Career Development Toolbox
Professional and Leadership Development Curriculum for Faculty

Success in Academia: Different Challenges for Junior and Senior Women Scientists
Instructor: Sue Rosser, PhD
Date: 9/25/2017
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Location: Hamilton Building, Room 628 - Center City Campus
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    Despite the major changes in higher education, funding opportunities, and in scientific technology during the last fifteen years, gender issues have persisted, even in disciplines such as biosciences and medicine with increasing numbers and percentages of women. Although little research has focused directly on the effect of the changes on women scientists who have remained in the professoriate, a longitudinal survey of the NSF Professional Opportunities for Women in Research and Education (POWRE) awardees, a group who represent successful academic women scientists, provide insight into their perceptions of these effects. Recent responses from POWRE awardees overwhelmingly indicate that junior women face different issues from those faced by their senior women colleagues. Because career stage is highly correlated with chronological age, junior women are more likely to face childbearing/caring issues and/or may be more likely to be trying to establish a satisfactory dual career situation with their partner/spouse than are their senior colleagues. While balancing career and family contributes significantly to the perceived differences between junior and senior women, those are not the only issues that account for the differences. A closer examination of the data reveals there is consensus that policies and practices to remove obstacles and barriers that inhibit career advancement for junior women have been implemented. However, no such consensus about policies to facilitate careers for senior women appears to have evolved in academia.

    At the end of this session, participants should be able to:

    1) Compare and contrast professional development issues for junior women and faculty and senior women faculty
    2) Analyze the policies and practices which facilitate career development for women scientists
    3) List one or two steps that faculty can take to advance career development

    Dr. Sue Rosser has served as the Special Advisor on Research Development and External Partnerships for the California State University System Office of the Chancellor since September, 2016. From 2009-2016, she was the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at San Francisco State University. From July 1999 – 2009, she served as Dean of Ivan Allen College of liberal arts college at Georgia Institute of Technology, where held the endowed Ivan Allen Dean’s Chair of Liberal Arts and Technology. She received her Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has authored and edited fourteen books and written approximately 130 journal articles on the theoretical and applied problems of women and science and women’s health; her most recent books are Academic Women in STEM Faculty: Views Beyond a Decade After POWRE (Palgrave Macmillan: 2017) and Breaking into the Lab: Engineering Progress for Women in Science (NYU Press: 2012). She has held several grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF), including from 2016-2019, serving as PI on IT Catalyst ($250,000), 2001-2006 as co-PI on a $3.7 million ADVANCE grant, PI on InTEL: Interactive Toolkit for Engineering Learning ($900,000), and on Bridge to the Future for GIs ($217,732). She served as a Clayman Fellow at Stanford University (2007-08). She served on the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Executive Board, 2010-14.


Unconscious Bias: How Does it Affect Your Work and Life?
Instructor: Bernard L Lopez, MD
Date: 10/11/2017
Time: 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Location: TBD
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    This 90-minute session will introduce faculty members to unconscious bias in the workplace and in life. Time will be spent understanding the neuroanatomic basis of unconscious bias. Participants will them have the chance to discuss steps they may take to lessen its effects on their daily interactions.

    Upon completion of this session participants will:

    1) Describe the literature on unconscious bias as it relates to hiring and promotion
    2) Determine their own biases and explore how these biases might impact their work
    3) Recommend changes to behavior that minimize that impact of bias in their work and workplace


SKMC Appointment and Promotion Tracks and Guidelines: An Overview for Faculty in the Academic Investigator Track and the Non - Tenure Research Track
Instructor: Karen Novielli, MD
Date: 10/12/2017
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Location: TBD
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    This workshop will review the tracks and guidelines for appointment and promotion at SKMC. Criteria for promotion within the Academic Investigator Track and the Research Track will be discussed. Requirements for documenting an educational portfolio will also be described.


Unconscious Bias: How Does it Affect Your Work and Life?
Instructor: Bernard L Lopez, MD
Date: 4/25/2018
Time: 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Location: Bluemle Life Sciences Building, Room 101 - Center City Campus
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    This 90-minute session will introduce faculty members to unconscious bias in the workplace and in life. Time will be spent understanding the neuroanatomic basis of unconscious bias. Participants will them have the chance to discuss steps they may take to lessen its effects on their daily interactions.

    Upon completion of this session participants will:

    1) Describe the literature on unconscious bias as it relates to hiring and promotion
    2) Determine their own biases and explore how these biases might impact their work
    3) Recommend changes to behavior that minimize that impact of bias in their work and workplace