The Research Faculty Seminar Series consists of faculty development offerings delivered as short presentations over lunch. The speakers are usually one or two senior faculty members from the IU School of Medicine. These sessions provide personal perspectives on topics of great importance to research tenure-track, scientist-level junior faculty, and research associates.
When is something discovered in the laboratory patentable? How should you protect your intellectual property/discoveries? Representative(s) from the Indiana University Research and Technology Corportaion (IURTC) will discuss patenting, technology transfer, etc., and how this works to protect your discoveries in the laboratory from a research scientist’s perspective.
After the excitement of achieving that all-important first goal (i.e., achieving tenure), what is really expected of you? How do you start preparing for ultimately being promoted to full Professor? Answers to these and other questions will be discussed in helping you understand your role at this rank–and beyond.
Laboratories are not always well-oiled machines; sometimes there are problem people who disrupt the continuity. One bad apple can spoil the whole bunch. Identifying and taking care of problems before they get out of hand are essential to do. Some examples of real personnel problems and how to deal with them (or how they were actually dealt with) will be discussed.
What is different about being “different” in science? How can one participate in programs aimed at enhancing diversity at IUSM at the graduate student, postdoc and faculty levels? The participation of the IUSM associate dean for diversity affairs in this brown bag workshop will provide important views from the School’s perspective.
Our postdoctoral mentors help in our getting a faculty position. However, these “coattails” do not last forever. How does one make a name for him/herself in the field while providing proper credit to others? We at the IUSM value a culture where credit is generously given-being inclusive, rather than being exclusive. This has important ramifications in the service mission of the school and for the professional growth of the research faculty member, as well as those s/he mentors. Some ideas meant to help get one’s name “out there” will be discussed.
Professional networking is an important career-building strategy for faculty at any stage, but particularly so for junior faculty who are establishing their research agendas and looking ahead to promotion and tenure. This seminar will discuss the skills needed to build and sustain a vital, diverse network of colleagues, both within and outside of one’s home institution. Participants will acquire an appreciation for how professional networking can be leveraged to advance in one’s career and sustain worklife satisfaction. The seminar will include an opportunity to “speed-network” with others.
As a mentor, your job is to help your trainees make it to the next level. Providing an environment within which they are highly productive is of course essential. However, when they begin looking for jobs, the way you characterize their work in your laboratory can make the difference between a good position and a great position. In the end, their success = your success. Some suggestions and tips on how to make this work will be presented.
This seminar will discuss how an NIH study section evaluates a grant application, what the comments on the Summary Statement actually mean, and how to deal with them. What is the difference between a good and outstanding application? What is considered to be important vs. unimportant in an application? Should you send additional preliminary data after the grant is submitted for further reviewer perusal? How do you know that you can?
An important component of one’s work as a faculty member is their service to the school. This seminar will discuss various avenues in which a research background would be a great help to the school-both the obvious and not so obvious.
For one’s laboratory to be productive, you have to be an effective mentor: whether it is as a colleague or coach/motivator, different styles of mentoring will be presented and discussed, and how it is different for a graduate student as opposed to a postdoctoral fellow. In the end, one needs to find his/her own style.
Let’s face it-it is difficult to do both. Especially if both spouses have laboratories, or if the faculty member is a single parent. One needs both humor and support in this delicate balancing act, and there are many perspectives from a number of our IUSM faculty who have “been there and done that”. They will be the rich resource for such presentations.
You are a tenure-track basic science research faculty member in Indianapolis, Indiana, trying to get your research program up and running. How do you attract postdocs and graduate students? How do you recruit research technicians? When is the best time to advertise for all of these? There will be realistic suggestions presented by experienced faculty members who will discuss the good, bad and ugly aspects of recruiting into one’s laboratory.
Dr. Brenda Grimes from the Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics gives a PowerPoint presentation that is an overview of applying for a grant at the IUSM. The idea is to save time and answer obvious (and not so obvious) questions about applying for NIH and other funding source grants. Dr. Grimes will be available for questions both during (and following) this very helpful presentation and has put together a “real” guide (as a pdf file) that can be downloaded from this site.
How do you stay on top of the current state of affairs of your research finances to ensure you do not overspend (or under-spend) your grant dollars in a given year? This is a critical question for a Principal Investigator; especially if you have no experience running a laboratory or leading a clinical research project. This Research Faculty Development Seminar will help answer this question (and others) and give you tips on how best to keep tabs on the spending of your research dollars.
Dan Griffith leads this workshop exploring the faculty role in addressing and resolving conflicts in the workplace. Participants will review practical approaches for managing conflict and negotiating with colleagues to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes.
This seminar comprehensively addresses both conceptual and practical aspects that are associated with the grant writing process, often called “grantsmanship”. This program is quite appropriate for faculty members who are contemplating a competitive application to federal or state agencies and foundations in either basic science or clinical research.
This is an outstanding program that has helped both new and veteran researchers improve their scientific writing in this workshop that is presented by a nationally-recognized, highly sought-after expert in this area. Analyses and critiques of scientific writing samples are also available on an individual basis.
Although there are fundamental, common requirements for faculty going up for promotion and tenure, there are unique elements specific for research faculty. This workshop will explore and discuss some myths (and stark realities) of what it takes to be promoted and tenured if research is one’s declared area of excellence.
Brevity has always been a valued characteristic of well-written grant proposals. However, with the recent reduction in page limits for NIH grants, the importance of clear and concise prose is even more pressing. This workshop – structured as part lecture and part group exercises – will provide participants with practical rhetorical strategies for describing their research proposal as a short story rather than a novel.