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Career Development and Leadership

The Office of the Provost administers and sponsors several initiatives designed to help support and develop the careers of Northwestern's faculty. Whether you are looking for opportunities to connect with the Northwestern or surrounding communities, seeking support for travel related to professional development opportunities, interested in pursuing a leadership role, or looking to make connections with other women faculty at the University, we invite you to browse these pages and learn more about our ongoing efforts to support the excellence of our faculty.

Academic Leadership Program

Department Executive Officers Program

Faculty Leadership Program

New Faculty

Public Voices Fellowship Program

Speaker and Conferencing Support

Faculty Professional Travel Grants

Programs for Women Faculty



Other Career Resources

Center for Leadership

The Northwestern Center for Leadership can help you integrate the theory and practice of leadership and teamwork in your work whether it’s for a class, academic program, lab, or student group. They work with faculty, staff and students across Northwestern to provide customized services to meet your needs and are also available to meet with you individually. The Center also offers leadership and teamwork assessments through a Leadership Portal built specifically for Northwestern and using tools commonly found in industry. Many faculty use the Leadership Portal for team projects in their courses.  For more information, you can email the Center at lead@northwestern.edu or by calling 847-467-1367.

Excellence in Mentoring Initiative

The Excellence in Mentoring Initiative at Northwestern sponsors workshops, special topic sessions and provides biannual training sessions for faculty who mentor graduate students and postdocs. Faculty mentors play a crucial role in the success of graduate students, other faculty, and post-doctoral fellows. In addition, pre- and post-docs learn from their mentors how to mentor others, and participate in a “mentoring chain” that incorporates undergraduates, master’s students, and earlier-career doctoral students. Good mentors promote academic progress, instill motivation, and help with the recruitment and retention of outstanding students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty.

The Initiative is sponsored by The Graduate School (TGS) and the Office of the Provost.

National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity

Northwestern University is also a member of the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD). The membership offers free access to professional development resources and support. The NCFDD offers an array of online resources for improving research productivity and balancing personal and professional commitments, such as “How to Develop a Daily Writing Practice,” and “Mastering Academic Time Management.”

This resource is open to all faculty and graduate students. Learn more.

Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching

The Northwestern Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching offers a range of programs and services for faculty and post-docs. The Searle Fellows Program is a year-long experience that encourages faculty to enhance their teaching skills and practices. Workshops are offered on grant writing, as well as issues related to learning and teaching. Additional resources include:

Please visit the Searle Center online or call 847-467-2338 for more information.