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, Debbie Chachra, Radhika Nagpal, 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, Janet Conrad, Desiree Plata
4:45-5:40 Building Professional Relationships 
Interactive Session
Saengeeta Bhatia, Madeleine Oudin, 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, Professor of Neuroscience, Keynote Speaker

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, Evelyn Wang, 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, Tricia Andrew, 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. Margaret Ackerman, Polina Anikeeva, Leslie Kolodziejski, Muriel Medard
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.
Elise Morgan, Heidi Nepf, Leona Samson
3:45-4:40 Workshop: Speeches, Presentations and Performing
Denise Minor
4:40-5:00 Closing Remarks
Dean Blanche Staton, Massachusetts Institute of Technology