Path of Professorship

The speakers in this workshop were all so great. It is difficult to describe how inspiring it is for me when these great people… share their experience and wisdom of how they handle different problems in appropriate ways. It was also very encouraging to find out that so many people are having similar struggles and questions and there are so many supports out there.

—Workshop participant

Path of Professorship:
Friday, November 15 and Saturday, November 16, 2019

This workshop is for graduate and postdoctoral women at MIT who are considering a tenure-track position in the fields of science, engineering, and technology. The one-and-a-half day workshop focuses on skills, strategies, and “insider information” necessary to obtain a tenure-track position, to succeed in one, and advance to other positions of leadership. This is also an opportunity to network and meet peers. See the program and suggested reading resources.

Attendees learn:

  • Key strategies for applying and interviewing for academic positions
  • The importance of networking and how to manage networking with peers and superiors
  • Insights from deans and department chairs about what to negotiate for once you have the offer
  • Advice from faculty on things you can do now and during your hire to make your tenure-track years as smooth and successful as possible
  • Characteristics of different types of universities
  • Advice on maintaining a balanced life, in light of the rigorous demands of a career in academia

This workshop grew out of the 2005 Forward-to-Professorship workshop at MIT, which was organized by an NSF-funded team led by Catherine Mavriplis ’89 (PhD, Aeronautics and Astronautics) in cooperation with the Office of Graduate Education.

Due to the popularity and limited size of this workshop, we are asking that you apply to participate. Following the October application deadline, participants will be selected on the basis of predetermined priorities (time until job search, reasons for wanting to participate, etc.). The workshop is designed for participants in science, engineering, mathematics or technology (STEM) fields, although non-STEM participants may be accepted on a case-by-case basis. After consideration of the basic criteria, final selection is usually dependent upon thoughtful, compelling answers to the open ended application questions. Participants will be notified of acceptance by email. If necessary, we will maintain a waiting list.

If accepted, we require that you attend all workshop events, including the Friday evening reception. To encourage attendance, we require a deposit of $20; this will be returned to you at the end of the workshop. If you are accepted, please bring your deposit (cash or check) to the Office of Graduate Education (3-138) to complete your registration.

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