Faculty Development Accelerator
Next Start Date: September 2021 | Duration: 6 Weeks
Designed for early career researchers and guided by principles of entrepreneurship, the Faculty Development Accelerator was developed based on interview data collected from nearly 20 award-winning scientists who have achieved success and impact in alignment with their passions and goals. The ultimate goal is to provide early career academics with the information, skills, and resources needed to win more grants, publish more papers, and have greater impact in their fields through their research while having enough time left in the day to attend to their wellbeing.
Didactic Lessons & Workshops
The Faculty Development Accelerator is an 6 week virtual intensive experience through which participants receive weekly didactic training workshops coupled with Mastermind career coaching sessions. Each weekly 60-minute module offers key insights on designated topic areas (see below). To improve knowledge acquisition, skill building, and outcomes, participants are expected to complete weekly homework assignments designed to strategically increase productivity.
Supplemental to the didactic training modules, Mastermind Sessions occur once every week and offer participants expert support, accountability, and space for brainstorming strategies needed to advance their productivity and overall success. Facilitated by award winning scientists with expertise in coaching early career faculty, these sessions occur in small groups and are driven by participant needs.
Meet the Masterminds
Tiffany Carson, PhD, MPH
Dr. Carson is an applied Epidemiologist and an Associate Professor in UAB's Division of Preventive Medicine. Dr. Carson has nearly a decade of experience mentoring scientists at varying career stages. She is the former Co-Director of the UAB Department of Medicine Early Career Mentoring Group. She has also led regional and national workshops focused on trainee and faculty development.
Roland J. Thorpe, Jr., MS, PhD
Dr. Thorpe is an Associate Professor of Health, Behavior, and Society at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Thorpe has been at the forefront of developing and leading professional development, mentoring, and coaching initiatives for underrepresented racial/ethnic minorities in academia.
Tamara Yakaboski, PhD
Dr. Yakaboski is a tenured full Professor and Department Chair at the University of Northern Colorado. She also has a coaching and consulting business to work with individuals who want to create greater freedom and recreate their relationship with higher education.
Program Outcomes and Deliverables
Upon completion of the program, you will have the following:
Diagnostic of strengths and opportunities for growth
Personalized plan for career development
Academic time and attention management skills
Strategic temporal and project-based plans
Leadership practices to establish high performing teams
Frameworks and strategies to manage multiple projects
Skills and resources to assist in building equitable collaborations
Toolkits for team building, project management, collaborations, and national reputation