Achieving Promotion: You Can Do It!

10th Annual Conference for Pre-Tenure Women
Program of Events
(Subject to change)
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Time Location Agenda
Thursday, September 5, 2019
8:00 - 9:00 am PMU, South Ballroom Check-in and Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 9:30  am PMU, South Ballroom
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Mangala Subramaniam, Chair and Director, Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence

Jay Akridge, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Diversity
9:30 - 11:00 am PMU, South Ballroom
Keynote: Authentic Leadership
Neeli Bendapudi, President, University of Louisville
11:30 - 12:30 pm PMU, North Ballroom
Networking Lunch
12:45 - 2:00 pm PMU West Faculty Lounge
Breakout Session 1: 'Difference' in the Academy: Difference That Makes a Difference
Speakers: Ayse Ciftci; Cynthia Koh-Knox Sharp; Venetria Patton
Moderator: Malathi Raghavan

What constitutes ‘difference’ (gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation nationality, age, being able-bodied and so on)? How does difference play into interactions and institutional policies in the academy (bias)? How can an assistant professor navigate difference and related biases without losing focus on what s/he needs to get done for tenure?
12:45 - 2:00 pm PMU East Faculty Lounge
Breakout Session 2: Men as Allies
Speakers: Andy Hirsch; Al Lopez; Linda Mason
Moderator: Sara McMillan

Men as allies can support others, “using their position(s) of privilege to bring visibility and tangible change to the systemic issues that differentially impact individuals, groups, and communities” (Russell 2016)[1]. How can you support other faculty who may not be in positions of privilege and power? How can you enable constant learning, questioning and re-evaluation in relation to the space occupied by different individuals/groups and particularly assistant professors?
[1] Russell, Aspen. 2016. “Attention Men: How to Be an Ally”. Perspective in AWIS.
2:15 – 3:30 pm PMU North Ballroom
Breakout Session 3: Addressing Challenges in Teaching/Classrooms
Speakers: Mary Pilotte; Yvonne Pitts; Shwetta Singh
Moderator: Jen William

All faculty teach undergraduate and/or graduate courses. Teaching can be a challenge for a variety of reasons. Speakers will outline some of these reasons and how one can address these challenges. Speakers will share their own experiences.
2:15 – 3:30 pm PMU South Ballroom
Breakout Session 4: Strategies for Dealing with Toxic Work Environments
Speakers: Dulcy Abraham; Cheryl Cooky; Sandra Sydnor
Moderator: Susie Swithers

The literature notes that faculty who are ‘different’ often face subtle discrimination, lack of diversity, or unfair treatment, within their departments and universities that impacts job satisfaction and retention. Feelings of ‘otherness’ and barriers to tenure and promotion also impede productivity and overall success of faculty in their careers. How can faculty and especially assistant professors strategize to deal with such environments and succeed in their work?
3:45 - 5:00 pm PMU South Ballroom
Breakout Session 5: Preparing for Tenure (Step-By-Step): Top 10 Tips
Speakers: Ximena Bernal; Michele Buzon; Greg Shaver
Moderator: Chris Sahley

The promotion and tenure process involves up to 5 years in rank that can be intense. Speakers will speak to process of T&P in academia; the expectations; strategies to adopt that is what may work; and what NOT to do.
5:15 – 6:30 pm Dauch Alumni Center
Friday, September 6, 2019
8:00 - 9:00 am PMU, South Ballroom
Check-in and Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 9:15 am PMU, South Ballroom
Mangala Subramaniam, Chair and Director Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence

Opening Remarks
Peter Hollenbeck, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs
9:15 - 10:45 am PMU, South Ballroom
Keynote: Stairs or Ladders? Navigating Academic Ranks in Uncertain Times
Marta Tienda, Maurice P. During Professor in Demographic Studies and Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, Princeton University
11:00 am - 12:30 pm PMU, South Ballroom
Workshop: Managing Conflict: Turning Conflict into Opportunity
Richard Cohen, Founder and Principal, Great Pond Resolutions
Conflict and difficult conversations are a normal part of work life.  In fact, the most productive relationships are characterized by passionate engagement, and when necessary, by vigorous disagreement. Only then can we create the best solutions to the inevitable challenges we face. But conflict can also be problematic. When handled ineffectively, it hurts any team or organization, making collaboration less likely, reducing employee engagement, and increasing turnover.
In this workshop you’ll learn key models to create a “conflict-positive” culture at work. The dynamic program will combine lecture, discussion and interactive exercises to create a useful, fun learning experience.
12:30 pm PMU, South Ballroom
Closing Remarks
Boxed Lunches and End of Conference
(ticket required to receive boxed lunch)

For more information about the keynotes and workshop, please visit the Keynote and Workshop page.