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Building a Career in Academia Workshops

Submitted by darmstro on Wed, 09/21/2016 - 10:31am

Faculty of Arts Early-Career Faculty Development Program, Fall/Winter 2016-2017

How does my career unfold at the university? How do I develop my potential and build a fulfilling and successful academic career? How do I expand my research program? These and related questions will be addressed in a series of workshops dedicated to helping new faculty thrive in academia.

Please direct any questions regarding the workshop series to Kinga Olszewska, PhD, Research Grants & Awards Facilitator,

Tuesday, November 22, 2016
9 a.m. - 12 p.m., Social Sciences 1339
Enhancing Your Academic Career: Building Credibility through Effective Time Management and Collaborative Relationships

Facilitators: Marty Heeg and Florentine Strzelczyk

This session has been specifically designed for academic staff in the Faculty of Arts as a foundational discussion in our Faculty Development Workshop Series.  This workshop will focus on personal effectiveness – how to get the results you need for your career development in a way that is sustainable – so that you can get even better outcomes in the future.  It will be highly interactive and focus on two key areas with practical solutions:

  • Prioritization - how can you follow through on your most important goals by effectively managing your time?
  • Collaboration – how can you engage with colleagues and students in a way that enhances your ability to build the most productive professional relationships?

The discussion will be applied to the opportunities and challenges of developing your academic career as a researcher, teacher and supervisor.  This workshop has been adapted from Academic Leadership Academy courses which have been very well received by U of C academic staff across campus.

This session will be led by Marty Heeg, Senior Consultant with the Academic Leadership Academy. Marty has developed and facilitated over 40 professional development courses for academics at the University of Calgary and University of Saskatchewan in the last 12 years. Marty presently facilitates two courses at UCalgary — Effectiveness in the Academy and The Leadership Primer.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016
10-12 p.m., Social Sciences 1339
Developing Research Portfolio and Working with Graduate Students

Facilitators: Penny Pexman, Brian Moorman and Kinga Olszewska


  • developing and maintaining a research program;
  • prioritizing research projects and balancing demands;
  • securing funding;
  • supervising graduate students and integrating them into your research program;
  • Attracting graduate students and post-docs

Friday, December 9, 2016
10-12 p.m., Social Sciences 1339
Speed Mentoring

This session will give you a chance to talk to an established colleague about best practices and ways of developing your CV. Please submit your CV to Kinga Olszewska by December 1. More information will be available closer to the date.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017
10-12 p.m., Social Sciences 1339
Building and Documenting Your Teaching Practice

Facilitator: Dawn Johnston


  • Establishing a foundation for creative and engaging teaching;
  • Support for pedagogical development and new teaching activities;
  • Documenting your teaching accomplishments;
  • Preparing a teaching dossier

March 8, 2017
Wednesday, 10-12 p.m., Social Sciences 1339
Tenure and Promotion

Facilitators: Florentine Strzelczyk and Anessa Krysko


  • Understanding expectations and criteria used to determine tenure and promotion;
  • Understanding the process of applying for tenure and promotion;
  • Finding good referees;
  • Preparing documentation

Tuesday, May 9, 2017
10-12p.m., Social Sciences 1339
Developing a Public Profile

Facilitators: Penny Pexman, Brian Moorman, and Jennifer Myers


  • Communicating your research to diverse audiences;
  • Building and maintaining a public profile through traditional and social media;
  • Promoting community-engages scholarship;
  • Articulating the impact of your research