Faculty Advancement and Success (FAS) Workshop Series 2021–2022

Providing Learning Opportunities, Resources and Networking for All Faculty at Duke

Upcoming Workshops

All workshops will be virtual.

November 16, 2021, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Promoting an Equitable Learning and Research Environment for Your Students

Faculty regularly engage with students from different backgrounds while teaching, advising and mentoring. A number of factors can influence the success of this engagement for both the faculty and the student, including the learning environments that faculty create and the way that they incorporate equitable practices into their teaching, mentoring and assessment practices. Join your colleagues to discuss effective strategies and tools to create equitable and engaging environments for students at Duke.
Eligible for RCR credit.

Panelists: Eileen Chow, Associate Professor of the Practice of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies; Gustavo Silva, Assistant Professor of Biology; Kate Whetten, Professor of Public Policy
Moderator: John Blackshear, Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Dean of Students

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January 20, 2022, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Engaging With the Community

In this workshop, participants will learn about opportunities for engaging with the Durham and the neighboring communities. Key campus leaders and experienced faculty will share campus resources and best practices for partnering with the community in thoughtful, respectful and impactful ways and incorporating community engagement in research and teaching.  
Eligible for RCR credit.

February 3, 2022, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Lessons for Faculty and Academic Leaders Learned From the Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to stretch faculty across a number of parameters, including teaching and mentoring across virtual platforms while providing additional support and guidance for students and staff. Faculty also continue to navigate their own challenging losses in research productivity while handling personal and family dynamics. However, these challenges are leading to the creation of many creative systems, effective management approaches and collaborative solutions that will have lasting impacts on the research and learning environment at Duke. Join colleagues and institutional leaders to discuss lessons and practices that emerged from the unique challenges collectively faced during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Eligible for RCR credit.

February 17, 2022, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Building Your Academic Networks and Partnerships

Thriving faculty members typically draw on robust intellectual communities and strong professional networks. In this workshop, faculty members at different points in the career arc will share their experiences regarding key aspects of building networks and partnerships, both within and beyond Duke. How does one connect with new scholars and groups, or identify potential collaborators? When should one accept invitations to join projects? What are the advantages and challenges associated with developing research relationships with community organizations and engagement interests? How can one best deploy the varied but disparate Duke resources to support faculty? Engage with your colleagues about these and similar questions related to the role of intellectual community and collaboration in faculty success.
Eligible for RCR credit.

March 24, 2022, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Taking Advantage of Opportunities for Faculty Support and Career Guidance

As faculty advance through their careers, they regularly face a number of personal questions about their professional advancement and productivity, approaches to mentoring and managing their research teams, and working to create a positive culture in classrooms and labs. Join this session to learn about opportunities for faculty to receive support and guidance from professional coaches and mentoring programs to assist in making career decisions.

April 14, 2022, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

How to Manage Controversial Topics in the Classroom   

Discussing contentious and difficult topics in the classroom is an essential part of the learning experience. These topics provide opportunities for deepening understanding of complex issues and learning about different perspectives and approaches, but they can also create dynamics that are not consistent with the values of constructive, respectful and inclusive dialogue. Faculty must also navigate the fine line between tenets of academic freedom and respectful engagement with students. In this interactive workshop, faculty will discuss strategies and best practices to foster learning environments where such dialogue can take place, and discuss how to manage challenging conversations and interactions in the classroom.

Previous Workshops

September 10, 2021

Navigating Professional and Personal/Family Challenges During the Pandemic (Watch the Video)

In the constantly evolving pandemic environment, all members of our university community, particularly faculty and staff with young children, are trying to meet their professional obligations and attend to their well-being and that of their loved ones. To discuss those challenges and share information about resources and approaches, a group of Duke faculty members and medical and mental health experts were available to share their expertise and advice and address questions.

October 19, 2021

Tenure and Promotion

Join current and past APT Committee members to discuss the different stages of the tenure and promotion review process, components of a dossier, and tips and strategies to successfully navigate the tenure and promotion process. The workshop is particularly for tenure track assistant professors who are preparing for promotion to associate professor and for tenured associate professors who are preparing for promotion to full professor. It will cover a number of topics, including the standards for evaluating research, teaching, different types of service and engaged scholarship, the impact of COVID-19 on research plans and progress, and the types of biases that may potentially impact candidates’ dossiers and ways to mitigate them.

October 26, 2021

Advancement and Promotion

Join experienced colleagues and peers to learn about the reappointment and promotion process for different types of non-tenure track faculty, and take advantage of the resources and opportunities for growth and advancement. The workshop will cover a number of topics, including the variability of standards according to disciplines for evaluating progress, teaching, research or administrative excellence; the impact of COVID-19 on research and teaching; and the types of biases that may potentially impact promotion and ways to mitigate them.

See previous FAS workshops, including resources.

The Office for Faculty Advancement hosts the Faculty Advancement and Success (FAS) Workshop Series, which provides learning opportunities, resources and networking for all faculty at Duke. At each workshop, faculty meet with their peers, experts and key campus leaders to discuss and engage with issues and opportunities relevant to their professional development and advancement. Example topics include promotion and tenure, effective teaching and mentoring, research productivity, increasing awareness of opportunities and resources, and fostering equitable and supportive work, research and learning environments.