The Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty offers development seminars for Vanderbilt faculty members on a variety of topics. Suggestions for future workshop topics are always welcome; click here to send us your ideas or questions. A list of past seminars can be found here. The Center for Teaching also offers a series of teaching workshops each semester.
Faculty Development Seminars – Fall 2013
Friday, August 16, 8:00am – 3:00pm; 201 Alumni Hall
New Faculty in University Central
This orientation is designed to welcome new faculty members to Vanderbilt and to provide an overview of offices and procedures on campus. There will also be time to meet new colleagues and university administrators.
Applying for Funding Slides
Presenters: Clint Brown, Director, Office of Sponsored Programs; Susan Kuyper, Grants Resource Officer, College of Arts & Science; Elizabeth Rapisarda, Assistant Provost for Research & Graduate Education
Friday, September 20,11:30am – 1:00pm; Sarratt 220
Faculty in University Central
The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) assists all members of the University community with the submission of grant proposals for external support, and works closely with investigators who have or plan to apply for external funding. It also provides guidance on internal policies and procedures for submissions and on external agencies’ requirements. Separately, the Provost’s Office annually provides internal funds to support tenured and tenure-track faculty in University Central. These are highly competitive, peer-reviewed programs, for tenured and tenure-track faculty in the humanities and social sciences (Research Scholar Grants – RSG) and externally-funded disciplines (Discovery Grants – DG).
This session will provide information on the services available through OSP and on Vanderbilt’s institutional requirements for submission. It will also provide information on the internal grant programs’ expectations, success rates, and key deadlines, and offer tips for developing a competitive proposal. Presenters will also dispel common urban legends about OSP and the RSG and DG programs.
NSF and Broader Impacts Handout
Panelists: Camilla Benbow, Patricia and Rodes Hart Dean of Education & Human Development; Richard Haglund, Professor of Physics; Clare McCabe, Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering; Virginia Shepherd, Director, Center for Science Outreach; Professor of Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology; Ioana Suvaina, Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Moderator: Elizabeth Rapisarda, Assistant Provost for Research & Graduate Education
Friday, November 1, 11:30am – 1:00pm; Sarratt 220
Faculty and Postdocs in University Central
Effective January 14, 2013, the National Science Foundation implemented revised merit review criteria based on the National Science Board (NSB) report, National Science Foundation’s Merit Review Criteria: Review and Revisions. The two merit review criteria – Intellectual Merit (IM) and Broader Impact (BI) – remain unchanged, but the NSB emphasized that PIs should be prepared to propose, document, and evaluate both equally. In its implementation, NSF has indicated it expects reviewers to give equal weight to both when evaluating proposals.This panel will discuss NSF’s revised approach to the BI criterion, with unique perspectives from a former NSB member; two VU faculty who have served recently on NSF review panels; and the director of Vanderbilt’s Center for Science Outreach, which works with faculty on BI efforts. (A staff member from NSF has been invited to attend but is unable to confirm participation at this time.) Attendees will hear from the panelists about their perspectives on the revised approach, how it’s being implemented in panel reviews, and how it’s being reflected in proposals being submitted.
(Related Blog Post from Professor Doug Fisher, former NSF program director)
Webinar: – Retaining Women in STEM Fields
Presenter: Joan Williams, University of California
Monday, November 4th, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Deans, Chairs, and Programs Directors in the STEM Disciplines (By Invitation)
Women are now well represented in science Ph.D. programs and (in some fields) in junior faculty ranks. But many departments lose women and end up without much diversity on their faculties. This webinar will explore why this is the case and what departments, colleges and universities can do about it.
Joan Williams of the University of California will present on:
• All the ways departments can save money by eliminating a chilly climate for women.
• The importance of family friendly policies.
• The way the right policies can avoid legal problems –
and the wrong policies can leave departments and institutions vulnerable.
The webinar draws on work prepared for the Tools for Change Project, funded by a National Science Foundation grant. Williams is Co-PI on the grant together with Mary Ann Mason, Professor of the Graduate School and Faculty Codirector of the Berkeley Law Center on Law and Social Policy at the University of California at Berkeley, and the Association for Women in Science.
Understanding The Promotion & Tenure Process Slides
Presenter: Timothy McNamara, Vice Provost for Faculty & International Affairs
Friday, November 8, 1:00pm – 2:30pm
New Tenure-Track Faculty in University Central (By Invitation)
This session will provide an overview of the promotion and tenure process at Vanderbilt. The seminar will be scheduled based on the availability of newly-hired tenure-track faculty members. The Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty & International Affairs offers development seminars for Vanderbilt faculty members on a variety of topics.