Typical Workshop Schedule

Relatively short, formal presentations are interspersed with participant activities and discussions throughout the workshop. A continental breakfast, lunch and morning and afternoon breaks are provided on all four days. On one of the days, the NC State Chancellor hosts a welcoming, late afternoon reception for all workshop participants.

Day 1 (Thursday): 8:15 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

  • Greetings and introductions
  • What are the characteristics of successful new faculty?
  • What do I need to do to develop those strategies?
  • How do students learn? How do teachers teach? What goes wrong in the process?
  • How do I plan a course? How do I get it off to a good start?
  • How can I create tests that are both rigorous and fair?

Day 2 (Friday): 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

  • How can I be an effective lecturer?
  • How can I get students actively involved in learning?
  • Can I do it even if I have 150 of them in my class?
  • How can I use technology to teach more effectively?
  • What student-related problems am I likely to face (classroom management, emotional crises, cheating, etc.)? How should I deal with them?
  • What do I need to know about advising students?

Day 3 (Monday): 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

  • What sources of research funds are available to me?
  • How can I write a research proposal and get it funded?
  • How can I (and why should I) establish cross-disciplinary collaborations?
  • Bidisciplinary proposal generation exercise
  • What are characteristics of a successful proposal? (Mock NSF proposal review)
  • What are NC State and college procedures for submitting a proposal?
  • What campus resources are available to help me establish my research program?

Day 4 (Tuesday): 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

  • How do I establish a research team (faculty collaborators, graduate students, postdocs, technicians) and manage my research?
  • How do I attract graduate students and work effectively with them?
  • How do I deal with the crises that inevitably arise in research (equipment failures, unproductive research assistants, loss of funding, etc.)?
  • How do I decide where to publish and get my papers accepted?
  • How can I manage my time and balance my professional and personal responsibilities?
  • Panel: The deans and several department heads offer suggestions and answer questions on getting off to a good start and earning tenure and promotion.
  • Celebratory lunch with administrators, department heads and senior faculty.


In the years it has been offered since 2000, the workshop has received a total of 278 ratings of excellent and 49 ratings of good.

  • The workshop was VERY informative. I gained valuable information concerning teaching, such as active learning strategies, course planning, etc., that I will implement in my classes. This was also a fantastic introduction to the funding process.
  • A lot of information. A good chance to ask questions and get precise answers. Presenters were highly skilled and the discussions were lively.
  • I couldn’t have learned this much in three years of day-to-day experience. Totally valuable and well worth the time.

  • I was actually surprised by this workshop – I didn’t expect it to be so useful, so informative and so much fun!
  • Many suggestions for proposals and teaching. Time management suggestions were helpful also.
  • I liked the experiences shared and meeting other new faculty. Very valuable insights on teaching and teaching at NCSU.
  • Addressed almost all concerns, gave lots of valuable advice, demonstrated techniques and benefits.
  • Substantive group discussion – great group of people & facilitators. Informal atmosphere with great info. List of references & resources.
  • Learned lots about active teaching. Emphasis on balance between private and professional life.
  • The atmosphere was constructively friendly. The directors and speakers were enthusiastic and sincere. The food was great!
  • Exceptional organization, excellent presentation, interesting, experience shared.
  • Absolutely excellent. Transforming experience for me. How can I possibly fail now – it provides so much confidence.
  • Certainly boosted back my confidence about being in a distinguished community and having chosen a profession to be proud of.
  • Thank you for investing in the workshop over the years – it is a tremendous preparation process (I think) and has made me even more excited to be an academic!
  • You should implore all new COE and PAMS faculty to attend this workshop.
  • Keep this excellent workshop going! It’s invaluable!
  • I appreciated the science-based (research-supported) approach to teaching/learning process.
  • I’d guess that 80% of it were things I haven’t found anywhere else. In particular I thought the participation of Deans Grant, Krim, and Gilligan raised the grant-writing portion to a very high level.