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Welcome to the 6th year of the FIU Faculty Mentor Program. This academic year we continued our partnerships with the Colleges of Arts, Sciences & Education, Engineering & Computing, the Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work, and the Office of Research and Economic Development in order to bring you an expanded assortment of speakers and workshops.

In fall 2016, 157 FIU faculty took part in the Faculty Mentor Program. The program also offered three Mentor Orientations and two Mentor Lunches to provide mentor-mentee pairs with opportunities to meet and plan their relationship. In continuation of FMP events, we presented two workshops, Leading Self: Connecting with others with Garth Headley and Tailoring Teams to Funding Opportunities with Richard Olson.

Curious Vault Collaborations: Neural Networks

Wednesday, July 6, 201 - Friday, August 12, 2016
Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum

Art and science come together in Neural Networks. The exhibit and video showcase the collaboration of two FIU faculty - neuroscientist Angie Laird and multimedia artist Felice Grodin.

Faculty Member Program Orientations

Tuesday, September 13, 2016
3:30-4:45 pm, GC 243
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
3:30-4:45 pm, AHC4-402 (polycom available for BBC)
Friday, September 16, 2016
1:30-3:14pm, GC150

Meet Your Mentor for Lunch

Tuesday, October 4, 2016
12:00-1:30pm, Faculty Club
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
12:00-1:30pm, Faculty Club

Join us for the Fall 2016 Mentor Program Lunch. All faculty in the Faculty Mentor Program are invited to come with their mentors or mentees for a casual lunchtime gathering with colleagues. 

Leading Self: Connecting With Others

Monday, October 31, 2016
3:00-5:00pm, AHC4-402

A career in academia is exactly that - a career, it's long-term. What will become imperative for that career is fostering and developing meaningful relationships. But these don't just happen - we get busy, we are pulled by varying demands of that same career. This session will serve to highlight, and in some cases simply remind us, of the barriers to effective communication - a key factor in establishing amicable relations more quickly.

Garth D. Headley is Director of Research Advocacy in the Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED) at FIU. He will discuss fostering and developing meaningful relationships in academia and the role emotional intelligence plays in building connections with others.

Tailoring Teams to Funding Opportunities: Lessons from Winning (and Losing)

Tuesday, November 15, 2016
3:30-4:45pm, AHC4-402

Research, particularly funded research, increasingly requires forming teams drawn from multiple disciplines. The challenge is to develop an overarching project vision so that individual faculty see their roles and fit comfortably with one another. This presentation and conversation with Dr. Richard Olson will focus on drawing lessons from recent experiences by FIU’s Extreme Events Institute.

Tips for Successful Grant Writing; Personal Experience

Friday, November 18, 2016
1:00-2:30pm, AHC5-300

The Dean's Office and the Department of Epidemiology invite you to their Grant Writing Rounds workshops. This workshop will focus on getting your team together, writing the grant, and working through the system.

Panelists: Eric Wagner, Professor and Director of FIU-BRIDGE; Stanislaw Wnuk, Professor and Associate Dean for Research; Wasim Maziak, Professor and Chair, Department of Epidemiology; Jessy Devieux, Associate Professor, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.

Meet Your Mentor for Lunch

Monday, January 30, 2017
12:00-1:00pm, Faculty Club
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
12:00-1:00pm, Faculty Club

Join us for the Spring 2017 Mentor Program Lunch at the Faculty Club. All faculty in the Faculty Mentor Program are invited to come with their mentors or mentees for a casual lunchtime gathering with colleagues.

Friday, February 24, 2017
10:00am-4:00pm, AHC4-402

What do editors and peer reviewers want? Where to send that article you’ve been working on? How to navigate a “revise and resubmit”? A morning round-table will address these and other questions about publishing academic journal articles. In the afternoon, participants can schedule one-on-one meetings with the editors.

Moderators: Jason Pearl, Department of English, and April Merleaux, Department of History

Panelists: Rajani Sudan, Southern Methodist University; James Brennan, University of Illinois; Ann Larabee, Michigan State University

Grant Writing: Habits of Highly Effective Grantees

Tuesday, February 28, 2017
3:30-4:45pm, MARC 340

Faculty who write successful NIH grant proposals know how to prepare a top-grade and convincing grant. This mini-course will provide an overview of these essential topics for preparing a competitive proposal. Aimed at junior faculty who are new to grant writing, Dr. Winters will address the following topics: NIH grant mechanisms; application components; maximizing your application’s competitiveness; preparing budgets; the review process; and next steps after your grant is reviewed.

Best Practices in Effective Mentoring

Thursday, March 30, 2017
10:00am-11:30am, AHC4-402

Dr. Christine Grant, Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at North Carolina State, will focus on the principles of effective mentoring and set a baseline for expectations of mentor-mentees while offering empowering strategies toward career development. Special emphasis will be given to effective techniques for mentoring women and minority junior faculty and students. 

Grant Writing Part I: Habits of Highly Effective Grantees

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
3:30-4:45pm, MARC 340

Junior faculty will benefit from this mini-course that will provide an overview of the essential topics for preparing a competitive proposal, including: NIH grant mechanisms; application components; maximizing your application’s competitiveness; and the review process. Also, plans for an advanced grant writing program sponsored by the Research Office and Graduate School will be described. Faculty who write successful NIH grant proposals know how to prepare a top-grade and convincing grant.

Grant Writing Part II: More on the Habits of Highly Effective Grantees

Wednesday, April 12, 2017
3:30-4:45pm, MARC 340

This is an extension of the Grant Writing Part I and will address in more detail the keys to preparing a top-grade and winning NIH grant. Grant Writing Part II will provide junior faculty an overview of writing tips for each main grant section, how to use the new NIH requirements to your advantage, common mistakes applicants often make that can hurt your grant score, and how to optimize a successful resubmission. The prior course is not a pre-requisite for this course.

Summer Planning & Networking Lunch

Friday, April 21, 2017
12:00-2:00pm, GC 243

Set your summer research goals with your mentor! The annual Summer Planning Workshop will take place on Friday, April 21, 12:00-2:00PM. Mentees invite your mentor to attend but feel free to come alone and we will pair you with a mentor. Lunch will be provided. 

FIU Annual Women Faculty Leadership Institute

Friday, May 5, 2017
8:30am-2:30pm, CBC 235

Ineffective communication skills can hamper individuals as they are navigating through their professional careers while trying to reach their goals and objectives. This workshop will employ interactive exercises to assist attendees in better understanding and enhancing their style of communication with suggestions that can be implemented immediately or in the future to ensure continued success in their personal and professional life.