|EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE||ECNG NEWS|
|CALL FOR PROPOSALS||CONNECT|
|TASK FORCES||EARLY CAREER DEVELOPMENT COURSE|
|HOW TO JOIN||MENTOR AWARD|
|HOW TO PARTICIPATE||WILKERSON AWARD|
The mission of the Early Career Networking Group (ECNG) is to foster the development and advancement of early career professionals in the field of rehabilitation. We work together to tackle many of the common career development challenges. Our supportive network of peers provides the necessary resources and networking opportunities to promote successful career growth for rehabilitation researchers and clinicians.
ECNG Executive Committee
|CHAIR: Brooks Wingo, PhD|
University of Alabama at Birmingham
CHAIR-ELECT: Open position
|PAST CHAIR: Megan Mitchell, PhD|
Kansas City, KS
|SECRETARY: Monique R. Pappadis, MEd, PhD|
University of Texas Medical Branch
2018 Call for Proposals
The Program Committee invites proposals focused on research evidence and its translation into clinical practice for presentation at the ACRM 2018 Annual Conference in Dallas.
Get Involved in Exciting Task Forces!
All task forces conduct regular monthly or bi-monthly meetings via conference calls. Please contact the designated task force chair for more information about meeting times and getting involved.
Early Career Development Course Task Force
CHAIR-ELECT: Open Position
PAST CHAIR: Monique Pappadis, MEd, PhD
This task force plans the full-day Early Career Development Course held each fall at the ACRM Annual Conference. Last year, the course focused on grantsmanship, with particular emphasis on career development and pilot /small project funding mechanisms.
Communications Task Force
CHAIR-ELECT: Ekaterina Dobryakova, PhD
PAST CHAIR: Dawn Neumann, PhD
This task force gathers important announcements and information relevant to career development in the rehabilitation field and disseminates them through social media, eblasts, ACRM newsletters and the website. This includes information on grant resources and grant writing, job interviewing tips, work/ life balance, tips for promotion and tenure, getting started with research, initiating collaborations, finding good mentors and more. This task force also develops communications to help promote the ECNG and recruit members.
Mentoring Task Force
CHAIR-ELECT: Open position
PAST CHAIR: Brooks Wingo, PhD
The mission of this task force is to facilitate the development of mentoring relationships among rehabilitation professionals at varying stages in their career development through research, educational, and clinical collaborative opportunities. If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please contact the co-chairs.
How to Join the ECNG
One of the most valuable benefits of ACRM membership is the opportunity to participate in the many interdisciplinary special interest groups (ISIG) and networking groups.
Click the JOIN NOW button to learn more or contact Member Services at +1.703.435.5335 for personal assistance.
Contact the Early Career Networking Group Chair, Brooks Wingo, PhD to learn more about this group or to become more specifically involved in a task force.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE
Now is the perfect time to join this important networking group and help shape its growth. Participate in one of our existing task forces or suggest a new one!
- Early Career Development Course Task Force
- Communications Task Force
- Mentoring Task Force
It is cliché, but true that as an early career professional, you are the future of rehabilitation and ACRM. Getting involved with the ECNG now is a worthwhile investment in that future – whether you are early or late in your career.
The ECNG will help with many challenging aspects of career development, such as:
- Preparing for job interviews, negotiating faculty positions or preparing for promotion and tenure
- Improving your grant writing skills, learning about grant mechanisms for new investigators, and how to get published
- Networking with renowned leaders in the field, or finding collaborative opportunities within a variety of rehabilitation disciplines
- How to become a more active and recognized member within ACRM
- Building strong leadership and team science skills
The ECNG seeks to provide assistance with all of these common career development challenges and help you build a professional network to support your early career exploration and direction. Networking group members will work together to share relevant announcements, resources, professional contacts, mentorship support, and informative discussions.
Step up in a Leadership Role
Contact ECNG Chair, Brooks Wingo, to learn about the responsibilities and opportunities of serving in one of the following open positions in the ECNG leadership.
- ECNG Chair-Elect
- Early Career Development Course Task Force Chair-Elect
- Mentoring Task Force Chair-Elect
ACRM Conference Moments
Career Development Task Force Opportunity
- Build your CV
- Make a meaningful difference
- You are warmly invited to join us...
WHO? early career and mid-career members
WHAT? Join the Early Career Development Course Task Force and actively participate in the planning of the 2018 Early Career Development Course. This course qualifies for continuing education credit (CME/CEUs).
HOW? Please contact Terri Compos, ACRM Community Relations Manager, for access to the monthly teleconference meetings and learn how to get involved.
ECNG Resources & Information Newsletter
One of the great benefits of joining the ECNG is the quarterly newsletter of early career resources and information. Check out the current issue and join the ECNG Membership to get involved and start receiving the information you need to advance your rehabilitation research career.
“How Does ACRM Help You?"
Douglas Katz, MD, FACRM, FAAN
Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital
ECNG Chair: Brooks Wingo
Membership Assistance: MemberServices@ACRM.org or +1.703.435.5335
The Early Career Development Course is a perennial favorite developed by the ACRM Early Career Networking Group and offered each year during the ACRM Annual Conference. It provides an ideal venue for connecting with seasoned professionals who can answer your questions and guide you on your path to success.
With particular focus on career development issues relevant to early career researchers, this robust program comprises didactic presentation, panel discussion, one-on-one networking, and small group discussions. All up-and-coming rehabilitation research professionals are encouraged to attend.
“Building Leaders in Rehabilitation Research"
Stephanie Kolakowsky-Hayner, PhD, CBIST, FACRM
Brain Trauma Foundation
Early Career Outstanding Mentor Award
The Early Career Outstanding Mentor Award was established in 2016 to honor those who have significantly contributed through mentorship to the development of early career rehabilitation professionals, the Early Career Development Course and the Early Career Networking Group’s Mentoring Task Force.
The Early Career Networking Group is pleased to recognize Stephanie Kolakowsky-Hayner, PhD, CBIST, FACRM, with the 2018 Early Career Outstanding Mentor Award.
Stephanie Kolakowsky-Hayner has made many significant contributions to mentoring within the Early Career Networking Group and ACRM. As an established researcher in traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury and neurological disorders in rehabilitation, she has provided guidance and mentoring across the ECNG.
As a past chair of the Early Career Development Course Task Force, Dr. Hayner has been instrumental in building the course to its present program. Dr. Hayner incorporated many new ideas within the ECDC that have been very well received, allowing attendees of the course to network and discuss relevant topics within rehabilitation with some of the top mentors in the field.
Dr. Hayner has served on the ECNG Executive Committee from the group's initiation and has not only provided mentorship to the leadership within the ECNG, but continuously pushes initiatives for mentoring within the ECNG and as a member of ACRM's Board of Governors. She remains active in the ECNG, continuously mentoring Early Career individuals across all the task forces, providing guidance and mentorship to our leaders and serving the interests of our Early Career members.
The award will be presented to Dr. Hayner at the ACRM Annual Conference in Dallas, during the Early Career and First Time Attendee Welcome on 30 September.
2017: Theresa Pape, DrPH, MA, CCC-SLP/L, FACRM
Deborah L. Wilkerson Early Career Award Supported by CARF International
The Deborah L. Wilkerson Early Career Award Supported by CARF International is an award given by ACRM to Early Career Professionals who are making significant contributions in the field of rehabilitation. Recipients receive a plaque, monetary award, travel stipend, complimentary registration, and an opportunity to present at the ACRM Annual Conference. Learn more.
Congratulations to the 2017 Awardee
In 2017, ACRM recognized Emily Nalder, PhD, BOccThy (Hons), for contributions to the field made during her early career work. Dr. Nalder present the Deborah Wilkerson Award Lecture on 28 October during the ACRM 94th Annual Conference in Atlanta, Proposing a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Resiliency Model to Guide Rehabilitation Research and Practice. Read More >>
“Receiving the Deborah L. Wilkerson Early Career Award is a great honor. I highly value the scientific and clinical community within the Congress, and receiving recognition from this esteemed group of scientists and professionals is humbling and rewarding.”
–Elizabeth Skidmore, PhD, OTR/L, Associate Professor School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Pittsburgh
“Receiving the Deborah L. Wilkerson Early Career Award was the most cherished honor that I have had in my career. This is because it was awarded by people in the field of rehabilitation that I truly respect and admire. I know that the Wilkerson awardees are carefully chosen to represent the spirit of Deb Wilkerson, who was a role model in providing holistic rehabilitation services and conducting meaningful research. Receipt of this award meant that my research was perceived as making a difference in the lives of people with disabilities, which is the greatest honor one can receive.”
–Angelle Sander, PhD, FACRM, Assistant Professor, Baylor College of Medicine, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation