Faculty Success Core Curriculum

Fall 2021: Navigating the University and Expectations of an Academic Career

Session 1: October 21, 2021
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 plans for each term to keep on track with your goals.  

Session 2: November 18, 2021
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 9, 2021
Faculty Panel: Strategies for Enhancing Your Productivity in Research, Creative Practice, and/or Teaching
NCFDD curriculum: How to develop a daily writing practice
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 2021: Successfully Managing Work-Life Balance

Session 4: January 13, 2022
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 10, 2022
Faculty Panel: Moving through Resistance and Successful Grant Writing and Fellowships
NCFDD curriculum: Moving from resistance to writing
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 17, 2022
Faculty Panel: Managing Service and Leadership Opportunities and Expectations
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 or leadership opportunities and expectations.

Spring 2021: Building Healthy Relationships with Our Work, Students, and Colleagues

Session 7: April 14, 2022
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 12, 2022
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 9, 2022
Celebrating a successful year and the new community we have built together