Professional Development Activities and Outreach


CRGE is engaging in three new initiatives that build on existing strengths, extend past initiatives, and fulfill desired needs of CRGE faculty and graduate students affiliates. Building on our QRIG model, we have developed Collaboratory Research Interest Groups (CRIGs) to be incubators and collaboratories to better help QRIG grant recipients obtain external funding and matriculate through the APT process. CRGE affiliates report a less than clear perspective on the path from associate to full professor and on obtaining external funding in the current academic climate. CRIGs are built to compensate for these issues. Second, with the Graduate Student Socialization Initiative (GSSI). CRGE is providing a formal structure for graduate students interested in intersectionality, qualitative methods, and mixed methodologies by bringing together students with similar interests across the campus in order to facilitate publications, funding, matriculation, and better academic job placement. Third, CRGE will continue to forge ADVANCE Collaborations to incorporate URM scholars, improve the writing output for URM scholars burdened with more than average service and mentoring responsibilities, provide social support, and encourage collaboration across departments and units on campus to obtain external funding. We outline each of these initiatives below.

Collaboratory Research Interest Groups (CRIGs)


CRGE currently has three CRIGs

  1. Black Males, Health, and the Life Course (organized by Joseph Richardson)
  2. Single Professional URM Women, Wealth, and Health (organized by Kris Marsh)
  3. Occupational Health of Latina Service Workers (organized by Ruth Zambrana)

CRIGs are writing and supporting groups for scholars with similar interests who may eventually collaborate and apply for external grants. The group ideally includes one senior scholar, 1-2 mid career scholars, and 1-2 junior scholars.

The goals include:

Graduate Student Socialization Initiative (GSSI)


GSSI is composed of graduate students across the campus who are interested in intersectionality and mixed qualitative methods. Students can apply to be GSSI CRGE affiliates. As part of the GSSI, graduate students work on their own research as well as learn various research-related tasks by working on CRGE funded projects. The goals include:  
  1.   Helping URM graduate students matriculate through the doctoral process
  2.   Providing financial and social support for doctoral students interested in intersectional theory and mixed methodologies
  3.   Providing professional socialization regarding skill development (tips and tricks), writing, and research feedback
  4.   Assisting students with obtaining fellowships and grants
  5.   Establishing an archive of successful fellowship and grant proposals

The Intersectional Graduate Student Dissertation Completion Group consists of graduate students who receive QRIG grants for their dissertation projects. Students in this group have defended their dissertation proposals and will defend their dissertations within two years. Students interested in intersectionality theory, qualitative methods, or mixed methodologies meet monthly and formulate semester and yearly plans that include research tasks, writing completion, and the pursuit of external funding.

ADVANCE Collaborations

CRGE continues to co-sponsor professional development workshops and writing groups for URM faculty. Our first workshop was held on October 28, 2015 for associate professors transiting to full professor. In January 2016, CRGE and ADVANCE co-sponsored a one-day writing workshop to jumpstart writing for the semester. CRGE is also leading the charge for more opportunities for faculty to write with our Spontaneous Writing Group Initiative. Faculty enter a writing place, location, and time frame into an online database to create traveling and virtual communities for writing on and off campus. Faculty also report their goals for that day and report on whether it was completed.

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