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 (Thursday): 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 (Friday): 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 more than 368 ratings of excellent and 75 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.