Faculty Advancement and Success (FAS) Workshop Series 2022-2023

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

Upcoming Workshops

Thursday, February 9, 2023
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
The Edge Workshop Room, 127 Bostock Library

Integrating Coaching into Your Mentoring

What’s the difference between mentoring and coaching? In US higher education, “mentoring” often implies role-modeling and offering advice, whereas coaching is an increasingly popular, evidence-based method to empower people to be accountable for their own growth and development. Unlike role models and advisors, coaches listen more than they talk. They ask powerful questions, and create lots of room for people to reflect and see things in new ways.

If you’d like more strategies in your mentoring toolkitespecially in cases where you’d like mentees to take more ownership of their progressthis workshop is for you. We will spend time in small groups developing our active listening skills, and also practice a few basic coaching conversation models. We will also discuss how mentors might apply a “coaching mindset” to their work as mentors more generally.

Moderator: Maria LaMonaca Wisdom, Director of Faculty Mentoring and Coaching Programs

Registration Closed

Tuesday, February 21, 2023
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Fostering an Equitable Climate in Your Unit as Academic Leaders

In classrooms, labs, committees and meetings, faculty serve as leaders and managers who set the tone and establish relationships with faculty colleagues, staff and students that impact the climate in their schools and departments. This role is critical to both the professional success of faculty and the academic experiences of our students and peers. In this workshop, participants will hear from academic leaders who have navigated this topic as teachers, mentors and scholars, both with faculty and staff colleagues and with students representing many different perspectives and identities. They will also discuss strategies and practices that can lead to an improved climate and greater engagement in academic units.

Speakers: Emily Bernhardt, Biology Department Chair; Shai Ginsburg, Associate Professor of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies; Kerry Haynie, Dean of Social Sciences
Moderators: Sherilynn Black, Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement; Kimberly Hewitt, Vice President for Institutional Equity

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Friday, February 24, 2023
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Engaging with Our Community Partners

In this workshop, participants will learn about opportunities for engaging with the Durham and the neighboring communities. 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.

Speakers: Keisha Bentley-Edwards, Associate Professor of Medicine; Ryan Emanuel, Associate Professor of Hydrology; Viviana Martinez-Bianchi, Associate Professor of Family Medicine & Community Health
Moderators: Joan Clifford, Associate Professor of the Practice of Romance Studies

Eligible for RCR credit.

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Thursday, March 2, 2023
9:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
The Edge Workshop Room, 127 Bostock Library

Taking Stock of Your Faculty Career - For Mid-Career, Tenured Faculty

Whether or not you have “post-tenure blues” or “midcareer malaise,” likely your busy schedule has left you no time to reflect on significant career transitions. Very often, faculty reach mid-career operating under the same assumptions—and relying on the same strategies and skills—that got them through graduate training and the pre-tenure years. This workshop offers mid-career tenured faculty dedicated space and time to reflect on some big questions, in a mutually supportive group of peers: 
 
•    What have been your most significant accomplishments and challenges to date? 
•    What’s different for you now, than it was in the years leading up to tenure? 
•    What does “flourishing” look like, 3-5 years from now?  
•    What people and resources can help you achieve your goals? 
 
Possible takeaways from the workshop include a sharper focus on priorities and goals, realignment of what you do with what you value, an enhanced sense of community, and practical strategies for maintaining a reflective practice on your work and career long term.

Moderator: Maria LaMonaca Wisdom, Director of Faculty Mentoring and Coaching Programs

Register Here by Wednesday, February 22

Thursday, April 13, 2023
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Amplifying Your Voice Inside and Outside the University

Faculty work to gain local and national prominence to successfully advance in their careers, and many use a number of strategies to expand the reach of their scholarship and influence. Some are deeply involved in their disciplinary associations, some hold a large social media presence, some engage with the local community and others gravitate towards engaged scholarship. In this workshop, participants will learn about opportunities to broaden their scope and amplify their voices and scholarship inside and outside of the university. Experienced faculty will share resources and effective strategies that have supported their success.

Speakers: Sarah Gaither, Assistant Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience; Bruce Jentleson, William Preston Few Distinguished Professor of Public Policy
Moderator: Adriane Lentz-Smith, Associate Professor of History

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Past Workshops

Thursday, September 15, 2022

Fostering an Inclusive Research and Learning Environment for Your Students (Access Resources and View Recording)

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.

Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Taking Stock of Your Faculty Career - For Regular Rank Non-Tenure Track Faculty

Throughout the pandemic, higher ed news outlets such as The Chronicle of Higher Education have been rife with stories of faculty disengagement and burnout. It’s been a stressful couple of years for everyone—and you don’t need a newspaper to tell you that. What you may need, however, is some dedicated time and space to reflect and plan the next phase of your career in ways that align with who you are and what you value now.

This two-hour workshop will provide a supportive space for you to: 

  • assess what’s different for you since (or because of) the pandemic
  • consider what’s needed to move forward
  • consider new priorities and goals
  • identify a network of mentors to help you get there

Participants will complete a values inventory and a mentoring map, and spend time in small groups brainstorming with colleagues at similar stages of their careers. Takeaways from this workshop might include greater clarity about priorities and goals, a renewed sense of purpose, and concrete ideas for building a stronger network of mentors, advocates and collaborators.

Thursday, November 3, 2022

Advancement and Promotion (Tenure Track) (Access Resources)

Current and past APT Committee members will 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 relevant to 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, impact, and different types of service and engaged scholarship, the impact of COVID-19 on research plans and progress, recent updates to APT guidelines and the types of biases and other challenges that may potentially impact candidates’ dossiers and ways to mitigate them.

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Taking Stock of Your Faculty Career - For Regular Rank Non-Tenure Track Faculty

Throughout the pandemic, higher ed news outlets such as The Chronicle of Higher Education have been rife with stories of faculty disengagement and burnout. It’s been a stressful couple of years for everyone—and you don’t need a newspaper to tell you that. What you may need, however, is some dedicated time and space to reflect and plan the next phase of your career in ways that align with who you are and what you value now.

This two-hour workshop will provide a supportive space for you to: 

  • assess what’s different for you since (or because of) the pandemic
  • consider what’s needed to move forward
  • consider new priorities and goals
  • identify a network of mentors to help you get there

Participants will complete a values inventory and a mentoring map, and spend time in small groups brainstorming with colleagues at similar stages of their careers. Takeaways from this workshop might include greater clarity about priorities and goals, a renewed sense of purpose, and concrete ideas for building a stronger network of mentors, advocates and collaborators.

Thursday, December 1, 2022

Advancement and Promotion (Non-Tenure Track) (Access Resources)

Experienced colleagues and peers will discuss the reappointment and promotion process for different types of non-tenure track faculty, and provide examples of 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 and the challenges that may potentially impact promotion and ways to mitigate them.

Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Discussing Difficult and Sensitive Topics in Your Teaching and Research Spaces

Discussing contentious and difficult topics in the classroom and in research environments can be 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 the important tenets of academic freedom and respectful engagement with all students. In this interactive workshop, faculty will discuss strategies and best practices to foster learning environments where such meaningful and constructive dialogues can take place, and discuss how to manage challenging conversations and interactions in the classroom.

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.