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New Faculty Insights series launches to support faculty development

by | Sep. 5, 2017, 8:07 AM

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Faculty Insights, a new weekly workshop series designed to support faculty development, has launched this fall. Workshop topics range from building a research agenda to attracting top faculty talent to succeeding in promotion and tenure.

September workshops include “Finding and Attracting Top Talent: Best Practices for Faculty Searches,” hosted by Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence Melissa Thomas-Hunt and led by Efrén O. Pérez, associate professor of political science. The workshop will discuss strategies to maximize the effectiveness of faculty searches and will give special emphasis to minimizing the influence of personal and structural impediments in faculty hiring.

The workshop will take place Friday, Sept. 8, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Owen Graduate School of Management, Room 216. It will be offered again Wednesday, Sept. 20, and Thursday, Oct. 19.

“These workshops are designed by faculty and for faculty to provide support and resources in all phases of our careers,” Vice Provost for Academic and Strategic Affairs John Geer said. “Designed in partnership with faculty across all 10 schools, this year of programming aims to enrich our academic community and support faculty as they pursue their professional goals.”

Faculty Insights workshops are designed for all faculty or groups of faculty with similar concerns. If you have questions, comments or recommendations for topics, please contact the Provost’s Office of Academic and Faculty Affairs at vpf@vanderbilt.edu.

September workshops are listed below. To see the full academic-year schedule, workshop panelists and to register, visit vu.edu/faculty-insights. Registration is required.

September Faculty Insights

Stories of Success: Starting Off as a New Professor

Designed for faculty who accepted their first job (tenure track or non-tenure track) within the last two years, this workshop features leading faculty from across campus offering advice on how to build a path to success from the first step. This panel will be the first of three events for first-time professors who started at Vanderbilt in 2016 or 2017.

· Wednesday, Sept. 6, noon-1 p.m., Kissam C216

· Thursday, Sept. 14, noon-1 p.m., Kissam C216

Register >

Office of the Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence Event – Finding and Attracting Top Talent: Best Practices for Faculty Searches

This workshop will discuss strategies to maximize the effectiveness of faculty searches and will give special emphasis to minimizing the influence of personal and structural impediments in faculty hiring.

· Friday, Sept. 8, noon-1:30 p.m., Owen Graduate School of Management, Room 216, (Owen faculty need only reply to Kathy Boozer, kathy.boozer@owen.vanderbilt.edu. All other faculty, please register here >).

· Wednesday, Sept. 20, noon-1:30 p.m., Kissam C216, Register >

Leadership and Service Experiences of Non-Tenured Track Faculty

What service opportunities are available to non-tenure track faculty? How can you become a campus leader? Four prominent non-tenure track professors share insights gained from their own leadership experiences.

· Monday, Sept. 18, noon-1 p.m., Kissam C216, Register >

Promotion to Full: Finding a Service Balance

Newly tenured associate professors are often asked to take on more substantial roles in their departments, schools, the university and the profession. The dramatic increase in internal and external service demands can impede the transition from a pre-tenure research agenda to a post-tenure one. Four professors who have successfully navigated the path from tenured associate to full professor will offer advice on finding a service balance.

· Thursday, Sept. 28, noon-1 p.m., Kissam C216, Register >

Media Inquiries:
Melanie Moran, (615) 322-NEWS
melanie.moran@vanderbilt.edu