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Future Professors Institute Keynote Talk

June 6, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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Institute Dates: Tuesday, June 6 (In-Person & Live Stream) and Wednesday, June 7 (Virtual Only)

Times: June 6, 12:00 – 2:00 pm ET ǀ June 7, 11:00 am – 4:15 pm ET

Location: June 6, G10 Biotech & Live Stream ǀ June 7, Zoom

Registration: https://blogs.cornell.edu/futureprofs/registration-2023/

Registration Priority Dates: May 26, 2023 (for In-Person Participation); June 2, 2023 (for Virtual Participation)

The Future Professors Institute engages graduate students and postdoctoral scholars in workshops, panel discussions, and talks focused on preparing them for faculty careers across institutional types. Though open to all, the priority audience for the institute is Cornell University graduate students and postdocs from backgrounds historically excluded from and underrepresented in the professoriate, and/or those with a demonstrated commitment to advancing diversity, inclusion, access, and equity in academia.

Additionally, we invite interested Cornell faculty and staff to register for the networking lunch and keynote talk on June 6. (Graduate students and postdocs registering for the full institute will automatically receive registration to the keynote as well.)

2023 Keynote

Tuesday, June 6, 2023, 12:30 pm ET (Lunch from 12:00-12:30 pm)

Successfully Navigating Academia: Structural and Agentic Lessons for Workloads, Writing, and the Workforce

There is no single solution for thriving in academia. In reality, there is a constant interaction between forces under our control (i.e., agency) and forces outside of our control (i.e., structures) that impact and impede our ability to successfully navigate academic careers. In this workshop, Dr. Damani White-Lewis will consider this duality within three essential elements of academic training: workloads, writing, and the workforce. Suitable for graduate students, early career faculty, and professional staff, attendees will learn personal strategies and the necessary structural conditions that can be advocated for to improve their workload balance, scholarly writing, and hiring prospects.


Smiling early-career faculty member in a suit

Dr. Damani White-Lewis, Assistant Professor of Higher Education, University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education

Damani White-Lewis, PhD, is an assistant professor of higher education at the University of Pennsylvania. As an interdisciplinary scholar, Dr. White-Lewis studies racial inequality in academic careers and contexts using multiple methods and theories from organizational behavior and social psychology.

Dr. White-Lewis’ work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) and has appeared in The Journal of Higher EducationResearch in Higher EducationThe Review of Higher EducationAmerican Educational Research JournalTeachers College Record, and others. His dissertation received the 2020 Outstanding Dissertation Award from the National Association of Chief Diversity Officers. He has also received honors and awards from the Association for the Study of Higher Education, the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education, and the American Educational Research Association. As a public scholar, he has been featured in outlets such as Inside Higher Ed and Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, and regularly advises college campuses and external organizations on addressing issues related to the academic profession, racial equity, and institutional transformation and systemic change in higher education.

This keynote will be held on Cornell University central campus, and livestream access will also be available to remotely participating graduate students and postdocs. 


This is a collaborative initiative of the Cornell Graduate School Offices of Future Faculty and Academic Careers, Inclusion and Student Engagement, and Postdoctoral Studies, and is based on work that was funded in part by the National Science Foundation (grant number 1647094; CIRTL AGEP).


Please direct any questions to: futurefaculty@cornell.edu


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