2014 Program

Friday, November 14, 2014

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 balancing 24/7 academic careers with outside lives
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 
5:40-6:00 Closing Remarks
6:00-7:30 Cocktail Reception and Remarks
Christine Ortiz, Dean for Graduate Education and Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
Cynthia Barnhart , Chancellor, MIT

Saturday, November 15, 2014

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, securing research funding, funding sources, 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.
3:50-4:45 Workshop: Speeches, Presentations and Performing
Panel discussion: the review criteria for promotion, getting guidance at your institution, and choosing letter writers
4:45-5:00 Closing Remarks
Dean Blanche Staton, Massachusetts Institute of Technology