AAA 2012 Professional Development Sessions

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Climbing the Academic Ladder: Skills Needed for Each Rung

Chair: Rebecca Pratt (Michigan State Univ. College of Medicine) &
Kimberly Topp (Univ. of California San Francisco)
Saturday, April 21, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm


A great deal of our academic work is carried out in collaborative teams and committees. During one's academic career, one may consider continuing the ascent to department or program chair, school dean, or even university provost or president. In this symposium, we will address such questions as: How does one weigh the benefits and costs of committee participation?  How can these skills be applied in the academic ladder?  This symposium will provide practical tips for each level of decision-making and describe the skills needed to succeed in each committee opportunity.

  • Kimberly Topp (Univ. of California San Francisco)
    Committees: Target the Right Ones and Work Strategically to Make Them Productive
  • David Burr (Indiana Univ.)
    Herding Cats and Academics: Skills for Leading a Professional Organization
  • Kathryn Jones (Indiana Univ.)
    Leading a Medical School Academic Unit: Institute vs. Department
  • Robert Kelley (Univ. of North Dakota)
    The Role of the President in Guiding the University: Learners, Lawyers and Legislators

Connecting with Different Audiences: The Anatomy of Communication

Chair: Darrell Evans (Brighton & Sussex Medical School)

Saturday, April 21, 8:00 am - 10:00 am


The creation of a global community, interconnected by a wide range of technologies,  has provided new opportunities to ensure we are able to communicate effectively with a variety of different audiences. This symposium is designed to illustrate the growing need for scientists, educators, and their students to develop and steer their communications skills so they are able to target their interaction successfully. Speakers will share their experience, advice, and anecdotes of communicating with students, the public, the media, and the legislature and in each case will demonstrate the requirement for a clear interchange of information to take place so that miscommunication does not occur.

  • Darrell Evans (Brighton & Sussex Medical School)
    The ABC of Communication: Easy as 123?
  • Christopher Reddy (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
    When the Media and Science Mix during a Disaster: The Prepared vs. the Unprepared
  • Joseph LaManna (Case Western Reserve Univ.)
    Inside the Beltway and Up on the Hill
  • Joy Reidenberg (Mount Sinai School of Medicine)
    Outside the Box and Inside the Living Room: Teaching Through Television
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