The Academic Life: A Faculty-Development Workshop

April 10, 2021 @ 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm America/New York Timezone

Women in Engineering (co-sponsored)

The Academic Life: A Faculty-Development Workshop

Career development workshop for grad students & junior faculty in STEM.

A half-day interactive workshop for individuals pursuing academic careers in science and engineering

This event will be virtual. A zoom link will be sent to registered participants at least one week in advance.

Junior faculty often face career issues beyond subject matter expertise and technical challenges for which they are poorly prepared, disproportionately affecting underrepresented groups. Mentoring can help but is frequently lacking. This, coupled with the lack of senior underrepresented minority faculty, can be disastrous. This workshop uses storytelling to bring light to potential challenges and offer guidance on how they may be anticipated and overcome.

Topics to be covered include tenure, scientific publications, plagiarism, imposter syndrome, and microaggressions. Each topic will be presented using a short presentation or dramatization, followed by interactive discussion sessions.


  • Pamela Abshire, Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Jennifer Blain Christen, Associate Professor of Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering, Arizona State University
  • Nicole McFarlane, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Maira Samary, Visiting Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Boston College
  • Stephen Senturia, Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


  • Anatomy of a Tenure Case: Dramatization and Discussion related to Tenure
  • Why (and How To) Get Published: Wisdom from a Former Journal Editor
  • Power and Plagiarism: Vignette and Discussion
  • Microaggressions: Vignette and Discussion
  • The Imposter Syndrome: Vignette and Discussion

To register to the event, please click on the link below:


NOTE: This event will be virtual. A zoom link will be sent to registered participants at least one week in advance.

Sponsored in part by NSF Grant 1844528