Innovative Tools for Project Management in Academia

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 8:30am-11:30am SERC 234


Amanda Godbold, University of Southern California
Deb Coyle, iincepta inc.

Join our three-day workshop at Earth Educators' Rendezvous 2024, led by Senior Project Manager Deborah Coyle. Designed for early career faculty and post-doctoral researchers, this course emphasizes proven project management strategies crucial for achieving success in academia. Participants will delve into critical areas such as task management, communication, team dynamics, and industry language. Depart with a personalized toolkit, prepared to navigate intricate academic projects and collaborate seamlessly across disciplines in the early stages of your career. Finishing off the course by learning how to build a successful workday and work week!


This course is designed to provide a practical, hands-on learning experience through a variety of activities that directly apply the concepts taught. The objectives of this course are to ensure that participants can not only understand the theoretical aspects but also implement them in real-world scenarios effectively.

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Target Audience

Designed for early career faculty and post-doctoral researchers, or anyone that has to manage multiple projects/initiatives/tasks and determine priorities.


1. Identifying and Defining Core Aspects of Established Projects: participants will learn to pinpoint and articulate the essential elements that define the scope, goals, and critical paths of ongoing projects. This includes understanding project parameters, objectives, and key deliverables.

2. Assessing Project Health and Constructing Mitigation Plans: This objective involves training participants to evaluate the current status and health of a project. They will learn how to identify potential risks and issues and develop effective strategies and contingency plans to address these challenges, ensuring the project remains on track.

3. Building a Successful Workweek Structure: participants will gain skills to organize and structure an efficient workweek. This includes setting realistic timelines, prioritizing tasks, and managing resources effectively to maximize productivity and meet project deadlines.


The course leaders will give you all the tools & knowledge required and then work with the participants to ensure they are fully comfortable putting what they learned into action.

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