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Professional Development Workshop Series

On the Road to meeting One's Scholarship Goals: Being a Productive Scholar

Date: Fri 9/26/2008
Location: School of Nursing Auditorium NB 028 @ 1701 University Boulevard
Organizers:   Drs Olivia Thomas & David B. Allison

Many talented academicians struggle to contribute to the advancement of knowledge and to achieve personal goals such as earning tenure due to lack of publications. The adage, "Publish or Perish" still hangs over the heads of many new faculty members. Additional professorial roles as teacher, clinician, and data collector, can present challenges to productive scholarship. This program is designed to introduce some strategies to increase scholarly productivity. The morning session will consist of an overview by two nationally recognized scholars and writing coaches. Topics to be covered included scheduling, prioritizing, buying time, using research assistants, and fostering collaborations. Afternoon sessions will consist of presentations of actual writing projects and small group activities on efficient writing. Audience: All Faculty & Fellows in UAB's SOPH, all CNRU members, and all Obesity T32 fellows.


Open Morning Session Invitation-only Afternoon Sessions
8:30 – 10 AM Enacting the Scholar Role
  • General Overview
  • What it means to be a scholar
  • Incomplete Scholar Roles
  • Redressing incomplete roles
10:15 – 11:45 Understanding the Publishing Process
  • Publishing Journal Articles
  • Publishing Books

Session 1: 1:15 – 2:45 PM
Session 2: 2:45 – 4:15 PM

Maximizing Efficiency & Originality: Practical Skills

  • Literature Review
  • Writing the discussion
  • Open Questions

To register, please send email of interest to Questions? 205.975.9169
Attendance is limited

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  • Clinical Nutrition Research Center
    Department of Nutrition Sciences,
    School of Health Professions
  • Section on Statistical Genetics
    Department of Biostatistics,
    School of Public Health
  • UAB's School of Public Health

Sonja K. Foss & William Waters

Sonja K. Foss is a professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Colorado Denver. Her research and teaching interests are in contemporary rhetorical theory and criticism, feminist perspectives on communication, the incorporation of marginalized voices into rhetorical theory and practice, and visual rhetoric. She is the author or coauthor of the books Destination Dissertation: A Traveler's Guide to a Done Dissertation, Rhetorical Criticism, Contemporary Perspectives on Rhetoric, Inviting Transformation, Feminist Rhetorical Theories, and Women Speak. Her essays in communication journals have dealt with topics such as invitational rhetoric, agency in the film Run Lola Run, feminine spectatorship in Garrison Keillor's monologues, visual argumentation, and body art. Dr. Foss earned her Ph.D. in communication studies from Northwestern University and previously taught at Ohio State University, the University of Oregon, the University of Denver, Virginia Tech, and Norfolk State University.

William Waters is an assistant professor in the English Department at the University of Houston-Downtown. His research and teaching interests are in writing theory and practice, the history of the English language, linguistics, and modern grammar. He is the coauthor of Destination Dissertation: A Traveler's Guide to a Done Dissertation and was the managing editor of La Puerta: A Doorway into the Academy. He also has published several poems in national journals. Dr. Waters earned his Ph.D. in language and linguistics from the University of New Mexico and previously taught at the University of Maine; University College in Galway, Ireland; and Cheongbuk National University in Korea.

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