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

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

Upcoming Workshops

Wednesday, November 2, 2022
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

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.

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

Register Here by Friday, October 21

Thursday, November 3, 2022
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Advancement and Promotion (Tenure Track)

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.

Speakers: Sally Kornbluth, Provost; Jennifer Knust, Professor of Religious Studies; George Truskey, R. Eugene and Susie E. Goodson Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Moderator: Abbas Benmamoun, Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement

Register Here

Thursday, December 1, 2022
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Advancement and Promotion (Non-Tenure Track)

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 challenges that may potentially impact promotion and ways to mitigate them.

Speakers: Lori Bennear, Executive Vice Dean of the Nicholas School of the Environment; Georg Vanberg, Senior Associate Dean of Faculty Development in the Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
Moderator: Hae-Young Kim, Professor of the Practice of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies

Register Here

Wednesday, January 18, 2023
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Navigating Difficult Topics in the Laboratory and 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 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 dialogue can take place, and discuss how to manage challenging conversations and interactions in the classroom.

Speakers: Joseph Blocher, Lanty L. Smith Distinguished Professor of Law; Alexander Glass, Senior Lecturer of Earth & Climate Sciences; Deondra Rose, Associate Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy
Moderator: Gary Bennett, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education

Eligible for RCR credit.

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

Fostering an Equitable Climate and Culture in Your Unit

Discussions around inclusion and equity in academia reflect the ongoing challenges we experience in broader society, and faculty often hold important roles at the forefront of the discourse. In classrooms, labs, and meetings, faculty serve as the leaders who set the tone and uphold behaviors that impact the climate in their schools and departments. Faculty are also asked to consider equity and professionalism in 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 will examine the current climate challenges in their departments, schools, classrooms and labs, and also discuss strategies and practice relevant skills that can lead to an improved culture in their 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 of Institutional Equity

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

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.

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.