Parlaying Career Opportunities
into Academic Achievements
Lea S. Eiland, Pharm.D., BCPS
Associate Clinical Professor of Ph...
Objective
• Implement strategies to enhance one’s
professional career in an academic setting.
It all started out… in Texas
• Pharmacy was for me!
• Prior to starting pharmacy school… pediatrics
• Graduated from The U...
Did I want to be a full time faculty
member?
• I wanted to practice in pediatrics, but I wanted to
teach students
• Who di...
Then I moved to… Alabama
• Assistant Clinical Professor with Auburn
University Harrison School of Pharmacy (02-07)
[Non-te...
New Faculty Position Responsibilities
• Teaching
▫ Classroom and Clerkship Teaching
• Practice/Outreach/Research
▫ Clinica...
New Faculty Position Responsibilities
• Teaching
▫ Classroom and Clerkship Teaching
• Practice/Outreach/Research
▫ Clinica...
Your Life Your Career
Talk to Faculty
• Talk with the faculty at your school who have
been successful
• What did they do to be successful?
• How...
Mentorship
• Do you have a mentor? How many mentors?
▫ 1, 2-3, 4+ mentors
• Try to find a mentor at the school
▫ Find seve...
Use Time Wisely
• Plan, Plan, Plan
• Need a Calendar
• Evaluate workload each year
▫ What am I doing that I need to do?
▫ ...
Generate Ideas
• Brainstorm with other faculty for ideas
• Ask for feedback on projects
• Look at abstract listing in meet...
Look for Ways to Combine Outcomes
• Publish case report of patient you saw in practice
• Create poster of new course/activ...
Develop Goals
• Have you developed personal goals?
▫ Are they on paper or in your head?
• Develop short term goals (annual...
Recheck Your Goals
• Do you revise or check on goals?
• Periodically check your goals for the year (e.g.
every 3 months)
•...
Annual Evaluation
• Annually review goals set by dept and myself
• Annually review ‘workload’ (time allocated to
teaching/...
Don’t ‘Recreate the Wheel’
• Will spend time creating material for the first
time you use it, but continue to teach this s...
Development
• Attend personal and career development
sessions
▫ May be through university or school
▫ May be at educationa...
Document Activities
• Create word file for each year of activities
• Become a packrat- Keep all documents
▫ Courses taught...
Be a Team Player
• Go to meetings
• Attend school sessions
• Be visible to colleagues
• BUT, learn to say ‘NO’ or negotiat...
Would I go down the same path again?
…YES!
• I cannot imagine not being a full time faculty
member
▫ Teaching students pediatric topics
▫ Practicing every morn...
Which of the following can lead to
success in academia?
A. Be in the Know
B. Focus, Plan, Get Organized and Prioritize
C. ...
Playing Your Cards Right Can Lead To
Success in Academia
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  • Know your responsibilities– non tenure vs tenure, etc; policies/procedures/personnel; promotion and tenure criteria
  • Lead into Top 10 recommendations:
  • Mentorship is the KEY -many schools have a formal mentoring/ “buddy” system, choose a mentor with similar background and interests, multiple mentors can be advantageous, discuss career goals/aspirations early and often, be receptive to mentorship
  • All ten can lead to Success
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    1. 1. Parlaying Career Opportunities into Academic Achievements Lea S. Eiland, Pharm.D., BCPS Associate Clinical Professor of Pharmacy Practice Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy
    2. 2. Objective • Implement strategies to enhance one’s professional career in an academic setting.
    3. 3. It all started out… in Texas • Pharmacy was for me! • Prior to starting pharmacy school… pediatrics • Graduated from The University of Texas (Pharm.D., 2001) • Shadowing and career positions decision influenced my pediatric residency choice ▫ Clinical Practice Area- pediatrics ▫ Teaching- yes, but how much?
    4. 4. Did I want to be a full time faculty member? • I wanted to practice in pediatrics, but I wanted to teach students • Who did I want to be my employer? • My position opportunity most like would be full time academia • Pediatric Specialty Residency (PGY2) at Texas Tech University HSC School of Pharmacy (01-02) ▫ Classroom, clinical teaching ▫ Variety of the daily activities ▫ Challenged myself in practice and teaching area
    5. 5. Then I moved to… Alabama • Assistant Clinical Professor with Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy (02-07) [Non-tenure, Clinical track series] ▫ New faculty position started in pediatrics ▫ New practice site developed • Associate Clinical Professor (07-Present) ▫ Successfully promoted ▫ New opportunities continue to arise
    6. 6. New Faculty Position Responsibilities • Teaching ▫ Classroom and Clerkship Teaching • Practice/Outreach/Research ▫ Clinical Site/Research • Service ▫ Committee service to University/School/Profession Need to know your responsibilities!
    7. 7. New Faculty Position Responsibilities • Teaching ▫ Classroom and Clerkship Teaching • Practice/Outreach/Research ▫ Clinical Site/Research • Service ▫ Committee service to University/School/Profession
    8. 8. Your Life Your Career
    9. 9. Talk to Faculty • Talk with the faculty at your school who have been successful • What did they do to be successful? • How did they focus? • Where should you focus? • What should you stay away from? Talk with senior faculty mentor about their plans a few times a year
    10. 10. Mentorship • Do you have a mentor? How many mentors? ▫ 1, 2-3, 4+ mentors • Try to find a mentor at the school ▫ Find several mentors (for different guidance) Pediatric mentors, Academic mentors, always looking for new ones
    11. 11. Use Time Wisely • Plan, Plan, Plan • Need a Calendar • Evaluate workload each year ▫ What am I doing that I need to do? ▫ What am I doing that I don’t need to do? • Will have to do some time outside work, but focus during that time Electronic calendar, constant ‘to-do’ list
    12. 12. Generate Ideas • Brainstorm with other faculty for ideas • Ask for feedback on projects • Look at abstract listing in meeting agenda or journals • Collaborate with other non-pharmacy practitioners ‘Kelly Time’, faculty don’t have to be in your practice area
    13. 13. Look for Ways to Combine Outcomes • Publish case report of patient you saw in practice • Create poster of new course/activity you developed • Work with other faculty members who have similar areas of interest (co-teach, publish, etc) • Publish outcomes of committee work (protocols, evaluations)- think clinical (practice) and school (service) Work with MD for many research publications
    14. 14. Develop Goals • Have you developed personal goals? ▫ Are they on paper or in your head? • Develop short term goals (annual) ▫ May be part of your annual review • Develop intermediate goals (3-5 years) • Develop long term goals (5+ years) Goals will help keep you focused Short, intermediate, long-term goals: career ladder, organizational, personal dev
    15. 15. Recheck Your Goals • Do you revise or check on goals? • Periodically check your goals for the year (e.g. every 3 months) • Do more frequent than required by dept chair • Revise goals as needed • Written goals help keep you on track Re-evaluated at 3 yr and after promotion; highlight ones attained, mark out old goals
    16. 16. Annual Evaluation • Annually review goals set by dept and myself • Annually review ‘workload’ (time allocated to teaching/practice/service) • At annual review, ask for feedback ▫ What are you doing well? ▫ What can you improve? Work on year round
    17. 17. Don’t ‘Recreate the Wheel’ • Will spend time creating material for the first time you use it, but continue to teach this same area and reuse teaching material ▫ Easier to update than recreate • Try not to switch and teach new courses each year- keep focused (most faculty need a focused area which leads to national reputation, recommended/required for promotion to full professor) Focused on pediatric ID and neurology topics
    18. 18. Development • Attend personal and career development sessions ▫ May be through university or school ▫ May be at educational meetings • Develops, Increases, and Improves skills • Evaluate goals and determine what skills you need to reach the goal • Keep up with clinical area expertise Pediatric dev, academic dev, personal (leadership) dev, BCPS, ALFP
    19. 19. Document Activities • Create word file for each year of activities • Become a packrat- Keep all documents ▫ Courses taught each year, number of students ▫ Publications (abstracts, posters, articles, interviews) ▫ Programs of meetings you attend (document development) ▫ Student notes ▫ Awards/Honors • This will assist in annual evaluation and dossier development Now 2 boxes!
    20. 20. Be a Team Player • Go to meetings • Attend school sessions • Be visible to colleagues • BUT, learn to say ‘NO’ or negotiate • You cannot do everything and if you try to do everything, you will not do everything well. Volunteer for admissions interviews, attend applicant interviews, serve as a student org advisor, travel to the campus, participate in committees
    21. 21. Would I go down the same path again?
    22. 22. …YES! • I cannot imagine not being a full time faculty member ▫ Teaching students pediatric topics ▫ Practicing every morning at the hospital ▫ Working with other health care professionals ▫ Variation of day/year ▫ Opportunity to participate in professional organizations ▫ Giving back to the profession by educating future pharmacists
    23. 23. Which of the following can lead to success in academia? A. Be in the Know B. Focus, Plan, Get Organized and Prioritize C. Use mentors D. Ask for advice/feedback E. All of the above • YOU CAN DO THIS!
    24. 24. Playing Your Cards Right Can Lead To Success in Academia

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