New PI Workshop Addresses Leadership and Building a Research Team

New PI Workshop Addresses Leadership and Building a Research Team

The Office of Research Development and the Center for Research on Families continued their commitment to new Principal Investigators by offering another installment of the “I’m a PI! Now What?” series on December 2nd, that focused on leadership and building a research team. 


Building a team means hiring - and hiring means - “paperwork” and “procedures”. Whether hiring an hourly Lab Manager or a professional Project Manager, there are steps all PIs need to take.  This latest workshop offered some time-saving tips and clarification.  Also covered were topics such as sample applicant interview questions and advice on how to be a leader who is project driven and motivating at the same time.


The benefit of these recent workshops for New PIs has been that they are very much a “working” group. Faculty and staff share their personal challenges as well as  what has worked for them and their colleagues in the past. The “I’m a PI! Now What?” series is successful because information is presented by faculty for faculty.  This workshop featured Professor Sofiya Alhassan (a recent recipient of two newly funded grants), who shared the particulars of who and why she hired the staff that she did. Hearing what challenges she faced to get everyone on board and how she keeps her team motivated was invaluable to attendees.


Plans are being made for upcoming workshops. The program is sponsored by and offered in collaboration with the Office of Research Development. 

For more information please contact:
Maureen Perry Jenkins - mpj@psych.umass.edu
Wendy Varner - wendy@sbs.umass.edu