Campus Connections Workshop Fall Schedule for Graduate Students and Postdocs Now Available

Submitted on August 29, 2016
Logo of the Campus Connections Program, which looks like an outline of Old Main and the fountain outside of Old Main

The Fall 2016 workshop schedule for the Campus Connections Program is now available. Through Graduate Center sponsorship, most sessions are open to graduate students and postdocs, in addition to new faculty members. Check out the schedule below for more information on each session and how to register for these free workshops. There are three workshop tracks: Getting Published, Diversity in the Classroom, and Advancing Faculty Careers.

Please email Dr. Laura Hunter at with questions.

The Campus Connections Program FALL 2016 Schedule

Getting Published track

Publish, Not Perish: Friday, Sept 9, 9:00-10:30, RSVP required
While most faculty struggle to publish enough, research on academic writing has found that small changes in work habits can lead to large gains in productivity, as well as make writing more enjoyable. Drawing from this research, this workshop focuses on strategies for increasing your scholarly output. In evaluations from previous years, 95% of respondents agreed that they benefited from this workshop.

Granting Writing 101 Panel, Wed, Oct 19, 3:00-4:30, RSVP required
To help you craft a successful grant proposal, expert panelists will provide practical tips on the nuts and bolts of writing effective proposals and working with funding agencies to build support for your projects. Panelists include faculty from all ranks and will provide a broad range of funding agency expertise (e.g. NEH, NIH, NSF, USDA). Time will be provided for discussion and questions.

Getting Published: Unraveling the Book Publishing Process, Tue, Nov 15, 1:00-2:30, RSVP required
Editors from the University of Arizona Press will offer critical insights into the book publishing process. From tips on crafting an effective book proposal to navigating the changing landscape of digital publication and Open Access, this session will help scholars at all stages of their careers negotiate the evolving book publishing process. Speakers will share their expertise on critical aspects of writing, submitting work to, and working with a university press. Following panelist presentations, we will provide ample time for audience questions. In the evaluations from the same workshop last spring, 100% of respondents agreed that they benefited from the workshop.

Diversity in the Classroom track

NEW!! Earn a Leader in Classroom Diversity & Inclusion certificate by attending all four Diversity in the Classroom workshops!


  • Upon successful attendance of all four workshops, attendees will earn a certificate of completion.
  • A certificate soft copy will be emailed to attendees for their records.
  • Attendees must RSVP prior to the event using the RSVP links.
  • Attendees must be present for the entire workshop, signing both in and out.
  • Workshops do not qualify for academic credit.

Reducing Unconscious Bias & Micro-Aggressions in the Classroom: Friday, Oct 7, 9-10:30, RSVP required
Given increasingly diverse classrooms, how can faculty and instructors reduce unconscious bias and micro-aggressions? Unconscious bias is pervasive, with nearly all people displaying unintended biases towards certain groups. After a brief introduction to the research, we will consider strategies for addressing students’ unconscious biases and micro-aggressions and offer teaching and assessment strategies that reduce the impact of our own unconscious biases.

Serving Our International Students: Perspectives on Different Classroom Expectations: Friday, Oct 14, 9-10:30, RSVP required
We will explore the pedagogical and cultural implications of the fact that the University now has more international students than ever. This workshop will compare typical US classrooms to classrooms in
other countries to help the audience understand the different approaches to education. Suggestions will be offered to bridge the gap between styles and build understanding between people to help classes run
more smoothly. These suggestions also help address differences in personality and learning style.

Tools for Effective Conflict Management in the Classroom: Friday, Oct 21, 9-10:30, RSVP required
Faculty in a wide range of fields face challenges with broaching controversial issues and may sometimes feel at a loss at how to address these challenges. How do you engage diverse ideologies, cultures, identities, personalities, and communication and conflict styles effectively, in a way that promotes a respectful, inclusive, and collaborative learning environment? Come find out in this engaging session offering important tools for bridging differences in the classroom and beyond.

Designing Effective Courses for Diverse Learners: Friday, Oct 28, 9-10:30, RSVP required
Students from a wide range of backgrounds who have different learning preferences, languages, and disabilities are enrolling in the University in increasing numbers. Students from diverse backgrounds raise questions about cultural assumptions and modes of instruction that can help us expand our understanding of effective teaching. Universal design and backward design offer conceptual frameworks for making classes clearer, more accessible, and more flexible, while maintaining academic rigor and minimizing the need for individual accommodations. Join us todiscuss how you can design more inclusive courses and classrooms.

Advancing Careers

Women in Academia: Strategies for Success: Wed, Sept 7, 12-1:30, RSVP required
Research has documented how gender influences academic careers, including differences in service assignments, self-promotion, and access to leadership positions. This workshop will provide an overview of these research findings to help women in varied disciplines develop strategies to advance their careers. 93% of prior attendees who responded stated they’d recommend this workshop to colleagues. This event is cosponsored by the Commission on the Status of Women’s Faculty Affairs workgroup.

Combatting Imposter Syndrome in Academia: Thurs, Sept 22, 12-1:30, RSVP required
Imposter Syndrome is common among high achievers, and it occurs when people are unable to accept their successes and internalize their accomplishments. They often attribute their accomplishments to luck rather than to ability, and they fear that others will unmask them as a fraud or imposter. This interactive workshop will provide an overview of impostor syndrome and common thoughts among those with impostor syndrome, and examples of how impostor syndrome impacts careers. There will be opportunities for participants to reflect and identify their own impostor thoughts and how it may be impacting their careers. Strategies will be offered on how to overcome or address impostor thoughts, and participants can share strategies they have found helpful. This event is cosponsored by the Commission on the Status of Women’s Faculty Affairs workgroup.

Moving into Leadership Positions, Mon, Sept 26, 12-1:00, Harvill 204, RSVP required
A diverse panel of UA leaders will offer advice on attaining leadership positions, with ample time for questions.

Leadership Panelists:

  • Lisa Ordóñez, Eller College Vice Dean, McClelland Professor of Management and Organizations,
  • McClelland Professor of Marketing
  • Javier Duran, Director of Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry, Professor of Spanish and Border Studies
  • John Ehiri, Department Chair and Professor, Department of Health Promotion Sciences

Making the Most out of Faculty Mentoring: Tue, Oct 11, 12-1:30, RSVP required
Faculty who receive mentoring tend to publish more and get more grants, and they are also assessed to be more effective in the classroom. As a result, they are more likely to get promoted and are more likely to be satisfied with their career and their institution. Faculty mentors also report that they benefit from contributing and learning from new perspectives. Research finds that there are good practices that increase the impact of mentoring, while there are also practices that can hinder mentoring. This workshop – applicable for either mentors or mentees – will provide research-based strategies for getting the most out of your mentoring relationships.