WiscProf: Future Faculty in Engineering Workshop
May 20-23 2024, University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering campus
“Knowing what to expect about faculty applications and tenure built confidence and de-mystified the process. I recommend WiscProf because there are so many opportunities, resources, and networking experiences that you can take away that will be valuable no matter what stage of your career.”
—Carmel Fiscko, PhD Candidate, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University
“I was fortunate to have found outstanding mentors as a graduate student who helped guide my way toward a career in academia. The WiscProf program would have provided a structured way to create a professional network and additional training to prepare me for the job search. I look forward to becoming a part of the support network for WiscProf participants.”
—Jennifer Choy, Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Workshop Eligibility and Criteria
An aim of this program is to increase diversity in the nation’s engineering faculty ranks. The WiscProf workshop is an all-expenses-paid professional development opportunity, as well as a chance to visit a major research university within one of the top places to live in the country.
In particular, we encourage applications from graduate students and postdoctoral scholars from groups underrepresented in their discipline.
We are looking for participants who:
- Are U.S. citizens or permanent residents
- Are a graduate student or postdoctoral scholar within 1-2 years of seeking a faculty position
- Have career goals, research interests, and academic potential that are aligned with one or more of the college’s departments or programs
- Can demonstrate how their inclusion efforts will contribute to the college’s culture of inclusion, equity and diversity
- Are able to attend the entire four-day program
Applicants who are accepted into the program should be prepared to present their research in a 20-25-minute presentation to members of our academic departments.
“After attending WiscProf, I feel more excited about becoming a faculty member and also feel much more confident navigating future offers; that part of the process had seemed very opaque to me until the workshop.
This was an extremely well run program. The sessions were thoughtful, interesting, and encouraging. The experience has allowed me to reframe how and where I will think about applying for jobs. .”
—Rachael Thompson Panik, PhD Candidate, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
Application Materials and Process
- In addition to the fields in the online application form, please combine the required documents into one file, in the following order, with a page break in between sections.
- Curriculum vitae
- Cover letter addressing your interest in the program. Include a brief statement addressing what you hope to gain from the workshop and describing your future goals
- Teaching statement—a short paragraph expressing your teaching interests and philosophy (advice here)
- Research statement—a short paragraph expressing your research interests and goals (advice here)
- Check back here soon for the 2024 application.
- WiscProf: Monday, May 20-24, 2024
WiscProf is a workshop that everyone should attend. Attendees learned from seasoned faculty how to network, negotiate startup offers, and the tenure process. I learned about what it means to work at an R1 institution, how to navigate the application and interview process. – Aanuoluwapo Ojelade, Ph.D. Candidate, Industrial and Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech
“I had no idea what life was like as a professor before attending an event like this, and I left with not only a greater understanding of academia, but a new resolve to pursue a faculty position. I’m now in my ninth year as a professor and I could not be happier with my career.”
—William Nollet, Associate Professor, Physics and Engineering, Fort Lewis College
(Applicants who are selected to participate will receive the full program itinerary via email.)
Day 1 – Travel day, meet, greet with participants and introduction to the program
Day 2 – Welcome breakfast, presentations on the faculty application and interview process, panel discussion on negotiating the offer, and meet with departments, research talks and departmental tour
Day 3 – Panel discussions: first year experience, promotion and tenure, grant applications, building a successful research group, teaching resources, faculty life, and networking dinner with faculty and college administration
Day 4 – Conclude program with a tour of campus and the greater Madison area, lunch with cohort, and departure for travel home