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Previous Faculty Workshops

Summer 2020

We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For: A Faculty Discussion on Injustice in America

Faculty are invited to engage in a conversation on the recent events that again shine a spotlight on the challenges and inequities faced by African Americans and people of color. In our roles as educators, scholars, and stewards of the best ideas and values of a civil society, we can apply our abilities to impact positively the lives of those who suffer from injustice. We also recognize that care is needed for the caregiver, so there is value in offering support to one another. Faculty are encouraged to participate, and ready to hear and share stories and strategies on how to ensure belonging and inclusion within our Vanderbilt community as well as within our circles of influence.

*Suggested pre-session reading: Making Sense of the Senseless*

 

Rich Milner, Cornelius Vanderbilt Distinguished Professor of Education

William H. Robinson, Vice Provost for Academic Advancement and Executive Director of the Provost’s Office for Inclusive Excellence

Carrie Archie Russell, Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Education, College of Arts & Science

Supporting Inclusion and Belonging During Covid-19

Faculty are invited to join a conversation with the Provost’s Office for Inclusive Excellence and directors from Vanderbilt’s various identity centers about the challenges and inequities that emerge at the intersection of identity and crisis. Our conversation will consider how the disparate impact of COVID-19 and violence directed at underrepresented minorities can be mitigated in a virtual academic and social experience. Faculty are encouraged to participate, be ready to hear and share stories and strategies on how to ensure inclusion and belonging within many virtual interactions with students, postdocs, staff, and faculty colleagues.

William H. Robinson, Vice Provost for Academic Advancement, Executive Director of the Provost’s Office for Inclusive Excellence

Rory Dicker, Director, Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center

Rosevelt Noble, Director, Bishop Johnson Black Cultural Center, Assistant Dean of Residential Colleges

Discussions on Self-Care During a Difficult Academic Year

The session aimed to provide information, resources, and a place to connect with others around the challenges faculty and postdocs have faced throughout the end of the academic year and into the beginning of summer. Focused on the impact of the recent tornadoes, COVID-19, and persistent racial injustices, Dr. Lauren Dattilo and Dr. Ciera Scott facilitated a conversation on navigating competing demands, experiences of different kinds of grief, and strategies for self-care during these difficult times.

Lauren Dattilo, Clinical Psychologist, Work/Life Connections – EAP

Ciera V. Scott, Licensed Psychologist, University Counseling Center

Finance Fundamentals: Oracle 101

Session provides current and future faculty leaders with finance and administrative tools for success. Topics were Oracle-focused and included snapshots of where we’ve beenwhere we are, and where we’re going. There was a discussion held for questions, comments, and concerns regarding functionality: a) financial reporting, b) human capital management, c) projects, d) procure-to-pay, and e) related.

  • Eric Bymaster, Associate Vice Chancellor for Finance
  • Josh Vincent, Senior Director, Process & System Optimization
  • Amanda Roberts, Director, Learning & Communications Strategy
  • Kurt Shepherd, Senior Finance Director, Financial Operations & Planning
  • Bryan Ratliff, Chief Business Officer, Peabody
  • Patrick Retton, Chief Business Officer, Arts & Science
  • Hector Silva, Chief Business Officer, Engineering
  • Jane Zubulake, Chief Business Officer, School of Nursing and School of Medicine – OSHE
  • Claudia Paz, Chief Business Officer, School of Medicine – Basic Sciences

Maymester 2020

Discussions on Self-Care During a Difficult Semester

This session aimed to provide information, resources, and a place to connect with others around the challenges faculty members faced in the Spring of 2020. It focused on the impact of the March tornadoes and COVID-19, Dr. Lauren Dattilo facilitated a conversation on navigating competing demands, experiences of different kinds of grief, and the stress of Zoom.

Lauren Datillo, Clinical Psychologist, Work/Life Connections – EAP

 

Finance Fundamentals: Organization, Structure, Process and the Numbers

This session provided current and future academic faculty leaders with finance and administrative tools for success. Topics included a) who’s who within Finance; b) overviews of the finance life-cycle; c) finance-related policies and procedures; d) key departmental roles in Oracle; and e) staff and student personnel issues.

  • Eric Bymaster, Associate Vice Chancellor for Finance
  • Patrick Retton, Chief Business Officer, College of Arts & Science
  • Kelli Fager, Senior Director, Purchasing & Payment Services
  • Josh Vincent, Senior Director, Process & System Optimization
  • Jennifer Rauch, Program Manager, Employee & Immigration Services
  • Eric Smetana, Executive Director, People & Engagement

 

Accessible Online Teaching

Many faculty had to make quick adaptations during the shift to online teaching.  Incorporating principles of accessibility helped facilitate this shift by drawing our attention to students as users with diverse needs and approaches to learning material. In this workshop on accessibility and online pedagogy, we learned from over a decade of remote learning strategies developed by disabled students, faculty, researchers, and activists, paying particular attention to how providing resources in multiple formats can enhance both synchronous and asynchronous learning. We also made time to workshop and discuss our own pedagogical approaches.

Aimi Hamraie, Associate Professor of Medicine, Health, & Society and American Studies

Conversations for Pre-Tenured Faculty

Tracey George, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, engaged pre-tenured faculty in conversations centered on the tenure period and process in light of COVID-19.

Tracey George, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, Charles B. Cox III and Lucy D. Cox Family Chair in Law and Liberty

Promotion to Full: A PTRC Insider’s View

The University Promotion and Tenure Review Committee (“PTRC”) reviews school/college deans’ recommendations in favor of tenure or promotion for all candidates in A&S, Divinity, Engineering, Law, Nursing, Owen, and Peabody. The PTRC is charged with deciding whether the proper procedures have been followed and whether the candidate has satisfied the University’s tenure or promotion standards. Former PTRC members will offer insights and answer questions about the process based on their experiences. This panel will discuss promotion to full. This session is open only to tenured associates. Register here.

 

Sohee Park, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of Psychology

Tracy Sharpley-Whiting, Chair & Gertrude Conaway Distinguished Professor of African American & Diaspora Studies

Gary Sulikowski, Stevenson Chair and Professor of Chemistry

Holly Tucker, Mellon Foundation Chair in the Humanities and Professor in French

Spring 2020 Faculty Development Workshops

Second Book Strategies: How to Push Your Next Project Forward

This workshop aims to provide strategies for post-tenure publishing projects.  Tenured associate professors have ever-increasing demands of service and teaching that can prevent them from carving out time to develop the next book. Gianna Mosser, Director of Vanderbilt University Press, provided an overview of how to take away the most useful and relevant parts of the first-book publishing experience to guide the preparation of the second-book project. Mosser reviewed how to query widely regarding the second book topic and at what stage it benefits an author to do so as well as how to prepare a schedule for research and writing.  She discussed how to maintain your relationship with your first publisher and how to decide whether to stay with that publisher or consider moving to a new press.

Speaker:

Gianna Mosser, Director, Vanderbilt University Press

Unconscious Bias Training and its Role in the EDI Efforts of Academic Leaders

This workshop provided an overview of the importance of unconscious bias training in delivering on the university’s commitment to a more equitable, diverse and inclusive campus. Interim Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer Dr. Andre Churchwell provided academic leaders with an understanding of the value of utilizing this approach within their academic areas to positively impact culture and climate.

Speaker:

Andre L. Churchwell, Interim Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Chief Diversity Officer

 

Designing Effective and Impactful Research Presentations

Designed for junior faculty of all disciplines, this workshop engaged in the “assertion evidence” approach to slide design and participants had the opportunity to try it out on their own slides.  The workshop also showcased technology resources available to faculty through the University that helps create higher quality presentations and discuss techniques faculty can use to increase the impact of presentations after they have been given.

Facilitators:

Honora Eskridge, Director, Science and Engineering Library

Rhett McDaniel, Assistant Director, Center for Teaching

Alex Carroll, Librarian for STEM Research

Carly Byer, Digital Media Specialist, Center for Teaching

 

Fall 2019 Faculty Development Workshops

Demystifying the PTRC and the Tenure Process: A Discussion with Former PTRC Members

The University Promotion and Tenure Review Committee (“PTRC”) reviews school/college deans’ recommendations in favor of tenure or promotion for all candidates in A&S, Divinity, Engineering, Law, Nursing, Owen, and Peabody. The PTRC is charged with deciding whether the proper procedures have been followed and whether the candidate has satisfied the University’s tenure or promotion standards. Former PTRC members offered insights and answered questions about the process based on their experiences. This panel discussed promotion to full.

Panelists:

Kitt Carpenter, E. Bronson Ingram Chair and Professor of Economics

Carolyn Heinrich, Patricia and Rodes Hart Professor of Public Policy and Education

Bruce Morrill, Edward A. Malloy Chair of Roman Catholic Studies and Professor of Theological Studies

Sean Seymore (Moderator), New York Alumni Chancellor’s Chair in Law and Professor of Chemistry

 

Supporting Effective Teaching in a Department

How can academic leaders support a department or school’s teaching mission? In this session led by staff from the Vanderbilt Center for Teaching, participants considered the ways that faculty members can refine their teaching skills over time as part of their ongoing professional development. Participants also explored structures and resources that can be employed at the department or school level to foster teaching development in the service of greater student learning and student success. This session was open to department chairs, associate deans, program directors, and those who held similar posts.

Derek Bruff, Director, Vanderbilt Center for Teaching

Cynthia Brame, Associate Director, Vanderbilt Center for Teaching

Joe Bandy, Assistant Director, Vanderbilt Center for Teaching

 

Navigating Life & Professional Paths as a Scholar

Designed for junior faculty, this session featured a panel of tenured full professors as they shared their experiences of tenure and promotion – offering insight into the challenges, obstacles, and successes along this path. This included a conversation on how to maintain a successful scholarly approach amid all the responsibilities and requests for faculty time and the emotional labor required to achieve set goals.

Panelists:

Larry Bartels, May Werthan Shayne Chair of Public Policy and Social Science

Moses Ochonu, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of History

Mariann Piano, Nancy and Hilliard Travis Professor of Nursing and Senior Associate Dean for Research

Ingrid Wuerth, Helen Strong Curry Chair in International Law

 

Leading without Power (Leadership Development)

The central question confronting an academic leader is how to lead a center, a unit, a department, a school, or a university when you don’t have power over your workforce.  This session, which borrows heavily from multiple overlapping research literatures and nearly two decades of leadership experience, tackled this provocative question.

Speaker:

Chris Guthrie, Dean and John Wade-Kent Syverud Professor of Law

 

Promotion to Full: A PTRC Insider’s View 

The University Promotion and Tenure Review Committee (“PTRC”) reviews school/college deans’ recommendations in favor of tenure or promotion for all candidates in A&S, Divinity, Engineering, Law, Nursing, Owen, and Peabody. The PTRC is charged with deciding whether the proper procedures have been followed and whether the candidate has satisfied the University’s tenure or promotion standards. Former PTRC members offered insights and answered questions about the process based on their experiences. This panel discussed promotion to full.

Panelists:

Tracy Sharpley-Whiting, Gertrude Conaway Distinguished Professor of African American & Diaspora Studies

Gary Sulikowski, Stevenson Chair and Professor of Chemistry

Holly Tucker, Mellon Foundation Chair in the Humanities and Professor in French

Robert Whaley, Valere Blair Potter Professor of Management

Faculty Search Committee Workshops

Engaging in a Successful and Inclusive Faculty Search

This lunch workshop discussed strategies to maximize the effectiveness of faculty searches. The conversation gave special emphasis on best practices when using Interfolio Faculty Search as well as focused on the impact of bias on the search process. This session was open to faculty serving on faculty search committees and was optional for those that have served in the past.

 

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