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Building Faculty Skills

Faculty roles and responsibilities are conventionally divided into three categories: teaching, research,  and service. However, the expectations for what you will do in each area vary among institutions. You should try to build your skills and portfolio of achievements in all three areas to be competitive for most faculty positions.

The resources recommended below can help you build your skills and find an appropriate balance in these three areas:

  • Teaching: Faculty members are expected to be strong teachers. Take advantage of teaching assistantships, pedagogy courses, co-teaching opportunities, and mentoring programs to gain experience in a variety of contexts.
  • Research: Develop your research skills and methods, which vary by discipline, and frame a long-term research agenda. All researchers also present and publish their work. Build the writing and presentation skills you need to complete your dissertation, publish articles, submit funding applications, give talks, and more.
  • Service: Faculty provide service to their departmental and campus communities, to their disciplinary communities, and to the local community. Many scholars link their research and teaching with service. As a student you can contribute to your department, the university, and your discipline or community by serving on committees, organizing events, volunteering , or conducting community-engaged scholarship.

Use the filters on the left to sort by recommendation type or Graduate Professional Development Framework domain. Click on the red button to find more professional development events and resources through the interactive GPD Framework.

Recommendation Type Summary Date and Time
Stanford Event
By Registration, Workshop

Learn the science behind great teams and skills to lead high performance teams.

Thursday, February 21, 2019 -
9:00am to 12:00pm
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This resource provides you with a variety of highly effective learning activities to implement as an instructor.

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Tool

Use this worksheet from VPGE to structure a yearly progress discussion with your faculty advisor.

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This lecture series has invited many of Stanford's most accomplished teachers to speak about the teaching-related topics of their choice.

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Course or Workshop

The Biosciences Grant Writing Academy supports Stanford graduate students and postdocs in all aspects of creating and writing effective grant proposals.

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Opportunity

The CCNY-Stanford Exchange is an initiative to diversify the tenured humanities professoriate.

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A quick guide from the Teaching Commons for assessing the effectiveness of your lectures.

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This article from the Chronicle of Higher Education discusses and offers advice on how to choose a dissertation topic that is compelling, manageable, and worthwhile.

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Whether you're planning a new course or improving one you've taught already, these Teaching Commons resources from the VPTL can make your preparation faster and more effective.

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These guidelines from Sarah Pittock, Associate Director of the Hume Center, can help instructors in all disciplines turn any writing assignment into a meaningful and engaging opportunity...

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