Faculty Affairs and Research Development Interactive Workshop Series

We are pleased to introduce a new collaboration between Faculty Affairs and Research Development Services. The new yearlong Interactive Workshop Series is designed to address key issues central to faculty development and success. Each virtual workshop is mentored by experienced faculty and staff at Mason. The goal is to have productive conversations and leave with concrete strategies and understandings of effective practices that can be tailored to the needs of Mason’s faculty. Faculty from across disciplines and fields of study are welcome to attend. 

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Spring 2022 Interactive Workshop Series Topics

Grant Seeking and Grant Writing 101

Wednesday, January 19 from 2:30-4pm

Obtaining funding for your research, scholarship and creative activity is an integral part of many academics’ lives. Knowing both how to find funding and meet the requirements of the funding opportunity is key. Moreover, grant writing and developing a successful grant proposal is completely different from other forms of academic writing – and it’s a tough skill to teach yourself. Join us in this interactive workshop designed to help you identify funding opportunities, explore general differences in funders and funding opportunities, and learn about key elements of successful proposals.

Writing Workshop for Teaching and Mentoring Statements

Thursday, February 24 from 1:30-3pm; Registration required, please sign up here.

Are you working to figure out how to convey the impact and effectiveness of your teaching and mentoring for renewal, tenure, and/or promotion? You are invited to a discussion and writing workshop about preparing your teaching and mentoring impact statement. The workshop is appropriate for faculty in any discipline. You will outline your teaching, learning, and mentoring strategies for developing and presenting it to peer and reviewer audiences. This interactive workshop will be facilitated by faculty members who have navigated the promotion process at Mason.

Making Sense of Feedback, Responding to Peer Reviews

Tuesday, March 22 from 1:30-3pm; Registration required, please sign up here.

In this workshop, faculty will provide tips to deal with negative feedback; when to hold the line and when to make requested revisions; how to respond to conflicting feedback/reviews; and how to reach out to grant program officers/editors. The facilitators will share strategies that will help you go through the peer review process with resilience while keeping your professional identity intact. Finally, there will be a discussion of how to provide constructive feedback when you are asked to do peer reviews.  

Planning for a Productive Summer

Monday, April 18 from 1:30-3pm; Registration required, please sign up here.

Summer can be both a faculty member’s best friend and biggest challenge. Gone are many of the routines and obligations that take priority throughout the academic year, and we often plan for productive writing, research, and scholarship days. But sometimes even our best laid plans can go by the wayside. Join us for the last of our interactive workshops to help you identify your summer goals, both personal and professional, and develop a concrete plan for achieving those goals. In this conversation, you will be asked to identify the support you need for success and how you will ensure that this is your most productive – and enjoyable – summer.