Career Development for New Faculty
Length: Full day Sunday, 16 March 2003
Geoffrey Prentice, National Science Foundation
Tim Anderson, University of Florida and SUCCEED
New engineering faculty members are required to make many choices that affect their academic careers and personal lives. This session is intended to encourage faculty members to identify suitable career goals and specific objectives and begin to develop a plan for achieving them. The components of the National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development program will be used as a model for developing a plan. Elements of a career plan will include establishing a research program, understanding the university environment, balancing your life, developing as a professional, and managing your time. Critical issues will be discussed and advice from peers and senior faculty members will be shared.
Elements of the career plan will include
- Establishing a research program: funding, Career Award, problem identification and selection, program management, collaborations, network development
- Understanding the university environment: tenure and promotion, service activities, sabbaticals, entrepreneurship, reward structure, mentoring expectations
- Balancing your life: dual careers, personal and family time
- Developing as a professional: role of consulting, professional service, peer groups
- Managing your time: goal setting and priorities, stress reduction, good habits
The workshop will begin with an introduction to each of the topics outlined above. Through group activities, sharing of experiences, and advice from senior faculty members, different perspectives will be presented. Based on this input, each attendee will develop an outline of her/his career goals, along with specific objectives. The intention is that each faculty member will have an outline of a career plan; parts of it will be modeled after the Career Award guidelines. Our goal is that a number of these plans will develop into full Career Award proposals. Reading material will be sent to each attendee in advance of the workshop. The attendees will participate in a mock panel review.
Participant approval required
Participation requires approval before March 4. For more information contact .