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Strategies for Research Career Advancement Series

Spring 2024

Thursdays from 2:30-4:00pm

Zoom and In-person


E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA
Dean Emeritus and Former University Executive VP
Endowed Professor and Director, Center for Advanced Research Training and Innovation (CARTI)
Senior Scientist, Center for Birth Defects Research
University of Maryland School of Medicine


The Center for Advanced Research Training & Innovation (CARTI) is offering a virtual, interactive class on how to accelerate and advance your research career. This class is intended for early-to-mid career faculty members who have or are actively applying for renewal of federal funding and are preparing for promotion, tenure, and/or leadership positions. The class will meet two times via zoom and two times in-person.

Eligibility to participate: To participate you must be at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor in the School of Medicine and have at least one active NIH or federal grant award. Class will be limited to 20 participants.

Those interested should contact Stacie Mendoza at by March 22nd.


Spring 2024 Schedule

Date & Location

Discussion Topic

Suggested Reading

April 11th



Introductions and goal setting

We will spend this week introducing ourselves, including your current position and long term career goals.

April 25th  




Accelerating your career and creating a vision plan

We will identify how to articulate long term career goals, such as strategies for maximizing scholarship, achieving tenure, or acquiring a leadership position within your Department or Division. Discussion will include goal setting and creating a timeline for achieving them. Mentorship is key to success, and we will discuss how to identify and approach an excellent and most appropriate mentor for you.

Angel in Mink by Shirley Haley

May 9th



Current responsibilities vs. vision and aspiration: A time for plan adjustment

There don’t seem to be enough hours in a day to achieve the success you desire. We will discuss how to balance the challenges and demands of research, teaching, and/or clinical responsibilities. Learn how to prioritize and manage the many demands on your time.

Who Moved My Cheese by Spencer Johnson


May 23rd



Achieving success and “fruition of vision”

We will review how to leverage your vision plan and engage your mentor to keep yourself focused and on track for continued success throughout your career. Discussion will also include how to navigate difficult conversations and conflict as they arise.

*Add another very good book:

“Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement without Giving in” by Roger Fisher and William Ury