Success in academia, across all institution types, requires evidence of national and international prominence in the field. Faculty that receive less research mentoring, professors at teaching institutions, and academics at minority-serving institutions often do not have the institutional resources necessary to travel widely to present their research and create national prominence. This places them at a disadvantage for creating the research platform and visibility necessary for promotion and tenure. Further, the National Institute for Health and other national funding agencies have increasingly prioritized translational research, with foci on the use of technologically advanced dissemination skills (Han, Williams, & Zuckerman, 2018). Being in underfunded institutions combined with changes to funding agency priorities exacerbates the challenges these faculty face in creating fundable research platforms and increasing their visibility as scholars, which places them at a disadvantage for promotion and tenure.
To address these needs, we are providing a year-long, easily accessible, and highly interactive training series that focuses on disseminating research in meaningful ways and for public audiences. The goal is to not only increase faculty visibility and prominence, but also increases public awareness of, interaction with, and incorporation of research findings that address their physical and psychological well-being.
This project is supported by a grant from the American Psychological Association's (APA) Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs via the Commission on Ethnic Minority Recruitment, Retention, and Training in Psychology II (CEMRRAT2) Task Force.