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Professional Development Workshops for Early-Career Faculty

The Professional Development Workshop series supports early-career faculty development. Workshops address professional development and career success topics relevant to faculty at the assistant professor level, many of whom are within their first few years of appointment.

The Center for Faculty Excellence and TEAM ADVANCE work with partners across campus to ensure the series meets the diverse professional and career needs of our faculty. The series aligns with the curriculum for TEAM ADVANCE Peer Mentoring Circles, and faculty participating in Peer Mentoring Circles are strongly encouraged to attend. However, the series is open to all early-career faculty, fixed-term and pre-tenure, and regardless of academic discipline.


2022-23 Workshop Overview

Dates will be added as each workshop is scheduled.

Developing Your Mentoring Network

Description: Finding the perfect mentor can be challenging. Research increasingly points to the value of creating a network of mentors that can provide comprehensive support for faculty. But where to begin?

In this interactive workshop, participants determine mentoring/support needs and identify potential mentors, sponsors, and other supports. Participants also create a map for a mentoring network and list steps to take to engage mentors and other supports.

Developing Your Mentoring Network is the first of two workshops, although attendance at the follow-up is not required for registration.

Mentoring Up: Optimizing Mentoring Relationships

Description: As a mentee, it’s important to be proactive in developing your relationships with mentors. Perhaps you have thought about potential mentors but don’t know where to start. How do you establish those initial relationships, and what are good strategies to engage mentors?

Based on the Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research’s Mentoring Up curriculum, this interactive workshop helps participants identify steps to take to engage with potential mentors, sponsors, and other supports. Participants also develop and practice skills for connecting with potential mentors.

The session builds on a previous workshop, Developing Your Mentoring Network, although attendance at the prior workshop is not required for registration.

Understanding Promotion and Tenure Requirements

Description: Early-career faculty, whether pre-tenure or fixed-term, are invited to this interactive session about understanding requirements for earning promotion or tenure. Because tenure and promotion requirements can vary across the University, this workshop is organized with the support of leaders and experienced faculty who can offer perspectives for both the academic (e.g., the College) and health affairs sides of campus.

Communication and Negotiation Skills

Description: This two-hour workshop focuses on negotiation and communication skills. Topics include strategies and skills essential for interacting optimally with peers, colleagues, and advisors; negotiating effectively for resources and rewards; managing conflict and knowing when to seek help; creating a positive impression that will help you achieve your professional goals. Although tailored for women in academia, the workshop is relevant to faculty of all genders.

Preparing for Your Annual Review: Self-Assessment, Self-Advocacy, and Communication Strategies

Description: This interactive workshop focuses on helping early-career faculty prepare for their annual review meeting with their department chairs. Participants review key points and strategies related to self-assessment, self-advocacy, and communication with their chairs (and/or departmental designees).