The Compass Program for Academic Advancement provides early and mid-career faculty with an understanding of the culture of higher education. You will learn a variety of skills needed for career advancement in many institutions-conducting educational research, writing grant applications, publishing articles and reports, and career planning-with the convenience and affordability of distance learning.
Four weekly sessions are presented live and are recorded, with assignments to enable you to apply the lessons to your own projects and exchange feedback with other participants.
The Compass Program now is an interprofessional, online experience. You will learn essential skills beyond teaching, specifically how to conduct educational research, write grant applications, publish articles and reports, and develop your academic career. The Compass Program provides expert training in these areas via four comprehensive distance learning modules, one each week for four weeks, each addressing a critical component necessary for academic advancement. Whether tenure or non-tenure track, part-time or full-time appointment, this program will guide you toward career success.
Each module consists of a series of readings; a live, online session of 90 minutes that is recorded and saved on AAL's learning management system for downloading; and a follow-up exercise where you will post your assignment on a discussion board and receive feedback from a Compass instructor and fellow participants.
Course Orientation: September 1, 2016, from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Eastern
Course Modules: September 8, 15, 22 & 29, 2016, from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Eastern
The weekly modules are described below:
Thriving in higher education is all about pursuing your goals and ambitions within the realities of the institution--structural, social, and political--and knowing when to make adjustments and larger changes. Developing a career involves recognizing the emphasis placed on three critical activities: service, teaching, and research. Receive an online critique of your CV from the instructor and fellow participants.
During the Career Planning & Development Module, you will engage in exercises and discussions related to:
• Understanding the culture of higher education
• Work-life balance and coping with academic pressures
• Function, structure, and content of an academic portfolio
• Ways to improve your CV content and style
In many institutions, a record of research is critical for promotion and tenure. This module will show you how to design qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods educational research projects. You will critique actual educational research designs
and receive online feedback about plans for your own project.
During the Conducting Educational Research Module, you will engage in exercises and discussions related to:
• Creating a research niche
• Formulating hypotheses
• Characteristics of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods educational research projects
• Data and statistical analysis
Bringing in new sources of funding is a key component for academic career success and
institutional growth. Learn the art and science behind writing successful grant applications from professionals with a record of funding success. Receive online feedback about a grant application abstract you will draft.
During the Grant Writing Module, you will engage in exercises and discussions related to:
• Strategies for finding sources of funding
• Key components of grant applications
• Writing techniques that enhance readability and persuasiveness
• Strategies to maximize scores with grant reviewers
Publishing scholarly reports and articles is a chief concern for most academicians. While the keys to publication are straightforward, the details of the process can be difficult to navigate. You will discover the tips and tricks for getting a reviewer on your side. Receive online feedback about a section of a journal article or report you will draft.
During the Writing for Publication Module, you will engage in exercises and discussions related to:
• Characteristics of writing clear and compelling manuscripts
• Writing strategies for each section of an educational research manuscript
• Reasons for rejection of manuscripts
• Use of text editing techniques to enhance clarity of manuscripts
The tuition of $395 includes all class materials.
Group discounts are available for 3 or more faculty attending from the same institution. For 3-4 attendees, the discount is 50% off one tuition; for 5-6 attendees, the discount is one free tuition; and so on.
Institutions receive the discount when the following occurs:
Alternatively, AAL alumni receive a $50 discount (cannot be combined with group discount).
For discount codes, or if you have any questions, please contact AAL Director of Professional Development Dr. Felicia Tucker-Lively.
Registration deadline: August 31, 2016
Course Orientation: September 1, 2016, from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Eastern
Course Modules: September 8, 15, 22, & 29, 2016, from 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Eastern
Each of the Compass Program live sessions will be recorded and made available to those unable to attend the live presentation or who want to view it again.
The computer hardware and software requirements are very basic. To participate, all you need is a PC, Mac or laptop and an Internet connection. Your telephone or cellphone can be used for full audio participation.
In addition, there are two Adobe plugins required to ensure optimal performance. The updated Adobe Flash Player can be downloaded for free by visiting: http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/. The updated Adobe Acrobat Reader can be downloaded for free by visiting: https://get.adobe.com/reader/.
Recommended web browsers:
AAL used Adobe Connect for our learning management system and online meetings. Adobe Connect system requirements are here:
You can test your hardware and software by clicking this link:
Long before the first online session of each course, you will have a chance to test your system to make sure it conforms to some minimal software requirements, and you'll be able to download any free software that your system needs. Technical assistance also will be available to you.
Gayle A. Brazeau
Randy D. Danielsen
Ph.D., PA, DFAAPA
Marcia M. Ditmyer
Ph.D., M.S., M.B.A., M.C.H.E.S.
Another outstanding program from AAL. I have taken all of their courses and I always learn something I can implement right away or get me motivated to try something new. Keep up the great work AAL!
Carolynn Zeitz, RDH, B.S., RDA, M.A., University of Detroit Mercy, School of Dentistry
"This program provides excellent resources for educational research and publication, especially for the new faculty member. Mentors should know about this resource when working with their mentees."
Ida Chung, O.D., M.S.H.E., Western University of Health Sciences, College of Optometry
"The AAL Compass program was an enriching and rewarding experience. The program was well organized and the lectures were very insightful. I am really glad that I enrolled in this program."
Jayapriyaa Shanmugham, D.D.S., Boston University, Goldman School of Dental Medicine
"This is a great program that provides useful and usable information to new members of academia regarding scholarly activity and career planning."
Karen A. Mlodozeniec, B.S., Pharm.D., D'Youville College, School of Pharmacy
"I enjoyed my participation in the AAL program. I learned excellent tips which I look forward to using in my academic career."
Evelina Kratunova, M.D.S., D.Ch.Dent., University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry
"I found it helpful and it definitely gave me a good overview."
Ruby Ghaffari, D.M.D., Tufts University, School of Dental Medicine
"The course was really constructive and helpful in changing my outlook on many aspects of my career. Learned a lot about writing for publication, useful hints in grant writing, and also for planning my career with in regard to my school mission and goals. Overall I recommend this course for academicians and researchers."
Ibrahim Zakhary, B.D.S., M.D.S., University of Detroit Mercy, School of Dentistry
"I think that ultimately every academician wants to be recognized for their contributions. The Career Planning and Development module provided clear and concise ways to help faculty understand how to align their goals with the Strategic Plan of their institution."
Beverley A Crawford, D.D.S., University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine
"Compass provides the nuts and bolts for new faculty to get started off on the right foot as well as food for thought for mid-career faculty to continue to advance and stay productive."
Julia Moffitt, Ph.D., St. Ambrose University, Kinesiology Department
“This was extremely helpful. It gave me direction and helped me feel like I can move forward. The instructor was incredible. She was knowledgeable and we gained a lot from her experiences. Thank you.”
Duane Winden, RN, M.S.N., M.S., Roseman University of Health Sciences, College of Dental Medicine
AAL is working with a number of associations in different professions to secure CE credits. Please CONTACT US to request CEs for your profession if you do not see it listed below:
University of New England College of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. Six contact hours (0.6 CEUs) will be awarded upon successful completion of all programs. For more information about the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education continuing education credits, click here for the agenda.
Currently, the Compass Program includes 20 continuing education credits through the American Dental Association CERP.
The American Dental Education Association is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. ADEA designates the Compass Program for 20 continuing education credits. This continuing education activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the standards of the ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program (ADA CERP) through joint efforts between the American Dental Education Association and the Academy for Academic Leadership.