New Faculty Learning Community

Registration for Fall 2021 - Winter 2022

Full-Time Tenure-Track Faculty are eligible to register for the New Faculty Learning Community.

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 Application Deadline:  September 15, 2021

New Faculty Learning Community Details

Under the best of circumstances, starting at a new university can be difficult.  It is especially challenging, of course, during a time of COVID and societal unrest.  But that's what you have to do, and the Faculty Development Center is here to help support you as as you do so.  In this learning community, we'll discuss how to lay the groundwork for a successful career, in terms of teaching, research, and service, and how you find the right balance.  (We'll also discuss work-life balance as well!).  Together, we will support one another as we dive into an unknowable but exciting future.

This community meets once a month for about 90 minutes during the academic year.  Our year's work culminates in an action plan, due at the beginning of the summer term.  A $300 honorarium will be offered to faculty who complete the seminar and submit the action plan. 

Meeting Time: Fridays at 1:00 p.m., four dates in fall and four dates in winter semester.  Meetings will be held in person with participation by Zoom fully supported.  Please email Jeff if you are interested in the seminar but these times do not work for you.  We may be able to find a Plan B!

The dates of the New Faculty Learning Community are still to be determined.

Program Format:

In monthly meetings, we will discuss how to get your EMU career off to a successful start.  We will explore how to work through (and embrace!) challenges in teaching, how to get your research agenda off to a good start in conjunction with your other responsibilities (with special emphasis on applying for internal research awards), and how to serve the institution without letting service take over your life.  We’ll consider different visions for success at the university, and what you need to do to achieve your vision of the successful career.  I hope we can foster a mutually supportive environment in which to openly discuss the challenges, and opportunities, we face in our work.

The seminar will meet once a month.  Individual meetings with the facilitator will also help participants to think through the challenges, and joys, of being a new faculty seminar.

The seminar will be facilitated by Jeffrey Bernstein, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Bruce K. Nelson Faculty Development Center.  While he has very few regrets about his time at Eastern, there are some things he wishes he had heard early on that might have made the difference.  He’s now eager to share these thoughts with you.

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