Events 2010

December 8, 2010
Conversation Series: Sustaining a consistent stream of research publications

November 17, 2010
Conversation Series:
Nominating for the good of all – putting colleagues forward for prestigious national awards

October 20, 2010
Conversation Series:
Here They Come! What the on-campus interview should look like

October 15, 2010
Conversation Series with Joyce Yen:
Pitfalls and Promise of Candidate Evaluation

Joyce Yen, Program & Research Manager of The University of Washington's ADVANCE Center for Institutional Change, and Members of the UNL Promote Committee will present this facilitated workshop designed to help faculty identify some of the pitfalls that thwart the fair evaluation of candidates, particularly women and minorities, in the faculty hiring process. The interactive session will include a screening of a short film-sketch depicting a faculty search committee meeting at a research-intensive university, as well as discussions on recruitment practices and how bias can crop up in candidate evaluation. Workshop attendees will learn to recognize these subtle biases and practice effective techniques that encourage others to reexamine assumptions of competence and fit. The goals of this workshop are to give participants the tools, resources, and skills to serve as change agents in the diversification of faculty and to demonstrate how successful search processes can occur while simultaneously implementing best practices for diversity.

Friday, October 15
11am – 12:30pm
Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center, Room 212

September 29, 2010
Conversation Series with Concetta DiRusso:
Casting a Wide Net - Best Practices fo recruiting a diverse faculty

Wednesday, September 29
Nebraska City Union | room posted in union
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

September 22, 2010
Conversation Series with David Hage:
All These People, All These Tasks: Starting Up and Managing a Research Lab

The first event in the series, we invite early career faculty who are new to the challenges involved in establishing and managing a research lab. Experienced STEM faculty will be there to talk with you about what they have experienced and discovered to be best practices. We also look forward to answering any questions you might have about starting up a lab, recruiting new graduate students and post-docs, and coping with managing people in a lab or research group.

David Hage Presentation
Mehmet Can Vuran Presentation
Marjoie Lou Recommendations

Wednesday, September 22, 2010
East Campus Union
(room posted at East Campus Union)
12-1:30 p.m.
(brown bag lunch; drinks provided) 

April 22, 2010
Paths to Success Luncheon with Dr. Allison McKay:
How Useless Information is Always Useful, Someday

Dr. McKay is an Associate Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of Connecticut.  Her research interest are in Environmental Organic Chemistry, Aquatic Chemistry, & Solid-Water Exchange Process

Register at by April 19th, 2010.

Thursday, April 22, 2010
Nebraska City Union | 14th & R Street
(room posted at City Union)
11:30 am  Free Lunch Buffet
Speaker begins at Noon

April 19, 2010
Perceptions of Climate and Connectivity Among UNL STEM Faculty: Part 2
with Dr. Julia McQuillan

We will explore the following questions:

  • Are the experiences of pre-tenured faculty at UNL similar to the experiences of pre-tenured faculty at peer institutions?
  • Are men always better off than women among STEM faculty at UNL?
  • If we want to improve the lives of faculty at UNL, Should we focus on assistant, associate or full professors first?

Answers will be informed by the ADVANCE-Nebraska team baseline climate survey of UNL STEM faculty conducted during spring 2008. Dr. Julia McQuillan will provide the outcomes of surveys that demonstrate what is great about UNL and where our challenges lie. We will focus on information to use in efforts to recruit and retain top faculty. You will have time to provide input on interpreting the results and to the data collection process for the next phase of surveys in spring, 2011.

Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Jill Hochstein via email ( by April 15 so that we can reserve a lunch for you.

Monday, April 19, 2010
Nebraska City Union | 14th & R Street
(room posted at City Union)
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

March 4, 2010

Gender and Promotion: Barriers to Promotion to Full Professor Among STEM Faculty
with Dr. Dana M. Britton

Dana M. Britton is Professor of Sociology at Kansas State University, executive director of the KSU Advance IT project at KSU, and editor of the journal Gender & Society. She is currently collaborating with researchers at several universities to complete a study on the impact of gender on promotion process for STEM faculty.

Dr. Britton’s research interests are in gender, work, sexuality, and social control. She has studied officers' work in men's and women's prisons, faculty careers in science, engineering, and math, written about theoretical issues related to gender and organizations, and even studied prison dog training programs. Dr. Britton teaches courses on gender, work, research methodology, and social control. She is the author or editor of three books on these topics, and she currently edits the leading specialty journal in the sociology of gender - Gender & Society.

Thursday, March 4, 2010
Nebraska City Union | 14th & R Street
(room posted at City Union)
4:00 p.m.
*Reception Following

 February 22, 2010

Perceptions of Climate and Connectivity Among UNL STEM Faculty
with Dr. Christina Falci and Dr. Julia McQuillan

Do you talk about your research or personal life with colleagues in your department as much as other UNL STEM faculty? How satisfied are you with your teaching, research and service responsibilities compared to other UNL STEM faculty? Dr. Christina Falci and Dr. Julia McQuillan provide the answers to these questions and more based on the findings from two surveys administered to all UNL STEM faculty in spring 2007.

RSVP by Feb. 15th by emailing or submit RSVP through the form below.

Monday, Februrary 22, 2010
Nebraska City Union | 14th & R Street
(room posted at City Union)
11:30 a.m. —1:00 p.m.
Lunch will be provided.

February 11, 2010
Paths to Success Luncheon
with Dr. Judy Walker
"The Importance of Determining What's Important"

Dr. Walker is Professor and Graduate Chair for the UNL Department of Mathematics. Her research is in coding theory, which seeks to find efficient ways of adding redundancy to information so that errors in transmission can be detected and corrected. She is co-founder of the Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics. She has served on the Council of the American Mathematical Society and received the 2006 Haimo Award for Distinguished Teaching from the Mathematical Association of America. She currently serves as the MAA's Polya Lecturer.

January 22, 2010
A professional development opportunity for UNL faculty to improve their social acumen over free breakfast!
with Bonnie Coffey
"Connecting at Conventions"

There are shelves of books in libraries devoted to planning meetings and conventions, but there are no books on how to be an effective participant. Learn what to do before, during and after conferences and conventions to make them valuable business experiences that are worth your time and effort!

Bonnie Coffey is one of only 13 Certified Trainers in the U.S., Canada and Portugal with Contacts Count. She helps organizations and individuals develop professional competency in networking skills and strategies that contribute to personal and professional success.

Register for this free breakfast and workshop by emailing by January 19, 2011.

Friday, January 22, 2010
Nebraska City Union | 14th & R Street
(room posted at City Union)
8:00 a.m. – Breakfast
8:15  – 9:30 a.m. Workshop