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Career Development Programs

The Office of the Provost offers a variety of programs to provide faculty the tools they need to do their best work. These programs and workshops are designed to enhance faculty career success and satisfaction.

Additional educational programming will be posted here throughout the year. Contact Joan Marie Johnson, Director for Faculty, at with questions. These programs are open to all faculty or as indicated.

Detailed information and sign-up instructions for each program will be sent by email to eligible faculty.

New Faculty Welcome: Succeeding at Northwestern

September 3, 2020

Welcome to Northwestern! Meet new colleagues and learn about resources and services that will contribute to your work and life at the University. New faculty are invited to attend this online program with welcome remarks from Kathleen Hagerty, Interim Provost, key university leaders, and an interactive session on inclusive learning and teaching. 

New faculty are also invited to participate in the Searle Center for Advancing Learning & Teaching’s New Faculty Workshop: Learning and Teaching at Northwestern on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 (9am-12:30pm). A set of linked online workshops will focus on student learning and motivation, and promoting active and engaging teaching methods. There will also be an advanced workshop on creating an inclusive learning environment. Questions about the workshop can be directed to Susanna Calkins, Senior Associate Director, at

Please note that your school may also hold an orientation with school-specific information.

Our office also provides a guide to resources for new and current faculty ranging from living in Evanston and Chicago to resources for research. Learn more.

Solo Success: How to Thrive in the Academy When You Are the Only _____ in Your Department

September 10, 2020

Identify the common challenges and learn specific strategies for maintaining well-being during challenging times, re-imagining research, serving strategically, teaching efficiently, and building strong and healthy professional relationships. Presented by Anthony Ocampo, PhD, from the National Center for Faculty Diversity and Development.

New Faculty: How to Advance Your Research at Northwestern

October 6, 2020

The New Faculty: How to Advance Your Research Program is specially designed to highlight the research, funding, networking, and administrative resources available to help you excel in your new role as a faculty member at Northwestern. Learn about key opportunities for building your interdisciplinary networks. The program is organized through the Office of the Provost, and includes presentations with various Northwestern administrators and faculty.

Every Quarter Needs a Plan

October 7, 2020

Junior faculty identify personal and professional goals, create a strategic plan to accomplish them, and identify the types of community support and accountability necessary for the most productive and balanced quarter or semester ever. Presented by Rosemarie Roberts, PhD, from the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity.  

Provost's Faculty Mentoring Program

This new yearlong program brings together small groups of junior faculty with a senior mentor for monthly meetings. Learn more

A Seat at the Table: Centering Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Learning and Teaching

The series is a set of 3 one-hour sessions that brings together a faculty cohort to discuss topics related to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in teaching and learning in virtual learning environments, sponsored by the Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching. Learn more.

For workshops and training for online teaching, see the Keep Teaching website.