Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the Future Faculty and Academic Careers office?
- What is the CIRTL Network?
- How is Future Faculty and Academic Careers structured?
- What kinds of programs does Future Faculty and Academic Careers offer?
- Who can participate in these programs?
- Can participants visit other CIRTL Network schools?
- How does Future Faculty and Academic Careers differ from the Center for Teaching Innovation (CTI)?
- Where can I learn more about Future Faculty and Academic Careers resources and events?
Programs from the Cornell Graduate School’s Future Faculty and Academic Careers office prepare graduate students and postdoctoral scholars for academic careers through emphasis on three key areas. These areas are shared with the North American CIRTL Network, of which Cornell is a member:
- evidence-based practice of teaching (Teaching as Research), which includes planning how to assess learning outcomes
- inclusive teaching and learning (Learning through Diversity)
- effective mentoring of undergraduates, graduate students, and postdocs
Although some CIRTL Network programs focus on natural and social sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics, and are funded by the National Science Foundation, Future Faculty and Academic Careers serves graduate students and postdocs in all fields, as part of the Cornell University Graduate School’s commitment to professional development.
The mission of the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) Network is to enhance excellence in undergraduate education through the development of a national faculty committed to implementing and advancing effective teaching practices for diverse learners as part of successful and varied professional careers. As a member institution of the North American CIRTL Network since 2012, Cornell is part of a group of nearly 40 research universities who collaborate to offer future faculty preparation locally and online. You can learn more about the network and view the current list of participating institutions at the CIRTL website.
Future Faculty and Academic Careers is housed in the Graduate School, where Dean Barbara Knuth serves as the Institutional Leader and Executive Director Colleen McLinn oversees day-to-day operations as the Administrative Co-Leader. Please see our Leadership page for more about advisory committee structure for Graduate School professional and career development efforts, and bios of other staff.
Future Faculty and Academic Careers provides both in-person and online professional development and networking opportunities for future faculty. On campus, we host courses, programs, and institutes and also coordinate participation in online opportunities through the CIRTL Network. Topics include creating inclusive teaching and research environments, improving and documenting teaching and mentorship skills, and strategies and application process for an academic job search.
Future Faculty and Academic Careers programs are open to all members of the Cornell community, but the focus audience is doctoral students and postdoctoral scholars.
As part of the CIRTL Network, Future Faculty and Academic Careers participants are encouraged to participate in cross-network programming including the CIRTL Network Exchange Program and the CIRTL Network Teaching Institutes. Both programs provide the opportunity to travel to another university in the CIRTL Network for networking and professional development.
Although Future Faculty and Academic Careers and CTI both offer teaching-related programming, the targeted audiences differ, leading to a difference in programming. The Future Faculty and Academic Careers office specializes in career exploration and development programming designed for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars preparing for faculty and academic careers. Research and extension associates and visiting scholars who identify as postdoctoral scholars are also welcome to participate. CTI offers programming for domestic and international teaching assistants, postdoctoral scholars, current faculty including lecturers, and anyone else involved in teaching undergraduate courses at Cornell.