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LinkedIn for Faculty

There are lots of social media options for staying connected with your colleagues as well as sharing your ideas and accomplishments.  The networking site, LinkedIn, is the most popular for professional work.

LinkedIn is a business/professional-oriented social networking site.  It allows users to create a profile and list professional accomplishments and appointments in a CV format.  As of August 2010, the site had 75 million registered users (Wikipedia).  Users can show their network by establishing “connections” with people they know offline.

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Updated:  We are now on LinkedIn.  Check out our profile.


December 8, 2010 at 4:17 pm Leave a comment

How to be CareerWISE

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Arizona State University just went live with a new website for faculty development and mentoring:  CareerWISE.  The project’s principal investigator, Bianca L. Bernstein, explained in the Chronicle blog Wired Campus that the site’s mission is, “to teach women how to counter discouragement and give them the confidence to deal with any situation that comes up.”  This resource is geared toward women PhD students in STEM, however addresses common issues/situations junior faculty and postdocs face.

The website aims to do more than state the facts by offering you (the user) solutions for solving problems and learning about yourself and your work environment.  Users sign up for a free account which enables access to all the resources.  The site is easy to use.  Each page has a table of contents, which allows you to quickly survey the information on each page and click to go directly to a section of interest.  Also useful, are the many videos of successful women telling their stories/describing relevant experiences.  Check it out!

November 17, 2010 at 3:10 pm Leave a comment

Social Media Resources

welcome matIn preparation for the ADVANCE PI Meeting, we created a brochure for our colleagues:  information to take away, after reading our poster on outreach and dissemination through social media.  This brochure includes blogs and tweeps we recommend following, as well as tips (for faculty scientists and ADVANCE program administrators) on maximizing your social media presence.  So, lay out the welcome mat and join (or start) an online conversation.

November 12, 2010 at 10:11 am Leave a comment

Mentoring Notes from PI Meeting

We recently attended the annual ADVANCE PI Meeting.  During the two-day event, we attend the workshop “Mentoring that Works,” presented by Dr. Donna Dean, Professor Miriam Rossi, and Professor Barbara Whitten.  Notes and reflections include:

  • watch for iceTo the woman looking to be mentored: mentoring is not cloning.
  • You want to find multiple advisers for the many facets of your professional career.
  • Seeking advice and lessons that you can adapt and adopt for yourself.
  • One of the strongest points presenters made about their participation in an alliance or peer-mentoring group was an incredible decreased sense of isolation.
  • These women (the other participants in their alliance) were similar to them, but not in direct competition; and they were personally committed to the group.  They even used Skype to cost-effectively video chat with each other every other week.
  • These alliances were funded (and given credibility) through an NSF ADVANCE Partnerships for Adaptation, Implementation, and Dissemination (PAID) award.
  • Participants also reported the support they received from peers made them a better mentor themselves.
  • For program sustainability they identified the following key components:  composition, credibility, and meetings.

November 11, 2010 at 12:17 pm Leave a comment

Fall 2010 Faculty Outreach & Networking Events (FONE)

We are again hosting our Faculty Outreach & Networking Events (FONE) this fall.  Our topic for this semester: Raising Your Research Profile.  We made one significant change this semester–we decided to open the events to everyone on campus:  faculty, administrators, staff, graduate students, and postdocs.  The more the merrier!  Plus, we were able to take advantage of the centralized training registration system for the Brown community.

We had our first successful session of the term this week.  Amy gave a talk on Community of Science (COS), the University’s subscription-based funding opportunities database.   Everyone was interested in the topic and asked great questions.  We were also excited to see everyone networking and exchanging email addresses.  Specifically, it was great to have staff members (department managers, etc) there.  Finding research support is not only the responsibility of faculty (the researcher), and we realized how important it is to include everyone and make sure the information reaches each part of the, in this case, grant-seeking process.

September 17, 2010 at 3:08 pm Leave a comment

Promoting Hard Work

cogEach  month, the Anita Borg Institute invites Jo Miller, CEO of Women’s Leadership Coaching Inc., to give career advice and answer questions on leadership.  This month’s Ask Jo is entitled, What’s Wrong with Working Hard?

In her response, Jo Miller discusses the importance of promoting your work and not just keeping your head down as you work hard.  Communicate your work. She quotes Ruth Porat, CFO for Morgan Stanley, “One of the biggest problems women have is they work really hard and put their heads down and assume hard work gets noticed.”

She inspires the thought that we should not be shy about marketing our ideas and work, whether individual professors or an ADVANCE program office.  We shouldn’t assume others will notice each accomplishment.  With all the media and information buzzing around out there (in our offices, across campus, and online), a little promotion is necessary and counts as work.  What’s your experience been?

May 13, 2010 at 10:10 am 1 comment

Pickup the FONE & Stay Connected

This past fall, we began a workshop series entitled, Faculty Outreach & Networking Events, or FONE for short.  Our intention was to share what we (and our colleagues) know about professional development and to give faculty a casual setting in which to network with peers, administrators, and maybe even potential collaborators. We invite STEM tenure-track and tenured faculty as well as administrators and staff they need to know (deans, research administration staff, librarians, etc.).

We designed these events, in part, to have more face time with the faculty.  We consider the FONE sessions to be our open office hours.  This allows us to talk to faculty in small groups or one-to-one and do an informal needs assessment.  We learn more about what issues are currently exciting or stressing them out, and are able then to continue to target our outreach efforts.

We host FONE once a month, three times per semester.

March 11, 2010 at 4:29 pm 2 comments

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