Women in Science and Engineering at Oakland University
Varner Hall, Room 217
371 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
(248) 370-2338



We welcome all faculty to attend our events!

March Calendar - Click event title for more information:

Workshop: Scholarly Profiles in the STEM Fields

Please RSVP using this poll: http://bit.ly/2lIzudL

Friday April 7 at 2-3 p.m. in Kresge Library room 242 (Nyberg Room). This workshop is open to faculty and graduate students.

Find out more about scholarly profiles from the Library website, under Services.

Interested in making your research more visible online? You can do so by creating scholarly profiles! In this workshop, you'll learn:

  • why you should create scholarly profiles
  • how to create profiles
  • benefits/drawbacks of each profile system
This workshop will cover ORCID, ResearchGate, Google Scholar, Academia.edu, ResearcherID, and Mendeley. Presenters will be Joanna Thielen, Librarian for Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Physics, and Julia Rodriguez, Scholarly Communications Librarian. Contact Leanne DeVreugd (ldevreug@oakland.edu) if you have questions. 

NIH Proposal Workshop

The Oakland University Office of Research Administration is bringing in an expert, Dr. Peg AtKisson, to provide help with NIH proposals, especially R15 and R01 proposals. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone writing NIH grants.

Dr. AtKisson will lead an all-day workshop at the OU Incubator on Thursday March 23. Please RSVP to Leanne DeVreugd (ldevreug@oakland.edu) if you are interested in attending.

Brief Biography of Peg AtKisson:

M. S. (Peg) AtKisson earned a PhD in Neuroscience from Tufts University, and spent a total of 15 years at the bench in cell biology, cancer biology, neurobiology and nanotechnology. She is also an alumnae of the Marine Biological Laboratory’s Neural Systems and Development course (1996). Since 2001 she has focused on grant writing and faculty research development, starting as a contract grant writer for Tufts University, the Association for Computing Machines, Hunter College and Ivy League clients. At Tufts she founded the research development office, where she and her team averaged $10-$12 million a year in funded proposals. After 8 years at Tufts, the total was $140 million in awards. She joined Grant Writers’ Seminars and Workshops in 2008 and left at the end of 2016 after many years of successful training of researchers and scholars in the art of grantsmanship. She founded AtKisson Training Group in 2017 to provide more integrated training of grant writing with research development for both individual faculty members and larger, multi-investigator groups.

CETL Workshops

STEM: Working with Your Teaching Assistant - Wednesday March 29, noon until 1:30 p.m. in 200A Elliott Hall. 
  • Click here to register.
  • Kathy Moore and Keith Williams will share tips and best practices for working with teaching assistants. Lunch provided by CETL.

Question and Answer Session - Academic Human Resources

Thursday, March 30 from 2-4 p.m. in Lake Michigan Room, Oakland Center

Got questions for Academic Human Resources? We've got answers! Join Joi Cunningham and Michelle Piskulich for a Question and Answer session with Academic Human Resources. Topics addressed during this session include (but are not limited to):

  • pregnancy and adoption
  • FMLA and other leaves
  • tenure clock

Please bring your questions and join this informal discussion. RSVPs are appreciated. Contact Leanne DeVreugd (ldevreug@oakland.edu) to RSVP. 

Soundings Series: No Guts, No Glory - with Dr. Tamara Hew-Butler

The first Soundings Series event in 2017 will be in Tuesday April 18, 3-4:30 p.m. in 242 Elliott Hall (EH). 

The Office of Research Administration invites all faculty members to attend the upcoming Soundings Series event featuring Dr. Tamara Hew-Butler from Exercise Science. She will talk about her research work on the potential dangers of over hydration and about how she has taken her message out of the lab and brought it public through a range of media outlets and approaches. Following Dr. Hew-Butler's talk, Dr. David Stone will lead a didactic session and open discussion on strategies and tactics you can use to engage the media around your work.

Short Bio of Dr. Hew-Butler

Dr. Tamara Hew-Butler is an associate professor of Exercise Science at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. She obtained her: BS in Kinesiology at the University of California at Los Angeles, CA; Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA; and Philosophy Doctor (PhD) at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Dr. Hew-Butler is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (FACSM) and specializes in both sports medicine and exercise physiology. Her expertise is in exercise-associated hyponatremia and the endocrine regulation of water and sodium balance.

Dr. Hew-Butler as a Publicly Engaged Scholar

Dr. Hew-Butler's commitment as an engaged scholar is demonstrated by her many ongoing research projects with OU students, peer-reviewed publications, local and international conference presentations, and collaborations with individuals at OU as well as around the world. Her scientific work on water balance and hyponatremia has been highlighted on radio shows (Science Friday, National Public Radio), podcasts (CJSM), newspapers (New York Times, Washington Post), a comic strip (xkcd) and reality television show (Adam Ruins Everything). Public translation of her research directly challenges the myth that everyone needs to drink at least eight glasses of water a day to prevent dehydration. This marketing illusion - driven by industry - has created the opposite, deadly, health problem: fluid overload hyponatremia. Dr. Hew-Butler continues to fight dangerous hydration advice.

About the Soundings Series

The Soundings Series showcases the work of OU's engaged researchers and public intellectuals and provides information about how you too can become a publicly engaged scholar. It features great examples of faculty successfully taking their work out of the lab, the field, the archive, or the studio and using it to make a positive difference in the world. Each Soundings Series event will include a talk by a successful, publicly engaged faculty member, describing his or her work. In addition, each session will include an exploration and guided discussion of the skills, tools, and strategies required to become a publicly engaged scholar. These events will provide the speaker with a number of other means of advancing their work and also allow faculty to share their expertise, explore collaboration opportunities, and learn from each other. Attendees will be part of the discussion of best practices in becoming a community engaged scholar and learn how to enhance their ability to take their work out into the world.

Additional Soundings Series events will be hosted in the Fall and Winter semesters.

Mid-Career Faculty Events

  • See slides and handouts from our previous mid-career events on the OU Resources page.

Event Videos
For those who were unable to attend the original events, WISE@OU has created videos of workshops and discussions.

  • In the Fall of 2014, WISE@OU supported the AAUP workshop focused on the tenure process.  This workshop helps junior faculty develop a better understanding of this process.  Faculty who have served on FRPC as well as the Provost participated in this panel discussion and gave tips for preparing dossiers.
  • Past years' tenure workshop videos can be found here and here.
  • In December 2014, WISE@OU hosted special guest speaker Dr. Deborah DeZure from Michigan State University.  Dr. DeZure is the Assistant Provost for Faculty and Organizational Development, and is a leader in research on faculty career development, mentoring, and leadership.  In this video, Dr. DeZure shares her tips for successfully surviving and thriving in mid-career.
  • For more videos, see the OU Resources page.

Past Events
Click the links below for fliers with summaries for our events each year.  Links to videos, helpful tip sheets, and presentations are included on each flier.