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2012/13 Ready, Set, Go


Made possible by the support of the Vice Provost of Faculty Development and the Office of Research, the 2012/13 Ready, Set, Go! Series leads to successful research outcomes and improved retention; increased faculty morale; improved grant success; and a change in culture among faculty members, including collegiality and increased collaboration.

This ten-course series of programs, facilitated by an interdisciplinary team of research faculty, is designed to provide new faculty members with the competence and skills to set up and maintain a successful research laboratory or clinical research program.

The sessions intend to address common problems and allow faculty to better “hit the ground running” rather than waste time with distractions. It is anticipated that not only will new faculty take advantage of these sessions, but mid- and senior levels will attend selected sessions to enhance their research program.

To see our full workshop schedule, including CET&L and Ready, Set, Go! programs, go here. To register for any of our programs, please log in to Faculty Development OneStop.

Workshops for a Successful Academic Career

Hiring: Effective Interviewing, Evaluation and Afterwards
Thursday, October 11, 9-11:00am

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize the importance of staffing the lab with the right people
  • Differentiate between employees, including postdocs, and students
  • Distinguish appropriate versus inappropriate interview questions
  • Effectively evaluate candidates
  • Discuss the University of Cincinnati’s hiring policies and procedures
  • Plan new hire orientation
Setting the Tone of Your Lab
Thursday, November 8, 9-11:00am

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify a managerial style consistent with your personality and skills
  • Integrate lab policies, ethics, and operations into an identifiable lab culture that has a recognizable personality and creates a happy and successful environment
  • Integrate and practice professionalism in all aspects of lab conduct including authenticating the veracity of data
  • Describe how to manage the financial aspects of the lab
  • Formulate a 5-year strategic plan for their laboratory 
  • Recognize when the lab is becoming dysfunctional and formulate intervention strategies
Personnel/conflict Management
Thursday, December 13, 9-11:00am

Learning Objectives:

  • Create a laboratory that maintains morale and demonstrates cohesiveness
  • Effectively manage conflict and other personnel issues
  • Acquire skills to fire personnel
  • Plan strategies for project management
Funding Your Research Program: the NIH and Other Funding Processes
Thursday, January 10, 9-11:00am

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify internal and external sources of laboratory/research funding
  • Describe types of NIH (e.g., R awards and K awards) and NSF funding
  • Explain the internal / UC grant review process (although this may not exist in all departments; why not start one?)
  • Describe the external review process
  • Realize the direct: indirect cost concepts and the breakdown within the University
Time Management
Thursday, February 14, 9-11:00am

Learning Objectives:

  • Establish a time management plan and set priorities
  • Develop a strategy to keep up with the scientific progress in their field (s) 
  • Develop multi-tasking skills
  • Identify ways to balance work and family
  • Describe methods of effective delegation
  • Determine when and how to say no

Understanding the Medical Campus Structures and Planning for Career Advancement
Thursday, March 14, 9-11:00am

Learning Objectives: 

  • Differentiate the unique functions of the units within the medical campus including CCHMC, UC, UCP, UH, UC Health, and the VAMC at Clinical and Research Levels
  • Identify the organization within each of the units
  • Build relationships with critical personnel 
  • Identify the faculty governing bodies and committees of UC
  • Distinguish the milestones necessary at each level of career advancement
  • Develop a plan to reach the necessary milestones for career development
  • Describe the roles of UC and the PI in the conduct of ethical research and grant management
Mentoring/Career Guidance
Thursday, April 11, 9-11:00am

Learning Objectives: 

  • Define the mentee: mentor relationship, expectations and responsibilities of both
  • Describe potential missteps in the mentoring process and identify ways to avoid them
  • Identify and seek career guidance from multiple sources 
  • Know when to become a mentor
The Paper Trail
Thursday, May 9, 9-11:00am

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe when to write a paper
  • Name who should be included as a co-author
  • Identify where to submit it: understanding the journals in your field
  • Recognize the importance of negative results and how to incorporate them
  • Devise strategies for dealing with rejection; regrouping/reassessing/resubmitting a manuscript
  • Evaluate when to serve as a reviewer and how use it as a path to being a better scientific writer
  • From the other side: what the editors see and want

Effective Communication

Learning Objectives: 

  • Identify University resources to aid in delivering effective presentations and classes
  • List characteristics of an effective presentation
  • Describe university and professional society resources to advertise your research findings
  • Effectively communicate research progress and findings to the community
Mid-career and Senior Level Challenges

Learning Objectives: 

  • Recognize the evolution of the lab and your changing managerial and laboratory roles
  • Plan for a fulfilling career after tenure
  • Formulate a plan for dealing with a negative decision
  • Recognize the symptoms of burnout and stress 
  • Prevent burnout or other responses to chronic stress
  • Analyze career options and determine when a change is needed
  • Decide when and what action/responses are appropriate when dealing with problems with other faculty members or upper administration


  • Hiring: Effective Interviewing, Evaluation and Orientation, Christy Holland, Ph.D., Dept. Internal Medicine

  • Setting the Tone of Your Lab/Program, Michael Richardson, Ph.D., Heidi Kloos, Ph.D. Dept. Psychology

  • Personnel/Conflict Management, Steve Howe, Ph.D. Dept. Psychology

  • Funding Your Research Enterprise, Jim Heubi, M.D.

  • Time Management, Amy Bunger, Ph.D., Medical Education, COM

  • Planning for Career Advancement, Sandra Degen, Ph.D., Dept. Mol. Genetics

  • Mentoring and Career Guidance, Joel Tsevat, M.D., Dept. Med., CCTST

  • The Paper Trail, George S. Deepe, M.D., Dept. Int. Medicine

  • Effective Communication, TBA

  • Mid- and Senior Level Challenges, TBA

  • To register/apply please go to Faculty Development OneStop.

  • Each session will meet in University Hall, Room 454.