New Faculty Success Program

New Faculty Success Program

Tenure track and career non-tenure-track faculty from all University of Oregon departments are eligible for this year-long mentorship and professional development program. The meetings and workshops focus on three central objectives:
  • RESEARCH SUPPORT AND PRODUCTIVITY to ensure that new faculty establish their research agenda, trajectory, and strategy early in their careers and in advance of contract review and renewal. To this end, select workshops will focus on concrete steps to increase writing and research productivity amidst the demands of service and teaching, as well as how to develop a narrative and plan to define one’s ongoing research trajectory.
  • MENTORING AND COMMUNITY FORMATION to ensure that new faculty are connected with colleagues from across campus who can provide mentorship and guidance around a range of professional and life balance issues and topics. Faculty will also benefit from developing relationships and connections with other colleagues in the program. For those interested, program staff will match faculty with more senior faculty to discuss progress on an article, book proposal, book chapter, grant proposal, or navigating the academy.
  • RESILIENCE AND WELL-BEING IN THE ACADEMY - Transitions into new environments, institutions, workplaces and communities can be taxing. Establishing a sustainable work-life balance can be particularly challenging during this period. A portion of the program will focus on approaches and experiences to help new faculty thrive during this transition.

Monthly Sessions

Session 1: Successfully Navigating the University
Thursday, October 11
12 to 1:45 pm
Browsing Room of the Knight Library
A panel of faculty will discuss their experiences and advice on balancing research and teaching expectations, managing time and relationships, limiting service obligations, and other approaches to getting off to a good start.

Session 2: Successfully managing your life as an academic
Thursday, November 8
12 to 1:45 pm
Browsing Room of the Knight Library
Successful academic life is all about balance. How do you balance research, teaching, service, family, and self-care? We discuss strategies and connect you with experienced faculty.

Session 3: Successful Grant Writing and Fellowship
Thursday, December 6
12 to 1:45 pm
EMU 146 - Crater Lake Room North

Session 4: Challenges in the Classroom
Thursday, January 17
12 to 1:45 pm
Browsing Room of the Knight Library

Session 5: Preparing for Departmental Expectations and Faculty Reviews
Thursday, February 7
12 to 1:45 pm
EMU 146 - Crater Lake Room North

Session 6: Journals, Presses, and Other Venues
Thursday, March 7
12 to 1:45 pm
Browsing Room of the Knight Library

Session 7: Managing Grads, Labs, and Teams
Thursday, April 18
12 to 1:45 pm
EMU 146 - Crater Lake Room North

Session 8: Planning your summer
Thursday, May 9
12 to 1:45 pm
A group discussion on creating a summer research and writing plan, summer teaching, and other approaches for a restful and productive summer break.