Future Faculty Workshop

2024 New England Future Faculty Workshop

Workshop Dates: Wednesday, July 31, 2024 & Thursday, August 1, 2024

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

Day 1- Getting Noticed

  • Find your institutional fit
  • Craft your research, teaching, and diversity statements
  • Make your CV stand out

Day 2- Securing and Starting Your Position

  • Unmask the hidden curriculum
  • Master time management
  • Hone your interview and negotiation skills
  • Design a first year quick start plan
The workshop is organized by Northeastern University, Harvard Medical School, Boston University, and Bay Path University.

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.

Please contact northeasternadvance@northeastern.edu with any questions.

SARAH BANNING

Assistant Director, ADVANCE Office of Faculty Development, Northeastern University

PENNY BEUNING

Professor and Chair, Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Northeastern University

DONATHAN BROWN

Associate Professor, Communication Studies, College of Arts, Media and Design, Northeastern University

PALLAVI ESWARA

Director Postdoctoral Affairs, Boston University

LORI FERRINS

Research Associate Professor, Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Northeastern University

JIM GOULD

Director of HMS/HSDM for Postdoctoral Fellows, Harvard University

DEKEL LUBAN

Program Coordinator, ADVANCE Office of Faculty Development, Northeastern University

EVELYN PANAGAKOU

Education, Outreach, and Diversity Coordinator of the Network Science Institute, Northeastern University

SAMANTHA STOKOE

Program Manager, ADVANCE Office of Faculty Development, Northeastern University

REBECCA WILLITS

Professor and Chairperson, Chemical Engineering, Northeastern University

DIEDRA WRIGHTING

Executive Director, ADVANCE Office of Faculty Development, Northeastern University

YADILETTE RIVERA-COLÓN

Assistant Professor of Biology, Undergraduate Science Program Research Coordinator, Bay Path University

“The most helpful parts are the reviewer’s comments on my CV and research statement. The reviewer has raised a few concerns regarding my future research plan, and the grants I mentioned in the CV.”

“This was amazing. It was so great to get personal, thorough, and thoughtful feedback on my application materials. I can more clearly see where I should improve and what my strengths are as well.”

“It was most helpful to connect with others experiencing the same thing. It was affirming to know I was not alone.”

“The affinity group discussion was my favorite part of these last two days. I am so glad that I am not alone in my experiences and consequent feeling of being a first-gen academic.”

“It was enlightening to hear about experiences in academic fields other than my own. I also had the opportunity to share some resources.”

“I loved this workshop. I knew it would be good, but I did not realize how good. I am deeply grateful for the efforts of the organizers and all those who shared their wisdom throughout it. I feel reenergized and more prepared for the job market and I am so thankful for that.”

 

 

Overall the workshop was great! I had the opportunity not only to learn and get more familiar with the faculty hiring process but also it helped me to improve my application materials and feel more self-confident.”

This was a great workshop, and it did help me tremendously to better understand the nuts and bolts of academic job search, interviews, etc.”

Overall, fantastic workshop, it came highly recommended to me by a colleague who successfully got a position this cycle, and I will recommend it to any future applicants as well!!”

Really enjoyed this workshop. Starting from the process of preparing documents to apply for this workshop, it helped de-mystify the faculty application process for me. It was also great to be in an environment where others are in the same stage of life as me. thank you very much to the organizers!!”

Thank you for organizing this workshop. I feel more prepared to enter the job market this year, and I am excited to apply what I learned here into my application and in my future career!”

I think this workshop, like the graduate school preview programs popping up, are great because they help to minimize the “hidden curriculum” that is often a barrier for many pursing academic careers. Thanks for putting in the effort to start leveling the process!”

The [reviewal of application materials] was probably the most valuable part of the workshop for me. Very unique and valuable opportunity to get highly specific expert feedback on materials and the application/interview process as a whole, which was also extremely motivating!”

Loved that [the reviewal of application materials] was individualized, in an intimate small group setting. I appreciated the genuine feedback and the delivery was kind and caring. I felt as though the professor was in my corner and wanted me to win. I felt very encouraged.”

The most beneficial element [of the affinity groups] was hearing others share their experiences and recognizing that I’m not alone in my feelings.”

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