Summer Planning & Networking Lunch

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Detailed Evaluation Results for Summer Planning Workshop

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(19 of the 23 faculty that attended completed evaluations)

On communicating with their mentors and mentees, results from the post-workshop evaluations revealed that many of the 23 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, setting aside time for one's self and vacation, and maximizing time with writing.

Faculty were appreciative of the opportunity to network with their mentors and mentees as well as other faculty from various departments. One participant said that the workshop was a "good opportunity to hear strategies from faculty in other departments.” Several faculty noted that they would like more events like this in order to collaborate with others.

Some of the tips that the faculty learned were the importance of planning time for writing and planning in advance. One participant mentioned that they learned of the "importance of regular writing. Quantifying work days after blocking summer events out on the calendar." Another participant noted that they learned that there is "always more things planned than what I can actually do. Need to prioritize and be strict to the plan."

Questions & Responses

The Summer Planning workshop to discuss best options and pitfalls to avoid, lived up to my expectations.
N=19 Mean=4.74 SD=0.45 Range= 1 (strongly disagree)- 5 (strongly agree)

The session allowed me to get or give useful guidance and suggestions towards making progress.
N=19 Mean=4.63 SD=0.60 Range= 1 (strongly disagree)- 5 (strongly agree)

I am glad I took the time to participate in this workshop.
N=19 Mean=4.68 SD=0.58 Range= 1 (strongly disagree)- 5 (strongly agree)

The session assisted me in anticipating any roadblocks or obstacles, and ways to respond this summer.
N=19 Mean=4.58 SD=0.69 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?

  • Ways that others protect their time.
  • To dedicate time to writing.
  • Need to make goals.
  • Maximizing resources and dealing with perfectionism.
  • Importance of regular writing. Quantifying work days after blocking summer events out on the calendar.
  • Break down big tasks, not small ones, and block out time for them.
  • This workshop really proves what I am planning to do.
  • That I need to plan and get used to writing regularly.
  • Certain strategies for organizing time.
  • The importance of focusing work efforts.
  • Write in small sections rather than big chunks of time.
  • Always more things planned than what I can actually do. Need to prioritize and be strict to the plan.
  • Critical planning and thinking.
  • Collaborate and set goals together with my mentor.
  • Write regularly and set aside regular fixed time to write.
  • Plan ahead.

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

  • The book is great. This was a big improvement over last year. Maybe bring in a guest lecturer on planning or time management.
  • None.
  • No, great job.
  • Help with estimating time to complete various tasks.
  • Suggest things to "bring." A list of projects to write, research to do.
  • Perfect.
  • Can we have some workshops to help us learn how to collaborate?
  • No.
  • Keep doing them!

General Comments about the overall workshop?

  • Great lunch. Great book.
  • Thanks for hosting and for the book.
  • Good opportunity to hear strategies from faculty in other departments.
  • Good review of obstacles that should be overcome.
  • Excellent workshop.
  • Thanks a lot!
  • Very helpful.
  • Very helpful and encouraging.

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

  • Prioritize. Be more assertive in protecting my time. Be more assertive in strategizing and planning. Actually write.
  • Schedule writing time.
  • Write more and plan time better.
  • Break up tasks into smaller projects. Have as many projects going on at the same time as I can.
  • Will make a strong effort to write regularly versus binge writing.
  • Block time in calendar for small tasks.
  • Plan and arrange my goals much better.
  • I will have more realistic goals. I decided to follow a writing plan and stay loyal to it.
  • Protect my time more voraciously.
  • Prioritize efforts.
  • Devote more time each day to writing.
  • Be more organized.
  • Plan in advance. To-do list!
  • Set a weekly writing time slot, realistically, get eight hours out of 4 segments of two hours each.
  • Say no to things.