Designed for early career researchers and guided by principles of entrepreneurship,the Faculty Development Accelerator is a 6 week virtual intensive experience through which participants receive weekly training workshops coupled with career coaching sessions for support and accountability. The Faculty Development Accelerator was developed based on data collected from award-winning scientists who have achieved success and impact in alignment with their passions and goals. The purpose of the accelerator is to provide early career academics with the information, skills, and resources needed to use their time efficiently in their efforts to balance research, teaching, service, and leadership. These skills will help them 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.
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 assignments designed to strategically increase productivity.
Supplemental to the training modules, Mastermind Sessions occur once a week with high acheiving scientists and offer participants expert support, accountability, and space for brainstorming strategies needed to advance their productivity and overall success. These sessions occur in small groups and are driven by participant needs.
Join a vibrant and supportive community of like-minded researchers and find the engagement you've been missing. Collaborate, network, and find encouragement among peers, fostering a sense of camaraderie and growth in your career.
This module sets the foundation for participants to visualize the career and life they desire and identify complimentary personal and professional goals, metrics for success, and key performance indicators.
Strategic Planning: Moving Goals from Paper to Reality
Many people struggle with taking their plans from paper to reality. With an emphasis on passion-goal-value alignment, this module assists participants with developing plans for success and productivity by identifying strategies and timelines to pursue their goals.
Improving Your Relationship with Time & Focus Management
This module reviews strategies for managing competing scientific demands while employing a laser focus to stay on track with goal achievement, avoid over-committing, and accomplish more in less time.
Establishing Collaborative Partnerships for Publications & Grants
This module reviews characteristics of productive collaborators, key questions to ask before embarking on a collaboration, and guidelines to optimize interactions and efforts.
Building & Leading a Productive Research Team
This module reviews the processes, skills, and competencies involved in assembling, leading, and managing high performing teams in academia.
Becoming a Principal Investigator Versus a Project Manager
This module covers strategies for allocating, using, and tracking tangible and intangible resources to accomplish project related goals in desired timeframes.
Establishing a National Reputation via Scholarly and Lay Media Visibility
Drawing from marketing research, this module focuses on science informed “visibility building” activities that have the potential to increase citations, invited talks, scholarly leadership roles, and media appearances.
Collecting & Using Data to Accelerate Your Progress
The importance of evaluation is emphasized throughout the program. We provide data collection strategies and tools for assessing self-awareness, team effectiveness, project progress, and impact.
Though not an individual module, "radical self care" is discussed and promoted throughout the Accelerator with the goal of inspiring reflection and challenging participants to live full and meaningful lives.
Program Outcomes & Deliverables
Upon completion of the program, participants will have the following:
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