Learning to Say "No"
A key skill for leadership development is that of negotiating and learning to say “no.” Women often cite this as an uncomfortable behavior in general and discomfort with this skill is even more pronounced in situations where power is unequal or tenure and promotion have not yet been earned. In an academic setting, an inability to say no could jeopardize a career by distracting a faculty member from her valuable research time.
Watch two video examples that illustrate a faculty member unable to negotiate as well as one who has been coached to develop her negotiation skills.
The objectives of the Executive Coaching Initiative are to facilitate professional and personal growth, provide academic and career guidance and leadership development, promote improved academic workplace cultures and enhance overall recruitment, retention, and advancement of women and under- represented minorities faculty in the Sciences & Engineering disciplines.
Each executive coach has general academic and organizational experience and provides performance and career-related advice. Coaches help the participants determine career and leadership vision, goals, plans, and actions. They give advice, resources, and feedback on how to best accomplish the identified vision.
- Three (3) sessions of executive coaching are available for new S&E women faculty.
- Four (4) sessions of executive coaching are available for all new chairs, irrespective of gender, race or discipline.
Hotline Coaching allows women faculty facing unique opportunities and challenges to receive short, quick-turnaround coaching from a professional executive coach to help them to address and resolve a specific issue, opportunity or problem.
Hotline coaching assists individual women faculty to analyze and contextualize an emergency issue, prioritize preferences, and initiate a plan of action for resolution of the issue. Hotline Coaching has been sought for career choice questioning, job negotiations, research supervision and budget management issues.
- 1 or 2 sessions of hotline coaching are available to all campus women faculty on an as-needed basis.
Advance Opportunity Grants
Advance Opportunity Grants provide small amounts of supplemental support of current or proposed projects and activities where funding is difficult to obtain through other sources.
Examples of funding support include:
- Seed funding for unusual research opportunities or training
- Grants to support writing of books
- Travel grants to explore new techniques or attend advanced training courses
- Child care to attend a professional meeting or conduct research at another institution
All faculty members are eligible. A Faculty Oversight Committee chooses the recipients. Applications of no more than one page include a statement of objectives, brief statement of the project or activity, budget justification, supporting information if any. A current CV (2-4 page NSF/NIH biographical sketch) should also be submitted. Proposals are to be written for a general scientific audience.
Summer Undergraduate Research Program
Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) is an intensive program that seeks to attract minority undergraduate students to pursue research careers in science and engineering. Students spend ten weeks working in a research laboratory or research program under the direction of a faculty mentor. They attend lectures by science and engineering faculty and give poster presentations at the end of the program. SURP provides a stipend, support for housing, meals, travel, and supplies. Faculty interested in becoming a research advisor, contact Sharon Burke at email@example.com.
The Faculty Parents of Young Children
This group consists of faculty from all corners of the university who have at least one child-aged newborn to 5 years. The group comes together to share information and resources, work on family-friendly policy issues and enjoy new connections and moral support. Please contact Eileen Anderson-Fye at firstname.lastname@example.org or Lisa Koops at email@example.com for information or to join the listserv.