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Career Development and Leadership

The Office of the Provost administers and sponsors initiatives designed to help support and develop the careers of Northwestern's faculty. Look for emails from our office with sign-up information. Contact Joan Marie Johnson, Director for Faculty, at with questions.

For information, resources, and training related to Online Teaching, see the Keep Teaching webpage.

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. Learn more.

Chairs, Directors, Division Chiefs, and other Faculty Leaders

From a new chairs mentoring program to our signature Faculty Leadership Program, we offer support, training, and resources for faculty who are in formal leadership roles or for those who are interested in learning more about academic leadership. Learn more.

Faculty Wellness Programming

Faculty wellness conversations on on managing stress are held by Office of the Provost, the Faculty Wellness Program, and the Office of Work/Life. In addition, the Faculty Wellness Program offers assistance to full-time faculty members who are experiencing difficulties in their professional or personal lives. Learn more.

Professional Travel Grants

Funding is available to help support faculty professional travel. Learn more.

Speaker Funding

The Office of the Provost administers several endowed lecture funds which support campus-wide programs in various disciplines. Learn more. 



Other 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. For more information, you can email the Center at or by call 847-467-1367.

National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity

Northwestern University is also a member of the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD). This membership offers free access to professional development resources and support. The NCFDD also provides 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. Please visit the Searle Center website or call 847-467-2338 for more information.