First Year Faculty Program

Applications Now Available

United Academics and Academic Affairs invites applications from first-year tenure-related faculty for its inaugural First Year Faculty Development program.

Faculty from all UO departments are eligible to apply for this year-long mentorship and professional development program. The online application deadline is Friday, October 23. Interested faculty should fill out a short online application here.

A cohort of faculty will be selected to participate in monthly meetings and workshops focusing on three central objectives:

  1. RESEARCH SUPPORT AND PRODUCTIVITY to ensure that new tenure-track faculty establish their research agenda, trajectory and strategy early in their careers and well in advance of contract review and renewal (typically during the 3rd year) and tenure and promotion review (typically during the 6th year). 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 developing a narrative and plan to define one’s ongoing research trajectory. In addition, the program staff will organize a work-in-progress session for each fellow in the spring term in order to facilitate progress on an article, book proposal, book chapter, or grant proposal. In collaboration with each fellow, we will identify appropriate readers for the work-in-progress session.
  1. MENTORING AND COMMUNITY FORMATION to ensure that new faculty are connected with colleagues from across campus that can provide mentorship and guidance around a range of professional issues and topics.  We will work with individual faculty fellows to help them establish a mentorship network across campus in support of their particular objectives and needs. Working as a cohort, faculty fellows will also benefit from developing relationships and connections with other colleagues in the program.
  1. 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 in this period. A portion of the fellowship program will focus on approaches and experiences to help new faculty thrive during this transition.



The program’s monthly lunch sessions (generally held on Fridays, 12-2 pm with lunch provided) will include faculty from across campus addressing topics that include:

  • Establishing and implementing your research plan for tenure and promotion
  • Developing a teaching, research, and personal support network on campus
  • Navigating departmental and institutional cultures
  • External grants and fellowships for pre-tenure faculty
  • Approaches to undergraduate and graduate student mentoring
  • Book proposals and working with presses and journal editors
  • Meeting your equity and inclusion obligations for tenure and promotion

Senior faculty from across campus will also be available to meet with individual faculty on an ongoing basis.

Interested faculty should fill out a short online application here. Applicants will be notified by October 31.

Any questions about the program can be addressed to Daniel HoSang, (