APS Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology

Mentoring Symposium on Evaluation & Critiques: Giving and Receiving Performance Evaluations

Symposium — Tuesday, April 27, 2021 — 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM — Virtual Session, Room APS-2
Career Opportunities in Physiology Committee — Chair: Stefany Primeaux — Co-Chair: Sarah Ray

Part three of a three-part symposia focusing on how to give and receive evaluations and critiques related to teaching, grant writing and overall performance. Goals are to provide information on how to receive, understand, and accept positive and negative evaluations and to feel comfortable giving constructive positive and negative evaluations. This symposium will cover the topic “Giving and receiving performance evaluations” and will include one senior faculty member, one junior faculty/postdoctoral member and one session chairs (from COPC). Speakers have experiences in leadership positions (e.g. department chair, center director), primary mentor on thesis/dissertation committees), serving on promotion and tenure committees, hiring and reviewing lab members for the first time. Speakers will share their own performance evaluations, how they responded to evaluations by altering their performance, strategies for preparing for promotion and tenure evaluations, and how they prepare to provide performance evaluations to staff, students, and faculty. Following the 2 presentations, there will be a 30 minute panel Q&A session with speakers and COPC representative chairing the session.


  • Introduction
    Stefany Primeaux — Physiology, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
    2:00 PM - 2:05 PM

  • Navigating the Promotion and Tenure Landscape
    Christopher Minson — Human Physiology, University of Oregon
    2:05 PM - 2:40 PM

  • Constructive Guidance and Mentoring with Compassion
    Audrey Stone — Kinesiology & Health Education, University of Texas at Austin
    2:40 PM - 3:15 PM

  • Conclusion
    Stefany Primeaux — Physiology, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
    3:15 PM - 3:30 PM

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