2018 CONFERENCE OF FORD FELLOWS
Stronger Together: Navigating Power and Privilege
|SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2018 |
|8:00 - 9:00 am ||Breakfast by Region - Dining Room, Dining Terrace |
|9:00 - 10:30 am ||Keynote Presentation - Auditorium |
Coalitions of Conscience: Water, Indigenity, and Race
Bryan McKinley Jones Brayboy, Borderlands Professor of Indigenous Education and Justice, School of Social Transformation, Arizona State University
|10:30 am - 12:00 pm ||Plenary Presentations by Senior Ford Foundation Fellowship Recipients - Auditorium |
Moderator: Angela Gonzales
Leslie Alexander, Speaking Truth To Power: Challenging Power and Privilege in the Field of Early African American History
Edda L. Fields-Black, 'Combee': Harriet Tubman, the Combahee River Raid, and the Civil War Transformation of Gullah Geechee
Elizabeth Smith-Pryor, Equal Opportunity Is . . . .
|12:00 - 1:00 pm ||Lunch - Dining Room, Dining Terrace |
|1:00 - 5:00 pm ||One-on-One Advising - Irvine Cove, Emerald Bay, Lido, Offices 10-12 |
One-on-One Meetings with Press Representatives - Offices 2-9
|1:00 - 2:15 pm ||Special Interest Sessions I |
Nuts & Bolts of Going on the Job Market - STEM - Balboa
Moderator: Keivan Stassun
Presenters: Nancy Aguilar Roca, Lilian Davila
Finding your first faculty position can be a difficult and exhausting process. This workshop will outline the nuts and bolts of the academic job search for STEM faculty candidates. Topics that will be addressed include: (1) stacking your curriculum vitae, (2) preparing competitive research and teaching statements, (3) surviving the interview process, (4) preparing for the chalk talk, and (5) understanding the needs of the faculty search committee. This session will be targeted to graduate students and postdoctoral Fellows in STEM fields.
Nuts & Bolts of Going on the Job Market - Social Sciences & Humanities - Newport
Moderator: Rafia Zafar
Presenters: Ryon Cobb, Elizabeth Kai Hinton
In this session, Ford Fellows at three different stages of their careers will offer a window into the challenges and opportunities of launching a career. Join us as we share our experiences and suggestions for navigating both challenges and opportunities.
LGBTQ2 in Academe - Back Bay
Moderator: Lorenzo Perillo
Presenters: Judith Kertész, Elliott Powell
This session focuses on current social issues and concerns that are relevant to the LGBTQ2 community. It is a welcoming and open space for all Ford Fellows. Through their own experiences in research and campus life, the panelists will share reflections on race, performance, gender, sexuality, and visibility. This session will be guided by the panel presenters, while offering an opportunity for everyone in the room to engage in community building through audience participation and small group discussions. Of practical concern will be how to address current LGBTQ2 topics, such as trans visibility/representation in the media and other concerns, as they arise in classroom lessons and campus conversations. The goal is to create a productive dialogue between scholars from various disciplines and backgrounds, both LGBTQ2 and non-LGBTQ2 identified, towards creating open and supportive spaces for LGBTQ2 students and faculty through both formal and informal interactions on campus.
On the Importance of Mentorship: Providing and Receiving Guidance at Various Levels in Our Careers - Huntington
Moderator: Vanessa Diaz
Presenters: Caroline Sinavaiana, Simon Weffer-Elizondo
This session will address best practices for mentorship and why dynamic mentor-mentee relationships are critical to our professional success. We will also discuss the unequal expectations of mentorship along gender and racial lines. What are effective, responsible mentorship practices? How do we pay it forward through mentorship while also protecting our time and mental health? How can we address concerns that arise in a mentoring relationship? In addition to serving as mentors for colleagues junior to us, how do we seek out the kind of mentorship we need for ourselves at every stage in our careers? Underrepresented faculty are generally expected to shoulder extra mentorship responsibilities for underrepresented groups. For women of color, these additional responsibilities are further compounded. Thus, in this session we will consider how we might address these inequalities at departmental and institutional levels to ensure mentorship thrives at our institutions and within our communities.
Dollars & Sense: Money Matters in Graduate School - Board Room
Moderator: Keisha John
Presenters: Ashanti Johnson, Rashawn Ray
Money from the fellowship can have long lasting impacts on your career options and personal life beyond graduate school. Should you buy a house? How do you attend conferences and travel abroad as a graduate student without paying for it yourself? Is it possible to save while in graduate school? This panel is designed to focus on the financial realities of being a scholar of color who may originate from working class backgrounds and/or have financial responsibility for extended family members. Attend this session to receive answers to these and other questions you may have concerning money and your graduate school tenure. In addition, learn strategies to manage your finances and complete graduate school with little to no debt.
Publishing in Social Sciences and the Humanities - Laguna
Moderator: Koritha Mitchell
Presenters: Ernesto Chavez, Marie-Theresa Hernandez
This special session will address the challenges of publishing in the social sciences and the humanities and offer concrete strategies for success. A key goal of this session is to demystify the process of publishing so that both emerging and seasoned scholars can thrive in the academy rather than just survive in it. Ample time will be allotted to allow attendees to ask questions of the panelists, so please come with your questions.
Public Intellectual Activism and Social Media - Auditorium
Moderator: Julian Vasquez Heilig
Presenters: Oveta Fuller, Anthony Ocampo
Public knowledge, public scholarship, the use of social media to disseminate scholarship is a potential evolution of academia’s mores. Faculty can create an immediate impact in the social innovation space by exploring the opportunity and challenges in making research more accessible through knowledge mobilization strategies. The field can also do this by incentivizing these actions to increase the impact and usability of research by means of multi-dimensional, interactive strategies that target a wide range of stakeholders. As the professoriate evolves in coming years, a future-forward public scholarship and research approach for our profession can explore the opportunity and challenges in making research more accessible through knowledge mobilization strategies in public scholarship ecologies. Public scholars should, as Alinsky (1989) suggested, engage in the ongoing conversation where it is happening and with the language that resonates with stakeholder experiences.
Book Publishing - Crystal Cove
Moderator: Faye Caronan
Presenters: Monica Coleman, Kenneth Wissoker
Do you want to turn your dissertation into a book? Do you want tips on how to approach university presses? What should you include in a book proposal? How do you choose which press is the best fit for your book? This session will address all these questions and more!
|2:30 - 3:45 pm ||Special Interest Sessions II |
Responsible/Ethical Use of Power and Privilege - Auditorium
Moderator: Susan Antón
Presenters: Alex Chaparro, Marie-Theresa Hernandez
In this interactive session, we will explore means for navigating power relations. We will discuss the changing roles we have as we rise through the academy and how to be effective and ethical leaders.
Take Action – Publishing in STEM - Laguna
Moderator: Carlos Garza
Presenters: Emilio Bruna, Christy Byrd
In this session, we will discuss the importance of publishing in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields and strategies for establishing and maintaining publication productivity. The panelists have extensive experience in scientific publishing in diverse fields and will provide insight into the process from their roles as authors, reviewers and editors. We will discuss strategies for preparing manuscripts, negotiating authorship issues, responding to reviews and editorial decisions. We will also cover issues such journal selection, types of publications and impact factors, as well as responding to questions from participants about any aspect of the publication process.
Impact and Opportunities Beyond the Tenure Track - Crystal Cove
Moderator: Charlie Corredor
Presenters: Nathaniel Dumas, Melissa Gonzalez, Donna J. Nelson
One of the most difficult decisions for any academic is whether or not to pursue a career in the ivory tower. In order to make this decision, you first need to understand alternative careers paths, job market, transferable skills, and their advantages/disadvantages. This panel offers guidance on non-academic jobs and their market. Presenters will speak on their experiences in non-academic careers and paths outside of the professoriate, including how they were able to skillfully maintain productive ties as academics.
New Instructors: Owning Your Legitimacy in the Classroom - Back Bay
Moderator: Jonathan Rosa
Presenters: Ana Marcelo, Koritha Mitchell
New instructors entering higher education classrooms are presented with the opportunity to facilitate transformative learning experiences, as well as the challenge of finding their pedagogical footing alongside broader scholarly responsibilities. These opportunities and challenges are heightened in relation to dynamics including race, class, gender, sexuality, and ability. This session focuses on pedagogical strategies for navigating these dynamics, with the broader goal of approaching teaching in ways that value and cultivate the knowledge of instructors and students alike.
Negotiating Career and Personal Wellness - Board Room
Moderator: Michelle Neyman Morris
Presenters: Rita Colón-Urban, Jeffrey Proulx
Academics from under-represented groups are expected to be successful scholars and educators who produce innovative ideas and cutting-edge research, mentor students of all backgrounds, and serve on multiple committees at their institutions. They are expected to present their work nationally and internationally, and to travel frequently. At the same time, they are often responsible for caring for their families, and may also be expected to provide care related to the health and financial concerns of their extended families. Many of us are therefore grappling with the misalignment created by cultural and institutional expectations. In this session, Ford Fellows will discuss successful strategies and lessons drawn from research and personal experience on how to fulfill expectations without losing options for career advancement, personal wellness, and personal relationships.
Writing Successful Grant Proposals: Social Sciences and Humanities - Balboa
Moderator: Rhacel Parrenas
Presenters: Carol Anderson, Steven McKay
The workshop will provide “tips” on crafting strong fellowship and grant applications. It will focus on programs geared towards graduate students and junior faculty. Panelists will provide a broad overview of the types of grants and fellowships that are available in the social sciences and humanities, and then provide advice on how to design competitive applications.
Writing Successful Grant Proposals: STEM - Newport
Moderator: Renato Aguilera
Presenters: Teresa Ramirez, Maria Elena Zavala
A key milestone in an academic/research career is obtaining the first research grant from either a federal source or a foundation. However, given the low funding rates of most agencies, getting funded is easier said than done. The key goal of this session is to demystify the grant writing process and to provide advice on successful strategies to obtain that first grant. For example, there are grant mechanisms that clearly state that no data is required prior to submission; but this is a common pitfall for young investigators as clearly data is required to prove that the project is doable and worthy of funding. The panelists and the moderator have significant experience in writing and obtaining federal funds as well as reviewing proposals. They will provide personal insights and tips on their successes in “landing” the first award and beyond. The primary focus of the session is to provide information on federal grant mechanisms and strategies for obtaining funding from non-federal funding agencies will also be addressed.
Gender Relations and Respect in Academia - Huntington
Moderator: Federico Subervi
Presenters: Robbin Chapman, Ernesto Chavez, Judy Kertész
What constitutes respectful and acceptable gender relations in academia? What types of gender relations are not respectful and thus not acceptable? When gender relations do not seem to be respectful, what can and should be done—by the individual, his/her immediate superior, and/or the university administration? The panelists will respond to these questions and also offer their insights based on their experiences and what they have learned from others.
|4:00 - 5:15 pm ||Workshops & Jr. Faculty Sessions |
Predoctoral - Life & Physical Sciences, Math & Engineering - Huntington
Moderator: Adriana Briscoe
Presenters: Christophe Jackson, Daniel Styer
This interactive workshop will focus on the exciting and challenging aspects participants face while completing a doctoral degree in STEM fields. Panelists will share their experiences throughout their graduate student tenure, including their strategies for surviving and thriving while maintaining healthy work/life integration. Topics will include: choosing an academic research advisor, identifying funding opportunities, cultivating a strong support network, and engaging in academic and professional development activities while in graduate school.
Predoctoral - Social & Behavioral Sciences/Humanities - Auditorium
Moderator: Brenda Child
Presenters: Erika D. Edwards, Ali Valenzuela
The Predoctoral Workshop for the Social Sciences and Humanities will address useful strategies for organizing research and professional preparation in the period leading up to exams. The panelists will discuss vital yet often overlooked topics such as building relationships with mentors and committee members. They will share tips and resources for cultivating a daily writing practice. With an emphasis on practical solutions, the panel will respond to questions including “How do I plan my year-to-year pre-dissertation schedule?” and “How do I make my coursework and reading list work together?” They will also address how to nurture a work-life balance that will serve well in the long term beyond the academy. This session will include presentations followed by an open discussion forum.
Dissertation - Life & Physical Sciences, Math & Engineering - Board Room
Moderator: Nicholas Reo
Presenters: Sarah Aarons, James Curry, Christy Visaggi
The dissertation phase of doctoral programs is as exciting as it is challenging. Successful completion of the dissertation requires juggling a variety of responsibilities and relationships, while staying acutely focused on your research. This session will include short presentations followed by a longer group discussion focused on strategies.
Dissertation - Social & Behavioral Sciences/Humanities - Balboa
Moderator: Angela Reyes
Presenters: Genevieve Carpio, Ruth Iyob
This session is intended for predoctoral and dissertation Fellows in the social sciences and humanities, as well as faculty members advising graduate students on dissertation projects. In this session, the panelists will discuss the logistics of the dissertation process, including selection of a dissertation topic, selection of a dissertation chair and committee members, managing the relationship with the chair, storyboarding and drafting dissertation chapters, doing field research, and preparing for the dissertation defense. This will also be a safe space for Fellows to ask questions about the emotional or psychological aspects of writing a dissertation.
Postdoctoral - Life & Physical Sciences, Math & Engineering - Crystal Cove
Moderator: Erika Camacho
Presenters: Noé U. de la Sancha, Louis A. Peña
This workshop is targeted to postdoctoral Fellows and senior graduate students, and it is intended to be as interactive as possible. The workshop will be divided into two sections. In the first section, we would like to discuss some of the BIG questions related to what is a postdoctoral position, and what can be expected from a postdoctoral position. Which factors should be considered when choosing a postdoctoral advisor and institution? When and how to secure a postdoctoral position? When and how can you negotiate with your advisor the projects that you will be involved with? Is there a fixed number of publications required per year? How long should the postdoctoral experience take? How do you develop your future career path? How do you negotiate what you are going to take with you to set up your independent research? Following the initial section, the workshop will have an open question session to discuss aspects of the postdoctoral experience that were not covered in the first section.
Postdoctoral - Social & Behavioral Sciences/Humanities - Laguna
Moderator: Paul Bonin-Rodriguez
Presenters: Christine Taitano DeLisle, Ellen Wu
You've got your PhD in hand – and now what? How do emerging academics transition to life after graduate school and position themselves for long-term success? This workshop will tackle these questions by brainstorming strategies for thriving in the academy at the post-doctoral stage. We will cover a breadth of possible topics such as: postdoctoral fellowships, job market navigation, transitioning to Assistant Professorships, common challenges for junior faculty, and surviving and flourishing at work and in life. We welcome Fellows at all stages to join us.
Jr. Faculty Success: Demystifying the Tenure Process - Humanities and Qualitative - Newport
Moderator: Kathryn Shanley
Presenters: Jeane Breinig, Sergio Chavez
This workshop demystifies the tenure process and features a panel of recently tenured scholars and administrators from a broad range of universities. Panelists will address their strategies of balancing research, teaching, and service. Panelists will also address how to gauge standards for success in particular institutional contexts.
Jr. Faculty Success: Demystifying the Tenure Process - Sciences & Quantitative - Back Bay
Moderator: Yvette Huet
Presenters: Mark Lawson, Michelle Dawson
This interactive workshop will focus on providing information about the process of transitioning to an independent investigator in STEM fields. We will discuss how to choose institutions, negotiate offers and start-up packages, prioritize requests and balance research, teaching and service. We will also discuss the process of evaluating junior faculty for tenure and promotion, the ongoing importance of mentors, understanding expectations, interactions with colleagues and work/life balance. Participants will be encouraged to engage the panelists in discussion of topics of particular interest and relevance to their career stages and paths.
|5:30 - 6:00 pm ||Closing Session - Auditorium |
|6:30 - 8:00 pm ||Reception - Atrium, Lawn |