Early Career Faculty Programs and Resources

The Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost, the Office of the Vice President for Research, and the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching each year sponsor a series of programs and events to introduce all new tenured, tenure-eligible and term faculty to Iowa State University with the goal of supporting their successful transition to life at Iowa State and in the Ames community.

Early Career Faculty Programs

Faculty Mentoring Initiative for Early and Mid-career Faculty

As we support early and mid-career faculty through mentoring, the goal is to ensure successful faculty advancement, promotion, and inclusion. In furtherance of this goal and our institutional strategic goals, this Faculty Mentoring Initiative for early and mid-career faculty seeks to increase faculty retention and success (e.g., promotion and advancement, sense of belonging, developing future mentors and leaders). This program is designed for:

  • early career faculty at the rank of Assistant Professor (term and tenure-eligible)
  • mid-career faculty at the rank of Associate Professor (term and tenure-eligible)

Read more in this program overview document (DOC, 28KB)

Faculty mentors and mentored faculty are asked to complete the Mentoring Agreement form (DOC,1.4MB)

Upcoming workshops with Dr. Dawn Culpepper, Director for the University of Maryland ADVANCE Program for Inclusive Excellence:

PDF version of workshop schedule (includes registration links and reading materials)

Faculty Workloads and Rewards: Understanding the Problem and Strategies for Change, Hybrid workshop, Wednesday, March 6, 2024, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., ISU National Swine Research and Information Center (NSRIC), Room 1131 [keynote address powerpoint pdf and video]
Creating and Using Faculty Work Activity Dashboards, Virtual workshop, Friday, April 5, 2024, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Navigating Resistance and Generating Buy-In for Workload Change, Virtual workshop, Thursday, April 18, 2024, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Faculty Development Workshops

2023-2024 Schedule (PDF, 109KB)

2023-2024 Schedule

Financial Well-being and You, Thursday, September 21, 2023, 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Room 3560, Memorial Union

Join us in a workshop designed to support newly-appointed faculty's efforts to achieve financial well-being, understand Iowa State University policies and practices related to retirement and benefits, adjust to their faculty salaries, and set SMART financial goals.


Accelerating Faculty Success: Navigating the NCFDD Faculty Success Program, Thursday, September 28, 2023, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Room 3560, Memorial Union

Gain insights from past participants of the 12-week National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity's Faculty Success Program. This popular program helps term, tenure-track, and tenured faculty develop the skills necessary to increase research and writing productivity while maintaining a healthy work-life balance.


Recognition in Early and Mid-Career, Thursday, October 5, 2023, 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., virtual via Zoom

Join us as we explore best practices for faculty recognition in early and mid-career stages.


Preparing Effective Award Nominations, Wednesday, October 18, 2023, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Room 3560, Memorial Union

Gain insights into the best practices of successful nominations and how to avoid the most common errors and pitfalls in your preparation.


Navigating Faculty and Student Crisis, Wednesday, November 8, 2023, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Cardinal Room, Memorial Union

Gain insights on effective strategies for navigating challenges that faculty and students face.


Advancing Your Term Career and Networking Reception, Thursday, December 7, 2023, 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Room 3560, Memorial Union

A discussion and networking event that will dive into the best practices for the advancement of term faculty.


I'm Thinking of Retirement...Now What?, Tuesday, January 30, 2024, 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Cardinal Room, Memorial Union

Join us for a Moderated Roundtable Discussion on best practices for planning for the next stage of your career that includes panelists from University Human Resources, the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost, retired faculty, and University Archives.


Documenting Your Research Impact and Increasing Visibility, Thursday, February 22, 2024, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Room 3560, Memorial Union

Join us for an overview of traditional and contemporary resources to document your scholarly impact. Ideas will also be shared for increasing visibility of your scholarly outcomes and on methods for increasing scholarly visibility. Topics covered include: Introduction to impact metrics and sources, locating information on who is citing your work, creating citation reports, creating and claiming author profiles, utilizing the ISU Digital Repository and DataShare data repository, open access publishing and social media and download statistics and altmetrics.


Preparing for a Successful Promotion and Tenure Review, Thursday, March 28, 2024, 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Campanile Room, Memorial Union

Associate Provost for Faculty Dawn Bratsch-Prince, Associate Provost for Academic Programs Anne Marie VanDerZanden, Assistant Provost for Faculty Success Tera Jordan, and Associate Vice President for Research Surya Mallapragada will lead a presentation for tenure-eligible faculty, faculty mentors, and college and department leaders on Preparing for a Successful P&T Review.