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Faculty Insights

The Faculty Insights Series is a weekly workshop offering insights from faculty for faculty. The topics range from building a research agenda to succeeding in promotion and tenure to seeking leadership opportunities. The speakers come from across campus and bring substantial knowledge and experience to the topic. Workshops are designed for all faculty or groups of faculty with similar concerns. The Faculty Insights Series is co-sponsored by the Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence, Melissa Thomas-Hunt. If you have questions, comments or recommendations for topics, please contact the Provost Office of Academic and Faculty Affairs at vpf@vanderbilt.edu.

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Please view below for the Faculty Insights for 2017-2018.

 2017  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov & Dec     2018 Jan Feb Mar Apr  

August 2017


Campus Workshop for Department Chairs
Thursday, August 17, 2017 | 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | Engineering & Science Building 044/048

Panelists:

  • Douglas Adams, Daniel F. Flowers Professor & Distinguished Professor & Chair of Civil & Environmental Engineering; Professor of Mechanical Engineering
  • Bonnie Dow, Dean of Humanities; Professor of Communications Studies
  • John Geer, Vice Provost for Academic & Strategic Affairs; Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of Political Science
  • Tracey George, Charles B. Cox III & Lucy D. Cox Professor of Law & Liberty; Professor of Political Science
  • Ellen Goldring, Chair & Patricia & Rodes Hart Professor of Education Policy & Leadership
  • Chris Guthrie, Dean & John Wade-Kent Syverud Professor of Law
  • Dana Nelson, Chair & Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of English
  • Efrén Pérez, Associate Professor of Political Science; Associate Professor of Sociology
  • Ruby Shellaway, Deputy General Counsel
  • Melissa Thomas-Hunt, Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence; Professor of Management
  • Dawn Turton, Senior Assistant Provost for Faculty & Strategic Affairs
Registration closed.

September 2017


Stories of Success: Starting Off as a New Professor
Option 1: Wednesday, September 6, 2017 | Noon - 1 p.m. | Kissam C216

Designed for faculty who accepted their first professor post (tenure-track or non-tenure track) within the last two years, Stories of Success features leading faculty from across campus offering advice on how to build a path to success from the first step.  This panel will be the first of three events for first-time professors who started at Vanderbilt in 2016 or 2017.  The second event will occur at the end of the fall term.  The third event at the end of the academic year.

Panelists:

  • Christopher Loss, Associate Professor of Public Policy & Higher Education; Associate Professor of History 
  • Anita Mahadevan-Jansen, Orrin H. Ingram Professor of Biomedical Engineering; Professor of Neurological Surgery
  • Ganesh Sitaraman, Professor of Law
  • Eric Skaar, Ernest W. Goodpasture Professor of Pathology

 Registration closed. 

 

Option 2: Thursday, September 14, 2017 | Noon - 1 p.m. | Kissam C216

Panelists:

  • John Gore, Hertha Ramsey Cress Professor in Medicine; Professor of Radiology & Radiological Sciences; Professor of Biomedical Engineering; Professor of Molecular Physiology & Biophysics; Professor of Physics & Astronomy
  • Kris Preacher, Professor of Psychology & Human Development
  • Tiffiny Tung, Associate Professor of Anthropology
  • Yesha Yadav, Professor of Law; Enterprise Scholar
Registration closed.

 

Office of the Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence Event

Finding & Attracting Top Talent: Best Practices for Faculty Searches

Option 1: Friday, September 8, 2017 | Noon - 1:30 p.m. | Owen Graduate School of Management, Room 216

Option 2: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 | Noon - 1:30 p.m. | Kissam C216

Please see October for Option 3.

This workshop will discuss strategies to maximize the effectiveness of faculty searches. The seminar will give special emphasis to minimizing the influence of personal and structural impediments in faculty hiring.

Speaker:

  • Efrén O. Pérez, Associate Professor of Political Science

Registration closed.

 

Leadership & Service Experiences of Non-Tenured Track Faculty
Monday, September 18, 2017 | Noon - 1 p.m. | Kissam C216

What service opportunities are available to non-tenure track faculty?  How can you become a campus leader?  Four prominent non-tenure track professors share insights gained from their own significant leadership experiences.

Panelists:

  • Chalene Helmuth, Senior Lecturer in Spanish & Portuguese
  • Brian Heuser, Assistant Professor of the Practice of International Education Policy
  • Jennifer Kim, Assistant Professor of Nursing
  • Joshua McGuire, Senior Lecturer in Aural Skills
Registration closed.

 

Promotion to Full: Finding a Service Balance
Thursday, September 28, 2017 | Noon - 1 p.m. | Kissam C216

Newly tenured associate professors are often asked to take on more substantial roles in their departments, schools, the university, and the profession.  The dramatic increase in internal and external service demands can impede the transition from a pre-tenure research agenda to a post-tenure one.  Four professors who have successfully navigated the path from tenured associate to full professor will offer advice on finding a service balance.

Panelists:

  • Joy Calico, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Musicology
  • Katherine Crawford, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor Women’s & Gender Studies and History; Professor of History
  • Daniel Levin, Professor of Psychology & Human Development
  • Sharon Weiss, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Electrical Engineering; Professor of Physics; Professor of Materials Science & Engineering

Registration closed.


 

October 2017


Department Chairs Workshop: Introduction to Academic Analytics
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 | 9 a.m - 10:30 a.m. or 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. | Sarratt Student Center 216/220

Academic Analytics will offer information and training to department chairs, associate deans, program directors, and those who hold similar posts.

Panelists:

  • Academic Analytics Staff

Registration closed.


 

Navigating the Path to Tenure
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 | Noon - 1 p.m. | Kissam C210

Open to pre-tenure faculty, this workshop will feature tenured faculty talking about their own pre-tenure experiences with a specific focus on common mistakes, how to try to avoid them, and how to learn and adapt when you do make a mistake.  Panelists include Chancellor Faculty Fellows and Chancellor Award winners.  This is the first of three workshops for tenure-track faculty focusing on strategies for getting tenure.

Panelists:

  • Christopher (Kitt) Carpenter, Professor of Economics; Professor of Health Policy; Professor of Law; Professor of Leadership, Policy, & Organizations
  • Evelyn Patterson, Associate Professor of Sociology; Associate Professor of Medicine, Health & Society
  • Seth Smith, Associate Professor of Radiology & Radiological Sciences; Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering; Associate Professor of Ophthalmology
  • Sonya Sterba, Associate Professor of Psychology & Human Development

Registration closed.


 

Office of the Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence Event

Finding & Attracting Top Talent: Best Practices for Faculty Searches

Option 3: Thursday, October 19, 2017 | Noon - 1:30 p.m. | Sarratt Student Center 325/327

Please see September for Options 1 & 2.

This workshop will discuss strategies to maximize the effectiveness of faculty searches. The seminar will give special emphasis to minimizing the influence of personal and structural impediments in faculty hiring.

Speaker:

  • Efrén O. Pérez, Associate Professor of Political Science

Registration closed.


 

November & December 2017


Securing Funding on the Non-Tenure Track: Planning, Persistence, & Partnerships
Thursday, November 16, 2017 | Noon - 1 p.m. | Sarratt Student Center 216/220

Open to non-tenure track faculty, this workshop is focused on securing research funding and managing grants. Professors from four different schools share the lessons learned from their own experiences, both successful and unsuccessful. This is the second of three workshops focused specifically on issues facing non-tenure track faculty.

Panelists:

  • Janey Camp, Research Associate Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Jesse Ehrenfeld, Professor of Anesthesiology; Professor of Biomedical Informatics; Professor of Surgery; Professor of Health Policy
  • Carol Nixon, Research Assistant Professor of Human & Organizational Development
  • David Schlundt, Associate Professor of Psychology

Registration closed.


 

Finding & Attracting Top Talent: Best Practices for Faculty Searches

Thursday, December 7, 2017| 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. | Stevenson Center 6740 (SC6740)

This workshop will discuss strategies to maximize the effectiveness of faculty searches. The seminar will give special emphasis to minimizing the influence of personal and structural impediments in faculty hiring.

Speaker:

  • Efrén O. Pérez, Associate Professor of Political Science

Registration required. Register here.

 

 January 2018


Leadership & Crisis Management: A Workshop for Department Chairs, Program Directors & Associate Deans
Thursday, January 11, 2018 | Noon - 1 p.m. | Sarratt Student Center 216/220

Leadership and Crisis Management challenges basic beliefs about the nature of crisis, teaches how to evaluate management practices for reputational risks, and sensitizes audience members to the need to integrate crisis management into an overall management strategy.

Speaker:

  • Alan Wiseman, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Political Economy; Professor of Political Science; Professor of Law

Registration required. Register here.


 

Immersion Vanderbilt & International Education
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 | Noon - 1 p.m. | Sarratt Student Center 216/220

The Immersion Vanderbilt  Initiative calls for all university undergraduates to immerse themselves in creative independent projects. Panelists will discuss their own experiences providing an intensive learning experience to students in international settings and advise colleagues on how Immersion Vanderbilt can support their work.

Panelists:

  • Robin Fountain, Professor of Conducting
  • Craig Smith, Associate Dean for Graduate and Undergraduate Education of Peabody College; Associate Professor of Psychology & Human Development
  • Lori Troxel, Professor of the Practice of Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Steve Wernke, Associate Professor of Anthropology

Registration required. Register here.


 

Get Published: A Research & Publication Workshop for Non-Tenure Track Faculty
Monday, January 22, 2018 | Noon - 1 p.m. | Sarratt Student Center 325/327

The process of developing a research agenda and seeing research projects through to publication can be a challenging one. It poses unique challenges to faculty in non-tenure track positions. Faculty panelists will share their experiences and offer insights on how to succeed.

Panelists:

  • Michael Newton, Professor of the Practice of Law
  • Carrie Plummer, Instructor of Nursing
  • Heidi Silver, Research Associate Professor of Medicine
  • Keith Weghorst, Assistant Professor of Political Science

Registration required. Register here.


 

February 2018


Demystifying the PTRC & the Tenure Process: A Discussion with Former PTRC Members
Thursday, February 15, 2018 | Noon - 1 p.m. | Sarratt Student Center 325/327

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 answers questions about the process based on their experiences. This panel will discuss tenure. This session is open only to pre-tenure faculty.

Panelists:

  • Jeff Johnston, Stevenson Professor of Chemistry
  • Joe Rodgers, Lois Autrey Betts Professor of Psychology & Human Development
  • Tracy Sharpley-Whiting, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Distinguished Professor of African American & Diaspora Studies and French
  • Chris Slobogin, Milton R. Underwood Professor of Law

Registration required. Register here.


 

Promotion to Full: A PTRC Insider's View
Thursday, February 15, 2018 | Noon - 1 p.m. | Sarratt Student Center 363

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 answers questions about the process based on their experiences. This panel will discuss promotion to full. This session is open only to tenured associates

Panelists:

  • Bill Christie, Frances Hampton Currey Professor of Management in Finance; Professor of Law
  • Holly McCammon, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Sociology; Professor of Law; Professor of Human & Organizational Development
  • Joseph Murphy, Frank W. Mayborn Chair of Education, Professor of Education & Public Policy
  • Sohee Park, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of Psychology

Registration required. Register here.


 

Education Advisory Board

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 | 3 - 4:30 p.m. | Sarratt Student Center 216/220

Speaker:

  • David Attis, Education Advisory Board

Registration required. Register here.

 

March 2018


Developing a Research Agenda on the Tenure Track
Monday, March 12, 2018 | Noon - 1 p.m. | Sarratt Student Center 216/220

The transition from graduate (or post-doctoral) studies to a pre-tenure position can be challenging. Junior scholars must develop an independent, excellent, and attainable research agenda while also learning how to be effective teachers and collegial members of a department. Four professors who took different approaches to this challenge will share their experiences and advice and take questions.

Panelists:

  • Julia Phillips Cohen, Associate Professor of History; Associate Professor of Jewish Studies
  • Jason Grissom, Associate Professor of Public Policy & Education; Associate Professor of Political Science
  • David Merryman, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering; Associate Professor of Pharmacology; Associate Professor of Medicine; Associate Professor of Pediatrics
  • Sean Seymore, Professor of Law; Professor of Chemistry

Registration required. Register here.


 

April 2018


Promotion to Full: Building Research Momentum After Tenure
Tuesday, April 3, 2018 | Noon - 1 p.m. | Sarratt Student Center 325/327

Earning tenure is a substantial achievement. How do you accelerate after tenure as you strive for promotion to full and to making a lasting impact on your discipline? Join four successful professors who will share their strategies for post-tenure success.

Panelists:

  • Donna Ford, Professor of Education & Human Development and Cornelius Vanderbilt Endowed Chair
  • Kelly Haws, Professor of Marketing
  • Sandra Rosenthal, Jack & Pamela Egan Professor of Chemistry; Professor of Physics; Professor of Pharmacology; Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
  • Alan Wiseman, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Political Economy; Professor of Political Science; Professor of Law

Registration required. Register here.


Department Chairs Workshop: Faculty Performance Evaluations, Mentoring & Award Nominations
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 | Noon - 1 p.m. | Sarratt Student Center 216/220

This workshop discusses how to evaluate faculty performance and mentor junior and senior colleagues. The panelists have each had substantial and varied academic leadership experiences on which they will draw to offer insights and answer questions. They will also discuss how to successfully nominate colleagues for internal and external awards and to cultivate a culture of nomination.

Panelists:

  • Lisa Bressman, David Daniels Allen Distinguished Professor of Law
  • John Geer, Vice Provost for Academic & Strategic Affairs; Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of Political Science
  • Kane Jennings, Chair & Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
  • Mark Wallace, Dean of the Graduate School; Louise B. McGavock Endowed Chair; Professor of Hearing & Speech Sciences, Psychology, and Psychiatry

Registration required. Register here.