Charting Your Path as an Assistant Professor Workshop

These workshops are designed to provide junior faculty with the knowledge and skills that can enhance their careers at Illinois.

Charting Your Path as an Assistant Professor Workshops are highly engaging, hands-on workshops that 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.

The Office of the Provost and in partnership with the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation invite you to attend the 2023 session of the Charting Your Path as an Assistant Professor workshop:

Demystifying the Academic Research Enterprise: Becoming a Successful Scholar in a Complex and Competitive Environment

Wednesday, November 8, 2023
8:00 – 8:30 AM – Breakfast and networking
8:30 – 10:00 AM – Workshop

Drawing on his experience and deep knowledge as a decades long researcher, administrator, and policy expert, Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier will discuss what the new generation of scholars need to master to be successful in academia. In this highly interactive session, Dr. Droegemeier will share his insights, answer questions, and challenge participants as they consider their roles, responsibilities, and opportunities in the context of their individual scholarly program and personal circumstances.

While not required, participants are encouraged to review Dr. Droegemeier’s book that is available for download through Box or through MIT Press prior to the session. Please note that if you choose to purchase a hard copy of the book, all proceeds are donated to student scholarships at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. 

Who should attend?

This workshop is for assistant professors (tenure-stream and specialized faculty) in ALL DISCIPLINES, including arts, fine arts, social and behavioral sciences, humanities, and STEM disciplines!


Dr. Kelvin K. Droegemeier, Professor of Atmospheric Sciences and Special Advisor to the Chancellor for Science and Policy


Please contact Provost Events if you have questions.

Archived Series

See the Reading Day Workshops for Assistant Professors Seminar Series Archive for topics in previous academic years.