Early Career Faculty Workshop

Tuesday, September 28, 2021
1:00pm-5:00pm Atlantic/San Juan Time
Event will be held virtually

Now in its 14th year, the Council for the Advancement of Higher Education Programs (CAHEP) offers an Early Career Faculty Workshop to assistant professors, new associate professors in higher education programs, and advanced doctoral students at the dissertation stage who intend to become faculty.

A diverse group of recently tenured faculty and senior scholars from around the country share advice and expertise about how to craft and develop a research agenda, effectively teach and advise, earn tenure and promotion, and shape a successful and meaningful career. 

Who should attend:

  • Pre-tenured faculty members
  • Early Career Clinical or Adjunct Faculty
  • Administrators who have recently joined the faculty at any rank

After the workshop, attendees will be able to:
  • Identify opportunities and challenges associated with earning P&T at different institutional types
  • Apply advice from senior scholars towards becoming an effective instructor and advisor
  • Describe one approach for developing and maintaining a research agenda as a faculty member
  • Commit to one strategy for developing a reasonable but productive service activity

2021 Schedule

1:00-1:15pm - Welcome, Introductions & Overview:
  • Ann Gansemer-Topf, Iowa State University (Early Career Faculty Chair)
  • MaryBeth Walpole, Rowan University (CAHEP Chair)
1:15-2:15 - Session 1 - Panel Discussion - How to Get Tenure: Advice from Recently Tenured Faculty:
  • Mimi Benjamin, Indiana University, Pennsylvania
  • Darris Means, University of Pittsburgh
  • David Perez, Syracuse University
  • Christina Yao, University of South Carolina

2:15-2:30pm - Break

2:30-3:30pm - Breakout Room Discussion: How to Be an Effective Teacher and Advisor:
  • Gloria Crisp, Oregon State University
  • Stacy Jacob, Slippery Rock University
  • Vijay Kanagala, Salem State University
  • Claudia Louis-Garcia, University of Texas, San Antonio
  • Michelle Smith, Missouri State University

3:30-3:45pm - Break

3:45-4:45pm - Session 3: Facilitated Simultaneous Small Group Discussions:
  • Participants will have the opportunity to discuss research and service in small groups.  They will have the option to attend two sessions for 30 minutes or 1 session for the entire 60 minutes.
Developing a Research Agenda:
  • Nick Bowman, University of Iowa
  • Cristobal Salinas, Jr., Florida Atlantic University
  • Annemaria Vaccaro, University of Rhode Island
  • Xueli Wang, University of Wisconsin Madison
  • Robin Zape-tah-hol-ah Mnthorn, University of Washington - Tacoma
Thinking/Re-thinking Service:
  • Lorenzo Baber, Loyola University Chicago
  • Ebelia Hernandez, Rutgers University
  • Ken Schneck, Baldwin-Wallace University
  • Lisa Wolf-Wendel, Kansas University

4:45-5:00pm - Wrap-up/Reflection
Will you be attending the ASHE 2021 Conference in Puerto Rico?

Join us for an on-site networking opportunity: Saturday, November 6.

Event Chair

Ann Gansemer-Topf
Iowa State University

Please feel free to reach out to the event chair with questions about the content of the event. Questions about registration or event logistics can be directed to the ASHE Office at (702) 895-2737 or office@ashe.ws.


  • The workshop fee of $30 for ASHE members and $50 for non-members.
  • The fee is typically expected to be covered by program directors or coordinators for the in-person event. We strongly encourage programs to cover the registration fee for the virtual event as well. If additional documentation is needed, please contact ASHE Executive Director Jason Guilbeau at jason@ashe.ws.
  • Registration Closes and Payment Deadline: September 21, Noon Atlantic/San Juan Time
  • Learn more about accessibility for this event at www.ashe.ws/accessibilityvirtual2021
  • ​All ASHE Professional Development events encourage participants to engage throughout the event in various ways. To provide an environment that is conducive to learning and engagement and to provide a safe space (to the extent possible), Professional Development events are not recorded.