Early Career Stage

Early career

The Center for Faculty Development offers a number of programs and events which may be specifically useful for early career faculty.

Spring 2018

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Fulbright Scholar Program: Informational session for faculty and staff
Mon, Apr 23 | 12:20–2:00 | Student Center 210 | Lunch provided
Presenter: Athena Fullay | SU Host: Jacquelyn Miller

This session will be facilitated by Athena Fullay, Outreach and Recruitment Specialist at the Institute of International Education, the organization that oversees the Fulbright Program.

At the session you will:

  • Learn about teaching and research opportunities in more than 125 countries
  • Get advice on selecting countries for application and making contacts abroad
  • Explore how your campus can host visiting foreign Fulbright scholars
  • Get tips on how to prepare the Fulbright application

If you are interested in learning more about the Fulbright Scholar Program, contact Jacquelyn Miller (University Liaison to the Fulbright Scholar Program).


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The “Personal Intellectual Project:” Capturing, focusing, and (re)inventing your scholarly agenda

Tue, Apr 24 | 12:30–1:50 | Pigott 306 | Lunch provided
Facilitated by David Green

Depending on our career stage, our scholarly agenda can pose a variety of challenges. For many newer scholars, it can be hard to step back and identify exactly what it is we’re doing – and why it matters. For more seasoned researchers, in contrast, we often find our passions have shifted to new topics, or that we need to reinvent ourselves as scholars in somewhat different academic fields than where we began.

Difficulty in describing our research arc can affect our chances of winning grants, of being promoted, or simply of feeling in control of our own scholarship. It can lead us to take on projects that don’t exactly align with our expertise or intellectual curiosity, and to missing out on those that do.

In this session, we’ll provide a space for you to think through your own “Personal Intellectual Project”—the big-picture encapsulation of your different scholarly topics and agendas. For newer scholars, can you sense its form yet? Do you recognize the parameters you want to set to keep it manageable? For more experienced scholars, has your intellectual project evolved since you last considered it? What has changed and what remains the same? What projects might reignite your enthusiasm?


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The joy of failure: Turning a misstep into an opportunity for the classroom

Wed, May 16 | 12:30–1:50 | Student Center 130 | Lunch provided
Thu, May 17 | 12:30–1:50 | Casey Commons | Lunch provided
Facilitated by Katherine Raichle

Faculty often seek consultation following an in-class misstep, expressing embarrassment as well as uncertainty about if, and how, to best address it with their students. Sometimes those missteps are content-related or terminological, at other times they are interpersonal issues or are matters of how we facilitated a situation in class. No matter how major or minor they may appear on the outside, these mistakes and missteps can easily challenge our confidence in class.

So how can we turn what we might see as personal “failures” into valuable learning opportunities for ourselves and our students? In this workshop we will address how to:

  • recognize when we have made a mistake in our classrooms.
  • ascertain when such a mistake needs to be addressed with our students.
  • identify different ways to respond to such mistakes.
  • identify constructive responses to mistakes that will foster learning opportunities for us and our students.

Mistakes are human, and we all make them, yet it can feel uncomfortable to take ownership of our missteps with our students.  What if we modeled for them the value in recognizing and learning from “failing,” and demonstrated our own humanity in the process?