Conference for Assistant Professors (earlier called Conference for Pre-tenure Women)

Offered each year in the fall, the Conference for Assistant Professors brings tenure track/non tenure track women and men faculty from across the country together on Purdue’s campus to discuss, share information, learn strategies, and meet with others in an effort to raise women’s success - earning tenure/promotion. The conference can be useful for assistant professors from all types of institutions: liberal arts colleges, teaching institutions, and research I institutions. The conference offers participants significant networking opportunities with peers and leaders in academic administration.
National speakers and local experts provide keynotes and facilitated sessions. Keynote speakers have included: Neeli Bendapudi, Cheryl Gittens, Patricia Hill-Collins, Samantha Power, Teresa Sullivan, and Mia Tuan among many others. Workshops offered at each conference since 2018 were open to all faculty. The workshop offerings in the past few years include, How Can Professors Practice Resilience with Vulnerability in the Academic Context?; Managing Conflict: Turning Conflict into Opportunity; and Writing Practice and Finding More Time for Research and Writing. Panel session topics have included tips for preparing for promotion and tenure, navigating bias and difference, building effective relationships with faculty colleagues, balancing research and teaching, well-being, and addressing teaching challenges.

Registration for the 2021 Conference for Assistant Professors titled, Institutional Resources to Soar to Promotion, is now open. See here.

What are the benefits of attending the Conference? See past conference attendees comments below or download pdf here.

Navigating Academia to Achieve Promotion: You Can Make It Happen!
11th Annual Conference for Assistant Professors
October 2020 (Live and Virtual)
Registrants = 285
Beneficial aspects of the conference (all comments): 
Listening to the keynote and any session that allowed some interactions with participants; The breakout sessions on Day 1 were amazing! Hearing from women faculty experiences.; The speakers provided great ideas and insight.; Hearing from others and receiving tips/tricks to better myself; The virtual nature.; I appreciated the interesting first-day keynote and enabling inclusion session.; Inspiration from women like Samantha Powers, diverse topics.; Other coworkers' sharing; Easy to attend despite having other commitments (e.g., don't need to go to another building).; Chatting on the side with other participants; The workshops were great. Hearing candid experiences helped with the common feeling of isolation; To connect with real people in real life.; I liked the examples of hardships that others went through to get tenure; Hearing some great conversations; The preparing for tenure panel; The breakout sessions, followed by Tanya Williams' workshop; Looking at my path from the perspective of other similar people. Hearing their stories.; The fact it was online; The speakers, the shared space and dialogue with colleagues across different disciplines; Dr. Tanya Williams' workshop and having different perspective regarding tenure tips.; listening to the varied perspectives; Learning some tips to get to tenure and listening that my struggles are normal.; Learn new tips; Online format was convenient.  Speakers were very knowledgeable; The parts I saw stressed barriers to female and minority faculty, so I could relate. S. Powers great; Listening to the keynote speakers and participating in the breakout sessions; Useful tips and encouraged by seeing other faculty going through similar experiences. I'm not alone.; I really enjoyed Samantha Power's talk, and the tenure and teaching tips.; the professors sharing their experience; The last session speaking with those who have attained tenure. They provided excellent guidance; Good purpose of the conference.; Dr. Gittens presented great advice and excellent reading material.; Research and writing through 2 crisis tips; had concrete steps to take to help productivity; Panel discussions; Listening for some encouraging messages and useful information; Being able to join/participate remotely; Analysis of personal characteristics of successful women and their approaches for achievement; I liked the Men as Allies b/c we focused a lot on mentorship, where I am developing; Exposure to Ambassador Power and her experiences. Q&A sections of most sessions.; Not feeling alone in my struggles, some concrete tips for handling issues better; Promotion and tenure tips.; Being able to log in when I could instead of being "stuck"; Virtual mode + prep for tenure session were MOST beneficial. Cheryl Gittens session was good.; Learning how others deal with similar challenges to what I face.
Achieving Promotion: You can do it!
10th Annual Conference for Pre-tenure Women 
September 2019
Registrants = 181
Beneficial aspects of the conference (all comments):
Interacting with other women faculty, information sessions; Hearing tips from the recently tenured faculty; Meeting colleagues at my institution and others - thus being able to exchange stories and concerns; The break out section [sessions]; Meeting people in similar situations.; Advice about the tenure process is always helpful and is the main reason I attend; Learning from successful women in the academia.; Networking; The topics were very pertinent to pre-tenure women.; I found it very discouraging as a young researcher.; Everything -- listening, learning, networking; enjoyed the connections. Although we are at different universities & disciplines, we all feel stress; The information on demographics, including Purdue Univ. and how to use it in our promotion documents; Seeing women from diverse backgrounds facing similar issues + the Q&A's felt like a safe space; Net working; learning about tenure tips; The extensive participation at all levels of experience in the academy; I was only able to attend the keynotes but both were excellent and valuable.; I think for me, the most valuable point was related to raise my self-confidence as professional.; The step-by-step guide for preparing for tenure. I thought more of the conference would be like this; Networking opportunities.; Meeting colleagues in similar situations; learning about different experiences; networking; Managing conflict - excellent session - I learned a lot and wish the session was longer.; Keynotes and tenure tips; The workshop sessions; The workshop on Toxic Workplace.; The keynote speakers were really great! The conflicts session was fantastic.; Conflict workshop, Authentic leadership keynote; Networking time with other attendees. Activities at our small tables; The Q and A was very helpful in some regards.; The keynote; Inspirational keynote speakers, networking; learning other women's struggles, experiences and their successWorkshop on managing conflict; gaining insights from the variety of speakers and the questions; Absolutely gets me motivated and inspired for the fall semester.  Networking opportunities.; mentoring and tips for tenure. Also learning about the real stories of other people; The talk given by Neeli Bendapudi; Meeting new people, hearing inspiring leaders and different perspectives; I loved both keynotes and see power of being a women from different perspectives.; I really liked the session on conflict management. It was eye awakening. And networking oppertunitie [opportunities]; The breakout sessions and interactive sessions, hearing perspectives from other women; The opportunity to meet and discuss issues with other women in similar circumstances; Camaraderie and session content; Networking; The first keynote speaker and networking.; Learning from  successful women in the academic field and  networking.; Keynote lectures, networking; Networking; It was great to hear the unique perspectives of many women while also finding common issues; Networking; I appreciated the workshop on conflict management, it provided useful skills.; Validation of what I already know/am doing; seeing that there are other more dysfunctional workplace; hearing about tenure and differences. also networking.
Navigating Early Careers for Academic Success
9th Annual Conference for Pre-Tenure Women
September 2018
Registrants = 205
Beneficial aspects of the conference (all comments):
I found the keynotes to be very helpful and inspiring.; Knowing what to expect; Meeting new people, feeling a supportive environment; Workshops/info on writing, saying no, and work-life balance; I did NCFDD's FSP program, so most of the writing workshop helped reinforce what I already know.; Meeting colleagues; Workshop and Panels; The Q&A sessions with the keynotesFinding I am not the only one who struggles; The writing workshop in the afternoon of the first day; Simply have the conference acknowledges the need for conversations about surviving the academy; All was useful; Hearing about administrative positions.  Writing workshop.; Connecting with other pre tenure women and sharing strategies for successlearn from experienced faculties; Meeting various colleagues; Afternoon workshop; The most beneficial aspects are always the networking opportunities. I enjoy meeting others.; Hearing the stories of women who overcame against the odds; Experience and advises, networking and experience sharing with other peers, writing workshop; Excellent speakers and very helpful mentoring and networking sessions.; Taking time to reevaluate; I liked the writing workshop and having some time to brainstorm ideas and strategies to implement.; The number of encouraging women.’ The keynote speakers were amazing - what a great perspective to hearworkshop on tenure do's and don'ts; The research part of the conference; Workshop & Networking; writing workshop, challenges in classroom; Keynotes and workshop; The panels.; Workshop; I obtained some tips and some guides for my future academic career.; The topics were very relevant, useful, and empowering.; I was inspired by keynote speeches. Panel discussion topics were helpful.