Faculty Advancement and Success (FAS) Workshop Series 2020–2021

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


Past Workshops

Thursday, April 29, 2021

FAS 13: Work and Well-Being at Duke During the Pandemic - A Report from the ROUSE Study (Read the Article)

Duke researchers Tyson Brown, Rachel Kranton and Duncan Thomas described the motivation underlying and the results from their ongoing study ROUSE (Reopen our University Safely and Effectively). The discussion emphasized differences in COVID-related impacts on students, faculty and staff, placing the results in the broader local and national contexts.

Thursday, March 25, 2021

FAS 12: Writing Opinion Pieces for Media Outlets (Watch the Video)

All interested faculty members were invited to join this online workshop. Topics included a quick overview of the current media landscape; what considerations go into writing an op-ed; how to make your piece stand out; how to find a home for it; and how Duke University Communications staff can help.

Thursday, March 11, 2021

FAS 11: Revisiting Mentorship - Strategies for BIPOC Early Career Faculty (Watch the Video)

Traditional didactic mentorship approaches rarely meet all the needs of early career BIPOC faculty. Using case studies, this workshop explored scenarios such as challenging senior faculty, dealing with abusive behavior and establishing boundaries. Participants discussed how power relations in academia produce uneven dynamics including service workload imbalances, feelings of invisibility and imposter syndrome. The workshop offered suggestions for mitigating these challenges and outline strategic approaches for self-protection, perseverance and balance.

Thursday, March 11, 2021

FAS 10: Social Media for Faculty (Watch the Video)

This workshop was designed for faculty who are interested in establishing or refining their social media presence to effectively engage in public discourse and share their own research. All levels are welcome, from beginners through experienced users. Duke’s social media director walked faculty members through best practices and platform options, discuss examples from a range of Duke faculty and take questions. Mark Anthony Neal, James B. Duke Professor of African and African American Studies and Professor of English, was on hand to share his insights and experiences.

Thursday, February 11, 2021

FAS 9: Effectively Managing Your Research Group (Access Resources)

This discussion was designed for faculty who lead research groups and serve as managers to students, staff and colleagues across all academic disciplines on campus. Faculty heard from leaders and faculty colleagues about approaches to cultivate a rigorous, ethical, intellectually engaging and inclusive research environment. Discussions also included strategies to navigate challenging situations, and explored approaches to modify management practices to accommodate virtual and hybrid platforms.

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

FAS 8: Engaging in Difficult Conversations (Read the Article and Access Resources)

Learn how to engage in challenging conversations constructively. Participants learned skills for: handling personnel matters with fairness and professionalism; and tools for resolving broken commitments and bad behavior. This interactive session focused on skill development and practice with peers through discussion of scenarios.

Friday, December 4, 2020

FAS 7: Keeping Afloat - Strategies for BIPOC Early Career Faculty (Access Resources)

As research and lived experiences suggest, the pandemic is amplifying systemic and structural inequities in higher education. This is disproportionately affecting junior BIPOC faculty members who are balancing an overwhelming pressure to make progress towards tenure while facing growing demands on their time from students, colleagues, and institutions. At this critical moment, many of these faculty are also navigating increasing personal challenges and commitments.

In this workshop designed specifically for junior BIPOC faculty, participants:

  • Discussed strategies for navigating and balancing multiple pressures and roles.
  • Shared techniques to maintain productivity, motivation, and physical and mental well-being.
  • Discussed departmental and institutional strategies to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on junior faculty.
  • Built a supportive network of faculty colleagues from among the Ivy+.

The session included a moderated panel discussion (40 minutes), thematic opt-in breakout sessions (30 minutes), and a reconvening with the full group to share insights (20 minutes). This workshop also introduced BIPOC junior faculty to the Faculty Advancement Network—a new collective resource—and provide a forum to seek input on future workshops to be scheduled for Winter/Spring 2021.

Thursday, November 12, 2020

FAS 6: Preparing for Promotion and Tenure at Duke (Read the Article, Access Resources and Watch the Video)

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 covered a number of topics, including the standards for evaluating research, teaching and service excellence, 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.

Thursday, October 22, 2020

FAS 5: Your Role as Faculty in Confronting Racism and Fostering an Equitable Climate (Read the Article)

Discussions around race in academia reflect the ongoing challenges we experience in broader society, and faculty often hold important roles at the forefront of the discourse. Faculty engage with race in both personal and professional relationships with colleagues and collaborators, with students through classroom discourse and as mentors and as managers of staff in our academic units. In this workshop, participants considered the ways race specifically influences their work and interactions with others, and also practiced skills and strategies leading to more equitable practices.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

FAS 4: Finding a Balance - Juggling Competing Professional and Personal Priorities and Maintaining Wellness (Read the Article and Access Resources)

Faculty are used to managing competing priorities on a daily basis, however the ongoing health pandemic has both modified and augmented this challenge. In addition to modifying their teaching and research activities, many faculty are having to balance their work with additional domestic responsibilities including homeschooling and elderly care. In this interactive session, faculty explored strategies for balancing personal and professional commitments and maintaining well-being.

Thursday, August 20, 2020

FAS 3: Adapting Inclusive Student Engagement and Mentoring Practices Across Hybrid and Virtual Learning (Access Resources)

Faculty are in the midst of unprecedented times, and our teaching, mentoring and student engagement practices must reflect the current realities we face with hybrid and virtual courses, societal discontent and overall increases in levels of stress and anxiety. In this session, faculty discussed practical ways to optimize their interactions with students and mentees of different backgrounds across virtual and hybrid learning models.

Thursday, July 9, 2020

FAS 2: The Impact of COVID-19 on the Financial Model of Duke University (Watch the Video)

Tim Walsh, Vice President for Finance and Treasurer, discussed the budget models Duke and its schools use to manage their revenue and expenses, and how the university manages the financial challenges caused by COVID-19 and protecting its core educational and research mission.

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

FAS 1: Overview of Duke University Budget (Watch the Video)

Tim Walsh, Vice President for Finance and Treasurer, presented an overview of the different components of Duke University finances and the various sources of revenues and expense obligations. Faculty learned first-hand about these critical areas of Duke’s financial operations.

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. Each month, 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 effective teaching and mentoring, research productivity, increasing awareness of opportunities and resources and fostering an inclusive and supportive work, research and learning environment.