Non-Tenure Track Faculty Development

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: Welcome and starting right
Thursday, October 12
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: Journals, presses, and academic publishing
Thursday, November 9
12 to 1:45 pm
Browsing Room of the Knight Library
Faculty journal editors, series editors, and highly productive authors will discuss effective strategies for establishing a consistent publication record.

Session #3: Stress reduction and well-being in the academy
Thursday, December 7
12 to 1:45 pm
Browsing Room of the Knight Library
A panel of faculty will discuss approaches taken to reduce stress and anxiety amidst the demands of life in the academy.

Session #4: Teaching in context
Thursday, January 18
12 to 1:45 pm
EMU 145 - Crater Lake South Room
A panel of faculty will address strategies for protecting research time while teaching, rebounding from difficult moments in the classrooms, and understanding the politics and possibilities of student teaching evaluations.

Session #5: Preparing for an effective third-year review
Thursday, February 8
12 to 1:45 pm
Browsing Room of the Knight Library
Department heads and faculty will discuss approaches to drafting a statement for third-year review, documenting teaching and service contributions, and articulating contributions toward institutional equity and inclusion.

Session #6: Grant writing and fellowships
Thursday, March 8
12 to 1:45 pm
EMU 145 - Crater Lake South Room
A panel of faculty sharing practical approaches to proposal writing, understanding the costs and benefits of seeking grants, and campus resources to support such efforts.

Session #7: Service
Thursday, April 19
12 to 1:45 pm
EMU 145 - Crater Lake South Room
A panel of faculty and administrators will discuss service opportunities and offer strategies for taking on the right amount for being a good citizen, without sacrifice to research, teaching, or personal life.

Session #8: Toward Summer
Thursday, May 10
12 to 1:45 pm
EMU 145 - Crater Lake South Room
A group discussion on creating a summer research and writing plan, summer teaching, and other approaches for a restful and productive summer break.