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.