Fall 2022


The 2022-23 Mentoring and Communication Series is co-sponsored by The Graduate School and the Office of Postdoctoral Services

Weds Aug 31, 1-2:30 pm

WHAT: Managing Your Research Career Using an Individual Development Plan (IDP)
REGISTER: https://duke.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bvWXruBhI6i0BzU

For better or for worse, your experiences and the training you receive as postdoctoral researchers and graduate students can greatly shape the rest of your career. However, there are strategies and resources that can increase your chances of getting what you came for. During this program, participants will learn how to develop clear and specific goals and objectives, along with a plan for executing them.

Topics include:

  • The importance of setting goals and developing an IDP
  • Introduction to the SMART goals model
  • Resources for crafting and executing your IDP
  • Strategies for establishing expectations and effectively communicating research and career goals with your mentor/PI.

SPEAKERDara Wilson-Grant is the Associate Director at the UNC-Chapel Hill Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor. With over fifteen years experience providing career management education and counseling, Dara’s mission is to help individuals develop a framework for choosing a meaningful and rewarding career path, plus develop the skills necessary for a lifetime of career success.

NOTE: This seminar provides Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) credit. Note that you will not receive credit if you arrive for this event late or leave early. Questions? Email Molly Starback, Director of Duke Postdoctoral Services, at molly.starback@duke.edu, or Hugh Crumley, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, at grad-rcr@duke.edu

Tues Sept 13, 11 am – 12:30 pm

WHAT: Writing Your DEI Statement
REGISTER: https://duke.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_b7mYU32PwlEeb8q

Many employers – not just colleges and universities – have made a commitment to hiring and retaining a diverse and inclusive staff. As part of that approach, many job applications ask that you include a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement (or DEI Statement) in your application materials. But what exactly is a DEI statement, and what goes in it? We will address these and other questions in this workshop on Writing Your DEI Statement.

Speaker: Garth A. Fowler, PhD, is a recognized leader in professional training for early career researchers and scientists. As a former Program Manager for Science magazine’s Science Careers Program, a faculty member and graduate program director at Northwestern University, and an Associate Executive Director for the American Psychological Association, he has delivered hundreds of presentations on career and professional development. A recognized expert in STEM workforce development, he has authored peer-reviewed manuscripts, articles, and whitepapers on preparing the next generation of STEM workers and served on committees for agencies including the National Academy of Sciences, The National Science Foundation, The National Institutes of Health, and The Burroughs Wellcome Fund. He received his PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience from the University of Washington and completed his postdoctoral training at The Salk Institute in La Jolla CA.

Thurs Sept 15, 3-4:30 pm

WHAT: Communicating Your Strengths: A CliftonStrengths Workshop
WHERE: Korman Assembly Room, Perkins Library
REGISTER: https://gradschool.duke.edu/student-life/events/communicating-your-strengths-cliftonstrengths-workshop

How do you describe your five greatest strengths? How can you leverage this information to communicate your capabilities to colleagues and potential employers? Using the CliftonStrengths assessment, this workshop will help you explore a new way to talk about your skills. We will investigate strategies for communicating your strengths to others, the challenges that your strengths might pose for you, and ways you can use information about your strengths to thrive in a team setting. The online CliftonStrengths assessment is offered to all registered participants in this limited-enrollment workshop. Our facilitator is Melissa Bostrom, PhD, Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Professional Development.

Curious about the value of this workshop? Lucy Chikwetu, PhD student in Electrical & Computer Engineering, reflected on what she learned from a past workshop: “That experience gave me the language that I needed to articulate my strengths and identify how they’ve helped me succeed.”

Seats for this in-person workshop are very limited. Registration opens Thursday, August 25 at 10:00 am and closes Thursday, September 8 at 11:59 pm. All registrants must agree to complete the online assessment by September 12 and to attend the 90-minute workshop on September 15. Registrants who complete the assessment but do not attend the workshop may be asked to reimburse The Graduate School for the cost of the assessment.

Thurs Oct 6, 1-2:30 pm

WHAT: Developing Your Personal Leadership Brand
REGISTER: https://duke.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bgE0AL18MObjGHY

If you start out on a journey without a destination or a map, don’t be surprised if you end up in places you didn’t want to be.  In this workshop, you will learn how to determine your destination and create your map by defining your purpose, values and principles through development of a Leadership Brand.  Besides providing you with a “life compass,” this will differentiate you from others and allow you to present yourself in a consistent manner to everyone with whom you interact and lead.  Learn why you need a Leadership Brand and what it can do for you.

Speaker: Duke alumnus George Grody (class of 1981) spent 26 years at Procter & Gamble in Sales, Marketing, and General Management across the globe. As Director for Global Strategic Alliances, he worked with other companies and governments on co-technology and co-marketing deals. He’s been teaching in the Duke Markets & Management Studies Program since 2008.

Fri Nov 4, 1-2:30 pm

WHAT: The Mentoring Relationship: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly
WHO: Workshop size is limited to 25 participants to facilitate small group discussion. Because space is limited, please do not register unless you are sure you can attend. Zoom meeting details will be shared with confirmed registrants.
REGISTER: https://duke.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8iFGAQoHoreAlZI

Do you ever question your role in your lab? Do you hesitate to address issues with your mentor? Do you wonder how to be successful during this step in your career? In this interactive session, learn how to navigate the mentoring relationship, including how to promote open communication, work more productively with your mentor, and get the most out of your training experience.

SPEAKER: Melissa Segal, LCSW, is CEO of InterHuman Solutions and a licensed clinical social worker who has provided individual, couples, and family counseling; facilitated a variety of support and educational groups; and implemented professional development and training.

NOTE: This seminar provides Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) credit. Note that you will not receive credit if you arrive for this event late or leave early.

Weds Nov 9, 2-4 pm

WHAT: The Inclusive Research Mentor
REGISTER: https://gradschool.duke.edu/professional-development/programs/college-teaching-workshops

College teaching extends beyond the classroom into research environments. Over the course of your career you may have the opportunity to mentor undergraduate students, graduate students, and/or postdoctoral fellows in research. Join us in this interactive, virtual workshop as we discuss inclusive approaches and behaviors that can be employed across disciplines. Our facilitator will be Dr. Courtnea Rainey, Assistant Dean for Assessment and Evaluation in the Graduate School.