. Yuk-Ching Tse-Dinh and Yuan Liu, of Chemistry and Biochemistry, will discuss how they naturally developed a great mentoring relationship which helped with their approach to the planning details for a highly ranked NIH proposal. 

Preparing for the 3rd Year Review

Tuesday, December 3, 2013
3:30-5:00pm, AHC4-402
You are invited to hear and discuss different perspectives from five panelists on Preparing for the 3rd Year Review at FIU. Panelists include Meredith Newman, CAS Sr. Associate Dean, Shannon Pruden, Assistant Professor, Psychology, David Chatfield, Chair, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Sharan Ramaswamy, Assistant Professor, CEC, Biomedical Engineering, Caroline Faria, Assistant Professor, Global & Sociocultural Studies, and Darden Pyron, Personnel Committee Chair, History.

Grant Writing: Developing a Testable Hypothesis

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
3:30-5:00pm, MARC Pavilion

Central to most research endeavors is the underlying hypothesis being addressed. The presentation explores the issues underlying this situation and examines different scenarios as well as what makes the resulting hypothesis testable, or not.

Faculty Mentor Program Lunch 

Tuesday, January 14, 2014
12:00-1:30pm, Faculty Club

LAUNCH: Individualized Mentoring Teams for New Faculty

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
3:30-4:45pm, MARC Pavilion

LAUNCH committees provide support and guidance to new junior faculty as they begin their careers. Committees meet with the new faculty member from the time of hire until the end of the first year. The committee focuses on essential topics such as lab space, equipment and computing resources, funding, lab personnel, integration into the university, teaching, service and mentoring plans for the pre-tenure review period. Committees are typically composed of the faculty member’s department chair, two senior faculty (one in the person’s field inside the department and one in a related field outside the department), a division of research representative and a STRIDE (ADVANCE) committee member.

"Who Says It's A Man's World?"

Thursday, February 6, 2014
11:00am-12:15pm, MARC Pavilion

Ms. Cori Flam Meltzer, FIU Executive-in-Residence, will give a special presentation on how women and men often negotiate very differently – and get different results. She will examine traditional stereotypes as well as six ways women can better represent themselves with authority and confidence.

Writing Grants: Art or Science?

Thursday, February 20, 2014
3:30-4:45pm, MARC Pavilion

Catarina Kiefe the Chair for Department of Quantitative Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts, College of Medicine will be giving a lecture on Grantwriting. 

2014 Federal Funding Environment for Science Research

Tuesday, February 24, 2014
9:00am-12:00pm, MARC Pavilion

Kathie Olsen, Founder and Managing Director, ScienceWorks, Former Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer, National Science Foundation, will speak on grant-writing skills and grantsmanship knowledge needed to prepare better grant applications. This workshop will provide participants with knowledge of the federal research funding environment, with emphasis on the National Science Foundation and its funding priorities, opportunities, review processes, and selection criteria. Suggestions for preparation of pre-proposals and proposals will be shared. Special attention will be given to career awards. 

Team Science

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
3:00-4:45pm, MARC Pavilion

Team Science is a popular phrase that refers to "large-scale, team-based research initiatives to address complex and multifaceted problems that require cross-disciplinary collaboration." This multidisciplinary approach acknowledges that solutions to the most pressing problems facing our world today require researchers from widely diverse backgrounds to work across the boundaries created by disciplinary silos. However, this is often not an easy task because of cultural barriers in academia, and constraints placed on these teams by various forces. Examples of obstacles, as well as opportunities that have been created, will be discussed.

The Art of Writing and Publishing in Science

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
1:30-2:30pm, AHC2-556

Dr. Mike Ross is internationally recognized for his research and editorial leadership of many journals.

Graduate Professional Development Series: Writing and Submitting Manuscripts

Friday, March 28, 2014
12:00-1:00pm, AHC1-110

Panelists will discuss with graduate students the steps to writing, submitting, and revising manuscripts for peer-review journals.

Graduate Professional Development Series: Applying and Interviewing for Internship/Postdoc Positions

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
12:00-1:0pm, AHC1-110

Panelists will discuss with graduate students the process of applying for and interviewing for internships and jobs.

CRLT No Offense!

Thursday, April 3, 2014
3:30-5:30pm, GC 150

Centering on the relationship between advisor and advisee in a lab setting, the performance of No Offense and accompanying facilitated dialogue will encourage session attendees to confronts various questions. 

This performance centers on the relationship between advisor and advisee in a lab setting. How are women and men affected by gender bias-- even when they are not themselves the direct target of biased behavior? How can bystanders productively intervene when they witness or become aware of biased behavior? What responsibilities does one have in responding to reports of problematic behavior?

The CRLT Players are visiting FIU with their acclaimed production of No Offense. They create research-based performances that examine current issues in higher education. Using a range of theatrical techniques, their performances engage faculty, graduate students and university administrators in critical reflection and dialogue.

A Workshop on Publishing in Peer-Reviewed Journals

Thursday, April 10, 2014
3:30pm-4:45pm, AHC4-402

An experienced panel of five professors from CAS, CEC and Stempel will discuss the topic and answer your questions. Panelists include Raul Gonzalez, Associate Professor, Psychology, Evelyn Gaiser, Professor, Biological Sciences, Anthony McGoron, Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Mary Jo Trepka, Professor, Public Health, and Piero Gardinali, Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry.

Conference in Statistical Methods & Mentoring

Friday, April 11, 2014
10:00am-4:50pm, GC West Ballroom

Conference in Statistical Methods & Mentoring Applications of Statistics, with distinguished keynote speaker Dr. Mohsen Pourahmadi, Professor, Department of Statistics, Texas A&M University. 

Summer Planning Workshop and Networking Lunch

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
12:00-2:00pm, AHC1-110

FIU Women Faculty Leadership Institute

Tuesday, May 6, 2014
10:00am-3:00pm, CBC Special Events Center

Please join us for the 4th Annual FIU Women Faculty Leadership Institute, featuring Dr. Stephanie Goodwin, Wright State University, giving the Keynote Address.