Seminars & Workshops

At Illinois, the Office of the Provost is committed to supporting the success of its faculty. Throughout the year, we partner with units across campus to sponsor faculty development activities and workshops designed to further enhance the effectiveness of faculty as scholars and teachers.

Academic Leadership Series

The Academic Leadership Series is designed for new and experienced executive officers who wish to engage in dialogue, share best practices, and discuss issues such as leadership, financial and strategic planning, and faculty development.

Annual Faculty Retreat

Coordinated by the Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning, the Annual Faculty Retreat is intended to build on our collective knowledge about teaching and learning, share innovative ideas and approaches, and promote partnerships within and beyond the campus community.

Assessment Planning Workshops

The Office of the Provost offers several assessment planning workshops during the academic year to assist programs with their learning outcomes assessment work.

Big Ten Academic Alliance Academic Leadership Program

Led by the Committee on Executive Leadership, the BTAA offers an intensive Academic Leadership Program to develop the leadership and managerial skills of faculty who have demonstrated exceptional ability and academic promise. The annual program allows five high-potential faculty to take part in three interconnected seminars emphasizing a specific topic, such as human resources and leadership, budget and resource management, and the future of the research university.

Big Ten Academic Alliance Department Executive Officers Seminar

Each year approximately 65 department heads and chairs from Big Ten Academic Alliance universities come together for a unique leadership development seminar (Department Executive Officers (DEO) Seminar). Topics at this three-day event range from conflict resolution and time management to faculty development, performance reviews, and group problem solving.

Faculty Women in the Classroom Conversation Group

The Faculty Women in the Classroom Conversation Group is a cohort-based, monthly conversation group jointly sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL). Each cohort is comprise of 25 women faculty from across campus, currently in the assistant and associate professor ranks, tenure-track and specialized, who are currently teaching undergraduate and/or graduate courses. One of the goals of this group is to provide a safe space for faculty women to engage in meaningful, honest, and thoughtful conversations on issues and concerns that impact faculty women in the classroom.

Faculty Women of Color in the Academy National Conference

The Faculty Women of Color in the Academy National Conference (FWCA) offers women of color who are faculty, university administrators, post-doctoral fellows, graduate students, or undergraduate students a unique educational and professional opportunity to network, engage, and learn with peers from around the country. Learn more, including how to apply for conference participation funding.

Illinois New Faculty Orientation (INFO)

The Illinois New Faculty Orientation is held at the beginning of each academic year for all faculty hired since August of the previous year. The day-long event will provide important information and advice to get you started at the University of Illinois.

National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD) Faculty Success Program

The Faculty Success Program is an intense, 12-week, online-based program where participants learn strategies to increase their research productivity, gain control of their time, and live a full and healthy life beyond campus. NCFDD’s Faculty Success Program is designed to transform personal and professional life. Learn more, including how to apply for program participation funding.

Purdue University Conference for Pre-tenure Women

In collaboration with the Provost’s Office at Purdue University, the Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence hosts an annual Conference for Pre-tenure Women. Since 2010, this conference has helped women not only achieve promotion and tenure, but also develop career strategies and networks useful for moving into further promotions and into different academic areas. Learn more, including how to apply for conference participation funding.

Reading Day Workshops for Assistant Professors

The Reading Day Workshops for Assistant Professors are designed to provide junior faculty with the knowledge and skills that can enhance their careers at Illinois. These highly engaging, hands-on workshops feature a range of topics from opportunities for enhancing their ongoing research activities, to resources and strategies for achieving work-life balance, to understanding the promotion process at Illinois, to making the most of mentoring relationships, and many others.

Senior Leadership Retreat

The Senior Leadership Retreat is designed to acquaint newly appointed executive officers with university policies and procedures. It also provides a forum in which executive officers can meet with colleagues, share experiences, and gain knowledge of pertinent on-campus resources.

Thriving as an Associate Professor Series

The Thriving as an Associate Professor Series is designed to assist mid-career faculty in strategizing for a successful career.