2015 Program

Friday, November 20, 2015

1:00-2:00 Registration

Afternoon session: Finding your place in the academy

2:00-2:25 Opening Remarks and Workshop Overview
Dean Blanche Staton, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2:30-3:25 Finding the Time to Do it All 
Panel discussion: advice on maintaining a balanced life, in light of the rigors of an academic career
3:25-3:45 Coffee break
3:50-4:45 What type of institution is right for you?
Panel discussion: the cultures, benefits, and drawbacks of different types of universities
4:45-5:40 Building Professional Networks 
Panel Discussion
5:40-6:00 Closing Remarks
6:00-7:30 Cocktail Reception and Remarks
Blanche Staton, Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Education
Sallie W. (Penny) Chisholm , Institute Professor, Keynote Speaker

Saturday, November 21, 2015

8:00-8:30 Breakfast

Morning session: Getting the position you want

8:30-9:25 Applying
Panel discussion: what application packages include, what the key features of teaching and research statements are, what search committees are looking for
9:30-10:15 The Interview Process 
Lecture: a practical guide to interviewing, and considering offers when you get them
10:15-10:30 Coffee break
10:30-11:25 Negotiating the Offer
Panel discussion: what they’ll give and how to ask
11:30-12:25 Guiding Principles: How to be a “Quick-Start” Professor
Panel discussion: getting support from your university and department, negotiating for a quick-start lab, and the skills you can hone now that will help you be an effective and successful lab leader, mentor, and principle investigator
12:25-1:30 Lunch

Afternoon session: Surviving Your First Year as Junior Faculty

1:30-1:35 Introductory remarks
1:35-2:30 Funding
2:30-2:45 Coffee break
2:45-3:45 The Tenure Process
Panel discussion: find grants to apply to, define your fundable research goals, sell your proposal, and manage your budget.
3:50-5:20 Workshop: Speeches, Presentations and Performing
5:30-5:45 Closing Remarks
Dean Blanche Staton, Massachusetts Institute of Technology