The Academic Life, a Faculty Development Workshop


Junior faculty often face career issues beyond subject matter expertise and technical challenges for which they are poorly prepared, disproportionately affecting underrepresented groups. Mentoring can help but is frequently lacking. This, coupled with the lack of senior underrepresented minority faculty, can be disastrous. This workshop uses storytelling to bring light to potential challenges and offer guidance on how they may be anticipated and overcome.

Topics to be covered include tenure, scientific publications, plagiarism, imposter syndrome, and microaggressions. Each topic will be presented using a short presentation or dramatization, followed by interactive discussion sessions.


  • Pamela Abshire, Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Jennifer Blain Christen, Associate Professor of Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering, Arizona State University
  • Nicole McFarlane, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Maira Samary, Visiting Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Boston College
  • Stephen Senturia, Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

NOTE: This event will be virtual. A zoom link will be sent to registered participants at least one week in advance.

Support provided by National Science Foundation Award 1844528

  Date and Time




  • Date: 10 Apr 2021
  • Time: 01:00 AM to 05:30 AM
  • All times are America/New_York
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  • Starts 29 March 2021 02:27 PM
  • Ends 10 April 2021 11:00 AM
  • All times are America/New_York
  • No Admission Charge