CAS 3rd Year Review & Journal Publishing

Faculty in the mentor program participated in an opportunity to hear and discuss different points of view from five panelists on Preparing the Third Year Review at FIU. Perspectives were given from an administrator (Associate Dean), two department chairs, and two faculty.

Suggestions and comments ranged from "see it as an opportunity to assess honestly your first 3 years and see where you can get assistance moving forward" to "the work plan is the most important part of your file." Panelists also recommended that faculty have their CV in the FIU format, a list of courses taught (plus thesis and dissertation committee reviews), a chair evaluation, annual assignments and expectations, as well as to take advantage of expertise in your area for identifying any issues you may have along the way.

For the Journal Publishing workshop, professors from psychology, economics, biological sciences and history shared their career advice, including everything from "put aside time to write, less is more and diversify your research" to "pay attention to the editors, cultivate co-authors and get to know the experts in your field."

Twenty-three participants completed evaluations for the Third Year Review workshop, and sixteen individuals completed the evaluations for the Journal Publishing workshop. All scales were 1-7.

Questions and Responses (Third Year Review):

  • The Third Year Review workshop lived up to my expectations (M = 6.00)
  • The workshop gave clear and concrete instructions and tips for assisting me in my 3rd year review (M = 5.80)
  • I am glad I took the time to participate in the workshop (M = 5.91)

Give an example of one thing you will definitely take away from the 3rd Year Review workshop to use in your daily life:

  • Amount of time needed in preparation and the creation of a work plan
  • Figure out a long term plan beyond the publication to publication plan
  • Opportunity to plan and improve, information on outside reviewers
  • Importance of external letters and the persons chosen as writers
  • Start thinking more concretely about letter writers

Questions and Responses (Journal Publishing):

  • The Journal Publishing workshop lived up to my expectations (M = 5.94)
  • The workshop gave clear and concrete instructions and tips for assisting me in my 3rd year review (M = 6.00)
  • I am glad I took the time to participate in the workshop (M = 5.88)

Give an example of one thing you will definitely take away from the Journal Publishing workshop to use in your daily life:

  • Be persistent. Keep writing. Know your audience. Tell a story.
  • Two or three first publications are more important than multiple minor publications.
  • Think carefully about your research portfolio and where to publish.
  • Project more time for writing, then protect that time

Additional Comments on Workshops:

  • Wonderfully organized considering different disciplines (of participants) yet managing to find interdisciplinary commonalities
  • Thorough and helpfully constructive, with concrete suggestions and good general advice. Helpful and interesting, great job!