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Pre-Tenure Professional Development

Pre-Tenure Professional Development Series


The Pre-Tenure Professional Development Program is an annual springtime series of workshops, panels, and conversations that address research-related topics of particular concern to tenure track faculty across disciplines.

The program offers pre-tenure faculty at any stage the opportunity to meet with university leadership and senior colleagues, learn from the professional experiences of other faculty members, gain insight into aspects of academic research culture often overlooked in graduate training, become familiar with Villanova’s faculty-centered research support services, and connect with other pre-tenure colleagues.

Spring 2022 Topics

Schedule of dates and formats will be posted in December. Formats will vary (in-person, virtual, or hybrid) and are subject to change.  

The tenure process at Villanova

Presenter: Craig Wheeland, PhD, Sr. Vice Provost for Academics

Focus: What you need to know about University tenure policy and procedures

The journey to tenure

Panelists: Michael Curran, PhD, VSB Economics; Kathryn Haymaker, PhD, CLAS Math and Statistics; Camille Burge, PhD, CLAS Political Science; Michele Kelly, PhD FCN; Jacob Elmer, COE Chemical Engineering

Focus: Recently-tenured faculty share experiences and lessons from pre-tenure years

Funding your research

Workshop leader: Amanda Grannas, PhD, Vice Provost for Research

Focus: When and how to get internal and external funding to support your work

Managing a lab

Panelists: Garrett Clayton, PhD, COE Mechanical Engineering; Aimee Eggler, PhD, CLAS Chemistry; Lisa Rodrigues, PhD, CLAS Geography and the Environment

Focus: Tips from tenured colleagues on transitioning into the role of PI and running your lab

Developing a publishing strategy

Panelists: Samantha Chapman, PhD, CLAS Biology; Vincent Lloyd, PhD CLAS, Theology and Religious Studies; Melissa O’Connor, PhD FCN; Catherine Warrick, PhD, CLAS, Political Science

Focus: Everything you always wanted to know about publishing your work, but were too afraid to ask

Writing for success

Presenter: Emily Carson, PhD, Associate Director of VIRS

Focus: Strategies for writing that keep you on track for tenure

Developing networks, collaborators, and mentors

Workshop Leader: Teresa Boyer, EdD, Director, Anne Welsh McNulty Institute for Women's Leadership

Focus: How to cultivate mentors, collaborators, and connections that support your professional goals


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