i-9dc84d4d9156dccb30d5f62466b4219a-swblocks.jpgThe email below announces this year’s “Negotiating the Ideal Faculty Position” workshop run by Rice University’s ADVANCE program. I’ve heard great things about this workshop and they’ve run it for several years. In fact, I applied two years running and didn’t get in, so it must be popular for a reason.

Dear Colleague:

A recent study of diversity in engineering notes that “the most
accurate predictor of subsequent success for female undergraduates is
the percentage of women among faculty members at their college [1].”
At Rice University we are strongly committed to increasing the
diversity of science and engineering faculty and students. As part of
this goal we are sponsoring an exciting workshop for senior women
graduate students and post-docs who are interested in pursuing an
academic career. The workshop, Negotiating the Ideal Faculty Position,
(October 18-19, 2009), is designed to provide participants hands-on
experience to enhance their knowledge of and ability to find the right
faculty position. Through support from the National Science Foundation
(NSF) ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Award, all travel, meals,
and lodging costs will be provided for workshop participants.
Applications are due August 13. The online application can be found

Topics Covered in Negotiating the Ideal Faculty Position Workshop
1. Finding the right institutional fit
2. Understanding what a search committee looking for
3. Putting together a successful faculty application
4. Standing out in the interview
5. Maximizing the impact of your interview seminar
6. Negotiating a good start up package
7. Finding out about the culture of the department & college
8. Choosing good collaborators
9. Obtaining funding
10. Building your lab/research program
11. Understanding the tenure process
12. Balancing work and family

Please pass this information on to qualified female candidates who are
interested in an academic career.

Thank you,
Jan Rinehart
Executive Director
Rice University

1. Trowers and Chait; Harvard Magazine, 104:33, 2002.


  1. #1 Candid Engineer
    May 26, 2009

    Great, thanks for sharing! Will definitely apply.

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