Professional Development Opportunities

Professional development is offered through the Upper Midwest Higher Ed Recruitment Consortium, of which UW-River Falls is a member.  Because of our membership, our students and staff have access to a variety of ever-changing professional development opportunities.

All UWRF faculty, staff and students are eligible to participate in the following professional development online sessions. 

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 Academic Publishing in the Sciences Session 1: How to Get Published

Date: Friday, October 11: 11 a.m. CT (60 minutes)
Description: This session will help you understand what scholarly publishing encompasses. It will walk you through the peer-review process and offer tips and advice on how to write a good manuscript. Finally, it will help you navigate the peer-review process so that you will become a published author and build your CV to advance your career.

Academic Publishing in the Sciences Session 2: Publishing Ethics

Date: Friday, October 25: 11 a.m. CT (60 minutes)
Description: This session will help you understand the ethical pitfalls that can ensnare authors. It will let you know what your rights are as an author and will offer advice on how to avoid ethical problems and how to handle ethical complaints. This is a very valuable session that can serve to protect your academic and scholarly career. You do not have to attend session one to benefit from session two. The content of the two sessions is related, but independent. Both sessions will be recorded and posted here. The recording of session one will be able available prior to session two.
Presenter: Bart Wacek is a Publishing Director with Elsevier, in charge of the biochemistry publishing unit. Elsevier is a global publisher of science and health information and tools whose publications include journal titles such as The Lancet and Cell. Online solutions include information portals such as MD Consult, Science Direct, and Scopus. With more than 15 years publishing experience, Mr. Wacek has spearheaded several editorial innovations such as the Protein Viewer, Genome Viewer, and the Online Bookshelf. Prior to Elsevier, he was the Director of Publications for the American Society for Clinical Pathology. Mr. Wacek is a lawyer who also holds an advanced degree in forensic toxicology. 

Transforming Higher Education Through Faculty Well-Being

Date: Wednesday, September 18th: 2 p.m. CT (60 minutes)
Description: The well-being of faculty - their ability to thrive at work and at home - is significantly influenced by their organizations. A survey conducted by Horizons Workforce Consulting® of faculty across the country explored those factors that most influence faculty well-being. This webinar will share the results of the survey and the specific initiatives universities and colleges are taking to enhance faculty well-being and productivity. In 2012 Horizons Workforce Consulting surveyed 511 faculty to better understand what they need to thrive in today's academic workplace. Respondents from 53 public and 47 private institutions - including HERC members - reported their levels of satisfaction with their current professional situation and the amount of support they receive from their employers. The findings were informative and, in some cases, alarming. For instance, 74% of assistant professors indicate they have considered leaving their institutions and 44% of assistant professors say they are considering leaving academia altogether. These career decisions are in huge measure affected by the degree of support provided by their universities and colleges to manage stress, address family and personal concerns, and improve the tenure process. In addition to the faculty survey, Horizons Workforce Consulting interviewed deans, associate provosts, human resources leaders, and other administrators to understand their viewpoint. Many report that their initiatives in support of work/life balance are showing positive results in terms of faculty retention, productivity, and overall well-being. In this webinar, we will share the results of the survey and some best practices.
Presenters: Lucy English, Ph.D., is Senior Consultant for Horizons Workforce Consulting. She leads research investigations that focus on advancing organizational effectiveness. Prior to joining Bright Horizons in 2003, Dr. English was a Sociology professor and department chair at Moravian College. She holds a BA from the University of Redlands and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Laura Avakian, M.A., is Senior Advisor for Horizons Workforce Consulting. Previously, Ms. Avakian was Vice President of Human Resources at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. She is an author and frequent speaker on workplace effectiveness. She holds a B.A. degree from the University of Missouri Columbia and an M.A. from Northwestern University. 

Disability: The “D” in Diversity

Date: Tuesday, October 8: 1 p.m. CT (60 minutes)
Description: Come learn about a new tool for HERC member institutions to diversity your pipeline of qualified applicants with disabilities. As part of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), HERC is co-sponsoring a webinar with the US Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and the Employer Assistance Resource Network (EARN) that will give you access to a free, powerful tool, the Workforce Recruitment Program database, that will give your institution immediate access to qualified recent graduates and military veterans with disabilities.
Speakers: Kathleen Lee, Business Outreach Specialist, EARN Amber Cheek, Presidential Management Fellow, ODEP
Moderator: Nancy Aebersold, Executive Director, HERC

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HERC Fall Meeting 2013

The HERC annual fall meeting will be held Friday, November 22, 2013 at Hamline University.  This years topic is "Talent in Our Midst: Nurturing Faculty and Staff of Color.  Click heredocument for more information.

Academic Publishing in the Scienceslink
Session 1:
How to Get Published
Friday, October 11th: 11 a.m. CT (60 minutes)

Academic Publishing in the Scienceslink
Session 2:
Publishing Ethics
Friday, October 25th: 11 a.m. CT (60 minutes)

Transforming Higher Education Through Faculty Well-Beinglink
Wednesday, September 18th:  2 p.m. CT (60 minutes)

Disability: The “D” in Diversitylink
Tuesday, October 8th: 1 p.m. CT (60 minutes)

The following link takes you to many of the webinars (for both member and jobseekers who have their own albums) that are sponsored.  If you cannot attend the live session, you can always watch it later on this site.


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