Future Faculty Workshop

New England Future Faculty Workshop 2021

The New England Future Faculty Workshop will be held on Wednesday, July 28 and Thursday, July 29, 2021.

This virtual, two-day conference will include the following topics:

  • Finding your institutional fit
  • Making your CV stand out
  • Perfecting your interviewing skills
  • Crafting research, teaching, and diversity statements
  • Negotiating the job offer
  • Creating a quick-start plan
  • Honing time management skills

This workshop is organized by Northeastern University’s ADVANCE Office of Faculty Development, Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, College of Social Sciences and Humanities, Harvard Medical School, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst Graduate School.

The application deadline for the 2021 New England Future Faculty Workshop has passed. Accepted applicants will be notified in mid-June. 

FFW 2021 Flyer

Program Information

The application will consist of:

  1. A brief statement on why the applicant wishes to attend this workshop and what they hope to gain from it
  2. A complete curriculum vitae
  3. A cover letter
  4. Drafts of the applicant’s research, teaching, and diversity statements

While we understand that you may be just beginning to create these materials, a draft must contain enough information for the opportunity to receive substantive feedback from faculty and peers.

Please contact Dorie Campbell at d.campbell@northeastern.edu with any questions.

Feedback is valuable but few scientists are trained to give it constructively

Many of us think that constructive criticism means saying something nice before you say something harsh. Though this can soften a blow, it misses deeper guidelines governing how to mitigate the sting of giving and receiving criticism. As scientists we have to read and critique materials often and the process can be quite intense. These guidelines can help.

 

Mutual Respect – Constructive criticism has to come from a place of respect while assuming best intentions. If everyone is a decent person doing their best, there can be no character indictment. We are better able to act on feedback if it comes from someone we respect, and respects us, who we believe has our best interests at heart.

 

Be Specific – Specific problems have specific solutions. Vague problems or dissatisfactions don’t have solutions, and they invite frustration or commiseration. Being specific is also the easiest way to avoid character indictment. When you stay focused on the specific issue, what might be motivating it, and how it can be resolved, you can avoid unproductive accusatory generalities. Even if you don’t have a solution in mind, describing the issue as specifically as possible will allow the recipient an opportunity to address it.

 

Keep, Discard, Improve – Giving constructive criticism is like editing: you need to define the stuff to keep (what is done well?), stuff to get rid of (what is not working at all?) and stuff to fix (what has some value but could be improved?). All of these components are critical. Focus only on the good and you lose the opportunity to improve. Focus only on the bad and you lose motivation.

 

Mindset: How can I help? – Giving feedback with a helpful mindset sets a good tone. Everyone wants to reach their full potential and succeed scientifically while working to improve professional prospects. Instead of considering what the other person can do for you, flip it around. What can you do to help them?

 

Based on guidance provided here: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.molcel.2015.04.025

 

Northeastern University:

John Armendariz

Vice Provost for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion

Penny Beuning

Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology

Dorie Campbell

Program Coordinator of the ADVANCE Office of Faculty Development

Lori Ferrins

Research Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology

Lakindu Pathira Kankanamge

Graduate Student

Ángel David Nieves

Professor of Africana Studies, History, and Digital Humanities; Director of Public Humanities

Erinn Taylor de Barroso

Assistant Director of the ADVANCE Office of Faculty Development

Diedra Wrighting

Executive Director of the ADVANCE Office of Faculty Development

Harvard University Medical School:

James Gould

Director of the Office for Postdoctoral Fellows

University of Massachusetts Amherst:

Joann Rodriguez

Graduate Student

June 1st: Applications due

Mid-June: Accepted applicants will be notified and directed to registration site

Late June: Registration fees for accepted applicants due

July 28th and 29th: New England Future Faculty Workshop 2021

August 5th: Follow-up peer review session

Upon acceptance, please contact Dorie Campbell at d.campbell@northeastern.edu to request a registration fee waiver.

We are grateful for the support of several sponsors of the New England Future Faculty Workshop.

Northeastern ADVANCE Office of Faculty Development Logo

Research Corporation for Scientific Advancement Logo

 

 

 

Northeastern's Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion Logo        

 

The Northeastern Future Faculty workshop helped de-mystify the job-applying process and introduced me to the different types of academic institutions/the expectations at those institutions. I really appreciated the small group working groups to critique the application materials and the feedback on my CV. It definitely helped me prepare this past year when I was applying for jobs -I only wish I had attended the workshop earlier!

-Anya Brown, Postdoctoral Scholar, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and Assistant Professor in Ecology and Evolution (starting 2022)

I accepted a position as an Assistant Professor of (Mathematics) Education at Colorado Christian University for the fall and cannot say enough about how important this workshop was in the job search process. My advisor was so impressed with how much my documents (CV, Teaching, Research, and Diversity statements) had improved after the workshop. In particular, someone from my peer review group was pivotal in fine tuning my documents after the workshop. I was looking for jobs in very specific locations so I only applied to 6 jobs (some mathematics education and some mathematics positions) and I received invitations for initial interviews for all of the mathematics education positions (3 of the 6). I really appreciated the variety of the workshop in terms of panels, peer review, and getting feedback on my CV.

-Cammie Gray, Ph.D. Candidate, University of New Hampshire

Attending the New England Future Faculty Workshop illuminated the complex process of applying for positions by hearing from current faculty with a range of experiences on the academic job market. After leaving the workshop, I felt confident in my ability to put together an application package for a faculty position. The small group feedback on my CV and statements was helpful in communicating my experiences and qualifications to a broad audience that would mimic a hiring committee. The schedule was packed with interesting topics involving interesting people–I didn’t realize I could learn so much in just one day!

– Lydia Horne, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Maine

For me, the preparation of application statements and receiving feedback from faculty and peers was really useful. This helped me to begin to organize my thoughts on future research prospects and my teaching identity. Additionally, hearing stories from faculty about different career paths within academia helps in seeing that there are many paths to success in the field. Overall, the workshop helped me feel more comfortable in developing my faculty application package and led me to think more deeply about what academic environments fit with my values and career goals. I highly recommend the workshop!

– Dan Oropeza, Ph.D. Student, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

“I’m grateful that Northeastern held the New England Future Faculty Workshop virtually in 2020 so it was accessible to more students.  Clearly the organizers thought about how to make the workshop run well virtually.  Larger group presentations were intermixed with smaller group discussions. It was great to hear from such a diverse group of professors at different stages of their careers. I learned so much from the workshop and made valuable networking connections.”

– ML Tlachac, Data Science Ph.D. Candidate, Worcester Polytechnic Institute