2017 Program

Friday, November 17, 2017

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
3:30-3:45 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, Malika Jeffries-EL, Desiree Plata
4:50-5:45 Building Professional Relationships 
Panel discussion
Kristala Prather, Krystyn Van Vliet, Evelyn Wang
5:45-6:00 Closing Remarks
6:00-7:30 Cocktail Reception and Remarks
Blanche Staton, Interim Dean for Graduate Education
Keynote Speaker: Linda Elkins-Tanton (SB, SM ’87; PhD ’02)
,  Arizona State University, School of  Earth and Space Exploration

Saturday, November 18, 2017

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
10:30-11:15 Negotiating the Offer
Panel discussion: what can be negotiated and how to ask
Pattie Maes, Cynthia Sung, Madeleine Oudin
11:20-12:15 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
Angela DePace, Daniele Lantagne, Ellen Roche, Iryna V. Zenyuk
12:20-1:30 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.    Angela Koehler, Leslie Kolodziejski, Sandra Petersen
2:35-3:30 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.
Joey Mead, Heidi Nepf, Adele Wolfson
3:30-3:45                Coffee break
3:45-4:40 Speeches, Presentations and Performing
Barbara Tannenbaum, Brown University
4:45-5:00 Closing Remarks
Dean Blanche Staton, Massachusetts Institute of Technology