The mission of the Career Development Committee (CDC) is to promote and develop career assistance for ABRF members through job fairs, counseling, workshops and a mentoring program.
ABRF will launch an upgraded Mentoring platform early in 2021 to help new and experienced members connect to share information and ideas to support their professional development.
The new Mentoring system will allow users to identify their interests, needs, and mentoring preferences and suggest potential ABRF Mentors. The Career Development Committee will design and oversee the system and provide opportunities for participants to connect at ABRF national and regional meetings.
To stay informed about the new ABRF Mentoring Platform, contact the Career Development Committee.
Highlights of the Satellite Workshop on Mentoring at ABRF 2019:
This year’s Satellite Workshop on Mentoring, hosted by the ABRF Career Development Committee, aimed for a deep-dive into tactical skill development. Bob Garvey, an internationally-recognized leader in the field from the UK, generously opened up key discussions about mentoring, stressing core values of humanism, taking people seriously, supporting and challenging, and mutual respect. He stimulated the group throughout the day, with listening sessions requiring participants to listen and not talk for a full 5 minutes, and questioning-- not “leading”—having participants pose open-ended queries and truly wait for responses. Bob demonstrated structured ways to do quick-focused-mentoring. He illustrated through videos, and live with a participant partner, how to set ground rules for a mentoring partnership, have each party restate these ground rules verbally, and review these ground rules regularly throughout the partnership. Bob stressed that no one should feel helpless in the world, either in one’s personal path or career, when there are bountiful ways to reach out and learn from others. We had wonderful feedback from attendees.
From Claudia Bispo (UCSF): "During this meeting I also had the opportunity to join the Satellite Workshop #2 (the Mentoring Way), which I found tremendously helpful, not only in learning about methods and skills on how to mentor, but particular interesting to me was learning how to be a good mentee and fully understand the benefits of a valuable mentoring partnership. I’m really hoping that next year I’ll have another opportunity to continue building-on these principles as well."
Core-Specific Job Families
Many U.S. Institutions have created job families specifically for directors, managers and staff working in core facilities. The rationale for specific job families is that these positions require advanced training and expertise in research technologies, above average interpersonal skills, business acumen and training, and are typically not soft-money positions. These job families have names like core scientist, core technician, core staff scientist, core research assistant, or core facility research professional. The following institutions have provided information with core-specific job families. If you would like to add your institution to the list, please send your information in a .pdf file to Phil Hockberger
- Jackson Laboratories (86K)
- Moffitt Cancer Center (12K)
- Northwestern University (24K)
- UCSF Gladstone Institute (33K)
- University of Iowa (1,668K)
- University of Kansas Medical Center (457K)
- University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (161K)
- University of Pennsylvania (172K)
- Vanderbilt University Medical Center
1. Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management announces the 7th Annual “Leadership and Management in Core Facilities” course on November 2-18, 2020. This year the course will be delivered virtually and will include 8 half-day classes spread over three weeks. Lectures will be delivered by the same esteemed faculty who have made the course an exceptional experience for scientists and research administrators in previous years.
Running a core facility successfully requires both a strong set of business management skills and deep insights into the nuances of leadership in a university setting. This four-day executive learning experience focuses specifically on helping you enhance your business and management skills and developing the leadership capacity to run your operation more effectively.
To learn more about the course and see who has previously taken the course, click here.
For additional information, contact Phil Hockberger (firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit http://www.kellogg.northwestern.edu/executive-education/individual-progr...
2. Stowers Institute will be home to the first open registration EMBO "Laboratory Leadership for Group Leaders" course in North America, April 9-12, 2019. Registration fee: $3200 (covers training and all course material, as well as breakfast, lunch, dinner and coffee breaks. Accommodations are not included.)
EMBO usually offers this course in Heidelberg, Germany, but beginning in 2019 group leaders from around the world will convene at the Stowers Institute to receive world-class EMBO leadership training. EMBO, in partnership with consultancy teams, has designed this training specifically to meet the needs of researchers and others in academia. The course is intended for Group Leaders and is also open to Postdoctoral Associates who have secured faculty positions and are transitioning to independence. Spanning 4 days, this course introduces key, yet simple, leadership concepts and provides hands-on experience in the form of role-play and discussion groups.
For more information, contact Karen Staehling (KSH@stowers.org) or Michelle Lewallen (email@example.com) or visit http://lab-management.embo.org/dates/ell-stowers-2019
As an ABRF member, you can use the FASEB Career resources:
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ABRF Recommended Guidelines for Authorship on Manuscripts
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ABRF Response to NAS Letter on "Next Generation of Researchers Initiative" (Sept. 6, 2017)
NAS recommendations for biomedical workforce (2018)
Jack Simpson ~ US Pharmacopeia ~ Ad hoc: 03/10 - 05/15
Paula B Turpen ~ University of Nebraska Medical Center ~ Member & EB Liaison: 05/13 - 03/17