Special Events: APPAM Communities: Early-Career Faculty

Thursday, November 7, 2019: 1:45 PM-3:15 PM
Plaza Building: Concourse Level, Plaza Ballroom A Pre-Function (Sheraton Denver Downtown)
Speakers:  Alison K. Cohen, University of San Francisco and Shannon Lea Watkins, University of Iowa

We propose that this affinity group will offer an opportunity for mutual support and collaboration among people who are beginning their faculty careers. We anticipate that a focus on academic members (including many who may have been prior student members) who have not yet received tenure will provide a useful peer network for navigating academia, including research, teaching, grant writing, and progress review. We also hope that this could create an extended mentorship pipeline over time, where people who were formerly members of this group return as mentors once they are no longer classified as early career. We propose creating an informal setting for group members to gather, introduce ourselves to each other, and share our teaching, research, and service interests. Then we could break into smaller groups to discuss shared interests and/or shared challenges that we are experiencing. A goal would be to create a listserv that allows people to stay in touch when useful.

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