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Professional Development Workshop Series

On the Road to meeting One's Scholarship Goals: How to be a mentor

Date:    Thursday 2/19/2009   
Location:    School of Nursing @ 1701 University Boulevard, Room G023-G024   
Organizers:    Drs Kui Zhang, Mary Wojczynski, and David B. Allison   

Many young faculty in academia face challenges on how to advise students and fellows. Good mentoring is critical for both mentors and mentorees. This program is designed to introduce strategies, concepts, and examples of how to be good mentors and mentorees in academia. The morning session will consist of an overview by two nationally recognized scholars on mentoring and two outstanding mentors at UAB. Afternoon sessions will consist of case studies and small group activities for discussion. Audience: All Faculty & Fellows in UAB's SOPH, all CNRU members, and all Obesity T32 fellows.

Agenda: [ PDF file]

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Morning Sessions:   
8:30-8:45am    Introduction (David Allison)     
8:45-9:15am    Dr. Dale Williams
It Takes a Village to Raise a Child: Thoughts about Mentoring    video    
9:15-9:45am    Dr. Lisa Schwiebert
Communication: The Key to Mentoring [ Handout1] [ Handout2]    video    
9:45-10:00am    BREAK   
10:00-11:00am    Dr. Juan Arratia
Mentoring Experience with Economically Disadvantaged Hispanic Minority Students    video    
11:00am-12:00pm    Dr. Christine Pfund
Entering Mentoring: Learning to Become an Effective Research Mentor    video    
12:00-1:30pm    LUNCH on your own   
Afternoon Sessions:   
Informal discussions between the speakers and the group participants about how to be more proactive as a mentor/mentoree, how to address specific concerns raised by the group participants, and discuss each others different perspectives to these questions   
1:30-3:00pm    Concurrent Session 1
Leaders: Dr. Dale Williams and Dr. Christine Pfund     
1:30-3:00pm    Concurrent Session 2
Leaders: Dr. Lisa Schwiebert and Dr. Juan Arratia     

To register, please send email of interest to Questions? 205.975.9169
Attendance is limited

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Juan F. Arratia, Ph.D.     Juan F. Arratia, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of the Ana G. Méndez University System (AGMUS) Student Research Development Center. He is dedicated to mentoring and motivating undergraduates, graduates, and pre-college students to become Ph.Ds., as well as, implementing research projects in robotics and automation, green energy, medical devices, expert system technology and environmental issues. He has established a worldwide network of research mentors in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields for economically disadvantaged minority students from Puerto Rico in US mainland universities and in other countries. In November 2007, he was awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring during a ceremony at the White House in Washington DC.   
Christine Pfund, Ph.D.     Christine Pfund, Ph.D. is a researcher at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her research is focuses on effective teaching and mentoring. She is involved in several funded projects, including "Improving Undergraduate Research Experiences in STEM through Mentor Training".  Dr. Pfund is the Associate Director of the Delta Program in Research, Teaching, and Learning and co-directs the Wisconsin Program for Scientific Teaching.  Dr. Pfund is a co-author of "Scientific Teaching" and "Entering Mentoring: A Seminar to Train a New Generation of Scientists".   
Lisa Schwiebert, Ph.D.     Lisa Schwiebert, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at UAB and the Associate Dean for Postdoctoral Education. She is a recipient of the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2008.   
Dale Williams, Ph.D.     Dale Williams, Ph.D. is a Professor and Associate Director of the Division of Preventive Medicine at UAB. Dr. Williams also directs the division’s Data, Information, and Statistics Core (DISC) and its Multi-center Studies Coordinating Center (MSCC). He is a recipient of the 2008 inaugural Dean’s Award for Excellence in Mentorship.   
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