It takes many skills to be a successful college professor. The first thing you have to do is get a job offer from an institution where you would like to work, competing with many talented competitors for the open position. Once you’re there, you have to plan, fund, and manage a research program, attract and retain graduate students, design courses and lectures and deliver them effectively, and deal with a wide range of problems related to research, teaching, and campus politics. As a rule, no one tells new or future faculty members anything about most of these things, and it is therefore not surprising that becoming a successful professor usually involves a long learning curve. Robert Boice, who has studied many new faculty members, notes that it generally takes 4-5 years for professors to meet or exceed their institution’s standards for research productivity and teaching effectiveness. However, about 5% of them–the ones Boice calls “Quick Starters”–manage to do it in their first 1-2 years. This workshop presents strategies that will help postdoctoral and graduate students get good faculty positions and become quick starters.
Postdoctoral and graduate students contemplating academic careers.
- How can I make a strong impression when I apply and interview for academic positions?
- What mistakes do new faculty members commonly make that limit their research productivity and teaching effectiveness, and how can I avoid them to become a quick starter?
- How do I get a research program started and make it attractive to both funding agencies and graduate students?
- How can I motivate students and get them actively involved in learning?
- What problems am I likely to face as a faculty member (promotion and tenure issues, classroom management, time management, etc.)? How should I deal with them?
Contact Richard Felder for information about scheduling and fees.