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Faculty Vitality Workshop Series

Faculty have experienced a great deal over the past few years, including significant disruptions to their routines and scholarship. This year, Faculty Affairs has designed a workshop program to help faculty reset, restart, and refocus on advancing their careers and (re)finding joy in their work and balance in their lives.

Upcoming workshops: Sign up soon

Friday, October 28, 11 a.m.–12 p.m.

For Faculty Interested in Traveling and Teaching/Research Abroad, the Lights Can Be Ful(l) and Bright!

Are you interested in working abroad as a Fulbright scholar, but aren’t quite sure what to expect or how to get started? Denita Hadziabdic-Guerry, associate professor in the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology and Fulbright U.S. Scholar Alumni Ambassador will led this discussion about Fulbright opportunities for faculty.

In Person Student Union Room 360 | Register

Wednesday, November 9, 12–2 p.m.

Post-Tenure Pathfinders: How and Why to Chart Your Own Path after Earning Tenure
Receiving tenure can be a thrilling experience after many years of hard work. However, many newly tenured faculty members describe feeling confused about their next steps, unclear where they should invest their energy, and unsure how to respond to immediately escalating service requests. This workshop is designed for newly tenured associate professors to identify the challenges associated with post-tenure life and to better understand the diverse pathways that faculty members can take after winning tenure. In this virtual workshop, we create a space where newly tenured faculty members can pause and intentionally reflect on future possibilities.

Participants will learn:

  • Common mistakes faculty members make in their first post-tenure year
  • Different pathways after promotion and processes for choosing a post-tenure pathway
  • How to create a new mentoring network and support system to ensure success in the next chapter of their career

Online Workshop delivered by NCFDD for UTK | Registration

Friday, February 10, 2:30–4 p.m.

In Pursuit of Promotion to Full Professor (TTF)
This session will feature a panel of full professors who will discuss the benefits of pursing promotion to full professor, how they determined they were ready to be promoted, obstacles and opportunities they experienced while serving as associate professors, and strategies they used to stay focused on promotion.  The panel will also reflect on notable differences between what is expected with respect to research, teaching, and service accomplishments and contributions for promotion to full professor versus promotion to associate professor.  A brief overview of the mechanics of the process will also be presented.

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Online Workshop | Registration

Wednesday, October 14, 12–2 p.m. The Teaching & Time Management workshop identifies common teaching challenges, teaching faculty members how to align their teaching time with institutional and personal priorities, enact time-saving strategies related to course design, preparing for class meetings, and grading, and seek out resources to support and sustain efficient and effective teaching.

Participants will learn how to:

  • Identify common teaching challenges
  • Align their teaching time with institutional and personal priorities
  • Enact time-saving strategies related to course design, preparing for class meetings, and grading, and
  • Access resources to support and sustain efficient and effective teaching

Online Workshop delivered by NCFDD for UTK | Registration

Wednesday, March 22, 3–4:30 p.m.

Life After Retirement: Post-Professorial Bliss
A panel of retired faculty will share their personal retirement stories, including how they decided when to retire, how retirement has impacted their day-to-day lives, and how they have continued their intellectual pursuits, as well as developed new interests. This workshop is co-hosted with UTK Human Resources.

Online Workshop | Registration

Friday, April 14, 3–4:30 p.m

In Pursuit of Promotion to Distinguished Lecturer or Full Professor (NTTF)
This session will feature a panel of distinguished lecturers and clinical and research professors who will discuss the benefits of pursing promotion to distinguished lecturer or full professor, how they determined they were ready to be promoted, obstacles and opportunities they experienced while serving as senior lecturers or associate professors, and strategies they used to stay focused on promotion.  The panel will also reflect on notable differences between what is expected with respect to accomplishments and contributions for promotion to distinguished lecturer/full professor versus promotion to senior lecturer/associate professor.  A brief overview of the mechanics of the process will also be presented.

Online Workshop | Registration

Previous workshops

Friday, September 23, 2022, 9–11 a.m. 

Writing Your Next Chapter: How to Find Your Mojo at Mid-Career

In this workshop, we outline the most common issues mid-career faculty face and provide participants with strategies for identifying where they are stuck and how to move forward in their intellectual projects.  Mid-career faculty commonly describe a range of rank-specific challenges including:

  • Managing time in the face of increased service and administrative responsibilities
  • Working long hours but making little progress on their research agenda
  • An absence of mentoring to help navigate the post-tenure landscape
  • Feeling unsupported in their desire for work-family balance
  • Missing the passion, drive, and clarity they once held for their intellectual pursuits.

Participants will:

  • Learn the most common challenges mid-career faculty face
  • Identify the specific technical errors, psychological obstacles, and external challenges that are holding them back
  • Create an individualized diagnostic plan to move forward

Online Workshop delivered by NCFDD for UTK | Registration