Starting an academic career involves new opportunities to learn, connect with others, and make meaningful contributions–to share one’s excitement about one’s field with learners, to advance the knowledge base, and to use one’s expertise to address pressing issues in the broader society. For most people, the start of the career is exciting –while also peppered with questions about getting established, understanding the organizational culture, and learning about useful resources. The unprecedented circumstances facing higher education, however, means early-career academics are grappling with more than the usual questions. The Office of Faculty and Academic Staff Development (OFASD) is offering monthly conversations for early career colleagues, designed to foster connections, answer “frequently asked questions,” and support those early in the career to navigate the university and the overall landscape of academic life. Each Conversation will have a general theme and will begin with some opening comments and information relevant to the theme which will be useful to newer colleagues. Themes will include navigating the opportunities available in a large institution, cultivating friendships and networks, establishing a scholarly identity, balancing work and professional commitments, and understanding one’s place in the land-grant tradition—and others based on the interests of attendees. The Conversations are also an opportunity to ask questions in an informal, safe space. The themes guide the start of each session but the interests of those present will direct the conversation.

All early-career faculty and academic staff in all appointment types are invited to attend. The Conversations are intended to be no-pressure, enjoyable opportunities to meet others at your career stage, learn about resources, and be welcomed more fully into the university community. The Conversations will be facilitated by Marilyn Amey, Assistant Provost for Faculty and Academic Staff Development. Please join us! If you have questions, please email the Office of Faculty and Academic Staff Development at OFASD@msu.edu.

Fall 2022 Dates:

September 15, 2022 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM EST
October 20, 2022 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM EST
November 3, 2022 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM EST
December 1, 2022 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM EST

Click here to register to attend one or more sessions.

Tentative Dates for Spring 2023 – registration coming soon
January 19, 2023
February 16, 2023
March 16, 2023
April 13, 2023

Resources from past sessions

Recording from 09-15-22 session

PPT slides from 09-15-22 session

PPT slides from 10-8-21 session

PPT slides from 10-27-20 session

PPT slides from 11-23-20 session

PPT slides from 12-10-20 session