Symposium Breakout Sessions 2021

The times listed below for individual sessions are subject to change.  

Concurrent Session 1 | 10:00-10:30  

10:00 AM

Practical Anti-Racism (Research Stream)

10:00 AM-10:30 AM

Pushing against anti-deficit and anti-racist approaches to studying Black students’ experiences in the academy.

This session will highlight some important research considerations, lessons and challenges in centering the experiences of Black collegians in research. Research designs are influenced by a host of factors including the nature of the problem under investigation, the values and experiences that the researcher brings to the process as well as the audience for whom the work is intended to reach. Research on Black students requires important consideration of these and other issues to move in ways that are anti racist and addressing the needs of Black collegians.

Practical Anti-Racism (Teaching Stream)

10:00 AM-10:30 AM

Strategies for bringing anti-racism practices into your classroom

UMD is committed to anti-racism through a process of structural change which includes personal and collective reflection, education, acknowledgement, and action at many levels.  In the classroom, we must look critically at our instructional planning and confront issues of social justice and equity in our pedagogical practices.  We need to consider how infusing diverse perspectives into course design can decenter whiteness in our curriculum and create a space in our classroom that represents all students.

Concurrent Session 2 | 10:30-12:00

10:30 AM


10:30 AM-12:30 PM

Negotiation isn’t just for getting a higher salary - it’s also about advocating for yourself and others.

Even though we constantly negotiate, many of us know very little about the strategy and psychology behind effective negotiation. Maybe you need more TAs to teach your course effectively, or you need funding from the Dean for your program.  Learn how to define and hold to your bottom line to ensure your needs are met, and expand the pie so everyone wins.  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.


10:30 AM-11:15 AM

How do you move to a position of leadership in academia?

How can you identify your key strengths and values?  How do you identify your leadership style? What are resources to help you develop as a leader?  Why do you want to be a leader? Participants will explore the answers to these and other questions about leadership in an academic setting.

Enhancing Your Skills: Teaching

10:30 AM-11:15 AM

Learn about skills that will allow you to become more effective in teaching students in person and online.

The session will cover both classroom engagement and assessment strategies.  It will consider options for synchronous and asynchronous engagement and identify strategies to promote student engagement through community, collaboration and active learning. 


11:15 AM

Practical Mentoring

11:15 AM-12:00 PM

Come learn about mentoring strategies and resources for both being a mentor and being mentored.

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.  

UMD Research Development Resources

11:15 AM-12:00 PM

What are the keys to success in your research?

The mission of the UMD Research Development Office is to grow the volume and visibility of UMD’s research enterprise. We achieve that through developing a detailed understanding of the funding landscape; cultivating deep and broad connections to funders; leveraging a robust support infrastructure that enhances the likelihood of success for signature proposals; and providing seed funding and other resources to cultivate new research directions for single investigators or teams.  This session will provide information and guidance on UMD Research Development Office resources to help build your research portfolio, identify and pursue internal and external funding opportunities and leverage proposal development support.

Optional Breakout Session / Lunch | 12:00-1:00

Concurrent Session 3 | 1:00-2:30

1:00 PM

Confronting Rank-based Bias

1:00 PM-2:30 PM

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.

Promotion to the Highest Rank

1:00 PM-1:45 PM

The nuts and bolts of being promoted to the top rank in your track.

Members of the University-wide APT/AEP committee will discuss the current policies, procedures, and supporting documents which govern the promotion of PTK faculty members to the highest rank in each title series.

Enhancing Your Skills: Service

1:00 PM-1:45 PM

How do you identify and undertake the service opportunities that are best for you?

Service can take many forms:  Committee work, community outreach, extension, administrative work -- anything beyond your job responsibilities.  How do you get involved?  What are the benefits, personal and professional?  How do you decide when to say yes?  How can service help develop your career?

1:45 PM

Shared Governance

1:45 PM-2:30 PM

What does shared governance actually mean and what are the benefits to getting involved?

In this presentation, you will learn the integral role that professional track faculty can and do play in shared governance at the University of Maryland. Learn how change is initiated and enacted through the University’s primary shared governance structure - the University Senate. We will also discuss the benefits of getting involved in governance, how to get involved, and the significant actions that the Senate has taken to support and advance PTK faculty over the past 8 years.

Enhancing Your Skills: Administration

1:45 PM-2:30 PM

How can you develop yourself to be an effective university administrator?

Campus is a complex system, both hierarchical and distributed. Join your peers for a panel discussion on developing yourself for administrative positions and strategies for navigating the structural and political landscape.