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Workshops and Trainings

Throughout the year, the Office of Faculty Affairs offers faculty workshops and programming. If you have questions, comments, or recommendations for topics, please contact the Office of Faculty Affairs at


A printable schedule can be found at the image below.

Offering by Category

Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access
Promotion, Tenure, and Other Faculty Career Pathways
Scholarship, Teaching and Service – Support and Strategies

Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access


January 26, 2021, 1:00 – 2:30pm CDT, Zoom

NCFDD Webinar Series: Turning Chutes into Ladders for Women Faculty: A Roadmap to Equity in Academia

Gender inequities remain pervasive in academia. The COVID19 pandemic has only magnified these inequities. This webinar will focus on the barriers and facilitators to gender equity in academia and highlights actionable strategies for institutions to implement to improve gender equity. Faculty are invited to view the webinar by registering at (all Vanderbilt faculty with an email address have access to NCFDD). For more information, contact Jermaine Soto at


February 18, 2021, 12:00 – 1:00pm CDT, Zoom

Inclusive Faculty Search Huddle Group

Faculty that are currently participating in search committees are invited to attend. These huddle group sessions are designed to be a space where faculty search committee members can come together and engage with others going through their own faculty searches and discuss best practices, strategies that were successful, obstacles and challenges that you are experiencing, and any questions you may have as you move forward. Feel free to join for the entire session or pop in and out as you please. We are hoping that these sessions will allow an opportunity to hear the experiences of your colleagues as they engage in the process and perhaps support one another as we all strive to select the best possible candidates for these faculty positions. For more information or to receive a Zoom link for this session, please email

*This session is a partnership between Office for Inclusive Excellence and Office of Faculty Affairs

March 9, 2021, 4:00 – 5:00 pm CT, Zoom

Picture a Scientist: Virtual Film Discussion

Join the Provost’s WAVE Council, the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center, and the Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries for a virtual film discussion of Picture a Scientist . This film chronicles the experiences of three researchers whose careers have been affected in various ways by gender inequality and harassment. This documentary highlights scientific luminaries—including social scientists, neuroscientists, and psychologists—who provide new perspectives on how to make science itself more diverse, equitable, and open to all. The panel discussion will feature: Janey Camp, Research Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Vicki Green, Stevenson Professor of Physics, Nicole Joseph, Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Science Education and is moderated by Katherine L. Friedman, Associate Professor and Vice Chair of Biological Sciences. Register here.

Before the discussion, faculty participants can watch the film on their own here.


March 22, 2021, 12:00 – 1:00pm CT, Zoom

Understanding (My) Bias

Our identities and experiences form the lenses through which we see the world. These lenses create positive and negative biases that impact our decision-making. Before we can disrupt everyday bias in our roles as Vanderbilt faculty, we must pause to understand how our own stories influence the ways in which we navigate the world. This workshop is designed to raise awareness and begin the conversation on how bias can affect us as faculty. Vice Provost for Academic Advancement & Executive Director of the Provost’s Office for Inclusive Excellence, William Robinson, will lead this session. Register here.


Promotion, Tenure, and Faculty Career Pathways




Scholarship, Teaching, and Service – Support and Strategies

January 22, 2021, 1:00 – 2:00pm CDT, Zoom

Self-Compassionate Teaching: Putting on your own Oxygen Mask First

The pandemic has impacted the teaching and learning experiences of both faculty and students. This interactive workshop will provide a space for faculty to pause and focus on themselves. The Center for Teaching will offer an overview of self-compassion and practical ways to apply it to daily life; including a facilitated discussion on how this applies to teaching. Representatives from the Student Care Network will also share helpful resources. Questions? Contact Register Here.

*This session is offered by the Center for Teaching


February 1, 2021, 8:00 – 10:00am CDT, Zoom

Finance Fundamentals: Organization, Structure, Process and the Numbers

The goal of the session is to provide faculty with finance and administrative tools for success. This session features presentations by Dean Camilla Benbow, Vice Chancellor Brett Sweet, Senior Associate Dean Richard Willis and Kirk Stonecipher, Director of FP&A. Topics include an overview of the University financial statements, budget and capital plan; and a discussion of college-level implications of department-level decisions. Register Here.


February 18 and 19, 2021, 8:00am – 12:00pm CDT (each day), Zoom

Collaborative Communication Workshop

This workshop led by mediators from MWI, is an exciting opportunity to focus on collaborative communication – to improve academic relationships and enhance productivity. There will be a mix of students, faculty and postdocs participating in the program together. All participants will also receive a copy of Getting to Yes as the foundation of the work we will do together. More information available on the Graduate Life Coach website.

*This session is offered by The Graduate School


March 26 and 30, 2021, See times below, Zoom

An Overview and Discussion of the 2020 COACHE Preliminary Report to the Community

Join members of the Vanderbilt University Faculty Development Committee as they provide an overview of the 2020 COACHE Preliminary Report on faculty job satisfaction, including a presentation of high-level data, key issue areas, and a comparison to the 2016 COACHE report. This session will provide an opportunity for faculty to ask questions and share feedback.

Friday, March 26, 12:30 – 2:00 pm          Register here

Tuesday, March 30, 1:00 – 2:30 pm         Register here


April 7, 2021, 12:00 – 1:00pm CT, Zoom

Navigating the Online Faculty and Student Factbooks

How has the number of faculty of color changed over time and what does this look like in the different schools? Which countries and states have our undergraduate students come from? Are we seeing more senior female faculty within Vanderbilt? This information is typically provided within the faculty and student factbook. Join the Office of Planning and Institutional Effectiveness (PIE) as they provide an in-depth walkthrough of the updated student and faculty factbooks, exploring data that answer these questions and much more. Faculty will learn how to navigate the online dashboard and interact with the data. Register here.


April 12, 2021, 12:00 – 1:00pm CDT, Zoom

Into the Great Wide Open: Approaching Publishers in the Virtual Now

Without the bustle of conference halls and in-person networking opportunities, it can feel like a difficult time to pitch a book to publishers. In fact, publishers are more eager than ever to build their pipelines and plan for future seasons. This talk will focus on identifying the right publishers to query, developing proposal materials to put your project’s best foot forward, and strategies for how to get your work in front of editors for consideration. Gianna Mosser, Director of Vanderbilt University Press will lead this session. Register here.



*All workshops are subject to change or cancellation.




Please contact Jermaine Soto with any questions.


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