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COMPASS

Compass Program
for Academic Advancement

The Compass Program for Academic Advancement presents a variety of skills faculty need for career advancement in many institutions—career planning, conducting educational research, writing grant applications, and publishing articles and reports—with the convenience and affordability of distance learning.

 

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Compass Overview

 

The Compass Program for Academic Advancement provides early- and mid-career faculty with an understanding of the culture of higher education.

The courses in this online series provide opportunities for participants to collaborate across disciplinary lines and promote the exchange of ideas and experiences to improve interprofessional education and cooperation. Every live presentation is recorded and archived for those who miss the instructor’s commentary and interactive Q&A discussions with participants.

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Deadline: September 3, 2018

Tuition: The tuition of $395.00 includes course materials, asynchronous presentation of topic background information, live interactive session(s) between instructor and participants, and access to the forums with instructor feedback and discussion with fellow participants.

The Compass Program now is an interprofessional, online experience with a series of courses offered in September - October 2018. 

Course 1: Academic Curveballs: Career Planning & Development

Thriving in higher education is all about pursuing your goals and ambitions within the realities of the institution—structural, social, and political—and knowing timing for making adjustments and larger changes. Developing a career involves recognizing the emphasis placed on three critical activities: service, teaching, and research. This online course is designed with a hands-on approach to provide educators with online feedback on academic career goal setting.

       Course Schedule:

                 September 6, 2018, from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Eastern

                 September 20, 2018, from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Eastern

       Course Expectations

  • Participation in two online discussions – 60 mins each session (2 hours)
  • Read or review course resources (readings, videos, etc.) – 60 mins (1 hour)
  • Post course assignments prior to session; participate in online discussions with instructors and course colleagues – 120 mins over 2 weeks (2 hours)

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify the key elements of the structure, function, and content of your academic portfolio and/or curriculum vitae as relevant to documenting your academic career.
  • Identify strategies, approaches, and personal strengths to enhance and enable resilience in your academic career.

 

Course 2: Research & Writing Fundamentals

The course provides essential non-teaching skills and strategies via three comprehensive distance learning modules—one each week for three weeks—each addressing a critical component necessary for academic advancement. Each module consists of a series of readings; a live, online 90-minute session that will be recorded and available for download on AAL's learning management system; and a flipped classroom exercise, in which you post an assignment on a discussion board and receive feedback from an instructor and fellow participants prior to the related module.

      Course Schedule:

      Orientation: October 4, 2018, from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Eastern

      Live Sessions:

                       October 11, 2018, from 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Eastern

                       October 18, 2018, from 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Eastern

                       October 25, 2018, from 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Eastern

      Weekly Course Expectations

  • Participation in online discussions – 90 mins (1.5 hours)
  • Read or review course resources (readings, videos, etc.) – 90 mins (1.5 hours)
  • Develop and post course assignments prior to session; participate in online discussions with instructors and course colleagues – 60 mins (1 hour)

     Topics and Learning Outcomes

  • Conducting Educational Research

Translate new knowledge into action through the integration of evidence-based educational research.

  • Writing for Publication

Define the characteristics and key elements to prepare a clear and compelling manuscript for submission to peer-reviewed professional journals.

  • Grant Writing

Discuss how to turn an educational research question into a grant proposal.

Gayle A. Brazeau

Ph.D.

Consultant

Randy D. Danielsen

Ph.D., PA, DFAAPA

Senior Consultant

Marcia M. Ditmyer

Ph.D., M.S., MBA, M.C.H.E.S.

Senior Consultant

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 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 or for additional details.

Academy for Academic Leadership (AAL) partners with the University of New England College of Pharmacy to help professionals achieve their goals as leaders, educators, and agents of change for their organizations.

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 2017 agenda.

                

 

All speakers agree that neither they nor members of their immediate family have any financial relationships with commercial entities that may be relevant to their presentation.

 


 

Program Curriculum

  • 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
  • Creating a research niche
  • Formulating hypotheses
  • Characteristics of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods educational research projects
  • Data and statistical analysis
  • 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
  • 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

Testimonials

Dr. Karen Mlodozeniec

D'Youville College

"This is a great program that provides useful and usable information to new members of academia regarding scholarly activity and career planning."