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 Prioritizing Time To Do What  Matters
Panel discussion: advice on maintaining a balanced life, in light of the rigors of an academic career

Panelists: Rebecca Carrier, Debbie Chachra, Radhika Nagpal

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

Panelists: Dora Carrico-Moniz, Desirée Plata, Frances M. Ross

4:50-5:45 Building Professional Relationships 
Panelists: Eden Medina, Christine Ortiz, Asu Ozdaglar
5:45-6:00 Closing Remarks
6:15-7:30 Cocktail Reception and Remarks
Blanche Staton, Senior Associate Dean and Director, MIT Office of Graduate Education
Keynote Speaker:
Janet Conrad, Professor of Physics, MIT

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 forPanelists: Susan Ernst, Farnaz Niroui, Anita Shukla
9:30-10:15 The Interview Process 
Lecture: a practical guide to interviewing, and considering offers when you get themPresenter: Penny Beuning
10:15-10:30 Coffee break
10:35-11:30 Negotiating the Offer
Panel discussion: what can be negotiated and how to ask

Panelists: Madeleine Oudin, Cynthia Sung, Evelyn Wang

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

Panelists: Kristin Bergmann, Julia Ortony, Ellen Roche

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.   

Panelists: Leslie Kolodziejski, Julie Shah

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.

Panelists: Joey Mead, Radhika Nagpal, Megan Núñez

3:40-3:50                Coffee break
3:55-4:50 Speeches, Presentations and Performing
Workshop

Presenter: Barbara Tannenbaum

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