Events 2009

September 16th, 2009
ADVANCE-Nebraska luncheon speaker series
with Dr. Priscilla Grew
"The Seven Career Life: A Geological Perspective"

Dr. Priscilla Grew is the Director of the University of Nebraska State Museum and Professor in the UNL Department of Geosciences.  Register for this free lunch by September 10th, 2009 at

Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Nebraska City Union | 14th & R Street
(room posted at City Union)
11:30am - Lunch Buffet
Speaker to begin at NOON 

August 28, 2009
Lunch & Workshop
with Bonnie Doffey
"Meeting With a Purpose"

A professional development opportunity for UNL faculty to improve their social acumen over free lunch! Join Bonnie Doffey, Certified Trainer with Contacts Count, to learn vital tools that will make your contacts count in personal and professional situations, at home, and at conferences.

Register for this free lunch by emailing by August 25th.

Friday, August 28
Nebraska City Union | 14th & R Street
(room posted at City Union)
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

August 10 - 14, 2009
ADVANCE-Nebraska Writing Retreat

ADVANCE-Nebraska is sponsoring a writing retreat for UNL Faculty.

UNL Faculty will be provided with dedicated space, time and coaching to finish a paper or grant for submission.

"This is the perfect way to tackle a pile of data that needs polishing to be published, or to complete an article or grant that needs to go out the door before the semester begins," said Mary Anne Holmes, ADVANCE grant director.

This program is modeled on a similar successful program for women geoscientists in New England. Holmes participated in that event in 2007.

"Fifteen participants, with three pairs of collaborators, submitted nine papers for publication within the three-month period following a five-day writing retreat," Holmes said.

The plans are for participants to convene in the Love Library, write for a day, then meet with writing coaches, Jane Connealy, Shari Stenberg, and Frankie Condon of UNL's English Department, who will facilitate writing success. Wireless access, unstructured time, refreshments, and meals will be built into the program to allow participants to devote their full energies to academic writing.

Collaborators from other institutions are welcome, Holmes said. Some travel funds will be available for collaborators.

"Scheduled time to write with few distractions is perfect for transforming piles of results on your desk into contributions to your field," she said.

To apply, fill out the Writing Retreat application form and email it to Application deadline is August 1, 2009.

August 10-14
Love Library


April 29, 2009
Paths to Success Luncheon
with Dr. Heidi Schellman

"No daughter of mine is going to Caltech": stories from two generationsof women scientists

ADVANCE-Nebraska presents Dr. Heidi Schellman, Professor of Physics at Northwestern University and a board member of the Fermi Lab. This informal lunch session features women in STEM who will share their success strategies in navigating their academic career.

Registration Required by April 16: send an email to

Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Nebraska City Union | UNL

April 15, 2009
AAD presentation
with Vice Chancellor Christine Jackson
"Developing an Administrative Career in Higher Education"

Dr. Christine Jackson is the UNL Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance.  In higher education, most administrators move into their positions afterworking in a faculty position. Vice Chancellor Jackson has climbed thehigher education administrative ladder separately from the faculty ranks.Find out what steps she took to build her higher ed career while stillbalancing the needs of her family. The talk is sponsored by theUniversity Association for Administrative Development.

April 15, 2009
Nebraska East Union
(room posted at East Union)
11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.

March 12, 2009
Paths to Success Luncheon
with Dr. Kimberly Espy
"Walking the Career-Family Tightrope"

Dr. Espy is on the faculty of the Department of Psychology at UNL, and the Associate Vice Chancellor for the Office of Research. Her research focuses on identifying the antecedents of learning, attention, and behavioral disorders in medically at-risk populations, including those born prematurely, those exposed to substances of abuse during pregnancy, and those exposed to toxicants in their environment. In 2001, Dr. Espy received the Rita G. Rudel Award for Pediatric Neuropsychology and Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience. In 2005, she received the Early Career Award from Division 40 (Clinical Neuropsychology) of the American Psychological Association, and also was selected as a Fellow of the same division.

Registration Required by March 6, 2009: send an email to

March 12, 2009
Wick Alumni Center, Dana Room.

Monday, March 2, 2009 - First Professional Development Workshop presented by COACh

Location: City Campus Union, room to be announced
Registration Required by February 16, 2009: send an email to


COACh was formed in 1998 by a group of senior women faculty in the chemical sciences with a common concern about the gender-based obstacles women scientists face in trying to attain their career goals.

COACh Goals

* To work towards eliminating inequities in the system that impede the careers of women scientists and engineers.
* To develop and implement workshops for women in technical fields that will assist them in achieving their career goals.
* To provide avenues for networking and mentoring with other women scientists and engineers.
* To work in an advisory capacity with departments and institutions to increase the recruitment, hiring, retention and success of women in the sciences.
* To provide programs that will improve the climate in our institutions and laboratories so that all scientists can achieve their full potential.


Strategies For Leading Change

The goal of this workshop is to increase the capabilities of institutional leaders to effect change within their organizations. Many highly successful people can easily identify what changes need to happen, but find it difficult to lead others to confront the challenges facing their group. Building on the theatre and leadership techniques introduced in the morning workshop, Strategic Persuasion, participants will learn a new way of thinking about group processes. They will experience the potential of charisma, the power of vocal presence and clarity, learn how tactics can be expressed through the voice, learn to differentiate types of challenges, understand how roles determine strategies, identify the pressures behind the resistance to change, and learn how to make effective interventions.

In a highly interactive format which encourages deeply personal learning, we will analyze a case that arises from the group and explore a method to clarify the larger purpose while identifying the trap of "quick fixes." Through a personal questioning process and partnered debrief, participants will have an opportunity to examine their own organizational challenges. Participants will leave with new strategies -- theoretical, psychological, and physical -- for successfully leading change in their institutions or organizations.

Biographies of COACh Workshop Coordinators

Lee Warren is Associate Director of the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning at Harvard University ( and is a pedagogical coach for faculty and graduate students teaching at Harvard. She works with clients on group process issues individually, in workshops and seminars, and through videotape. Lee also teaches in the Leadership Executive Programs at the Kennedy School of Government, and consults internationally with Cambridge Leadership Associates. With Nancy Houfek, she has led over 100 STRONG WOMEN/STRATEGIC PERFORMANCE workshops for universities and professional organizations throughout the country.

Her Ph.D., from Stanford University, is in English and American Literature. Before coming to Harvard, she taught at UMass/Boston and MIT and was the Academic Dean of Merrimack Valley College, part of the University System of New Hampshire. She has worked as writing consultant, writing about social issues for numerous private, state, and non-profit organizations in the Boston area. She has published numerous articles on teaching and learning, race, gender, class, case teaching, and leadership, and has co-produced several videotapes used internationally.

Nancy Houfek is Head of Voice & Speech for the American Repertory Theatre ( at Harvard University where she teaches graduate courses in vocal production, coaches the professional acting company, and administers the M.F.A. in voice training pedagogy. Nancy has presented workshops using theatre techniques for the Derek Bok Center for Teaching & Learning, the Harvard Medical School, the Kennedy School of Government, and the Radcliffe Fellows program, as well as for clients in the private sector. A film of her work with Harvard faculty, "The Act of Teaching," has been produced by the Bok Center for national distribution to faculty development centers. She has coached professional speakers since 1978, and, with Lee Warren, led "Strong Women/Strategic Performance" workshops since 1999 in the United States and Canada.

Nancy holds a B.A. from Stanford University and M.F.A. from the American Conservatory Theatre. She has directed or performed over 100 plays or musicals off-Broadway and at regional theatres throughout the country. Faculty positions include the University of Washington, the drama Studio of London, A.C.T., Southern Methodist University, and the University of Minnesota where she headed the actor-training program. She is published in The Voice & Speech Review, The Complete Voice and Speech Workout and the VASTA (Voice and Speech Trainer's Association) Newsletter. Nancy is a Master Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework.

February 20, 2009
11th Annual Nebraska Women in Science Conference
with Dr. Tracy Frank, Keynote Speaker

"Science as a career: A geologist's perspective"

Dr. Tracy Frank, Associate Professor in the Department of Geosciences at UNL, is this year's Nebraska Women in Science keynote speaker. The 11th Annual Nebraska Women in Science Conference hosts junior- and senior-level high school girls from the region, and introduces them to a variety of science, math, and technological career paths.

For more information about this conference, visit: Women in Science.

Friday, February 20, 2009
Holiday Inn Downtown, Lincoln, Nebraska

September 16th, 2009
Dr. Mary Anne Holmes, Associate Professor of Practice in Geosciences at UNL