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

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


Upcoming Workshops

Friday, December 4, 2020 | 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

FAS 7: Keeping Afloat - Strategies for BIPOC Early Career Faculty (Ivy+ Workshop)

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 will:

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

The session will include 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 will also introduce 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.

Speakers: Fabiana Araujo, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, University of Chicago; Valerie Ashby, Dean of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Chemistry, Duke University; Brian Herrera, Associate Professor of Theater, Princeton University

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Wednesday, January 27, 2021 | 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

FAS 8: Engaging in Difficult Conversations

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

Moderator: Claudia Gunsch, Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement and Theodore Kennedy Professor

Thursday, February 25, 2021 | 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

FAS 9: Effectively Managing Your Research Group

This workshop is designed for faculty who lead research groups and serve as managers across all academic disciplines on campus. Faculty will hear from colleagues about approaches to cultivate a rigorous, ethical, intellectually engaging, and inclusive research environment. Discussions will also include approaches to modify management practices to accommodate virtual and hybrid platforms.

Moderator: Sherilynn Black, Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement and Assistant Professor of the Practice of Medical Education

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 | 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

FAS 10: The Art of Inclusive Communication

Faculty are in a unique position to influence culture by promoting Duke’s shared values of inclusion, equity and respect. In this interactive workshop, participants will explore their own personal and cultural identity and learn how it relates to communication style; how different styles can cause communication breakdown; and how to recognize and prevent communication breakdown from happening.

Moderator: Claudia Gunsch, Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement and Theodore Kennedy Professor

Past Workshops

Thursday, November 12, 2020

FAS 6: Preparing for Promotion and Tenure at Duke

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 will cover 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 (Access Related 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 (Access Resources and Related Article)

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.