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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 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.. Questions about the program can be directed to Joan Johnson, at

note: 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.  

Faculty Well-Being Conversations Series

Fall 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly altered academic life for faculty, many of whom have additional responsibilities such as homeschooling and caregiving. Join this monthly faculty forum, facilitated by Lesley Lundeen, Well-being Manager, Human Resources, for conversation, sharing, and connection, focused on well-being, boundary-setting, and stress reduction. We will discuss strategies recommended by the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity.

Understanding Marginalized Student Experiences at Northwestern: A Faculty Workshop

November 9, 2020

This workshop will demonstrate how faculty messaging influences marginalized students' motivation and well being, as well as highlight how current events and campus climate impact student experiences more broadly. Participants will have the opportunity to learn to apply strategies and tools that affirm student strengths and create more inclusive campus environments for students from marginalized backgrounds. Presenters include: Kourtney Cockrell, Director of Student Enrichment Services; Mesmin Destin, Associate Professor of Psychology and Human Development and Social Policy; and Daviree Velazquez Phillip, Director of Multicultural Student Affairs.

New Faculty: Navigating Teaching Resources at Northwestern

January 5, 2021

The New Faculty: Navigating Teaching Resources at Northwestern program is designed to highlight teaching resources available to help you excel in your new role as a faculty member at Northwestern. Learn about opportunities to enhance your teaching through supportive campus units. This collaborative program is hosted by the Office of the Provost in partnership with the Searle Center for Advancing Learning & Teaching, University Libraries, Teaching and Learning Technologies, Academic Support and Learning Advancement, and AccessibleNU.

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.