The Academic Life, a Faculty Development Workshop

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“The Academic Life” Faculty-Development Workshops are designed for those already in or seeking to enter STEM-oriented careers in academia. We use dramatizations followed by discussion to explore potential challenges to academic success that go beyond subject matter expertise and creativity. Topics to be covered include the tenure process, scientific publications, plagiarism, microaggressions, and the imposter syndrome.

A person entering a junior faculty position may find oneself poorly prepared to deal with these challenges, especially if one is a member of an underrepresented group and lacks access to effective mentoring. Each topic will be presented using a short presentation or dramatization followed by interactive discussion sessions, in which both presenters and workshop participants can share their stories and explore together the pathway to academic success.

NOTE: This event will be held in person. There is no fee for attending. Lunch and light refreshments will be provided.

Support provided by National Science Foundation Grant 1844528

  Date and Time




  • Date: 22 Apr 2023
  • Time: 10:00 AM to 04:30 PM
  • All times are (UTC-04:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
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  • Linden Lane
  • Newton, Massachusetts
  • United States 02467
  • Building: Stokes Hall - South
  • Room Number: S195

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Schedule (subject to adjustment)

9:30 AM Registration Desk opens

10:00 AM The Tenure Issue: Anatomy of a Tenure Case, dramatization and discussion

-- Short break

11:00 AM Why (and How to) Get Published: Wisdom from a Former Journal Editor

-- Noon – Lunch provided

1:00 PM Peer Review: Power and Plagiarism, Dramatization and discussion

1:40 PM Microaggressions: On the Receiving End, Dramatization and discussion

-- Short break

2:20 PM The Imposter Syndrome: Am I an Imposter? Dramatization and discussion

3:00 PM General Discussion

3:30 PM Workshop Evaluation: In exchange for a completed evaluation survey, participants will receive a signed and personally inscribed copy of Professor Senturia’s novel, One Man’s Purpose, on which several of the dramatizations are based.

4:00 PM Adjourn

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