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Pre-Tenure Professional Development Program

The Villanova Institute for Research and Scholarship is pleased to announce the Pre-Tenure Professional Development Program for tenure-track faculty. The program is structured as a mini-course of six two-hour sessions. It will be offered at least once each academic year, beginning Spring 2021.


This program helps pre-tenure faculty from any discipline implement practical strategies that support research productivity and career success up to and beyond tenure. Participating in the series will give faculty members the opportunity:
  -To develop a holistic research strategy to sustain scholarly vitality and career satisfaction
  -To craft a pre-tenure research plan that aligns with a holisitic research strategy
  -To understand aspects of academic research culture often overlooked in graduate training
  -To become familiar with Villanova’s faculty-centered research support services
  -To connect as a cohort with other pre-tenure colleagues
  -To meet potential collaborators for future projects


1.   Building a Satisfying Academic Career

Workshop Leaders: Patrick Maggitti, PhD, Provost; Craig Wheeland, PhD, Vice Provost for Academics; Janice Bially Mattern, PhD, Director, Villanova Institute for Research and Scholarship 
Focus: What to know about the tenure process at Villanova and the career benefits of a holistic research strategy 

2.  Planning Research for the Long Game

Workshop Leaders: Janice Bially Mattern, PhD, Director, Villanova Institute for Research & Scholarship; Emily Carson, PhD, Assistant Director, Villanova Institute for Research & Scholarship
Focus: How to construct a forward-looking research strategy and publication pipeline that keeps you on track for tenure

3.  Funding Your Research

Workshop Leader: Amanda Grannas, PhD, Associate Vice Provost for Research
Focus: When and how to get internal and external funding to support your work

4.  Developing an Adaptive Publishing Strategy

Meet the Editors Panel: Samantha Chapman, PhD, Professor of Biology; Jonathan Doh, PhD, Associate Dean of Research and Global Engagement (VSB); Sally Scholz, PhD, Professor of Philosophy
Focus: What to know about the publishing process from the editor’s perspective and how to decide where to publish

5.  Managing your Scholarly Identity

Workshop Leader: Sarah Wipperman, M.L., Scholarly Communication Librarian
Focus: What to know about copyright, publisher contracts, author rights, and making your work more visible

6.  Developing a Supportive Network

Workshop Leader: Teresa Boyer, EdD, Director, Anne Welsh McNulty Institute for Women's Leadership
Focus: How to cultivate mentors, collaborators, and communities and to leverage connections that support professional goals


All pre-tenure faculty in tenure track positions are eligible to participate. Faculty can benefit from the program at any point during their tenure track but optimally during their second year. 


  • Participants are strongly encouraged to attend as many sessions as their schedule permits. We are working to schedule the sessions at times that accommodate as many participants as possible.
  • Participants must be familiar with the tenure expectations and guidelines for their specific department and college. We urge you to meet with your chair, dean, and/or appropriate mentor to ensure a clear understanding of department/college-specific expectations.


To register, complete this scheduling form no later than December 4, 5pm. We hope to announce the final schedule on December 8. We will contact you individually to confirm your interest and to establish which sessions you can commit to attending.