Making the Right Moves: A Practical Guide to Scientific Management for Postdocs and New Faculty, Second Edition

Based on workshops co-sponsored by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund and HHMI, this book is a collection of practical advice and experiences from seasoned biomedical investigators and includes chapters on laboratory leadership, getting funded, project management, and teaching and course design.

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  • Front matter and Introduction (pp. i-4)
    • Copyright
    • Contents
    • Preface
    • Acknowledgments
    • Introduction
  • Chapter 1: Obtaining and Negotiating a Faculty Position (pp. 5-24)
    • The Job Search
    • The Job Application
    • The Job Interview
    • Negotiating Your Position
    • Resources 
  •  Chapter 2: Understanding University Structure and Planning for Tenure (pp. 24-48)
    • Organization of a "Typical" University
    • Organization of a "Typical" Academic Health Center
    • People You Should Get to Know
    • Faculty Governing Bodies and Committees
    • Support Facilities and Services
    • Responsibilities Beyond the Laboratory
    • The Scientific Investigator and the Outside World
    • Planning for Promotion and Tenure
    • Resources
  • Chapter 3: Laboratory Leadership in Science (pp. 49-76)
    • Your Role as a Laboratory Leader
    • Creating Your Vision as a Leader
    • Developing Your Leadership Style
    • Building and Sustaining an Effective Team
    • Resources
    • Appendix 1: The Four Preferences That Make Up Your Personality Type
    • Appendix 2: Performance Review Form
    • Appendix 3: Performance Feedback Checklist for Managers
  • Chapter 4: Staffing Your Laboratory (pp. 77-96)
    • Getting Started
    • Recruiting Applicants
    • Screening Applicants
    • Interviewing Applicants
    • Evaluating Applicants
    • Making the Offer
    • Asking Staff to Leave
    • Resources
    • Appendix: Telephone Interview Outline
  • Chapter 5: Mentoring and Being Mentored (pp. 97-112)
    • What is Mentoring?
    • A Mentor's Responsibilities
    • Strategies for Effective Mentoring in Your Lab
    • Different Mentoring Needs
    • Mentoring Individuals Outside Your Lab
    • How to Get the Mentoring You Need
    • Gender and Culture Issues
    • Resources
  • Chapter 6: Time Management (pp. 113-124)
    • Strategies for Planning Your Activities
    • Managing Your Time Day to Day
    • Special Issues
    • Resources
  • Chapter 7: Project Management (pp. 125-142)
    • What is Project Management?
    • Getting Started
    • Tracking the Work and the Resources
    • Project Management Software
    • Controlling the Project
    • Resources
    • Appendix: Project Management—A Real-life Example
  • Chapter 8: Data Management and Laboratory Notebooks (pp. 143-152)
    • Day-to-Day Record Keeping: The Laboratory Notebook
    • Tracking and Storing Information
    • Finding the Right Data Management System for You
    • Resources
  • Chapter 9: Getting Funded (pp. 153-174)
    • Understanding the NIH Funding Process
    • Preparing a Strong Grant Application
    • A Bit About Budgets
    • Submitting Your Application
    • The National Science Foundation
    • Resources          
  • Chapter 10: Getting Published and Increasing Your Visibility (pp. 175-186)
    • A Brief Overview of Scientific Publishing
    • Planning for Publication
    • Getting Your Paper Published
    • Increasing Your Visibility
    • Resources
  • Chapter 11: Understanding Technology Transfer (pp. 187-200)
    • University Technology Transfer Offices
    • The Technology Transfer Process
    • The Legal Terms and Agreements
    • Sponsorship and Consultation
    • Conflicts of Commitment and Interest
    • Resources
  • Chapter 12: Setting Up Collaborations (pp. 201-210)
    • The Varieties of Collaborations
    • Should You Collaborate
    • Setting Up a Collaboration
    • The Ingredients of a Successful Collaboration
    • Special Challenges for the Beginning Investigator
    • International Collaborations
    • When a Collaboration is Not Working
    • Resources
  • Chapter 13: Teaching and Course Design (pp. 211-246) (700KB)
    • Why Teach Well
    • Becoming an Effective Teacher
    • Planning to Teach a Course
    • The Principles of Active Learning
    • Active Learning at a Medical School
    • Assessing Student Learning
    • Course Design
    • Teaching Others to Teach
    • Professional Considerations
    • Resources
    • Appendix 1: Examples of Active Assessments for Large Lectures
    • Appendix 2: Bloom's Taxonomy
  • Index (pp. 247-255)

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