Career and Life Resources

The Office of the Provost is dedicated to making sure that all faculty members have the information and resources they need to acclimate to Northwestern and succeed in their careers. Here are a few resources to help you navigate life at Northwestern.

Faculty Onboarding

  • New Faculty Welcome: Succeeding at Northwestern is a one-day program specially designed to highlight the scholarly, teaching, and administrative resources available to help you excel in your new role. The program is organized through the Office of the Provost, and includes an informal networking lunch with Deans and Associate Deans for Faculty. View the 2015 Program.
  • The Guide for New Faculty is updated annually and is intended to serve as a central resource of onboarding information for new faculty.

Housing Resources

  • The Faculty Housing Forum, maintained by the Office of the Provost, is an online service for faculty and staff members to post available housing or to search for housing rentals near the Evanston and Chicago campuses. These listings are intended for Northwestern faculty members (prospective, current, or visiting) and staff members.
  • In addition, the Office of Human Resources maintains a page of Housing Resources, including listings of realtors, rental agencies, and information on mortgages.

Faculty Leave

As of September 1, 2006, the Faculty Family Leave Policy covers childbearing, adoption and childrearing leaves for eligible faculty. See also:

Dependent Care Travel Grant Program

  • Northwestern University offers tenure track and tenured faculty a taxable grant for qualified short-term dependent care expenses incurred when traveling to attend professional meetings, conferences, workshops and professional development opportunities. View the full program description, requirements, and applicable forms for the Dependent Care Travel Grant Program.

Additional Resources

  • The Work/Life Resources Division, maintained by the University’s Office of Human Resources, provides a variety of programs, services, and consultation opportunities to help you balance all of your work and personal obligations.
  • The Greater Chicago Midwest Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (GCM HERC) has a particular focus on assisting dual-career couples find employment in higher education. They maintain a web-based search engine that includes listings for faculty and staff positions at all member institutions.
  • The YourLife Wellness Program offers a wide array of discounts and resources to help support your physical, financial, and emotional well-being .