Climbing the Academic Ladder by nTG0yV

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									CLIMBING THE ACADEMIC LADDER

          Judith K. Ockene, PhD, MEd, MA
             Barbara Helen Smith Chair in
         Preventive and Behavioral Medicine
     Associate Vice Provost for Gender and Equity
                Professor of Medicine
           Judith.Ockene@umassmed.edu



 Presented at NPAM Early Career Council
             March 23, 2011

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                                      Climbing the Academic Ladder
 WORKING HARD IS NOT ENOUGH:
THERE ARE OTHER ESSENTIALS FOR
      ACADEMIC SUCCESS




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           ESSENTIALS FOR SUCCESS
• Know your institution, its promotion policies and
  procedures
• Have a clear vision of your goals, strengths, passions
  and values, to inform your activities and development
• Keep your teaching portfolio and CV up to date
• Enlist mentors
• Build effective academic networks
• Review annual goals with your chief/chair
• Recognize and use opportunities to advance


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  KNOW YOUR INSTITUTION AND ITS PROMOTION
            POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

• Every academic institution has an Academic
  Personnel Policy: Locate yours and review it
• UMMS has its on the Office of Faculty Affairs website




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KNOW YOUR INSTITUTION AND ITS PROMOTION
       POLICIES AND PROCEDURES




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HAVE A CLEAR VISION OF YOUR GOALS, STRENGTHS,
PASSIONS AND VALUES TO INFORM YOUR ACTIVITIES
              AND DEVELOPMENT
• Your career is your responsibility!
• Advancement requires a purposeful process to make good decisions
• Where do you want to be in five years? Develop a personal plan
    – Content based (e.g. program development, research team leader)
    – Structure based (e.g. section chief, department chair, program director)
• Reflect and plan how to get there:
    – Narrative Statement/critical self-reflection
    – What skills will you need? How will you build them?
    – What is your focus?
    – What are your strengths? Passions? How can you use them?
• Review your goals and plan at least annually


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    PERSONAL CAREER STATEMENT

Taking into account my values, interest,
passions and strengths, my personal career
goal is to…….
____________________________________
____________________________________
____________________________________
____________________________________
________________

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     KEEP YOUR TEACHING PORTFOLIO
             AND CV UP TO DATE

• Keep a teaching portfolio with evaluations
• Be aware of faculty development programs
• Follow institutional template for CV
• Develop a narrative statement for promotion




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               NARRATIVE STATEMENTS
•Purpose: Provide faculty the opportunity to place their work and
 activities in the context of their overall goals as a faculty member at
 UMMS
•Discusses and links teaching, research/creative accomplishments,
 and service
•Identifies themes or passions that link your activities into a coherent
 whole and help reviewers understand the decisions you made
 Example: goal of establishing an independent research program;
 goal of integrating teaching, research and clinical service
•Define your research agenda and what it contributes
•Explain how your scholarship informs your teaching if appropriate
•Statement of teaching philosophy
•Scholarship supporting teaching
•How you linked service to scholarly work /teaching (if appropriate)
•Comment on future directions for your career and plan


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   ENLIST MENTORS: MENTORS FOR
           DIFFERENT ROLES

                PEER             ADVANCED

INTERNAL   - LABMATE         - PRIMARY ON-SITE
           - PEER IN OTHER    MENTOR
             SPECIALTY       -RESEARCHER
           - CO-TEACHER      -EDUCATOR
EXTERNAL   - SIGS            - NPAM MENTOR
           - CONNECTION      - EXPERT
            MADE IN           CONSULTANT
            DISCUSSION


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          MENTORING OBJECTIVES
• Enhance professional growth
• Foster enthusiasm, excitement, and interest
• Assist with entry into academic community
• Help mentee focus and set direction
• Assist with career planning and goals
• Provide useful information and support
• Advocate when needed

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  BUILD EFFECTIVE ACADEMIC NETWORKS
• Identify faculty in your institution with similar
  or complimentary interests
• Identify people in your professional society
  with similar or complimentary interests
• Reflect on your goals and identify disciplines
  that would be helpful to you
• Network


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REVIEW ANNUAL GOALS WITH CHAIR/CHIEF

• Meet annually to discuss goals and plans

• Chair/Chief needs to agree with yearly
  goals

• Include promotion as a goal

• Document goal


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            RECOGNIZE AND USE
         OPPORTUNITIES TO ADVANCE
• Know when to say “no” or “yes” or “thank you, let
  me think about that and I’ll get back to you….”
• Check it out with a mentor
• Use opportunities to gain visibility and credibility for
  leadership
• Select service opportunities
• Allow some flexibility
• Have Fun and strive for balance

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           ESSENTIALS FOR SUCCESS
• Know your institution, its promotion policies and
  procedures
• Have a clear vision of your goals, strengths, passions
  and values, to inform your activities and development
• Keep your teaching portfolio and CV up to date
• Enlist mentors
• Build effective academic networks
• Review annual goals with your Chair/Chief
• Recognize and use opportunities to advance


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