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The Office of the Provost has launched the Faculty Development Program to support UChicago scholars at all stages of their career. This program is meant to provide the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in teaching, research, mentoring, and as members of the UChicago community.
 
Most events are open to tenure/tenure-track faculty, academic appointees, Pritzker School of Medicine faculty, and Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellows. For questions about any of these training opportunities, or to request accommodations, please contact Tiana Pyer-Pereira at 773.702.6015 or faculty_development@uchicago.edu.

 

Workshops

 
FACULTY DEVELOPMENT EVENTS
 
Searching for Excellence: Faculty Search Training
Friday, October 19 and Thursday, October 25: 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Levi Hall, Fourth Floor Conference Room

Over the past year, UChicago has made significant gains in hiring for a diverse and excellent faculty. This shift is due, in part, to an updated faculty search training program offered through the Office of the Provost. Based on behavioral science research and best practices from the National Science Foundation ADVANCE program, this training provides concrete, actionable steps to improve the faculty search process. This session will be led by Vice Provost Melissa Gilliam. RSVP for the October 19 or October 25 session.
 
How Entrepreneurship can Complement a Research Career: Faculty Perspectives
Monday, October 22: 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Harper Center C-02, 5807 S. Woodlawn Ave.

UChicago faculty Jeffrey Hubbell, Maryellen Giger, Stacy Lindau, and Raphael Lee will discuss their careers (and others they’ve observed) and explain how entrepreneurship can be a helpful part of a strong research career. This panel will be moderated by Starr Marcello. RSVP now.
 
Navigating Tenure for Early-Career Faculty
Friday, October 26 : 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Logan Arts Center, Terrace Room
This program will provide assistant professors with an overview of the promotion and tenure process at UChicago, including relevant policies and processes, the nature and contents of a tenure case file, and strategies for a successful trajectory through tenure and beyond. The session will be led by Vice Provost Jason Merchant. RSVP now.
 
Managing High Impact Teams
Friday, November 2 and Friday, November 9: 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Logan Center for the Arts, Room 603
This two-part educational seminar is designed to fit the needs of UChicago faculty in the BSD, PSD, and SSD. These interactive sessions are ideal for early career scholars who are creating and managing teams, and for groups that support research agendas. Sessions will provide practical knowledge, tools, and tactics that can be implemented. The sessions will be facilitated by Chris Collins, Associate Dean at the Booth School of Business. Note that participants must commit to attending both sections. Space is limited. RSVP now.

 
Time Management for an Academic Career
Friday, November 9: 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Levi Hall, Fourth Floor Conference Room
This workshop is intended to support scholars as they navigate the challenges of balancing teaching, mentoring, writing, research, service, and family life. This session will be led by Russ W. Rosenzweig, a leadership consultant with longstanding ties to the University of Chicago. RSVP now.
 
Effective and Inclusive Classroom Engagement
Wednesday, November 14: 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Wieboldt Hall, Room 310 D/E

Research shows tremendous gains in learning when students interact with each other, their faculty members, and new ideas within a diverse student population. However, it can be challenging to ensure that, in such a classroom setting, all students discuss, interrogate, inquire, and question effectively. This workshop will focus on inclusive engagement and provide strategies for structuring learning that is productive for all students. This workshop will be led by Cheryl Richardson, Associate Director for Inclusive Teaching Initiatives at the Chicago Center for Teaching. RSVP now.
 
Faculty Introduction to Mental Health First Aid
Wednesday, November 28: 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Eckhardt Research Center 201B
This session will share data on student mental health and highlight some of the warning signs and symptoms of a mental health concern or emotional crisis. It will cover key campus resources and include interactive exercises to give participants the skills to help someone who is experiencing a mental health concern. The workshop will be presented by representatives from Health Promotion and Wellness and Student Health and Counseling Services. RSVP now.
 
ACADEMIC COMMUNICATORS NETWORK EVENTS
 
Media Training for Academics
Tuesday, October 30: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m
Quadrangle Club Solarium

Communicating research and complex ideas during a media interview or a presentation for the general public can be difficult. However, if academics strive to gain more visibility for their work, influence opinion, or reach potential donors, sharing their expertise through the media can be an essential skill. Mary Ann Childers, former anchorwoman for Chicago’s CBS-TV and WLS-TV, will share her experience from the last two decades as a respected journalist and media consultant. RSVP now. 
 
CHAIR DEVELOPMENT EVENTS
These events are open to department chairs only.
 
Promotion to Full Professor
Thursday, November 8: 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Levi Hall, Fourth Floor Conference Room
This session is designed to help chairs as they navigate promoting associate professors to full professors. Topics will include a review of the process from the provostial perspective, what the expectations for promotion cases are, and information about preparing promotion dossiers. The session will be conducted by Vice Provost Jason Merchant. RSVP now.
 
Navigating Tenure for Department Chairs
Date/Time TBD
Participate in a conversation on navigating the tenure and promotions process as a department chair, including common pitfalls in preparing tenure, renewal, and promotion cases and advice on assembling an informative and persuasive case, both for internal promotion cases and for outside hires at tenured ranks. This session will be led by Vice Provost Jason Merchant. Additional details and registration info coming soon.