2014 NCSU Building Future Faculty Program

NCSU Building Future Faculty Program
NCSU Building Future Faculty Program

I was very fortunate to be selected to participate in the 2014 Building Future Faculty (BFF) program at the North Carolina State University (NCSU) held in early April. The NCSU BFF Program is a two day all-expenses paid workshop for doctoral students and post-doctoral scholars who are interested in pursuing an academic career. Participants must be committed to promoting diversity in higher education, and are generally one to two years away from beginning a job search.

During the workshop, we attended sessions describing the academic job search and interview strategies, life as a faculty member at a research intensive university, the expectations of new faculty, and NCSU resources available to faculty for help with research and teaching. We also attended presentations on new faculty development. For instance, there were sessions on starting new research programs, using learner-centered teaching tools and pedagogy in classroom, maintaining work-life balance, and enhancing professional presence in the discipline. Current NCSU faculty members from a variety of disciplines led panel discussions.

Each participant was matched with a department at NCSU, and the department visit allowed us greater exposure to academic life.  My department visit was with the Department of Political Science. I was very fortunate to get a lot of useful feedback about the academic job search from the faculty members, who were all very kind, warm-hearted and very helpful. 

The NCSU Building Future Faculty Program is again open for applications:


I highly recommend fellow graduate students and postdocs interested in learning more about higher education to apply. The application will close on Sunday, November 9, 2014 at 11:59 EST.

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