Symposium Breakout Sessions 2019

Concurrent Session 1 | 2:05-3:00

Addressing Rank-based Bias (TERP Allies)

Participants will learn strategies and techniques for responding constructively when encountering instances of bias based on rank.

Many PTK faculty report experiencing discrimination based on position or rank in an organization. Terp Allies, an initiative of the ADVANCE Program for Inclusive Excellence, will use interactive theater to facilitate a discussion about how to handle situations when colleagues make dismissive or derogatory comments related to someone’s faculty rank.

How to Build a Teaching Portfolio

Participants will learn about building a teaching portfolio, which is now a required element for instruction faculty members' promotion dossiers.

Join colleagues and the Teaching and Learning Transformation Center for a discussion on how to document and present your teaching contributions, student impact, and mentorship in your teaching portfolio. Bring your questions and a laptop to test out some templates we made to streamline the portfolio building process.

Plenary Speaker Redux

Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and engage in a discussion with the plenary speakers in a more personal setting.

After you've listened to the plenary speakers' success stories, come to a round table discussion where you can ask them follow up questions. Find out how they were able accomplish what they did, and to use the available infratructure to their advantage and to leverage their strengths.

New Faculty 201

Participants will learn about the UMD policies and procedures affecting PTK faculty, resources and opportunities in shared-governance, and guidelines for funding research.

New PTK faculty will learn about what it means to be a PTK faculty, including policies for promotion, the different types of PTK jobs, and how to become involved in shared governance at all levels (i.e., department, college, and campus), and what is needed to fund a successful research program. New faculty will also be able to ask questions about the university, campus, and/or professional track.

Concurrent Session 2 | 3:10-4:05

Define, Develop & Disseminate Your Scholarship

Participants will examine the range of scholarly contributions made by PTK faculty, and explore strategies for communicating scholarship to others.

How do PTK faculty determine what consistutes scholarship, and how do they most effectively communicate and publicize their scholarly efforts? This session will be an interactive two-part workshop. In the first part, small groups of faculty will define scholarship in their disciplines and determine and discuss other activities that constitute scholarship. The second part will consist of discussions focused on the dissemination of scholarly work as well as how to measure the impact and effectiveness of that work.

Understanding the Promotion Dossier

Participants will discuss the role of the dossier in the promotion process as well as the various materials that are included in it.

Now that PTK faculty of all titles have opportunities for promotion at the university, what exactly does that process entail? This session will include a panel of PTK faculty of varied titles who themselves have gone through the promotion process and who also have roles in helping others go through it at the department/unit, college, and university levels. In addition to examining the role of the dossier in the promotion process, the session will review the baseline components of the PTK dossier shared across campus as well as the different components required by specific departments and colleges.

The Art of Negotiation

Participants will take away strategies to successfully negotiate in the academic realm, getting to yes without burning the bridge.

We negotiate every day – with potential employers, with our coworkers, bosses, landlords, different service providers, parents and even our kids. Determining our salary, what price we pay for a car, or even who will do the dishes – all of those are negotiations. Even though we constantly negotiate, many of us know very little about the strategy and psychology behind effective negotiation. This session will focus on the science of negotiation, and provide some validated principles and tools that can help all of us be better negotiators, creating win-win situations for both sides.


Participants will gain insight into both sides of the mentoring relationship and connect with fellow PTK faculty to learn about mentoring opportunities and best practices.

The mentoring process is important to the progress and success of many PTK faculty. It provides feedback regarding accomplishments, provides guidance during employment, and suggests areas of focus and improvement for continued success. A campus expert in mentoring will describe the process, its importance and benefits, and provide resources to further learn about mentoring. Additionally, the session will allow for PTK faculty to connect, develop and grow inter- and intradepartmental mentoring networks.