Posts tagged ‘research_profile’

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.

For more information, see:

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


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

Academics on Twitter

twitterWe are evaluating our social media strategy and gathering resources on Twitter use by faculty and offices that serve them.  We use Twitter to promote our program’s initiatives.  We are also interested in how other academic offices are using the microblogging service.  We found these articles on the importance of faculty scientists using Twitter as particularly relevant:

September 23, 2010 at 1:06 pm Leave a comment

Communicating Your Research

elevator pitch

Image credit: Career Rocketeer

This morning we attended a committee meeting of research administration and advancement staff.  (Our Funding Resources Specialist is a member of this working group.)  We brainstormed ideas for how we could help faculty better communicate their research.  We decided to convene a smaller group that would develop a few possible ideas for faculty workshops.

The theme today was audience.  Faculty need to identify who their audience(s) is when communicating their science.  Examples of important audiences include private donors, federal funding agencies, the news media, and general public (broader impacts).

Also important, the development of a fantastic elevator pitch.  We acknowledged the importance of being able to read one’s audience and then concisely telling them who you are, what research you do, why its the greatest and most relevant thing ever.

Here are some of ADVANCE at Brown’s resources for how to raise your research profile.  How do you work with faculty to help them develop their communication their science?

September 20, 2010 at 10:53 am Leave a comment

2010-11 Faculty Mentoring Guide

Our new-and-improved Mentoring Guide is now available!!

Taking into consideration the results of our mentoring program evaluations and what we’ve learned this past year, we updated our Mentoring Guide to better meet the needs of the faculty we serve.  Additions include:

  1. Explicit recommendations for setting short and long term goals, and identifying benchmarks for these aims.
  2. Defining what it means to be an advocate for ones mentee.
  3. Best practices for mentoring women faculty.

The Guide also contains a new and extensive list of faculty development resources for help in framing career goals.  New topics include negotiation and how to say no; research and publishing; intellectual property and copyright; laboratory management; raising your research profile and finding collaborators; writing for publication; teaching; tenure and promotion; and work-life balance.  And, of course, we continue to provide best practices for fostering a productive mentoring relationship and the role of junior faculty and mentors within the parameters of the relationship.


September 16, 2010 at 12:43 pm Leave a comment

Media Hooks for Faculty Websites

internetThe need for content rich research and laboratory websites are nothing new.  This is really a necessary way for faculty to communicate their work to colleagues as well as potential collaborators, graduate students, and funders.  See our previous post on The Media & You for a fantastic example of a Brown faculty member’s successful website.

Bora Zivkovic, adjunct chronobiology faculty at NC Wesleyan College, recently wrote about the coverage of scientific news in the media.  He describes that today’s media articles or clips (radio) provide lots of hooks that get readers and listeners interested in a topic and then quickly refer them to a website for more information.  This is a direct need that faculty can address with a website that allows them to accurately portray and explain their research.

For additional information on developing websites for faculty research, see All About Me Dot Com.

June 10, 2010 at 9:14 am Leave a comment

The Media & You

The media & you has been a recurring theme around here for the past couple of weeks.  At our last FONE, Brown Science Media Specialist, Richard Lewis, presented strategies for communicating effectively with the news media about faculty research and scientific breakthroughs.  We liked that beyond describing the services his office provides and offering tips on giving an interview, he explained the importance of doing outreach on your own.  One way to do that, b…l…o…g!

For a great example of a Brown University faculty member’s lab website, check out Casey Dunn’s CreatureCast.  And don’t miss the profile on CreateCast brought to us by the fine folks at NPR’s Science Friday.

May 13, 2010 at 11:43 am Leave a comment