2020-21 Reading Day Workshops for Assistant Professors

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

Reading Day Workshops for Assistant Professors 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.

A Primer for Assistant Professors on the Proposed Revisions to P&T at Illinois

The Promotion and Tenure process on our campus is undergoing a major overhaul, with a proposed implementation of the changes in Fall 2021. In this workshop, we will share what’s changing, ideas for what you can do now as you prepare your dossier for your annual, 3rd year, and P&T review, and resources to help you as we transition into our enhance P&T system.

Who should attend?

This workshop is for tenure-stream assistant professors.


Amy Ando, Provost Fellow and Professor of Agricultural and Consumer Economics
Eva Pomerantz, Provost Fellow and Professor of Psychology

Thursday, May 6, 2021
9:00-10:00 AM

Interdisciplinary and Team Research at Illinois: Benefits and Challenges Working Across Disciplines

  • Are you interested in creative solutions to challenging problems?
  • Are you already part of an interdisciplinary research team?
  • Do you want to form a team or be a part of one and not know where to start?
  • Do you have questions about how interdisciplinary and team research is handled in promotion and tenure?

If you said YES to any of these questions, join us to learn about the benefits and challenges of interdisciplinary and team research. Our expert panel will share insights on getting your work off the ground and help you work through challenges to ensure your team’s sustained success. We will also discuss how interdisciplinary and team research is treated in promotion and tenure.

Who should attend?

This workshop is for full-time lecturers, assistant professors (tenure-stream and specialized faculty), and post-doctoral fellows.

Workshop Goals

  • Gain knowledge and skills to successfully engage in interdisciplinary and team research at Illinois.
  • Share tips, strategies, and resources for conducting interdisciplinary and team research.
  • Understand how interdisciplinary research is handled in promotion and tenure.


Antoinette Burton, Director, Humanities Research Institute and Professor of History
Neal Cohen, Director, Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute and Professor of Psychology, Neuroscience Program, and Carle Illinois College of Medicine
Eva Pomerantz, Provost Fellow, Acting Director of the Center for Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Professor of Psychology
Gene Robinson, Interim Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Director of the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, and Professor of Entomology

Thursday, December 10, 2020
9:00-10:00 AM