NextGen Professors Program

Advancing Diversity in the Academy

NextGen Professors logo - Advancing Diversity in the AcademyNextGen Professors is a career-development program focused on preparing Cornell doctoral students and postdocs for faculty careers across institutional types. The primary audience for this program is doctoral students (in year 3 or beyond) and postdocs from backgrounds historically underrepresented in the professoriate, and/or those with a demonstrated commitment to advancing diversity, inclusion, access and equity in the academy. Participants are members of a cohort who together engage in series of professional and career development activities including monthly NextGen Professors cohort meetings, Power Mentoring Sessions with faculty, and the Future Professors Institute. Participants also engage in the future faculty development program offerings of Future Faculty and Academic Careers.

For More Information

News article about the earliest cohorts of the program.

Visit the NextGen Professors Program section on the Cornell Graduate School website for full details.

We will open applications for a 2022-2023 cohort in late summer or early fall of 2022.


Please contact Graduate School Associate Dean for Inclusion & Student & Faculty Engagement Sara Xayarath Hernández ( or Associate Dean for Professional Development Colleen McLinn ( with questions about this opportunity.


This project is funded by the National Science Foundation (grant number 1647094; CIRTL AGEP). Any opinions, findings, interpretations, conclusions or recommendations expressed at these events and in related publications and materials are those of their respective authors and do not represent the views of the National Science Foundation.

Related Upcoming Event

Everyday Survival and Collective Action: What We Can Learn from Disabled Faculty About Access and Care
2022 NextGen Professors Public Keynote

Tuesday, June 21, 2022 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm ET by Zoom — Register for keynote

The pandemic has raised surprising questions about everyday academic life. For example, “How is it possible that I am required to do a full-time job while also providing full-time care for my family?” or “How can I negotiate questions of ‘safety’ with my co-workers, my community, even my closest loved ones?” Long before 2020, however, these questions were already active topics of conversation in interdependent communities of people who are disabled, BIPOC, queer, and marginalized in other ways. In this interactive talk, Dr. Margaret Price draws upon data from a study with disabled faculty to highlight the themes of access and care. Learn more about the talk and speaker.