Program Materials

Faculty Development Series - Session 1: Orienting your career at CUMC

This first session of the Faculty Development Series will introduce faculty to CUMC and to some of the administrative offices that will help in fulfilling professional responsibilities.

Faculty Development Series - Session 2: Academic Tracks and Academic Advancement at CUMC 

This session will provide junior faculty with information on the promotion and tenure at CUMC and the expectations with regard to teaching, advising, service, and scholarship.   

Faculty Development Series - Session 3: Facilitating Mentoring

Dr. Anne Taylor, Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, discusses what mentoring is, why it is important, and how to engage and approach a mentoring relationship. Panels of mentors and mentees from the various schools discuss their mentoring relationships with junior faculty.

Faculty Development Series - Session 4: Developing a Career Focus

Session 4 of the Faculty Development Series will focus on developing a career plan, identifying goals and will provide methods to track career progress.  This session will also give an overview of the Columbia University CV format.

Faculty Development Series - Session 5: Documents for Docs: CVs and Insight on What You Need to Tell Your Story

This session will focus on the Columbia CV format, maintaining a CV as a living document, and creating an education portfolio.

Faculty Development Series - Session 6: Managing Your Time and Work/Life Demands

This session will provide an opportunity to assess how you currently manage your time and how you can improve your time-management habits to accomplish your personal and professional goals.

Faculty Development Series - Session 7: A Strategy for Career Success - Negotiating for What You Need

Being successful in negotiation requires understanding one’s career goals and an understanding of negotiation elements and skills. Catherine Morrison, from Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, will lead this session covering how to negotiate to secure the kinds of resources, experience, and exposure that help with academic career development. 

NIH K Award Workshops

Program Handout

General Workshop: Steps to a Competitive Application

Lecture Slides
Presenter Bios
15 Steps to a Successful Proposal
Chart of Awards and Success Rate
Summary of K Award Applications
NIH Training Contacts

Know Your K

Lecture Slides
K Award Criteria
Critique Template
Career Development Plan

Know your Kangaroo

Lecture Slides
K99 Criteria

Lab Management Course with Kathy Barker

I Was Trained To Do Everything But Run A Lab!
By learning more about the requirements of being a lab manager and mentor, establishing their own practical and ethical frameworks, and practicing time management, conflict mediation, and other overlooked skills, junior faculty can be more effective in the lab and in science.
Lecture Slides and Audio
Making your postdoc matter: Lessons from P.I.s
After all that hard work at the bench, new principal investigators soon learn that they will manage their labs well not just with technical expertise, but also with skills such as time management, communication ease, and political savvy. Come learn the expectations for a principal investigator- and how you can prepare as a postdoc for academic and nonacademic careers.


Special Lecture on Women Leadership in Academic Medicine with Julie Freischlag, Chair of Surgery at Johns Hopkins

“Are We Ready for a Woman in Charge? Maintaining Leadership in Surgery”
Lecture video and audio

Tuesday, July 19, 2011 from 5:00 – 6:30 pm

Julie Ann Freischlag, M.D.
The William Stewart Halsted Professor
Chair, Department of Surgery
Surgeon – in – Chief        
The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions

Sponsored by:
The Office of Academic Affairs and the Committee for Women Faculty

The Impostor Syndrome

"Overcoming the Impostor Syndrome!
How to Feel as Bright and Capable as Everyone Seems  to Think You Are"

Do you secretly worry that others will find out you're not as intelligent and competent as they seem to think you are? Do you often dismiss your accomplishments as a "fluke" or "no big deal"? Do you sometimes shy away from taking on greater challenges because of nagging self-doubt? Are you crushed by even constructive criticism, taking it as evidence of your own ineptness? If so, join the club, and join us for a presentation by Dr. Valerie Young.

Dr. Valerie Young is an internationally known speaker who has presented to such diverse audiences as Chrysler, Intel, IBM, P&G, Boeing, Bristol-Meyers Squibb, Society of Women Engineers, MIT, Stanford, Princeton, Cal Tech, and over 60 other colleges and universities.

DATE: Tuesday, April 17, 2012
TIME:  4:00pm - 6:00pm          
LOCATION: Room 301, Hammer Health Science Center

Faculty Development - Negotiation Series

This is a four-part series on negotiation skills with Catherine Morrison, JD, Associate Faculty member in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Session 1 - Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Session 2 - Thursday, November 17, 2011
Session 3 - Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Session 4 - Thursday, April 19, 2012

Each session is offered twice through two 1 hour sections:
Section 1: 7:00 AM and Section 2: 12:00 PM.  (Please only register for one section).

Catherine Morrison
Associate Faculty member in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Sponsored By:
The Office of Academic Affairs, the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University.

Session 1 - September 27, 2011
"A Strategy for Success: Two Approaches to Negotiation"

Session 1 Topics:
      1. Fundamental concepts of negotiation
      2. How to apply them to effectively assess, plan, and conduct two-party and multi-party negotiations.


Session 2 - November 17th, 2011
"How to Effectively Select and Use a Negotiation Style"

Session 2 Topics

      1. Introduction to 5 different negotiation styles in this session
      2. What is your own negotiation and conflict handling profile?
      3.  How to identify and effectively respond to negotiation styles used by the other parties in a negotiation.


Session 4 - April 19th, 2012
"Gender and Cultural Influences in Negotiation"

Session 4 Objectives

  1. Increase your awareness of the roles that gender and cultural influences play in your negotiations.
  2. Sharpen your ability to analyze a negotiation from a gender or cultural perspective and develop approaches that facilitate understanding. 
  3. Discuss how to use the strengths inherent in your personal negotiating style and how to practice strategies to overcome general problems that can arise in cross-gender or cross-cultural negotiations.


Faculty Development - Tips for Writing Letters of Recommendation for Students Applying to Medical School
Greatest enthusiasm, great enthusiasm, or enthusiasm?

November 12, 2012

Dr. Stephen Nicholas, P&S associate dean for admissions, and Dr. Patrice Spitalnik, assistant director of the P&S MD-PhD program and a member of the P&S admissions committee, discussed:

  • Key factors that admissions committees look for
  • Ways to maximize the likelihood your letter will be read
  • Common-sense guidelines to avoid hyperbole and convey first-hand knowledge of an applicant
  • Ways subtleties in language may help or hurt an applicant
  • Beyond a letter of recommendation, what you can do to advocate for the exceptionally-talented student.


NIH Grant Workshops for Junior Faculty and Postdoctoral Researchers

February 13, 2014

Title: "Writing Effective Specific Aims"
Time: 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Location: College of Physicians and Surgeons, 7th floor, Room P&S Amp 7
Registration (required):

The most important section in the development of an NIH grant application is the Specific Aims section. This section becomes the master plan for the rest of your proposal and a key part that all the reviewers are likely to read.
This session will provide insight into the elements of a strong Specific Aims section, with time provided for participants to work on specific aims for projects and/or proposals being developed.

Title: "Know your K-a guide to applying for a mentored career development (K) award (K01, K08, K23, K99)"
Time: 1:00-3:30 p.m.
Location: Hammer Health Science Center, Room HSC 401
Registration (required):

This workshop will explore the range of Mentored Career Development Award (aka K Award) options available.


Joan M. Lakoski, PhD
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Science Education Outreach, Health Sciences
Professor of Pharmacology and Chemical Biology
Professor in the Clinical and Translational Science Institute
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Robert Milner, PhD
Associate Vice Provost for Professional Development
Professor of Neurology
University of Massachusetts Medical School


Specific Aims

Template for Specific Aims - worksheet
Slides for Specific Aims

Know your K

15 Steps to a Successful Proposal: Checklist
NIH Career Development Plan
K Award critique template
K01, K08, K23 criteria
NIH Training Contact List
Supplemental Instructions to the SF424
Slides for Know your K


Columbia University Resources for Investigators

CVs and Insights What You Need To Tell Your Story

This brown-bag session discussed what faculty members have to consider when developing a coherent career story using an academic CV. Elements of the Enhanced CUMC CV Format covering contributions and achievements from all three areas of focus (i.e. Investigation, Applied Healthcare/Public Health Sciences, and Educational Leadership) were discussed.


Lisa Saiman, MD, MPH
Professor of Pediatrics at CUMC
Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Columbia University Medical Center

Boyd Richards, PhD
Professor Medical Education (in Pediatrics)
Director of the Center for Education Research and Evaluation
Columbia University Medical Center

Susan Rosenthal, PhD, ABPP
Professor of Medical Psychology (in Pediatrics and Psychiatry)
Director, Division of Child and Adolescent Health
Vice Chair for Faculty Development, Department of Pediatrics
Columbia University Medical Center


Program slides
CUMC CV Format

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