Summer Planning Workshop

Detailed Evaluation Results for Summer Planning Workshop

On communicating with their mentors and mentees, results from the post-workshop evaluations revealed that many of the 27 faculty in attendance gained a variety of concrete skills and tips to use. Skills and tips for summer planning included timing and scheduling, being organized, setting goals, keeping a log, doing detailed and realistic planning, and maximizing time with a work-life balance.

Faculty were appreciative of the opportunity to network with their mentors and mentees as well as other faculty from various departments. One participant said “I enjoy speaking to other faculty outside of my department.” One of the mentors noted “Always a pleasure to meet with my mentee. We meet often but nice to have concrete and specific tasks to guide discussion.” Several faculty noted that they would have liked more discussion time to interact with faculty members from other departments that they typically do not interact with.

Some tips that the faculty learned was the importance of planning and work-life balance. One participant mentioned that "The workshop facilitated me to plan many things not only in my profession but also personal activities. I realize that I need to plan to do something for myself." Another participant commented that this was a "Good chance to really think about goals/prioritize/organize."

For future presentations, mentor pairs asked to have more time for discussions with their mentors or mentees. One faculty member said that it would be helpful to "provide all participants with a summer calendar.”

23 of the 27 faculty that attended completed evaluations.

Questions & Responses

The Summer Planning workshop to discuss best options and pitfalls to avoid lived up to my expectations.
N=23 Mean=4.65 SD=0.78 Range= 1 (strongly disagree)- 5 (strongly agree)

The session allowed me to get or give useful guidance and suggestions towards making progress.
N=23 Mean=4.78 SD=0.42 Range= 1 (strongly disagree)- 5 (strongly agree)

I am glad I took the time to participate in this workshop.
N=23 Mean=4.87 SD=0.34 Range= 1 (strongly disagree)- 5 (strongly agree)

The session assisted me in anticipating any roadblocks or obstacles, and ways to respond this summer.
N=22 Mean=4.59 SD=0.67 Range= 1 (strongly disagree)- 5 (strongly agree)

Questions & Answers:

What was the most significant thing you learned and will take away from the Summer Planning workshop (and Networking Lunch) to use in the summer months?

  • Identifying all tasks needed to do for the summer and how to allocate time to those.
  • Dividing up the projects into smaller tasks.
  • Plan out multi-dimensionality.
  • The workshop facilitated me to plan many things not only in my profession but also personal activities. I realize that I need to plan to do something for myself.
  • Good chance to really think about goals/prioritize/organize.
  • Remember to do something fun in the summer!
  • Working on plans for summer.
  • Take time for personal goals.
  • Set up schedule.
  • Having concrete well-planned projects.
  • The article led me to her 2010 summer columns they are very helpful.
  • Math lab.
  • Summer goes by quickly!
  • List of goals.
  • Comments from other fellows.
  • Catch up with my mentor. Think about summer.

Is there anything that could have been improved about this workshop?

  • Maybe provide all participants with a summer calendar.
  • Better if a bit shorter.
  • Less "down time".
  • Was good- probably don't need as much structure/cross group sharing.
  • No.
  • See below.
  • More individual work time (in pairs); less overall sharing with the larger group.
  • More time to discuss with mentors and less class presentation time.
  • A bit too long. 1 and a half hour is enough.

General Comments about the overall workshop?

  • I enjoy speaking to other faculty outside of my department.
  • Very valuable.
  • Helpful.
  • Great job!
  • Enjoyed Mohamad's engaging facilitation and both of their presentations.
  • Very good.
  • Summer planning should start considerably earlier than May; this workshop would have a bigger impact in February.
  • Very good. Nadja did a very good job!
  • Well done!
  • Always a pleasure to meet with my mentee. We meet often (about monthly) but nice to have concrete and specific tasks to guide discussion.
  • Very useful.
  • It was great!
  • Very interesting.

What might you do differently as a result of this workshop?

  • Focus on identifying days needed to achieve tasks.
  • Think about potential barriers to carrying out projects.
  • Be more productive hopefully.
  • Make a plan!
  • Outline and provide a plan week by week.
  • Plan better and smart.
  • Better planning.
  • Lost focus.
  • Nothing.
  • Do a schedule.
  • Might be in a writing group.
  • Start planning.
  • Plan. Look into funding.
  • Speak at department meetings on behalf of concerns for junior faculty.
  • Think of personal goals.
  • Summer planning example.
  • Plan.