Broader Impacts Faculty Workshop

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Crystallizing, specifying, and implementing who you are with what you do at the University

The research shows that identity development is correlated to career development through a process of crystallization, specification, and implementation. This has significant implications for any faculty in any field who wants to more readily and successfully develop professionally. This also has implications concerning the ability to achieve tenure or better answering the question- “how can I figure out what I would like to do or how can I be more impactful now that I am tenured?”

Meaning, as you develop professionally and seek to communicate to different audiences, it is important to make sure you can provide a comprehensive picture of how your academic pursuits fit with who you are as well as into the bigger picture. Explicitly answering questions such as “What will be my legacy?” allows you to be more successful and impactful as a professional, allows you to set yourself apart from others, and allows others to see your research, teaching, and public service identity. Your professional agenda impacts the campus, local communities, and the larger world; in addition describing your developing reputation is important to include in a wide range of proposals. The term that encompasses all of this is called broader impacts identity (BII). BI identity is equivalent to one’s professional identity in the academy.

In this three (3) hour interactive workshop, BI identity will be discussed, examples of other researcher’s BI identity will be provided, you will be guided to develop your own BI identity, and by the end of this workshop you will produce an effective 1 page PowerPoint or PDF (a BI identity canvas) that can be presented to others and/or posted on your faculty webpage. Each participant must fill out the Faculty Individual Identity Strategic Assessment Profile (FII-SAP) and must bring it to the workshop along with a laptop. The FII-SAP is a tool that allows faculty to detail out their career trajectory and allows for integration into the BI identity canvas.

About the Workshop Facilitator:

Dr. Thompson

Dr. Michael Thompson is the Founding Director of the Broader Impacts in Research (BIR) organization for the University of Oklahoma. BIR seeks to help all faculty be more impactful in their professional endeavors. BIR also serves as a point of contact to bring institutional and state-wide infrastructure as well as help others gain knowledge and get help in developing, implementing, and evaluating high quality broader impact programs and portfolios for and beyond Agency and National Science Foundation (NSF) Criterion. BIR Website:

In this position Dr. Thompson also conducts research in broader impacts. Which allows his organization to model, develop, implement, and evaluate broader impacts by coming up with answers to questions like - (1) what does broader impacts look like on a university, local, regional, global, and international scale and (2) how can you create and implement meaningful faculty professional development that helps all faculty to be more impactful and successful in every aspect of their professional careers? In 2015, Dr. Thompson also served on the National Alliance for Broader Impacts (NABI) Working Group, which developed the Broader Impacts Guiding Principles and Questions for National Science Foundation Proposals.

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Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Office of Community Outreach