2019 Program

Friday, November 15, 2019

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
4:50-5:45 Building Professional Relationships 
Panel discussion
5:45-6:00 Closing Remarks
6:15-7:30 Cocktail Reception and Remarks
Blanche Staton, Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Education
Keynote Speaker:

Saturday, November 16, 2019

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
10:35-11:30 Negotiating the Offer
Panel discussion: what can be negotiated and how to ask
11:35-12:30 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
12:30-1:25 Lunch

Afternoon session: Surviving Your First Year as Junior Faculty

1:30-1:45 Introductory remarks
1:45-2:40 Funding
Panel Discussion: Find Grants to apply to, define your fundable research goals, sell your proposal, and manage your budget.   
2:45-3:40 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.
3:40-3:55                Coffee break
3:55-4:50 Speeches, Presentations and Performing
Workshop

4:50-5:05 Closing Remarks
Dean Blanche Staton, Massachusetts Institute of Technology