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.

Mentoring Graduate and Undergraduate Students

In this workshop, we will focus on strategies to mentor students by aligning expectations between faculty member (mentor) and students (mentees). We will also share effective approaches when providing constructive feedback in person, at a distance, across multiple mentees, and within appropriate personal boundaries.

Who should attend? Full-time lecturers and assistant professors (tenure-stream and specialized faculty)

Workshop Goals:

  • Facilitate the process of becoming an effective mentor by providing an intellectual framework for mentoring.
  • Share tips, strategies, and resources for communicating and aligning mentee and mentor expectations.
  • Gain knowledge and skills to provide constructive feedback to mentees.

Thursday, December 12, 2019
9:00-11:00 AM

Register before December 5, 2019. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. If a session fills to capacity, you will be added to the wait list. You will be notified if space becomes available.


As outlined in the March 11, 2020 massmail from Chancellor Robert J. Jones and Provost Andreas C. Cangellaris, university-sponsored events, including the following Reading Day workshop, have been suspended. The health and safety of our Illinois family and our community is our highest priority.

Please contact the Special Events office at provostevents@illinois.edu or 217-300-2736 if you have any additional questions regarding this event cancellation.

For official news from the university, please refer to https://covid19.illinois.edu, which is a central repository with links to resources, a list of the latest updates, FAQs, and contact information for specific concerns.

Writing Your Teaching Statement for Promotion

In this workshop, we will discuss the requirements and strategies for preparing your teaching statement for your promotional dossier. You will also have an opportunity to engage in small group discussions and gain valuable information and advice on what to include and highlight in your teaching statement.

Who should attend? Full-time lecturers and assistant professors (tenure-stream and specialized faculty)

Workshop Goals:

  • Acquaint participants with the dossier preparation requirements at Illinois.
  • Provide an overview of processes used to review dossiers by P&T committees.
  • Share tips, strategies, and resources for writing teaching statements.