Navigating Academia to Achieve Promotion: You Can Make It Happen!

11th Annual Conference for Assistant Professors
PROGRAM (All Eastern Time)

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Time Agenda
Tuesday, October 6, 2020
8:45 am
9:10 - 9:30 am
Mangala Subramaniam, Professor and Butler Chair and Director, Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence, Purdue University
Remarks by Susan Butler

Opening Remarks
Jay Akridge, Provost and Chief Diversity Officer, Purdue University

Introduction of Keynote Speaker
Mangala Subramaniam

9:30 - 11:30 am Keynote: Leadership that Makes a Difference
Samantha Power, Anna Lindh Professor of Practice, Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Law School, Harvard University
11:30 - 12:30 pm Break for Lunch
12:45 - 2:00 pm
All Speakers are from Purdue University
Breakout Session 1: Enabling Inclusion: Addressing Privilege and Prejudice
Speakers: Dulcy Abraham; Ayse Ciftci; Chris Sahley; Preeti Sivasankar
Moderator: Malathi Raghavan
‘Difference’ is sometimes the basis for subtle discrimination or unfair treatment of faculty within their departments and universities. Difference entails privilege and prejudice and that in turn impacts job satisfaction and retention. Feelings of ‘otherness’ also impedes productivity and faculty success. How can faculty and especially assistant professors strategize to deal with such environments and succeed in their work? How can an assistant professor navigate difference and related biases without losing focus on what needs to be accomplished to be promoted?
12:45 - 2:00 pm
Breakout Session 2: Men as Allies
Speakers: Michael Fosmire; Linda Mason; Greg Shaver
Moderator: Alberto Rodriguez
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” (See Russell, Aspen. 2016. “Attention Men: How to Be an Ally.” Perspective in AWIS). How can men support other faculty who may not be in positions of privilege and power? How can men enable constant learning, questioning and re-evaluation in relation to the space occupied by different individuals/groups and particularly assistant professors?
2:15 – 3:30 pm
Breakout Session 3: Overcoming Challenges in Teaching/Classrooms
Speakers: Nastasha Johnson; Jennifer Freeman Marshall; Mary Pilotte
Moderator: Jennifer Dobbs-Oates
All faculty teach undergraduate and/or graduate courses. Teaching can be a challenge for a variety of reasons – can you outline some of these reasons? Address particularly the current shifts in the structure of teaching: online, hybrid, and in-person. How can one address these challenges – what of your own experiences can you share? What key points may be useful for participants?
2:15 – 3:30 pm
Breakout Session 4: Research and Writing during the Two Crises
Speakers: Ximena Bernal; Shalini Low-Nam; Maria Marshall
Moderator: Kathleen Howell
Faculty members in higher education institutions are facing challenges from two major crises - the COVID-19 pandemic happening alongside the demonstrations against police brutality and in support of social justice – making research and writing challenging or inaccessible. How can and how have assistant professors been pursuing research? What best practices can you share?
3:45 - 5:00 pm
Breakout Session 5: Preparing for Promotion/Tenure: Top Tips
Speakers: Michele Buzon; Sarah Hubbard; Suresh Rao; Ann Weil
Moderator: Laura Zanotti
The promotion/tenure process involves at least 5 years in rank and so can be intense. Panelists should speak to process of promotion/tenure in academia (link to type of institution as participants are not from Purdue only and clinical versus tenure track); the expectations; strategies to adopt that is what may work; and what NOT to do. Panelists can include personal experiences or examples, but it would be most useful to make a broader point based on that experience.
5:00 – 6:00 pm
Virtual Reception
Join online to network virtually with others.
Wednesday, October 7, 2020
8:45 am Check-in
9:00 - 9:15 am Welcome
Mangala Subramaniam, Professor and Butler Chair and Director, Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence, Purdue University
9:15 - 10:45 am
Keynote: Leading Diversity and Inclusion in Turbulent Times
Speaker: Dr. Cheryl Gittens, Interim Deputy Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer, University of Wisconsin-Madison
10:45 am
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Workshop: How Can Professors Practice Resilience with Vulnerability in the Academic Context?
Dr. Tanya Williams, Curriculum Specialist, LeaderShape
Resilience is “the capacity of a system, enterprise, or person to maintain its core purpose and integrity in the face of dramatically changed circumstances.” (“Why Things Bounce Back,” by Zolli and Healy). In this workshop, participants will explore that definition of Resilience and why it’s needed in our lives. Participants will build an understanding of LeaderShape’s model of Resilience and make personal meaning of that model as they advance in their profession. Through a virtual workshop, participants will learn more about how stressors impact them and how they can better respond to them. Participants will also take a personal look at the identities they hold and how the intersections of those identities impact their ability to be resilient in a way that recognizes and embraces vulnerability. The workshop will provide tools to help faculty deal with stressful moments in their professions to practice their resiliency.
Learning Outcomes:
  • Defining resilience and understanding how identity intersects with that definition.
  • Defining vulnerability in the context of your role as a faculty member.
  • Determining strategies and best practices for practicing vulnerability in resiliency.
12:30 pm
Closing Remarks
Mangala Subramaniam, Professor and Butler Chair and Director, Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence, Purdue University

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

Time Zone

Please note that Purdue University is in the Eastern Standard Time Zone (EST) and observes Daylight Savings Time.