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

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

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 (Watch the Video and Access Resources)

Current and past APT Committee members discussed 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 was 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 covered 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 (Access Resources)

Experienced colleagues and peers to 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; the impact of COVID-19 on research and teaching; and the types of biases that may potentially impact promotion and ways to mitigate them.

November 4, 2021

Effective Faculty Leadership Under Challenging Circumstances (Access Resources)

Leadership touches all aspects of academic life: leadership in teaching, research and service, and faculty leadership comes in different forms: faculty serve as department chairs, directors of graduate studies, principal investigators on research teams, chairs and members of search committees and national commissions or associations, to name just a few roles. The current pandemic has been challenging for faculty and academic leaders on both personal and professional levels. Some of the challenges include building and maintaining a sense of community with shared goals among the key members of our units. The situation has been especially challenging for new community members, such as new students, faculty and staff. While difficult, challenging circumstances can offer the opportunity to improve normal work practices in ways impossible to consider except in times of extreme duress.

Participants in this workshop learned how to acknowledge challenges and overcome key obstacles, establish trust and a shared sense of community and build a culture where colleagues become partners and co-leaders with the goal of not only addressing current problems, but also fostering an openness to new approaches to delivering on our education, research and engagement missions. Participants also had the opportunity to share their own approaches to working with their teams and maintaining a sense of community during the current challenges. During the workshop information was shared on follow up one-on-one coaching sessions offered by certified coaches, as well as group coaching opportunities.

November 16, 2021

Promoting an Equitable Learning and Research Environment for Your Students (Read the Article and Access Resources)

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.

January 20, 2022

Engaging with the Community (Watch the Video)

In this workshop, participants learned about opportunities for engaging with the Durham and the neighboring communities. Experienced faculty will shared campus resources and best practices for partnering with the community in thoughtful, respectful and impactful ways and incorporating community engagement in research and teaching.

February 3, 2022

Lessons for Faculty and Academic Leaders Learned From the Pandemic (Read the Article)

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. Colleagues and institutional leaders discussed lessons and practices that emerged from the unique challenges collectively faced during the COVID-19 pandemic.

February 4, 2022

Churn: Life in the Increasingly Diverse World of Higher Education and How to Make It Work (Read the Article)

As our campuses diversify, we are brought together into states of “churn.” Stanford psychologist Claude Steele uses this term to describe the mental and physical stress we can feel in a situation over possibly being seen and treated in terms of negative images of our group. Senior diversity officers and faculty leaders across the Faculty Advancement Network engaged Steele in the application of “churn” to faculty’s interactions at our universities — with chairs, students, postdocs, search committees, administrators and each other.

February 17, 2022

Building Your Academic Networks and Partnerships (Watch the Video)

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.

March 24, 2022

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

Discussing Difficult and 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 discussed strategies and best practices to foster learning environments where such dialogue can take place, and discussed 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.