Future Faculty

The Future Faculty core module is best suited for all Postdoctoral researchers and PhD students in advanced years of  training, collectively called ‘trainees', who are interested in faculty and independent research careers.


Faculty careers across disciplines can be research-intensive, teaching-intensive, and research-teaching focused in a wide variety of academic settings, such as public universities, liberal arts colleges, community colleges, etc. A growing number of Principal Investigator roles for independent research careers are also offered in for-profit and non-profit research institutes.

Therefore, participate in Future Faculty modules to 

  • Learn about the landscape of faculty careers that align with your values, skills and interests 
  • Broaden knowledge of the range of responsibilities involved in faculty roles
  • Demystify the faculty hiring process in different academic departments and universities
  • Build and expand professional community for career research and preparation
  • Integrate career development goals into individual development plan
  • Develop distinct skills for holistic development in independent research and teaching, with a focused reflection on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)  
  • Reflect and learn about recommended Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) practices as a future faculty that includes acknowledgment of power 


For optimal learning experience and outcomes, we recommend participation in PhD Plus Career Design prior to this module



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Are you curious about faculty careers after PhD? Learn about faculty careers here!

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To learn about faculty careers, you should cultivate a professional community and connect with professionals in these fields.

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Skills Series


PhD Plus Future Faculty skills training module is offered in summer and fall, designed to help PhD students and Postdocs gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence needed to land a faculty job.

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Here, you can learn about experiential learning opportunities for future faculty and stories of PhD student participants.