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Career Development and Support 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. Detailed information and sign-up instructions for each program will be sent by email to eligible faculty. These programs are open to all faculty or as indicated.

Additional educational programming will be posted here throughout the year. Contact Joan Marie Johnson, Director for Faculty, at joanmjohnson@northwestern.edu with questions.

2021-2022 Programs

September 10 – Solo Success: How to Thrive in the Academy When You Are the Only _____ in Your Department

Solo Success: How to Thrive in the Academy When You Are the Only _____ in Your Department
September 10, 2021
10am-12pm

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 Angelique Davis, JD, from the National Center for Faculty Diversity and Development. A remote workshop followed by an in-person networking lunch.

September 17 – New Faculty Welcome: Succeeding at Northwestern

New Faculty Welcome: Succeeding at Northwestern
September 17, 2021
9am-1:30pm

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 in-person program with welcome remarks and presentations from key university leaders, a faculty panel, and a networking lunch. Please note that your school may also hold an orientation with school-specific information. Learn more.

October 6 – Every Quarter Needs a Plan

Every Quarter Needs a Plan
October 6, 2021
2pm-4pm

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 Anthony Ocampo, PhD, from the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity.  

October 2021 – New/Early Career Faculty: How to Advance Your Research at Northwestern

New/Early Career Faculty: How to Advance Your Research at Northwestern
October 2021 (Date TBA)
12pm-1:30pm

The program is specially designed to highlight the research, funding, networking, and administrative resources available to help you excel in your 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.

October 29 – Networking: How to Build Your Networks Even During a Pandemic

Networking: How to Build Your Networks Even During a Pandemic
October 29, 2021
9am-2:30pm

Workshop details forthcoming.

January 13 – Delegating for Academics: You Have to Turn Loose

Delegating for Academics: You Have to Turn Loose
January 13, 2021
2pm-4pm

In this workshop, faculty will look at the specifics of what it means to delegate in the academic environment. You will examine some of your mindsets and some of your practices to see what can be adjusted. Lastly, you will learn delegation techniques and ideas so you can do some academic decluttering of your tasks, projects, responsibilities, and commitments.

January 27 – "Yes, And!": Using Improvisation to Communicate Science to the Public

"Yes, And!": Using Improvisation to Communicate Science to the Public
January 27, 2021
9am-2:30pm

Heather Barnes, an expert in using improvisation to communicate science, leads a series of hands-on improv exercises designed to increase communication skills when working with the public, media, and others in your STEM field.

May 20 – Think Through Your Summer Planning with Wisdom, Intention, and Truthfulness

Think Through Your Summer Planning with Wisdom, Intention, and Truthfulness
May 20, 2022
10am-12pm

In this workshop, you will learn how to plan thoughtfully and with integrity. You will leave with practical strategies to think through and realistically plan for your summer, and a template that you can use for this summer, as well as other seasons (e.g., winter break, sabbatical, and research leave) when you need a wise, intentional, and truthful plan. The workshop will be facilitated by Meggin McIntosh, Professor Emerita, University of Nevada, Reno. Meggin is known as the PhD of Productivity® and has been working with Northwestern faculty for the last three years.

Media Engagement 101

Media relations experts from Northwestern’s Office of Global Marketing and Communications hold training sessions on everything you need to know about dealing with the media, from how to prepare for interviews to how to best position your work so that journalists want to tell your story. Learn more.

Faculty Leadership Program

A series of occasional sessions designed specifically for department chairs, program directors, center or institute directors, division chiefs, and other faculty leaders. The program provides critical information on University resources to help expand the knowledge and skills of those who lead academic units. Learn more.

Fall 2021

  • September 14 (9am-3pm) – Chairs Welcome Program

Faculty Wellness Programming

Faculty Well-being Conversations: A space for sharing strategies and experiences with other faculty members on well-being and managing stress and preventing burnout.
  • October 27, 2021 (4pm-5pm) – Collective Trauma
  • Upcoming – Managing Stress
Navigating Challenges: Learn about resources and share strategies and experiences on topics including parenting, eldercare, and dealing with chronic illness.
  • November 9, 2021 (12pm-1pm) – Parenting
  • Winter 2022 – Eldercare
  • Spring 2022 – Dealing with Chronic Illness

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.

Fall 2021

  • September 28 – Program Kickoff Luncheon

Past Programs