Faculty Success Core Curriculum

Fall 2019: Navigating the University and Expectations of an Academic Career

Session 1: October
Faculty Panel:  Successfully Navigating the University and Quarter System
NCFDD curriculum: Every semester (term) needs a plan
Summary: The University of Oregon is a big place. We will include which offices new faculty are most likely to need, and where to go if you run into problems. We also discuss how to successfully pace yourself as you manage a new position in a new university and new place, by learning strategies for setting SMART goals and plans for each term to keep on track with your goals.  

Session 2: November
Faculty Panel: Departmental Expectations for Career and Tenure Track Faculty
NCFDD curriculum: How to align your time with your priorities
Summary: As a new faculty member on campus, you may find yourself fielding all kinds of invitations and requests for your time. However well-intentioned and possibly enjoyable these connections and events might be, these may take away time spent on activities that will count towards promotion and/or tenure, or other priorities that you may have for yourself. This session will help you understand what departmental expectations for faculty are and where to find them, and how to organize a weekly planning meeting with yourself to support you aligning your time with your priorities in ways that keep you on track to meet your professional and personal goals.

Session 3: December
Faculty Panel: Strategies for Enhancing Your Productivity in Research, Creative Practice, and/or Teaching
NCFDD curriculum: How to develop a daily writing practice (or Teaching in no time part 1&2)
Summary: Writing, or other scholarly and creative practices, and teaching are core elements of academic expectations. All of us have been academically successful in getting to this point, but we may have developed habits and strategies in our writing that may no longer serve us well or be sustainable in the long run. Additionally, we may struggle with spending too much time on some tasks. This session will focus on strategies for enhancing our productivity while finding balance with the multiple demands on our time.

Winter 2020: Successfully Managing Work-Life Balance

Session 4: January
Faculty Panel: Successfully managing your life as an academic
NCFDD curriculum: Mastering academic time management
Summary: Successful academic life is about constantly negotiating your many responsibilities and priorities. Everyone struggles with balancing research, teaching, and service with priorities like family and self-care. In this session, we will hear from panelists who have successfully navigated their careers and lives. We will hear strategies for evaluating how we use our time, and address common time management issues to support successful work-life balance.

Session 5: February
Faculty Panel: Moving through Resistance and Successful Grant Writing and Fellowships
NCFDD curriculum: Moving from resistance to writing (or Teaching in no time 3&4)
Summary: Do you ever experience resistance to writing, creative practice, or preparing your teaching materials? What gets in the way of us doing the work we want and need to do to be successful? This session will focus on understanding and identifying different forms of resistance and how to work through it. The faculty panel will also discuss where and how to submit grant and fellowship applications.

Session 6: March
Faculty Panel: Your Strategic Plan, Service Expectations, and Choosing Venues for Your Work
NCFDD curriculum: The art of saying no
Summary: Many people struggle with saying no to requests, and for new faculty building relationships and negotiating new contexts it can be tricky to understand if and when you should say no. This session will share some strategies for how to build a strategic plan for yourself that will help you more clearly triage requests and get support in managing your decisions to focus on the work that will matter. The panel will discuss strategies for managing your professional plans and service expectations, and, in line with your professional plans, how to choose among venues for your scholarly work.

Spring 2020: Building Healthy Relationships with Our Work, Students, and Colleagues

Session 7: April
Faculty Panel: Successfully Cultivating your Network of Mentors, Sponsors, and Collaborators
NCFDD curriculum: Cultivating your network of mentors, sponsors, & collaborators
Summary: With two terms at the UO, this session involves revisiting the mentor map exercise to consider the best strategies to meet our multiple professional needs. The faculty panel will discuss various means for building a successful network, and strategies for how you can draw on your network to support your success.

Session 8: May
Faculty Panel: Successfully Navigating Challenges in the Classroom
NCFDD curriculum: Overcoming academic perfectionism
Summary: Sometimes we have to assess and readjust our expectations, goals, or plans. This session focuses on strategies for identifying perfectionism, then assessing whether it is helping or hurting us, and how to move through it. We may have to consider changing our behavior, our thoughts or consider lowering our standards. Our faculty panel will build on this to explore navigating challenges in the classroom, where we sometimes have to assess and readjust in real time, or seek support from others. Teaching has the potential to be one of the most rewarding and fulfilling aspects of a faculty’s career, but it can be distressing if such challenges arise and we are unsure what to do. This workshop will provide scenarios on a range of common issues and connect new faculty with the people on campus who support us when challenges arise.

Session 9: June
Faculty Panel: Managing Grads, Labs, Teams, and Difficult Colleagues
NCFDD curriculum: How to engage in healthy conflict
Summary: Conflict is an inevitable dimension of our work lives, and, if unresolved, it can weigh us down with negativity. Relationships in academia may be further complicated by managing graduate students, labs, teams, and sometimes difficult colleagues. This session focuses on strategies to engage in healthy conflict, as a means of resolving issues at work and to avoid carrying around negative energy and stress. The panel will discuss their experiences with proactive strategies for managing relationships, and with dealing with conflict in healthy ways.

Bonus How to manage stress, rejection & the haters in your midst