Webinar: Defining Yourself as a Scholar (Mentor Call)

Webinar: Defining Yourself as a Scholar (Mentor Call)

During this webinar, senior scholars who serve as New Connections Mentors gave advice, guidance and practical steps on how an early career scholar can begin shaping their personal identity. Topics included: identifying yourself and your scholarship; how to fit your research into your department, and what to do if it does not fit; and how your identity as a scholar should be reflected in your tenure packet.

Webinar Recording: NIH Grant Review Simulation

Webinar Recording: NIH Grant Review Simulation

During this webinar, we simulated a National Institutes of Health (NIH) and/or private foundation grant review using applications prepared by New Connections Network members. Webinar presenters gave an inside look at the type of commentary and analysis that typically occurs during the actual grant review process, and offered participants deeper insights about the key points and considerations to focus on when developing applications. The webinar will included a Q&A opportunity for participants.

To access the recording click here!

Webinar: Further Research Funding and Training Opportunities for New Connections Network Members

Webinar: Further Research Funding and Training Opportunities for New Connections Network Members

Our recent webinar with program leaders from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation entitled, “Further Research Funding and Training Opportunities for New Connections Network Members,” is now available via recording. 

During the webinar, RWJF program leaders Maryjoan Ladden and Matt Trujillo discussed tangible opportunities for New Connections Network scholars to apply for grants as part of the Research, Evaluation and Learning portfolio, as well as related professional development programs. They also provided an overview of RWJF’s strategic direction and described ways in which New Connections Network researchers may further inform those plans. If you have any questions please send them to Seth Klukoff, New Connections Deputy Director, at sklukoff@equalmeasure.org.

To watch the webinar, click here!

For more information about the RWJF Leadership programs listed in the webinar visit the national leadership development program websites below. If you have any questions about RWJF’s Leadership Programs, email: changeleaders@rwjf.org.

Culture of Health Leaders

Health Policy Research Scholars

Interdisciplinary Research Leaders

Clinical Scholars

New Connections Capstone Symposium 2019

New Connections Capstone Symposium 2019

The RWJF New Connections program is excited to announce that our capstone symposium- Celebrating New Connections! Building a Legacy of Equity through Community and Scholarship– is scheduled for March 13-15, 2019 in New Orleans, LA. The symposium is a one and a half-day meeting bringing together scholars in the New Connections network who are faculty, researchers, and administrators working in public health. The symposium is designed to deepen and build community among researchers, highlight topical issues, and share the many facets of health research with a cadre of researchers working across academic disciplines. We are excited about the agenda, which will include numerous opportunities for networking and learning with peers and colleagues. In addition, we will have a networking suite, during which attendees can meet with editors from peer-reviewed journals, grant reviewers, senior scholars, communications experts, and other professionals. 

Applications will be accepted until 11:59 pm ET on Friday, October 26, 2018.

Symposium applicants will receive notification of their application status by Monday, November 5, 2018. A travel stipend to cover expenses related to the meeting (with a capped limit) will be provided to those invited to participate.  

Meeting Highlights

Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and a national advocate for expanding opportunities for underrepresented researchers in public health and academia, will serve as one of our keynote speakers. In addition, we will honor the New Connections leaders and scholars who have exemplified the mission of the program and have “paid it forward” to their colleagues and the broader field. And of course, since we will be in New Orleans, and in the heart of the French Quarter, we’ll have plenty of fun at a dine-around of local restaurants and marching in a “second line” parade following the opening reception! This will be our final symposium, so we are aiming to make it meaningful and memorable. 

To access the capstone symposium application, please click on the applicable link below. 

Grantee Application 

(for all current and previous grantees)

General Application 

Please email inquiries to info@rwjf-newconnections.org.

 

And on behalf of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the New Connections team we invite you to join us for our webinar, Further Research Funding and Training Opportunities for New Connections Network Members.” The webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, October 24, 2018 from 1:30-3:00 pm ET.

During the webinar, RWJF program leaders Maryjoan Ladden and Matt Trujillo will discuss tangible opportunities for New Connections Network scholars to apply for grants as part of the Research, Evaluation and Learning portfolio, as well as related professional development programs. They will also provide an overview of RWJF’s strategic direction, and describe ways in which New Connections Network researchers may further inform those plans. You will have opportunities to participate in a Q&A session with the RWJF program leaders during the webinar. We also invite you to submit any questions in advance to Seth Klukoff, New Connections Deputy Director, at sklukoff@equalmeasure.org.  

To register for the webinar click here!

Webinar: Tenure and Promotion in Academia

Webinar: Tenure and Promotion in Academia

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Connections program hosted a webinar entitled “Preparing for Tenure and Promotion in Academia.”

During this webinar, two RWJF New Connections Alumni provided practical advice on tenure and promotion process in academia. Drawing on their own successful experiences with tenure as well as experiences of those they mentored, the presenters discussed:

  • Determining expectations for mid-tenure review, tenure review, and promotion to professor;
  • Suggestions for understanding and navigating the tenure process at your institution;
  • Negotiating salary and institutional benefits;
  • How to keep pace with your work and responsibilities while working towards promotion.

To access a recording of this webinar, click here.

Thank you to our presenters, Keith Elder and Leah Robinson, for sharing their expertise and insights.

Keith Elder, PhD, MPH, MPA currently serves as Founding Dean and Professor of the School of Public Health at Samford University. He completed his doctoral training at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Dr. Elder served previously as Chair for the Department of Health Management and Policy in the College for Public Health and Social Justice at Saint Louis University. He has also served as faculty at the University of South Carolina’s Arnold School of Public Health and the University of Alabama Birmingham’s School of Health Professions. Overall, he has served as principal investigator on funded projects by the Alzheimer’s Association, National Institutes of Health, Health Resources and Services Administration, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He serves on the Editorial Board of The American Journal of Public Health and the Journal of Health Administration Education and Founding Editor in Chief of Aims Public Health.

Leah E. Robinson, Ph.D. (The Ohio State University, 2007) is an Associate Professor of Movement Science in the School of Kinesiology and Research Associate Professor in the Center for Human Growth and Development at the University of Michigan. She is also a Fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine. Her research agenda takes a developmental perspective to three complementary areas: motor skill acquisition, physical activity, and developmental health in young children. Her research has been or is currently supported by the National Institutes of Health National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (R03), National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (R01), and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Dr. Robinson has published over 60 peer-reviewed publications, 6 published book chapters, and 2 policy reports. She also served on a scientific committee for the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine.

Twitter Chat: “A Discussion on the Trauma of Inequality”

Twitter Chat: “A Discussion on the Trauma of Inequality”

New Connections recently facilitated a Twitter chat entitled “A Discussion on the Trauma of Inequality.” The chat addressed trauma caused by inequality at the intersections of race, education, economics, and health—both on personal and academic levels. We are delighted to have worked with John Kirby, director of the Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships, Dr. Bethany M. (bee) Coston, professor of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, and Dr. Keisha Bentley-Edwards, director of the Health Equity Working Group at Duke University’s Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity. As researchers and practitioners working in the sectors of psychology, racism, gender violence, and trauma, these facilitators offered unique personal and professional perspectives on trauma and inequality.

The Twitter chat focused on two significant issues around inequality and trauma: 1) the vicarious trauma felt by teachers, professors, and professionals who are supporting students, patients, colleagues, etc. struggling with trauma, and 2) the traumas and inequality experienced by minority and first-generation scholars in large institutions. We were inspired to facilitate this chat after reading several articles on these topics in Edutopia and the New York Times, and a report published by Philanthropy Network of Greater Philadelphia.  We shared the Edutopia article on the New Connections Twitter feed in the fall, and received significant engagement and responses from our network members, who seemed to be struggling with various traumas as a result of their backgrounds, research, and teaching positions. We integrated that response into this Twitter chat to address some of the hidden emotional and psychological issues faced by people in our network.

To access a collection of tweets from the chat, visit our Twitter moment, “A Discussion on the Trauma of Inequality” Twitter Chat.