Networking Events 2012-2013

Spring 2013

Creating an Educational Assessment Plan

17 January 2013, 12:00 – 1:30 pm, 440 Curry Student Center

The topic of discussion is creating an evaluation plan to assess student learning that aligns with your course objectives and activities. Dr. Susan Ambrose, Professor of Education and Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning, will lead the discussion. Susan will bring a “model” of why do it, how do it, and some examples. She is an internationally recognized expert in college-level teaching and learning.

Corporate Fund Raising – A Case Study

23 January 2013, 12:00 – 1:30 pm, 440 Egan

John Bowen, Senior Officer Corporate & Foundation Advancement, will lead a panel discussion, based on NEU faculty experiences, on developing industry collaborations to support research.

Michigan Players – Faculty Advising Faculty

29 January 2013, 9:00 – 11:00 am, Raytheon Amphitheater

Senior faculty will explore the junior faculty-senior faculty mentoring process and examine the many factors, both individual and institutional, that can hinder or foster effective mentoring. Following the sketch, the audience dialogues with the actors, who stay in character. A trained facilitator guides the discussion and provides professional expertise and research-based information about the topic at hand.

Michigan Players – Leadership Through Communicating with Faculty (Department Chairs)

29 January 2013, 1:30 – 3:30 pm, 440 Egan

Department Chairs will participate in an interactive discussion on different dynamics of mentoring faculty through three scenarios: 1) A junior faculty member meets with the chair of her/his department to discuss the feedback s/he received following the third year review; 2) In a relatively informal conversation, the chair of a department asks one of the senior faculty members in his/her department how the junior faculty member he is mentoring is doing; 3) A department chair stops by the office of a newly hired faculty member to check in with her.

Developing a Funding Strategy

5 February 2013, 12:00 – 1:30 pm, 440 Egan

Laura Lewis, Cabot Professor of Chemical Engineering, will share how she identifies new sources of funding, stays in touch with agency priorities, and works with program officers.
  Developing a Funding Strategy (L.Lewis)
  Funding Sources (L.Lewis)

Working in the Middle East

12 February 2013, 12:00 – 1:30 pm, 440 Egan

This unique lunch discussion will be centered around middle eastern culture. Participants will learn tips for doing research in the country/area, etiquette, and share a meal of middle eastern food. Valentine Moghadam, Professor of Sociology and Director of International Affairs will lead the discussion.
  Moghadam and Decker (V.Moghadam)
  Moghadam and Decker End Notes (V.Moghadam)

The Real Impact of Babies on Career Success

28 February 2013, 12:00 – 1:30 pm, 440 Egan

Dr. Jamie Ladge will lead a discussion about research on how women begin to construct and react to images of possible multiple selves as professionals and mothers during the liminal period of pregnancy. Her research makes a contribution to identity transition scholarship by introducing and exploring the intricacies of cross-domain identity transitions which are defined as those identity transitions that occur when an individual’s established work identity must be adapted in order to integrate with a change in a non-work identity (e.g. becoming a mother). Her research also contributes to work-family scholarship by demonstrating how women begin to experience and address inherent conflicts and enrichments between their maternal and professional identities during pregnancy, long before a child is born.

How to Build Relationships for Research Collaborations

13 March 2013, 3:30 – 5:00 pm, 440 Egan

This panel discussion focuses on how faculty select colleagues for large grants; how the relationships are managed through the grant writing process; how faculty negotiate the budgets and other shared work; and any other tips on faculty research relationships with colleagues that enable them to build joint research programs. Participants will gain insight and knowledge to help prepare them for forging collaborative research relationships.

NIH Grant Strategy Workshop

19 March 2013, 12:00 – 1:30 pm, 942 Renaissance Park

This workshop is focused on faculty who have not yet received NIH funding. Presenters include: Mansoor Amiji, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Rebecca Carrier, Chemical Engineering, Katherine Tucker, Health Sciences, and Erin Cram, Biology.
  NIH Grant Process Compilation (M.Amiji, R.Carrier, E.Cram, K.Tucker)

Research on Breaking through the Glass Ceiling, and Balancing Work and Family

25 March 2013, 12:00 – 1:30 pm, 440 Curry Student Center

Dr. Kimberly Eddleston, Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and Dr. Gary Powell, Professor of Management at the University of Connecticut, will lead a discussion about their research on women managers and entrepreneurs. Kim and Gary will describe the Glass Ceiling and how women are fairing in “breaking through” and on how they are balancing their lives as leaders in their respective fields.

Gender, Non-Verbal Communication, and the Workplace

9 April 2013, 12:00 – 1:30 pm, 440 Egan

Dr. Judith Hall, University Distinguished Professor, is a social psychologist who studies nonverbal communication, which includes measurement of accurate interpersonal perception and the correlates of nonverbal behaviors such as smiling and gazing. Her research has focused on gender differences, both documenting them and exploring the impact of men’s and women’s behavior styles and skills in life settings, including the workplace and physicians’ interactions with patients. In addition she studies dominance, status, and power as they relate nonverbal skill and nonverbal communication.

End of Year Mentoring Reception – Hosted by the Provost

22 April 2013, 4:00 – 6:00 pm, Alumni Pavilion

Preparing your Fulbright Scholarship Application

8 May 2013, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, 406 Egan

Each year, the Fulbright Exchange Program sends 7,000+ people on an international research or educational experience.  Funded by the US government and other governments, Fulbright has changed the lives of the 330,000 participants, and millions of others who learn from or work with “Fulbrighters.”  Since Northeastern is a global research university, it makes sense for our faculty to applying for Fulbrights to teach, to conduct research or do a bit of both.

The review and vetting of applications takes many months, so the application deadline is a year in advance:  For US professors seeing to go abroad in the 2014-15 Academic Year, it’s August 1, 2013.   Thus, this summer is when you can / should be working on an application. Join a group of Fulbright alums for lunch and conversation about their experience and the application process.

  Preparing your Fulbright Application (E.Howard)

The award catalog for 2014-15:

The impact of the Fulbright:


14 May 2013, 11:30 – 1:30 pm, 440 Curry Student Center (This event was rescheduled from May 7th)

This workshop offers proposal writing tips and information specific to the NSF CAREER program.  Presenters are Horst Wittmann, Senior Research Development Officer and Sara Wadia-Fascetti, Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies in the College of Engineering and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering.  A panel of recent CAREER award recipients will present lessons learned from the CAREER awardee perspective.

Fall 2012

Grant Writing Workshop – Social Sciences and Humanities

18 September 2012, 11:30 – 1:15 pm, 440 Egan

This session is a humanities and social science faculty discussion focused on:

  • strategies the panelists used for selecting a funding agency/foundation/source;
  • how they engaged the program officer/foundation or other funding source;
  • how they identified funding sources;
  • other advice they think would be helpful to faculty or that they wish they had known
  • mistakes they made that they would change about strategies used, things that went well and did not go well, and how they engaged the program officer

Responding to Reviewers Comments on Proposals and Papers

21 September 2012, 9:30 – 11:00 am, 433 Curry Student Center

Judy Vance, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and former program officer at NSF, will give insights into the proposal evaluation and review process, along with sharing reviewer comments. She will also offer suggestions on how to respond, make modifications and implement suggestions. This informal discussion allows time for participant questions.

Negotiation Skills Workshop

21 September 2012, 12:00 – 1:30pm, 433 Curry Student Center

Judy Vance, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and former program officer at NSF, will teach negotiation skills that are essential for successful research collaborations.

Grant Writing Workshop

15 October 2012, 11:30 – 1:30 pm, 942 Renaissance Park

Horst Whittmann, Senior Research Development Officer, will provide strategies
for preparing and submitting an outstanding grant proposal. There will also be a faculty panel who will share their personal strategies for engaging the program officers, along with retrospective insights based on their experience.
  Grant Writing Workshop (H.Wittmann)

The Art of Giving Negative Feedback

16 October 2012, 12:00 – 1:30pm, 433 Curry Student Center

Len Glick, Senior Academic Specialist and Executive Professor of Management and Organizational Development, will teach faculty about conflict strategies,  along with providing insights into how to properly give negative feedback whether it is with graduate students, colleagues or in other areas of your work.
  The Art of Giving Negative Feedback (L.Glick)

Creating Critical Friends for Research Collaborations

13 November 2012, 12:00 – 1:30 pm, 433 Curry Student Center

Mary Juhas, Associate Vice President for Gender Initiatives in STEMM at The
Ohio State University, will engage faculty in an interactive activity that has been proven as a useful tool in career development by faculty in the process of establishing new collaborations (including research collaborations).  The expected outcomes are to build confidence and develop listening, peer mentoring and group problem-solving skills that improve research, teaching, and work/life balance.

  Creating Critical Friends for Research Collaborations (M.Juhas)

Developing the Educational Side of a Proposal

26 November 2012, 12:00 – 1:30 pm, 435 Curry Student Center

STEM Center Director of Programs and Operations, Claire Duggan presents on best writing practices for broader impact.

Managing Graduate Students

11 December 2012, 12:00 – 1:30 pm, 433 Curry Student Center

Penny Beuning, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, will
share insights on how to manage and mentor graduate students.