2016 Program

Friday, November 18, 2016

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
Rebecca Carrier, Radhika Nagpal, Debbie Chachra, Kristala Prather
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
Dora Carrico-Moniz, Desiree Plata, Janet Conrad
4:45-5:40 Building Professional Relationships 
Interactive Session
Madeleine Oudin, Saengeeta Bhatia, Megan Roberts
5:40-6:00 Closing Remarks
6:00-7:30 Cocktail Reception and Remarks
Blanche Staton, Interim Dean for Graduate Education
Susan Hockfield , 
President Emerita, Keynote Speaker and Professor of Neuroscience

Saturday, November 19, 2016

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
Susan Ernst, Anita Shukla
9:30-10:15 The Interview Process 
Lecture: a practical guide to interviewing, and considering offers when you get them
Penny Beuning
10:15-10:30 Coffee break
10:30-11:25 Negotiating the Offer
Panel discussion: what can be negotiated and how to ask
Marjorie Aelion, Gabriela Schlau-Cohen, Adele Wolfson
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
Amal Ahmed, Angela DePace
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
Panel Discussion: Find Grants to apply to, define your fundable research goals, sell your proposal, and manage your budget. Muriel Medard, Leslie Kolodziejski, Polina Anikeeva
2:30-2:45 Coffee break
2:45-3:45 The Tenure Process
Panel discussion: Managing the teaching load, publication requirement and work-life balance. Building a CV, teaching statement, and list of letter writers.
Rupal Patel, Heidi Nepf
3:45-4:40 Workshop: Speeches, Presentations and Performing
Denise Minor
4:40-5:00 Closing Remarks
Dean Blanche Staton, Massachusetts Institute of Technology